The Core Techniques of Minimally Invasive Foot & Ankle Surgery


Orthopedic Learning Center & Hyatt Rosemont
Rosemont, IL









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2-Days Exclusive MIS Surgical Skill-Up Opportunity

(Limited to only 48 seats!!!)

Teaching Faculty

Learn from the leading experts of Minimally Invasive Foot & Ankle Surgery drawn from around the world.

Focusing on Core
Foundation Skills

Get direct and immediate feedback from the experts of minimally invasive foot & ankle surgery.

True Hands-On
Opportunity to Practice

Guarantees 1 cadaver leg on 2 attendees with an option to reserve your own cadaver specimen to maximize your experience.

Who Should Attend This Event?

  • Orthopedic surgeons and podiatric surgeons with a desire to improve their knowledge, competence, performance, and patient outcomes with minimally invasive foot & ankle surgery
  • Open-minded physicians/surgeons who are interested in exploring more about minimally invasive foot & ankle surgery 

This Event Is Fully Endorsed by GIAMIS

GIAMIS (Grupo Iberoamericano de Cirugia MIS)

This intensive one-day cadaver lab workshop is fully endorsed by GIAMIS (Grupo Iberoamericano de Cirugia MIS) who are the study group of orthopedic surgeons dedicated to minimally invasive foot & ankle surgery in Spain and America.

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Here's What You'll Learn

In this premier cadaver lab workshop, you will learn and practice hands-on skills of core foundation in minimally invasive foot & ankle surgery procedures.


The INTERNATIONAL MIFAS Cadaver Lab Workshop has invited the world leaders in Minimally Invasive Foot & Ankle Surgery, to participate and teach core MIFAS procedures and protocols.

The aim of the workshop is to provide premier hands-on learning opportunity for core foundation skills in MIFAS (Minimally Invasive Foot & Ankle Surgery).  The course will provide a complete overview of the evaluation, and surgical correction focusing on percutaneous minimally invasive foot & ankle surgery techniques.  Integration with expertise from outstanding national and international faculty will be presented to strengthen the learning experience.


Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe normal and pathologic foot & ankle deformities 

  • Describe and perform a physical exam, radiographic analysis, and then determine and identify non-operative and operative treatment plans 

  • Describe and perform minimally invasive surgical techniques for correcting deformities including, but not limited to, the following: exostosis, hammer toes, bunions, tailor’s bunions, lesser metatarsal deformities, tendon balancing issues, and rearfoot conditions.
  • Entire teaching faculty will instruct you in hands-on techniques with cadavers that you can take to your practice and expand your armamentarium of knowledge and treatments.


Teaching Faculty

Internationally Recognized Multi-discipline Faculty

Stephen Isham, MD
Head Instructor

Dr. Isham has devoted his career not only to practicing the minimal invasive techniques, but also as Professor of Surgery to teach these procedures at home and abroad. His influence is prominent in many Central American, South American, European and Asian countries. He has pioneered and published articles on many of the minimally invasive surgical procedures currently in use, and several of these techniques bear his name. He has received numerous honors worldwide for his work in this field.

Mariano De Prado, MD
Co-Head Instructor

Dr. Mariano De Prado is an author of the text book "Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery", often considered as "The Bible" of MIS by many peers of minimally invasive foot surgery.  He is the department head of Traumatology and Orthopedic Surgery Hospital in Murcia, Spain.  He is also the president of Spanish Society of Foot & Ankle Surgery (SEMCPT).  He performs, speaks, and teaches many surgeons all around the world.

J. Monroe Laborde, MD, MS

Dr Laborde practices Orthopaedic Surgery at Touro infirmary and is director of foot surgery at LSUHSC. Dr Laborde is on the Board of the Academy of Minimally Invasive Foot & Ankle Surgery. He has had teaching appointments in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at Tulane & Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at LSUHSC.  He has over 50 publications on arthritis, spinal problems, biomechanics, chronic pain and foot problems, which have been cited by other authors over 250 times. Seven of his publications were the first publications about various aspects of treatment. He helped developed successful treatments for diabetic foot problems which could potentially prevent up to 1 million amputations a year worldwide.

Luis Fernando Villanueva, MD

Dr. Villanueva is an Orthopedic foot & ankle surgeon in Mexico, and he has been performing minimally invasive foot & ankle surgeries. He has more than three decades of experience in his area. He has performed thousands of procedures, guided by ethics and with the best medical quality.  He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.  He teaches MIFAS at various conferences and workshops all around the world.  He is the president of the study group, GIAMIS (Grupo Iberoamericano de Cirugia MIS).

Borys Markewych, DPM

Dr. Markewych is currently Executive Director and was the president at AMIFAS (Academy of Minimally Invasive Foot & Ankle Surgery) in the past. He has dedicated his career in performing and teaching minimally invasive foot & ankle surgery over 30 years.  He currently operates private practices as a President and Director of South Hill Foot & Ankle Center in Spokane, WA.

Orlando E. Núñez, MD DPM

Dr. Nunez is Associate Professor and Fellow of the Academy of Minimally Invasive Foot & Ankle Surgery and teaches at cadaver lab seminars.  He co-authored chapters in different Orthopedic texts on minimally invasive surgical techniques the Foot and Ankle.  He currently practices in Coeur d’Alene, ID.  He also practices in Cartagena, Columbia.

Sheldon Nadal, DPM

 Dr. Nadal first witnessed minimally invasive foot surgery when he visited Dr Abram Plon, one of the pioneers of MIS, In Philadelphia, more than 35 years ago.   He has since performed 1000’s of MIS procedures in his Toronto, Canada office and  has lectured on MIS at conferences in North America and Europe. He has contributed chapters on minimally invasive bunion surgery in three  surgical textbooks and enjoys learning about MIS as much as he does teaching other surgeons. 

Carmen Naranjo Ruiz, DP

Podiatrist, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.  Professor at Universidad Catolica de Valencia teaching minimally invasive surgery in the PhD Degree in Minimally Invasive surgery of the foot and ankle.   She is Associate professor AMIFAS.  Speaker lectures about Minimally Invasive foot surgery in Spain and Europe. Co-author in several chapters in Foot Surgery.

Hartley Miltchin, DPM

Hartley Miltchin DPM is a graduate of the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine.  He has practiced Minimally Invasive procedures, exclusively, for 37 years. He is very passionate about MIS and enjoys sharing his extensive clinical experience. He is Past President of the Ontario Podiatric Medical Association, Past Executive Director of the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association and is board certified in a number of specialties.  Dr. Miltchin still currently practices in Toronto Canada.

Special Guest Speakers

Sev Hrywnak, MD, DPM

Dr. Severko Hrywnak is a successful physician- businessman who has developed multi-million dollar commercial, residential, and medical complexes in the Chicago area. He is currently the president and CEO of The SEV Group, Advanced Ambulatory Surgical Center, Elmwood Park Immediate Health Care Centers and VIP Surgery Chicago. Dr. Hrywnak has lectured extensively in the United States and Canada on topics ranging from Medicine, Law, Technology and the future of healthcare.  He has authored review books in Internal Medicine.

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Organizer of the Event

TJ Ahn Coaching & Consulting is the organizer of International MIFAS Cadaver Lab Workshop

Chair / Organizer of the event

Dr. Ahn practices minimally invasive foot & ankle surgeries at his practice, and also lectures at various conferences.  International MIFAS Cadaver Lab Workshop is created because his passion is to promote and to increase awareness of minimally invasive foot & ankle surgery.   Dr. Ahn is a fellow and an assistant professor at AMIFAS (Academy of Minimally Invasive Foot & Ankle Surgery).

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Event Agenda

October 19-20, 2019

** SPECIAL DINNER for Attendees**
Saturday, October 19th, 2019 (The night before the event)
LOCATION: To be determined
COST: FREE for attendees

7:30pm - 9:30pm       Dr. Sev Hrywnak (Dinner Lecture: The Positive Economics of Office- Based Surgery and the Future of Bundled Payments)

Didactic Lectures - October 19, 2019 


12:00pm – 1:00pm      Registration

1:00pm – 1:05pm        Opening Remarks - Dr. TJ Ahn/ Dr. Stephen Isham

1:05pm – 1:30pm        Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery, Past, Present, and Future - Dr. Mariano De Prado

1:30pm – 1:45pm        MIS treatment of the hammertoes - Dr. Mariano De Prado

1:45pm – 2:00pm        MIS Tailor's Bunion Procedure - Dr. Carmen Ruiz

2:00pm – 2:20pm.       Extostectomy MIS - Dr. Borys Markewych

2:20pm – 2:40pm        Lesser Metatarsal Osteotomy - Dr. Orlando Nunez

2:40pm – 2:50pm        Panel Discussion

2:50pm – 3:10pm        Exhibitor Break

3:10pm – 3:30pm        Reverdin-Isham Bunionectomy - Dr. Stephen Isham

3:30pm – 3:45pm        Plantar plate rupture from the view of MIS – Dr. Mariano De Prado

3:45pm – 4:00pm        Hallux rigidus Procedure - Dr. Mariano De Prado

4:00pm – 4:20pm        Modified Wilson MIS Bunionectomy - Dr. Sheldon Nadal

4:20pm - 4:35pm         Application of MIS in diabetic patients – Dr. Luis Fernando Villanueva

4:35pm – 4:50pm        Panel Discussion

4:50pm – 5:10pm        Exhibitor Break

5:10pm – 5:30pm        Tendon Balancing for foot problems - Dr. James Laborde

5:30pm – 5:45pm        Flexor Tendon release MIS - Dr. Harley Miltchin

5:45pm – 6:00pm        Plantar fasciitis MIS - Dr. Mariano De Prado

6:00pm – 6:20pm        Complications of MIS - Dr. Mariano De Prado

6:20pm – 6:30pm        Panel Discussion

*Course content and faculty subject to change.

*Dinner is planned for Saturday evening from 7:30pm event – information will be announced upon confirmation.

Cadaver Lab Workshop - October 20, 2019 

7:30am – 7:50am        Breakfast

7:50am – 8:00am        Preparation for Cadaver Lab

8:00am – 8:45am        Sawbone workshop for MIS procedures (Dr. Stephen Isham)

8:45am – 9:45am        Exostectomy & hammertoe procedures (Dr. Mariano De Prado)

9:45am – 10:20am      Lesser metatarsal & Tailor’s bunion procedures (Dr. Mariano De Prado)

10:20am – 10:40am    Exhibitor Break

10:40am – 12:00pm    First ray MIS procedures (Dr. Stephen Isham)

12:00pm – 1:00pm      Lunch, raffle, and Group Photo Shoot

1:00pm – 1:30pm        Rear foot & other advanced MIS procedures (Dr. Mariano De Prado)

1:30pm – 2:00pm       Tendon balancing procedures (Dr. J. Monroe Laborde)

2:00pm – 2:45pm        External Bandaging - Dr. Borys Markewych

2:45pm - 3:00pm         Panel Discussion regarding cadaver lab procedures

3:00pm                          Closing 



Attendees will be given a special login access to this online course, and required to take the course before attending to main event).  This course is at FREE of charge for registrants, and additional CME credit hours will be applied for this online course.

  • Basics of MIS: Great overview orientation lecture taught by Dr. Borys Markewych
  • A-Z of MIS: Another excellent lecture of orientation of MIS by Dr. Borys Markewych
  • How to operate an OSADA surgical drill: The basic critical operation skills of OSADA drill set, taught by Dr. TJ Ahn.
  • Basic instrumentation of MIS: This HD video lecture is to review the basic instrumentation commonly used with minimally invasive foot & ankle surgery.


Hotels, Registration, and Other Information

Air Travel Arrangements
Please fly into O'Hare International Airport (ORD).  O’Hare International Airport is 5-10 minutes from the OLC Education and Conference Center.



Hyatt Rosemont
6350 N River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018
$99/night + tax (includes 24hr shuttle to/from O’Hare airport, access to fitness, guest room wifi)
Cut-Off Date: 9/20/19. After will be based on availability and rate at the time
Group Reservation Link:

Click here to reserve at the special group rate

* There are many other hotels around the event venue and all of them are minutes from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD).  However, there are other events in the area at this time.  Please click the link below and reserve your hotel room as soon as possible.

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Hayatt Rosemont (Lectures) - Saturday, October 19, 2019
6350 N River Rd,
Rosemont, IL 60018

OLC Education and Conference Center (Cadaver Lab) - Sunday, October 20, 2019
9400 W. Higgins Road, Suite 100
Rosemont, IL 60018-4975

(Cutline is September 20th, 2019)
Early Bird Pricing by July 31th, 2019                $1295
Regular Pricing from August 1st, 2019              $1595
Student / Resident            * Contact Dr. TJ Ahn for special educational pricing

A written request to cancel must be received by TJ Ahn Coaching & Consulting LLC prior to September 20th, 2019.  The registration fee, minus a $350 processing fee, will be refunded following the conference.  No refunds will be made after 11:59:59pm September 19th, 2019.

Saturday, October 19th             12:00pm – 1:00pm

TJ Ahn Coaching & Consulting
Phone: 312-212-3548
email: [email protected]

Complimentary breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

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