2013-2014 Council

Members of the 2013-2014 Council of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand want your input! These volunteer leaders represent all ASSH members and would like to hear from you regarding membership, continuing medical education programs and suggestions for continually improving the quality of service the Society provides. Email with your thoughts.


Scott H. Kozin, MD | President

Shriners Hospital for Children
3551 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140
Phone: (215) 430-4288
Fax: (215) 430-4079

As President of the Hand Society, Scott oversees the entire ASSH Council and works to implement his presidential initiative: the Touching Hands Project.

Fun Fact: Scott loves mountain biking.

William Seitz, Jr., MD | President Elect

Lutheran Hospital
1730 West 25th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone: (216) 363-2331

Fax: (216) 696-2992


First in line to the ASSH Presidency, Bill spends his year as President-Elect preparing the next year’s membership, committee assignments, and Council positions.

Neil F. Jones, MD | Vice President

University of California Irvine Medical Center
101 The City Drive South
Pavilion III
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: (714) 456-5759

Fax: (714) 456-7547

Neil is second in line to the ASSH Presidency, and as Vice President, he assists the President-Elect in the new member, committee assignment, and Council application process.

Fun Fact: Neil loves antiques and fast cars.


James Chang, MD | Treasurer

Stanford University Medical Center
Division of  Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
770 Welch Road, Suite 400
Palo Alto, CA 94305
Phone: (650) 723-5824
Fax: (650) 725-6605  

As Treasurer, Jim manages all Council and Foundation financials including investments, revenues and named funds.

Fun Fact: Jim listens to Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead in the operating room.

 Edward Akelman, MD | Immediate Past President

University Orthopedics, Inc.
2 Dudley Street, Suite 200
Providence, RI 02905
Phone: (401) 457-1512
Fax: (401) 831-5874

Ed oversees the search for all open Council positions including Division Directors, Members-at-Large and Vice President, in addition to running the Young Leader/Mid-Career Leader Programs.

Fun Fact: Ed is a die-hard New York Yankee fan.


Kevin C. Chung, MD | Research Division Director

University of Michigan Health System
1500 East Medical Center Drive
2130 Taubman Center, SPC 5340
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5340
Phone: (734) 615-3435

Fax: (734) 763-5354?


As Research Director, Kevin is in charge of reviewing and awarding all ASSH research grants in addition to overseeing the four committees in the Research Division.


David S. Ruch, MD | Practice Division Director
Duke University Medical Center
Box 3466
Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 668-5259
Fax: (919) 668-5476


Dave manages the 12 committees within the Practice Division, whose charges  range from educating young members to improving emergency hand care.


Alexander Y. Shin, MD | Education Division Director

Mayo Clinic
200 First Street, SW
Gonda 14 South
Rochester, MN 55905
Phone: (507) 284-0475
Fax: (507) 266-2533

Alex is in charge of 20 committees and oversees all educational priorities within ASSH including the Annual Meeting, Self-Assessment Examination and the creation of ASSH publications.

Fun Fact: Alex is the proud owner of a 120-pound German Shepard.


Michelle G. Carlson, MD  | Member-at-Large

Hospital for Special Surgery
523 East 72nd Street
4th Floor, Room 439
New York, NY 10021
Phone: (212) 606-1546
Fax: (212) 772- 8813

Michelle is one of three Council members who run the PAG program, which reviews 1/3 of ASSH programs each year.

Fun Fact: Michelle loves sailboat racing.


Charles A. Goldfarb, MD | Member-at-Large

Washington University School of Medicine Department of Orthopedic Surgery
660 S. Euclid, Campus Box 8233
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: (314) 747- 4705
Fax: (314) 747-2643 


Chuck, in his third year on Council, was chosen as a Member-at-Large representative for both the Committee Advisory Group, which determines the committee assignments, and the Gelberman Scholar Committee, which will choose the next Gelberman Scholar Award winner.


Fraser J. Leversedge, MD | Member-at-Large

Duke University Medical Center
DUMC Box 2836
200 Trent Drive, Room 5339
Durham, NC 27710
Phone:(919) 613-4541
Fax:(919) 684-1147



In addition to serving on 10 committees, Fraser serves as a Council Member-at-Large representative on the Gelberman Scholar Committee and the AFSH Nominating Committee.

Fun Fact: Fraser and his family travel to Colorado and Canada to ski multiple times per year.


L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS | Member-at-Large

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
3400 Spruce Street, 2 Silverstein
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone:(215) 349-5803
Fax:(215) 349-5890


As a Member-at-Large, Scott serves as Council’s liaison to the American College of Surgeons, in addition to serving on six ASSH committees.


David T. Netscher, MD | Member-at-Large

6624 Fannin, Suite 2730
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 799-8090
Fax: (713) 795-5006



Davis is the newest member of Council and serves on the Self-Assessment Committee and Maintenance of Certification Committee.

Fun Fact: David has a robust collection of music for the operating room. 
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