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The Role of Interdisciplinary Team Approach in the Management of the Diabetic Foot

A Joint Statement from the Society for Vascular Surgery and the American Podiatric Medical Association

Bauer E. Sumpio Department of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

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David G. Armstrong Department of Surgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ.

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George Andros Amputation Prevention Center, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Van Nuys, CA.

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The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) and the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) recognize the beneficial impact of a multidisciplinary team approach on the care of patients with critical limb ischemia, especially in the diabetic population. As a first step in identifying clinical issues and questions important to both memberships, and to work together to find solutions that will benefit the shared patient, the two organizations appointed a representative group to write a joint statement on the importance of multidisciplinary team approach to the care of the diabetic foot. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 100(4): 309–311, 2010)

Corresponding author: Bauer E. Sumpio, MD, PhD, Professor and Chief, Vascular Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, 333 Cedar St. BB 204, New Haven, CT 06520. (E-mail: bauer.sumpio@yale.edu)