BOFAS 2025 Guest Speakers

Kris Buedts

Kris Buedts, MD, is a Consultant Orthopedic and Trauma Surgeon and Head of the Foot and Ankle Unit at ZNA Middelheim Orthopedic Department in Belgium. Dr. Buedts is the current president of the European Foot & Ankle Society (EFAS), and associate editor of the Foot and Ankle Surgery Journal.

Miquel Dalmau-Pastor

Dr. Miquel Dalmau-Pastor is a Spanish anatomist working as Associate Professor at the University of Barcelona, Spain. His dissection techniques and high-quality images are well-known and can be seen in any of its more than 50 PubMed indexed publications. His educational background includes Physiotherapy and Podiatry, a Master Degree in Foot Surgery, Anatomy and a PhD Thesis entitled Clinical and Surgical Anatomy of the Foot and Ankle. Dr. Dalmau’s main interest resides in musculoskeletal anatomy, specifically in the lower limb and foot and ankle, where he has made important contributions related to the arthroscopic anatomy of the ankle joint, to the general anatomy of the lateral ankle ligaments, and a number of studies related to the safety of arthroscopic and minimally invasive procedures.

Deborah Eastwood

Prof. Deborah Eastwood is a Consultant Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon and currently splits her time between the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, United Kingdom and Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, United Kingdom. Her work primarily concerns general pediatric orthopedic surgery, but she has particular interests in overgrowth syndromes and metabolic bone disease in children. Ms. Eastwood has also previously worked at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada and the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. She is a past President of the European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society (EPOS) and is Past President of the British Orthopaedics Association.

Paulo Ferrao

Dr. Paulo Ferrao is a practicing orthopedic surgeon in Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed a foot and ankle fellowship under Myerson in 2010. He currently has a dedicated foot and ankles private practice at Linksfield clinic. He is an Honorary Senior Consultant in the orthopedic department at Witwatersrand University. His duties include running the foot and ankle clinic, performing foot and ankle reconstructive surgery and the training of medical students and orthopedic registrars. He has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, with a keen interest in research, and has presented at local and international meetings. He is currently the president-elect of the South African Foot Surgeons Association (SAFSA).

Georg Hochheuser

Dr Georg Hoccheuser is an internationally recognised orthopedic surgeona and foot specialist. His work focuses on the innovative procedures of minimally invasive foot surgery (MIS). As one of the German pioneers of this technique, Dr. Hochheuser was the first surgeon in Augsburg to introduce minimally invasive surgery for hallux deformity. He heads the GFFC's minimally invasive foot surgery (MIS) working group, and has been a speaker and instructor at both GFFC and GRECMIP courses and congresses for many years.

Joris Hermus

Dr Hermus trained as a resident in orthopaedic surgery in Maastricht University Medical Center till 2008. He then completed a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery under the supervision of Prof. Dr G. Dereymaeker at University Hospital Antwerpen. His practice is 95% foot and ankle surgery with a special interest in reconstructive surgery in pes cavovarus / pes planovalgus / HMSN / spastic foot and other neurologic foot disorders. 

Justin Kane

Before establishing Orthopedic Institute of North Texas (OINT), Dr. Kane worked at Baylor University Medical Center as an orthopedic surgeon as well as the director of research in Human Motion and Performance Center located on Baylor’s Dallas campus. Dr. Kane has authored over 100 publications, book chapters, articles, and research presentations presented internationally. He continues to mentor students and young physicians as they prepare for their career in orthopedic surgery. He continues to perform clinical research and serves as a reviewer for numerous peer reviewed orthopedic journals. Dr. Kane specializes in foot and ankle problems ranging from bunions and hammertoes to complex reconstructive procedures and limb salvage surgeries. He sees patients from all over the world at the locations in Frisco and Flower Mound, Texas.

Christina Stukenborg-Colsman

Prof. Dr. med. Christina Stukenborg-Colsman, orthopedic and trauma surgeon, has been head of the Department of Foot and Ankle Surgery in the Orthopedic Clinic of the Hannover Medical School in the Annastift since 2009. Her current clinical and scientific focus covers the entire spectrum of conservative and surgical treatment of foot and ankle diseases. The clinic performs an average of 1500 foot surgical procedures of all degrees of severity each year. Prof. Stukenborg-Colsman is a member of DAF, DGOOC, DKOU and ESSKA, among others. Since 2009 she has been a regular instructor in the DAF course system, a speaker at national and international congresses and the author of numerous publications and book contributions.

Brian Thornes

Brian Thornes is a retired surgeon from Ireland who developed the syndesmotic TightRope® and the X-bolt device. 


Alex Trompeter

Alex Trompeter works at St George’s University Hospital in London and holds the position of Honorary Reader in Orthopaedic Surgery at St George’s University of London. His specific clinical interests are the management of complex fractures, bone infection, non-union, deformity correction and limb lengthening. He works closely with plastic surgeons for many cases. He has a regular ortho-plastic-microbiology MDT clinic as well as delivering the region’s amputation service. Alex graduated from Guy’s and St Thomas’ medical school in 2003. He completed his specialist training in trauma and orthopaedics in the South West Thames rotation in 2012. He won the Sir Walter Mercer Gold Medal for the FRCS examinations in 2011. Alex undertook specialist fellowship training in trauma and limb reconstruction in the UK (Liverpool and Chertsey) and overseas (Calgary, Canada). He was awarded the Braun travelling fellowship to the Massachusetts General Hospital, USA, by the British Orthopaedic Association, and a travelling fellowship to the Oxford Bone Infection Unit by the British Limb Reconstruction Society.

Margot van der Grinten

Dr. van der Grinten specialises in treating complex complaints of the ankle and foot. After studying Medicine in Rotterdam, she trained as an orthopedic surgeon at the Ikazia Hospital, ErasmusMC and Haga Hospital. In 2014 she did a traveling fellowship with a focus on ankle and foot surgery. She worked for a year as Chef de Clinique at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital. After this she joined the staff of Erasmus MC, focusing on ankle and foot surgery. She is currently the Chair of the 'Dutch Foot and Ankle Society' is the Foot and Ankle, a working group of the Dutch Orthopedic Association. 

Markus Walther

Prof. Markus Walther is the Director of Foot and Ankle Department of Schön Klinik München Harlaching, Medical Director of Schön Klinik München Harlaching and Medical Director of FIFA Medical Center Munich. He has published over 50 essays on sports medicine, foot and ankle surgery and hospital management and won dozens of scientific awards, such as Arthur-Vick-Award, DEGUM Award and Michael-Jäger-Award. He has been a broad member of the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Society for many years. He is an international researcher of AOFAS and an active member of German, European, American and international foot and ankle societies. He is a member of GRECMIP and International Cartilage Repair Society. He is a board member of German Foot and Ankle Society and took the position of President from 2012 to 2016. Currently, his scientific work mainly focuses on biomechanics of the foot and ankle, traumatology, reconstruction of foot and ankle, and minimally invasive surgery. He is particularly concerned with sports injuries and cartilage repair. Since 2015, Prof. Walther has been a member of the top-level league team FC Bayern Munich Medical Team and has offered consultation to a number of sports professionals. He is a orthopedics professor at the University of Würzburg, Germany, and was named one of Germany's leading experts of foot and ankle.