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Dear members of the Korean Foot & Ankle Society.
It is a great honor and privileged to be appointed as the new president of the Korean Foot & Ankle Society (KFAS) for 2019. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all the members who gave me the opportunity to contribute to the development of the society.

In 2019, we will select and perform the following major tasks with the goal of running the society for globalization.

The 8th International Federation of Foot & Ankle Societies (IFFAS) meeting will be held in Korea in 2023. We will organize and operate the IFFAS Preparatory Committee in order to make the congress a success.

To stimulate activities of the committees within the society, each committee will organize an annual business plan and budget, and activate a regular meeting of chairpersons.

In addition, I will implement the multi-center research project with the support of the society to promote collaborations among the members. Multicenter studies will contribute to establishing standard care for foot and ankle diseases in Korea and increasing the status of our society.

In order to be prepared for various projects within the society and international meetings, the financial stability of the society is essential. Therefore, we will revitalize various forms of donation culture for stabilizing the finances of the society.

It has been only 28 years since our society was founded, but I think our society is a leading society in the field of foot and ankle surgery as an opinion leader. This development was achieved by the academic passion shown by our seniors and colleagues. However, contrary to the academic development of the society, the domestic medical environment and policy became increasingly difficult. We need active participation and cooperation of the members to respond to this changes in medical policy.

I will do my best to make the Korean Foot & Ankle Society into a global academic organization. I would appreciate any and all advice and participation from our members.

Thank you very much.

January the first, 2019
President of the Korean Foot & Ankle Society
Jin Woo Lee, MD. PhD.