The Core Techniques of Minimally Invasive Foot & Ankle Surgery


Orthopedic Learning Center

1-Day Exclusive Surgical Skill-Up Opportunity

(Limited to 70 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.

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Who Should Attend?

  • 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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The OLC Education and Conference Center is located minutes from Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The OLC is an ideal venue to host anything from an elaborate multimedia presentation or livestream event, to medical conferences and association meetings.

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, and metatarsal deformities.
  • 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.


Ultimate MIFAS Learning Experience

True Hands-on opportunity - 1 cadaver leg on 2 attendees with option to reserve your own specimen to practice your surgical techniques

Core Surgical Techniques of Minimally Invasive Foot & Ankle Surgery

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.

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).

Mario Juanto, MD

Dr. Juanto is an orthopedic surgeon from Argentina.  He is a past President of Argentinian Society of Neuro-orthopedic (SANeO) and Orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon, Cofounder of GIAMIS(Grupo Iberoamericano de Cirugia MIS).  He has been performing MIFAS, specializing in pediatric patients.  He is a staff at the Vilela Children Hospital in Rosario., Argentina.  He has published and authored many papers and publications on MIS surgery in neurological patients. He lectures at many courses and Congress around the world.

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.

Victor Horsley, DPM

Dr. Horsley has been performing and teaching MIFAS for over 30 years. He has pioneered minimally invasive surgical correction techniques including hallux limitus/rigidus.  He has been appointed as head lab instructor at LSU Sim Lab. He also teaches podiatry students at Rosalind Franklin University/Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine as a faculty instructor in the Capstone program.

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.

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.

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).

Event Agenda

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018  (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)

MAIN EVENT AGENDA - November 7th, 2018


6:30am – 7:00am        Registration & Breakfast

7:00am – 7:05am        Opening Remarks - Dr. TJ Ahn/ Dr. Luis Fernando Villanueva

7:05am – 7:25am        A-Z of MIFAS - Dr. Borys Markewych

7:25am – 7:45am.       Exostectomy Lecture - Dr. Borys Markewych

7:45am – 8:15am        Hammertoe Procedure - Dr. Carmen Ruiz

8:15am – 8:30am        Reverdin-Isham Bunionectomy - Dr. Stephen Isham

8:30am – 8:50am        Percutaneous treatment of hallux valgus in children – Dr. Mario Juanto

8:50am – 9:10am        Lesser Metatarsal Osteotomy - Dr. Orlando Nunez

9:10am – 9:30am        Q & A for Morning Lectures

9:30am – 9:50am        Break & prep for Cadaver Lab

10:00am – 10:30am    Cadaver Lab - Sawbone practice

10:30am – 12:00pm.   Cadaver Lab – Exostectomy, hammertoe procedures, lesser metatarsal osteotomy

12:00pm – 1:00pm     Lunch / Group Photo Session / Raffle Drawing



1:00pm – 1:15pm       Application of MIS in diabetic patients – Dr. Luis Fernando Villanueva

1:15pm – 1:30pm       Complications of MIS – Dr. Stephen Isham

1:30pm – 1:45pm       What’s the role of the extraosseous talotarsal joint stabilization – Dr. Mario Juanto

1:45pm – 2:00pm       Q & A for Afternoon Lectures

2:10pm – 2:30pm       Break

2:30pm – 5:00pm       Cadaver Lab (Reverdin-Isham bunionectomy, tailor’s bunionectomy)

5:00pm – 5:30pm       External Bandaging - Dr. Borys Markewych

*Course content and faculty subject to change.

*Dinner the night before the main event – information will be announced upon confirmation.



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.


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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.

There are many 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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OLC Education and Conference Center
9400 W. Higgins Road, Suite 100
Rosemont, IL 60018-4975

(Cutline is October 23rd, 2018)
Early Bird Pricing by September 30th, 2018                $1195
Regular Pricing from October 1st, 2018                        $1395
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 October 14th, 2018.  The registration fee, minus a $350 processing fee, will be refunded following the conference.  No refunds will be made after October 14th, 2018.

Wednesday, November 7th             6:30am – 7:30am

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

Complimentary breakfast and lunch on Thursday in the Orthopedic Learning Center.

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Core Surgical Techniques of Minimally Invasive Foot & Ankle Surgery

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards and requirements for approval of providers of continuing education in podiatric medicine through a joint provider agreement between Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and TJ Ahn Coaching Consulting.  Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine and this event has applied for a maximum of 8 continuing education contact hours.


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