The Board of D-Foot International has 6 members, appointed for a term of office of approximately 2 years.

Vijay Viswanathan 


Diabetologist in Chennai.

”During the past 30 years, I’ve created and implemented a model to prevent amputation in the developing world and developed footwear for people with diabetes. I joined D-Foot International to share my experience with others working in the developing world. I am convinced that, if everyone in the organisation joins hands, we can certainly reduce the amputation rate globally."



Endocrinologist and diabetologist in Tanzania.

”I believe that we need to recommence the projects carried out during our four years, aiming to help persons with diabetes who are economically less fortunate. We have a moral and ethical responsibility to give back to the community and help those who are vulnerable.

We should aim to reduce limb amputation rates by 50% during the next five years (2021-2026). This could be achieved through promotion and advancement of knowledge on all aspects of diabetic foot care, and through active co-operation and collaboration between different specialists with an interest in managing diabetic foot problems."

Mariam Botros


Chiropodist in Canada.

”I bring to this role a diverse background from the clinical, academic, research, health advocate to leadership roles. My work experience provided me with expertise in the area of organisational leadership, stakeholder engagement and optimizing governance structures. I relish the opportunity to work with like-minded, passionate individuals dedicated to advancing foot and limb health for people living with diabetes."

Harikrishna K.R. Nair


Wound Care Physician in Malaysia.

”We need to help patients and motivate them to take hold of their life and prevent complications. Patients need to be passionate about managing their disease and working together with the healthcare professionals, family members and other patients in alleviating their sorrow and their medical problems. We have to support them to be independent. Saving lives and limbs are of paramount importance. Education and training are crucial. Proper follow-up and control will allow them to live fruitfully which is beneficial to the family and nation."

Nikolaos Papanas


Professor in Internal Medicine in Greece.

”I have experience in practice and education about the diabetic foot in Greece, UK and Germany. I have also worked with physicians and patient groups from other countries. Indeed, it is my belief that guidelines (including simple "elementary" measures) need to be widely known and practised (as propagated in our attached 2006 publication). The same holds true for common sense approach to more complicated and severe situations (as stated in our attached 2018 publication). I would be delighted and flattered to serve towards such evangelical "spread of the word" for the sake of knowledge."

Hermelinda Pedrosa


Endocrinologist in Brazil.

”The important international links achieved along the years have acted as an important source of learning and sharing experience and knowledge. The D-FOOT has a great role in implementation the Practical Guidelines of IWGDF but also a key role to integrate HCP from most nations and help them to fight unnecessary amputations. For this to be achieved, it is necessary even more links especially in developing countries where much needs to be done. I would be much honoured and grateful to be part of this enriching process."