I have the honor to write the welcome message for the 8th Mansoura International Foot and Ankle Course. As a part of the Mansoura Orthopaedic Department scientific program, we launched this course in 2009 as an annual course and it has been welcomed by all the participants along previous years. This year, our 8th course is planned by the Scientific Committee –the appreciated work of the chairman Mr. Thomas Smith and his colleagues - who have worked to introduce a program that will interest and challenge all participants. We have arranged Lectures, case discussion, workshops and exciting competitions during this year's MIFAC.

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to our annual meeting and I hope that the meeting has something of interest and educational value for every delegate. I would like to thank our distinguished faculty of invited speakers and chairpersons who have generously agreed to share their wealth of knowledge and experience.

Mansoura is a beautiful city and shows its beauty most this time of the year. So we are hopeful that your stay with us in Mansoura will be enjoyable and will create a welcoming environment so as to encourage networking within our distinguished field. Keep in mind that our mission is to share the knowledge we have acquired in our field so as to advance our specialty internationally.

Lastly, the Organizing committee has the pleasure to welcome all participants and speakers in the 8th Annual Mansoura International Foot and Ankle Course 2016 (MIFAC). Their efforts in organizing this meeting will add to the advancement of this subspecialty within Egypt and internationally.

Once again, I look forward to sharing this academic experience with all of you. I encourage all of you to come ready to share your wealth of knowledge at this year's MIFAC. Don't forget that this is an Annual Course and so, we hope to see you next year at the 8th Annual Mansoura International Foot and Ankle Course 2016.

Prof. Hani El-Mowafi
Professor Orthopaedic surgery and trauma
Mansoura university ,Egypt
President of the course