Houston, TX

May 3-4, 2024

Thank you to every one that supported the 2024 GTEF Cinco de Mayo Conference.

Your support benefits the GTEF Residency Programs: HCA West Houston & HCA Kingwood.

The agenda highlighted the 2nd and 3rd year residents, with panels led by Residency Directors Dr. Asia Lo (West Houston) and Dr. Jorge Matuk (Kingwood).

Additional reconstructive lectures were given by Alumni- Dr. Al Ng and GTEF President- Dr. Mark Hofbauer.

Special Thank you to all of our Sponsors.
*For contact information for our sponsors, email
Graduation Dinner Sponsors: Sagis, Empire Extremity-Fusion, & Kerecis
Lunch Sponsors: Marlinz Pharma & Bioventus
Reception & Break Sponsors: Bako, Reddress Medical & Stryker
Display Sponsors: AAP, ODI, Tetra, Damai Global Staffing

Congratulations to the GTEF 2024 Awards Presented to the Program Attendings during the Graduation Dinner Fundraiser at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

These attendings were voted on by the 21 residents from both residency programs for the 2023-2024 training year.

HCA West Houston Program

  • Attending of the Year: Dr. Matt Ivey
  • Educator of the Year: Dr. Patrick Briggs

HCA Kingwood Program:

  • Attending of the Year: Dr. Travis Bodeker
  • Educator of the Year Dr. Usman Sultan

Special Recognition for Decades of Service to Residency Training in Houston:

  • Jerry Miles, D.P.M.
  • Michael Wynn, D.P.M.
  • David Blumfield, D.P.M.
  • Jeff Hetman, D.P.M.

1st Dr. Sam Mendicino Lifetime Achievement Award Presented May 4, 2024

A very special award was given for the first time in memory of Dr. Sam Mendicino, an innovator and educator committed to the podiatric profession.

The 1st recipient was Dr. Al Ng of Orthopedic Centers of Colorado who has contributions to the profession including – GTEf Alumni, GTEF Lecturer, Director – Rocky Mountain Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Fellowship, ABFAS Past President, ACFAS Incoming President, ABFAS Exam Committee, and involvement in design and consulting of surgical equipment for many manufacturers.

Congratulations to Dr. Ng for this much-deserved special honor.

**GTEF Residency Program Attendings & Alumni  – Contact: for Graduation details. (Separate Ticket/RSVP required).

Graduation Dinner & Awards – May 4, 6:30-10 pm at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Glassell Hall & King Tut Exhibit Access.
*Complimentary Parking in the Museum garage for Private Events.

To enhance and support the need for quality podiatric education and knowledge to achieve the goal of providing the highest quality of care for the healthcare community and public. Dedicated to fostering excellence, we achieve this goal by offering the latest innovative options and providing a comprehensive education for the treatment of the foot, ankle, and lower leg pathology. We strive to equip and empower Podiatric Medical/Surgical Attending Physicians, Podiatric Surgical Residents, Students, Allopathic Physicians, and healthcare professionals with cutting-edge knowledge, skills, and research through a variety of educational activities, including continuing education seminars/conferences, case review presentations, lectures, panel/group discussions, and live internet activities. We aim to elevate the standards of podiatric practices/ services and use our dynamic educational initiatives as a commitment to being an educational cornerstone throughout the medical community.

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