The Patellofemoral Foundation (PFF) Board of Directors met in San Francisco at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons meeting on March 6, 2008. Representatives from our major benefactor, Smith and Nephew Endoscopy, attended as well as Lieve Van den Berghe, Vice Preident of DJO International and organizer of the Patellofemoral Consensus Group. The AAOS meeting was a great opportunity for Patellofemoral Board Members to fulfill part of our mission to enhance awareness of patellofemoral problems and provide focused educational opportunities for health care professionals about prevention and proper care of patients and athletes with patellofemoral pain and instability.
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PFF has established close working relationships with the International Society of Arthorscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS), the International Patellofemoral Study Group (IPSG) and the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA).
Pictured: Board Members Left-Right: Philippe Neyret, M.D., Eric Dahlinger, M.D, Jack Bert, M.D. (incoming president of AANA) Peter Jokl M.D., Jack Farr, M.D., John Fulkerson, M.D, Eric Jania, and Anthony Schepsis, M.D.
Patellofemoral Foundation Board of Directors meeting with Jack Bert, incoming president of the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), in San Francisco on March 6, 2008. The Board of Directors welcomed Jack Bert, incoming president of the Arthroscopy Association of North America(AANA), to the meeting and discussed a strategic alliance of the PFF with AANA to promote education of orthopedic surgeons about the patellofemoral joint. A proposal regarding this relationship was submitted to the AANA Board of Directors At its Board of Directors meeting April 2008, The Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) approved a formal relationship with the Patellofemoral Foundation (PFF) as a way of fostering and promoting patellofemoral research and education.
The shared goal is to foster and promote more and better education for AANA members regarding patellofemoral problems, as these can be complex and difficult to treat at times. PFF hopes to help AANA assume a leadership role worldwide in patellofemoral education, particularly as anterior knee pain (AKA patellofemoral pain) is very common among athletes and workers, as well as the elderly.