APMA President – Dr. Matthew G. Garoufalis graduated from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio in 1978 with degrees in Biology and Economics and graduated from the Dr. Wm. M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in 1982. After completing a surgical residency at the Westside VA Medical Center in Chicago, Dr. Garoufalis began private practice in Chicago. He now has offices in Chicago and Hinsdale, Illinois and is the Associate Chief of the Podiatry Section and Assistant Residency Director at the VA Chicago Health Care System, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Dr. Garoufalis is a past president of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association; serving in all of it’s elected positions, as well as it’s PPAC coordinator for over ten years. Dr. Garoufalis is currently the President of the American Podiatric Medical Association and has served on several APMA committees. They include Appeals and Control, Labor, Diabetes Advisory Committee, Resolutions, Membership, Annual Meeting Committee, State Advocacy Committee, Coding, Health Systems, Young Members Committee, Finance Committee, and the Health Policy Committee. He is a past Chair of the Development Committee and the Clinical Practice Advisory Committee. He has been a member of the Chronic Wound Care Work Group for the Physicians Consortium for Performance Improvement of the American Medical Association, and is the APMA representative to the AMA PCPI. He is committed to expanding public awareness about the importance of podiatric medicine and in allowing students and young practioners to realize the dynamic positive impact they have in shaping the future growth on the profession, as well as their own personal achievement. Dr. Garoufalis is Board Certified by the ABPS and ABPOPPM and a Fellow of ASPS and ACFAOM. He is also a Certified Wound Specialist by the American Board of Wound Management. He has authored many articles and has lectured extensively on a variety of topics pertinent to podiatric medicine and surgery and practice management