Annually, the outgoing Florida Podiatric Medical Association (FPMA) President, in conjunction with the FPMA Executive Committee, looks out on membership for an outstanding individual worthy of receipt of high distinction. They award the designation of “FPMA Podiatric Physician of the Year” in recognition of a member’s significant dedication, loyal service and leadership. This award acknowledges the recipient as a “true asset to the podiatric profession.”
In light of Dr. Perler‘s significant achievement with the Florida Foot and Ankle Fellowship Society, he was selected to receive this honor.
Founded in 1927, the Florida Podiatric Medical Association (FPMA) aims to advance the science and art of Podiatric Medicine by promoting the benefits of scientific advancement in the treatment, prevention, and alleviation of podiatric ailments, and enhancing relationships within the Podiatric Medical profession and other groups dedicated to improving healthcare. FPMA currently unites more than 1,000 Podiatric Physicians in this common cause and serves as the voice for the profession in Florida and Washington, D.C.
FPMA is dedicated to programs and activities that enhance the success of podiatric physicians. The Association functions on three levels:
- It represents the needs of its podiatric physicians’ practices across the nation, through legislative action, policy monitoring, and representation.
- It offers professional services and programs dedicated to improving the competency of podiatric physicians.
- It provides information about how podiatric medicine benefits the health and well-being of the general public.
Dr. Perler has been extensively trained on all available total ankle surgeries on the market and is one of a few select surgeons who are on the ankle replacement design team for Zimmer/Biomet. In addition, he currently has three patents on his ankle replacement design. He was also the first surgeon in the state of Florida to perform a custom 3-D printed partial ankle replacement and was the first one in the country to do a custom printed ankle from an anterior approach. Dr. Perler also started the first Foot & Ankle Fellowship training program in the area.
Fully engaged in new product innovation, Dr. Perler constantly ideates — with several innovations currently in the design phases. He is actively involved in new product development from the onset of practice and co-founded InMotus Medical, a company that specializes in medical device conceptual development and incubation. He frequently serves as a Key Opinion Leader and consultant for several orthopedic device manufacturers, including Biomet, TriMed, Synthes, Stryker, MMI, Artelon, Solana Surgical, Tides Medical, and TaC Surgical. He also advised Swarm Interactive and New Balance in product development.
Dr. Perler also led roundtable webinars for the Florida Foot & Ankle Fellowship Society (FFAFS):
- Roundtable of Excellence Monthly Webinar Series, Lecture #7: ” Complex Deformity Correction Planning Using 3D Printing; A Behind the Scenes Look“
- Roundtable of Excellence Monthly Webinar Series, Lecture #1: “Pushing the Boundaries: We Are On a Mission!“