2018 2nd ASSH-SSHS Congress
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From: 01/26/2018 To: 01/27/2018

Location: Singapore

The Singapore Society for Hand Surgery (SSHS) is now accepting abstracts! Paper and poster abstracts will be accepted through November 30, 2017 through the SSHS website: http://www.sshs.sg/abstract-submission.html

On behalf of the organizing committee for the Singapore and American Hand Societies, we formally invite you to attend the 2nd Combined Meeting January 26-27, 2018 in Singapore.  The 1st Combined Meeting held in 2015 was highly successful and attracted participants both from the United States and the Asia-Pacific Rim, along with many other nations.  The main goal of this meeting is to foster recognition and support of hand surgery as a distinct specialty.  Over the course of this meeting, we hope to form new friendships and increase collegiality between the ASSH, SSHS, and other national societies.  All the speakers were chosen for their ability to impart creativity and energy on an array of innovative topics.  Talks have been designed around the theme of “Challenging Paradigms” in treating common conditions.  

The SSHS has been active in providing education and training for hand surgeons over its entire history, and has been integral in providing service activities for the developing world.  The ASSH is excited to partner with the SSHS again in hosting the combined meeting in the idyllic country of Singapore.  Furthermore, we hope the participants will take advantage of easy travel to nearby destinations including Bali, Bangkok, Penang, Hong Kong, Taipei, and many other exciting cities in Asia.

Singapore provides a convenient, central location, that links the western world with Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.   Singapore is a multiethnic nation that showcase a wide array of cultural and social communities, ranging from Chinatown, Little India, Arab Street, themed attractions in Sentosa, and the futuristic Marina Bay.  Singapore is regularly listed as one of the top culinary destinations in the world.  In fact, a Michelin star was even awarded to a “hawker” street food stand!  Singapore’s signature is in its fusion cuisine and dishes, where you can find curries, regional delights from China, and the creative Nyonya cuisine, which is a blend of Malaysian and Chinese flavors and influences. 

Join us for the 2nd Combined Meeting to foster new friendships, and gain a greater understanding of the wonderful cultural diversities that can be found in Singapore.


Kevin C. Chung, MD, MS, ASSH
Anthony T.L. Foo, MD, SSHS
2018 2nd Combined SSHS/ASSH Program Chairs





After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify possible treatment options for the care of hand surgery patients.
  • Describe the treatment strategies for specific hand surgery conditions.
  • Interpret outcomes data to identify the best hand surgery treatments.
  • Compare established treatments with recent novel procedures.
  • Create a depository of surgical and non-surgical options for the hand patients.
Julie E. Adams, MD
Michelle G. Carlson, MD
James Chang, MD
Andre E. Cheah, MD, MBA
Kevin C. Chung, MD, MS
Anthony TL Foo, MD
Duretti T. Fufa, MD
Jeffrey A. Greenberg, MD, MS
Amitava Gupta, MD
Vincent R. Hentz, MD
Neil F. Jones, MD
Jason H. Ko, MD
Donald H. Lee, MD
Somsak Leechavengvongs, MD
Fraser J. Leversedge, MD
Terry R. Light, MD
Aymeric Y. Lim, FRCS
Beng-Hai Lim, MD
D. Angus McGrouther, FRCS
Steven L. Moran, MD
Yeong-Pin Peng, MBBS, FRCS
Ghazi M. Rayan, MD
Sandeep J. Sebastin, MD
David Tan, MD
Lam-Chuan Teoh, MD
Eric R. Wagner, MD
Jennifer Moriatis Wolf, MD
Kevin C. Chung, MD, MS
Anthony TL Foo, MD

This event is sponsored by the Singapore Society for Surgery of the Hand (SSHS) and no AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ will be awarded for participation.

Registration is now open!


Registration includes daily coffee breaks and lunch.  ASSH/SSHS member registration also includes a complimentary ticket to the banquet dinner on Friday, January 26 (RSVP required).  Non-members, and spouse/guest tickets are also available for purchase.

Early Registration Fees (register by 11/30/2017)

Attendee Type    Hand Review Pre-Course (Thur)   Combined Scientific Meeting (Fri/Sat)   Banquet Dinner (Fri)
 ASSH Member    $150 USD   $220 USD    $0
Non-Member Physician    $150 USD   $220 USD   $37
 Resident/Fellow    $110 USD   $185 USD   $37
 Allied Health   $75 USD   $150 USD   $37


Regular Registration Fees (register on or after 12/1/2017)

Attendee Type   Hand Review Pre-Course (Thur)   Combined Scientific Meeting (Fri/Sat)   Banquet Dinner (Fri)
ASSH Member   $185 USD   $260 USD   $0
Non-Member Physician   $185 USD   $260 USD   $37
Resident/Fellow   $150 USD   $220 USD   $37
Allied Health   $110 USD   $185 USD   $37


Cancellation Policy

A full refund less a $95 cancellation fee will be issued if written notification is received in the ASSH Central Office by November 30, 2017.  A $150 cancellation fee will be charged if written notification is received between December 1-31, 2017.  No refunds will be issued after December 31, 2017.  Optional activity tickets and AFSH donations are non-refundable.  No refunds will be issued for any missed sessions or events, including sessions missed due to travel delays.  No refunds are issued on site. Phone cancellations will not be accepted.  Cancellation requests should include the registrant's name and a brief explanation of cancellation.  Refunds are issued the same way payment was received (refund to credit card or check) unless you are otherwise notified.  You can send your written request to: [email protected] or Mail to ATTN: Registrar, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 822 W. Washington Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60607, USA.




The headquarters hotel is the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore (http://www.shangri-la.com/singapore/shangrila/) and is approximately 2 miles from the meeting venue at The Academia within the Singapore General Hospital.

Book online at https://www.united.com/web/en-US/apps/booking/specials/meetings/default.aspx and enter code ZYTU986642 in the Offer Code box to receive special airfare rates on United.com.  If booking through a travel professional or over the phone through United Meetings at (800) 426-1122, please share agreement code: 986642 and Z code: ZYTU.

Learn more about visiting Singapore at http://www.sshs.sg/annual-meeting-2018-assh-sshs.html

Please check www.sshs.sg  for updates.  

For exhibit or other Industry support opportunities, please contact the SSHS at [email protected]

I understand that the material presented in this program (the “Program”) has been made available under the joint sponsorship of the Singapore Society for Surgery of the Hand (SSHS) and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) for educational purposes only. This material is not intended to represent the only, nor necessarily the best, method or procedure appropriate for the medical situations discussed, but rather is intended to present an approach, view, statement or opinion of the faculty which may be of interest to others.  

As a condition of my participation in the Program, I hereby (i) waive any claim I may have against the SSHS/ASSH and its officers, directors, employees, or agents, or against the presenters or speakers, for reliance on any information presented in the Program; and (ii) release SSHS/ASSH, its officers, directors, employees, and agents, as well as the presenters and speakers, from and against any and all liability for damage or injury that may arise from my participation or attendance at the Program. 

I further understand and agree that no reproduction of any kind, including photographs, audiotapes and videotapes, may be made of the Program. All property rights in the material presented, including common law copyright, are expressly reserved to the presenter or speaker or to the SSHS/ASSH. SSHS/ASSH is not responsible for expenses incurred by an individual who is not confirmed and for whom space is not available. Costs incurred by the registrant, such as airline or hotel fees or penalties, are the responsibility of the registrant.

For questions regarding your registration through the ASSH please contact [email protected].  

For all other inquires, please contact the SSHS:

Ms. Sandra Awyong
Singapore Society for Hand Surgery
Department of Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery
Tower Block (National University Health System)
1E Kent Ridge Road
Singapore 119228

E-mail:  [email protected]
Phone:   +65 6772 5449
Fax:        +65 6773 2558

Day 1

Hand Review Course (optional precourse)

Visit the SSHS web page for the most up-to-date schedule.  The Hand Review Course is organized and sponsored by the SSHS. This precourse is designed for hand surgeons in-training to address core areas in Hand Surgery and provide updates in these areas. An additional fee applies to register for this program.  The official combined program is scheduled over January 26-27.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

7:15 AM - Breakfast Symposium: Carpal Instability and Scaphoid Non-Union
8:00 AM - Opening Address from SSHS President

Session I (8:15 AM - 10:15 AM)

8:15 AM - Nerve Injury and Recovery
8:30 AM - Common Compressive Neuropathies
8:45 AM - Tendon Transfer for Peripheral Nerve Palsy
9:00 AM - Adult Brachial Plexus Injury
9:15 AM - Upper Limb Surgery in Cerebral Palsy
9:30 AM - Upper Limb Surgery in Tetraplegia
9:45 AM - Q&A

10:00 AM - Tea Break

Session II (10:15 AM - 1:15 PM)

10:15 AM - Syndactyly, Duplication, Clasped Hand, Trigger Thumb
10:30 AM - Hypoplastic Thumb, Forearm Axis, Elbow
10:45 AM - Pediatric Fractures: Hand, Scaphoid, Distal Radius
11:00 AM - Malignant Tumors of the Upper Extremity
11:15 AM - Benign Tumors of the Upper Extremity
11:30 AM - Principles of Joint Fusion: Trauma & Arthritis
11:45 AM - Principles of Small Joint Arthroplasty
12:00 PM - Q&A

12:15 PM - Lunch Symposium - Distal Radius Fractures

Session III (1:15 PM - 3:00 PM)

1:15 PM - Principles of Flap Surgery: Pedicled and Free Tissue Transfer
1:30 PM - Flaps for Finger Reconstruction
1:45 PM - Amputation Injuries: Principles of Replantation (Minor & Major)
2:00 PM - Principles of Upper Limb Revision Amputation
2:15 PM - Hand Burns
2:30 PM - Q&A

2:45 PM - Tea Break

Session IV (3:00 - 5:00 PM)

3:00 PM - Metacarpal and Phalangeal Fractures
3:20 PM - Forearm Axis Fractures
3:40 PM - DRUJ Instability
4:00 PM - Extensor Tendon Injury
4:15 PM - Flexor Tendon Injury
4:30 PM - Hand Infections
4:45 PM - Q&A

5:00 PM - Saw Bone Workshop (for Residents)

Day 2

Friday, January 26, 2018

Opening Address
James Chang, MD
American Society for Surgery of the Hand

Hand Fractures / Wrist (7:40 - 10:20 AM)

Moderators: Drs. Cheah and Moran

7:40 AM
Condylar fractures in the phalanges 
Michelle G. Carlson, MD

8:00 AM
Is lateral plating of phalangeal fractures superior to dorsal plating? 
Anthony Foo, MD

8:20 AM
Strategies for dealing with stiff phalangeal non-union 
Lam Chuan Teoh, MD

8:40 AM
Does all PIPJ subuxation require surgery? 
Andre Cheah, MD

9:00 AM
When ever is surgery indicated for mallet fractures? 
Jennifer Moriatis Wolf, MD

9:20 AM
Salvage options for scaphoid nonunion advanced collapse - A logical perspective 
Amitava Gupta, MD

9:40 AM
Treatment other than vascularized bonegrafts for proximal pole non union 
Steven L. Moran, MD

10:00 AM

10:20 - 10:40 AM

Wrist / Arthritis (10:40 AM - 1:20 PM)

Moderators: Drs. Tan and Chang

10:40 AM
Outcomes of thermal shrinkage for SL injury 
Julie E. Adams, MD

11:00 AM
The treatment of the combined distal radius and distal ulna (non styloid) fractures 
Donald H. Lee, MD

11:20 AM
Outcomes of a conservative treatment protocol for TFCC injury 
David Tan, MD

11:40 AM
Post traumatic PIPJ arthritis in high functioning individuals 
Kevin C. Chung, MD, MS

12:00 PM
Refinements in 4-corner fusion 
Jeffrey A. Greenberg, MD, MS

12:20 PM
Denervation (finger and wrist) 
Vincent R. Hentz, MD

12:40 PM 

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Micro (2:00 - 4:00 PM)

Moderators: Drs. Sebastin and Chang

2:00 PM
Challenges and Advances in Hand Allotransplantation 
Luke Lin, MD

2:20 PM
Role of the toe in hand reconstruction 
Beng Hai Lim, MD

2:40 PM
Microsurgical training 
James Chang, MD

3:00 PM
Strategies for venous decongestion in digital replantation 
Yeong Pin Peng, MD

3:20 PM
Alternatives to toe pulp for thumb pulp loss 
Sandeep Sebastin, MD

4:00 - 4:20 PM

4:20 - 5:20 PM
Free Papers

6:30 PM
Banquet Dinner (all attendees)
Includes a presentation from the SSHS Traveling Fellow.

Day 3

Saturday, January 27, 2018

8:00 AM

Other/Misc (8:10 - 10:30 AM)

Moderators: Drs. McGrouther and Light

8:10 AM
Managing hand infections without antibiotics?
D. Angus McGrouther, FRCS

8:30 AM
Approach to ECU tendinitis
Eric R. Wagner, MD

8:50 AM
Managing the ruptured flexor tendon repair 
Fraser J. Leversedge, MD

9:10 AM
Treatment of ischemia in scleroderma
James Chang, MD

9:30 AM
Wassel II and III Polydactyly - Bilhaut-Cloquet or Ablation and Reconstruction 
Terry R. Light, MD

9:50 AM
Congenital Trigger Thumb - Is Early Release Indicated 
Ghazi M. Rayan, MD

10:10 AM

10:30 - 10:50 AM
Coffee Break

Nerve (10:50 AM - 12:50 PM)

Moderators: Drs. Lim and Jones

10:50 AM
Distal motor nerve transfers 
Jason H. Ko, MD

11:10 AM
Nerve transfer to restore sensation and relieve pain in brachial plexus injury
Somsak Leechavengvongs, MD

11:30 AM
Tendon transfer 
Neil F. Jones, MD

11:50 AM
Duretti T. Fufa, MD

12:10 PM
Intrinsic hand reanimation 
Aymeric Lim, MD

12:30 PM

12:50 - 1:00 PM
Closing Address
Singpore Society for Surgery of the Hand

Day 4
A post-congress cadaveric workshop is scheduled for Sunday, 28 January.  This workshop caters to both surgeons in training, as well as practicing surgeons who wish to sharpen their skills.  Registration for the workshop is limited to 20 participants, on a first-come first-serve basis.  To inquire about space availability, please contact the SSHS directly at [email protected].
Day 5