Each year, 200,000 children worldwide are born with clubfoot, and about 80% of these children live in impoverished countries. Without corrective treatment, these children face not only severe lifelong physical issues but may be cast aside and regarded as useless by their societies.
The legendary and revered Ignacio Ponseti, MD, was at the University of Iowa from 1941 to 2009. He transformed the treatment of clubfoot through his invention of a non-invasive, cost-effective procedure utilizing a series of casts and manipulation.
Jose Morcuende, MD, PhD, received his degrees from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. He arrived in Iowa City in 1991 to study with Dr. Ponseti. As President and Medical Director of the Ponseti International Association (PIA) Dr. Morcuende continues to advance the Ponseti Method worldwide. He has visited more than 55 countries, helping to establish clinics, train personnel, and permanently improve the lives of thousands of children.