Troy Boffeli, D.P.M.’90, FACFAS, received the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Distinguished Service Award at the organization’s 74th Annual Scientific Conference Feb. 11-14 in Austin, TX. The event drew the largest number ever of foot and ankle surgeon attendees – more than 1,750 – from around the world.
Founded in 1942, ACFAS is a professional society of more than 7,000 foot and ankle surgeons that seeks to promote the art and science of foot, ankle and related lower extremity surgery; address the concerns of foot and ankle surgeons; ensure superb patient care; and advance and improve standards of education and surgical skill.
Boffeli is the residency program director of foot and ankle surgery at HealthPartners/Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN, and an adjunct clinical professor of podiatric medicine at Des Moines University’s College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (CPMS). A diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and a frequent presenter at state and national scientific meetings, he also holds academic appointments at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. His scholarship accomplishments include serving as editor of Osteomyelitis of the Foot and Ankle: Medical and Surgical Management, published last fall by Springer.
The 12th individual and the first former ACFAS board member to receive the organization’s Distinguished Service Award, Boffeli has served in numerous leadership positions in the podiatric profession. He has chaired three ACFAS committees and served on four others. He is now on faculty for its surgical coding workshops and chair of the Council for Journal Management, among other roles.
In recognizing him with the Distinguished Service Award this year, outgoing ACFAS President Richard Derner, D.P.M., FACFAS, described Boffeli as “the consummate volunteer leader” and the “personification” of the award’s purpose in recognizing the college’s unsung heroes, saluting many years of behind-the-scenes contributions and honoring those who selflessly give of their time and talent without need of recognition.
“There’s an old saying,” Derner said at the ACFAS conference. “If you want something done, give it to the busiest person you know. If that doesn’t describe Troy, I don’t know who it would be.”
Boffeli was named the CPMS Alumnus of the Year in 2013.