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 Weekly Member Update - August 12, 2011

Below is a letter to the ASSH members and hand surgery community from the family of ASSH Member James H. Dobyns, MD, who passed away on July 14th.
Hand Surgery Community,
As many of you have learned, Dr. James H. Dobyns - Jim to his friends and colleagues and "Yodadoc" to all - passed away on July 14th, 2011 at the age of 86 years. Our father lived a very full life that took him from the Great Depression and WWII into an era of unprecedented progress in knowledge, an era that saw Surgery of the Hand founded as a field of medicine and take its place as one of the great subspecialties of surgery. His family and his chosen profession were his two great passions. He was an outstanding physician, a prolific communicator, and a deeply committed teacher and mentor. He loved travel, good food and great company, especially when he could get all three at the same time.  As we celebrate his life in the aftermath of his passing, we are grateful to have heard from so many of you. In growing up with Dad, we were always aware that we had other "brothers and sisters" in the Hand Surgery community who, like us, were touched by his desire to help us all grow into the best that we could be, and give back to the community and world around us. That so many of you know and remember him as we do cements a bond that will stand the test of time.  As a member of the Hand Surgery community, please know that your work and scholarship were a great source of pride for our father. Your friendship and shared commitment was fuel for his soul. On his behalf and on behalf of his wife (of 62 years) and our mother, we would like to extend our thanks and his to the entire Hand Surgery community for the many friendships made and kept over the years. With his lifelong commitment in mind, we ask that all memorials be sent to the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand.

David A. Dobyns, Rochester MN
William B. Dobyns, MD, Seattle WA and Hudson WI
Rick Dobyns, MD, Iowa City IA

ASSH has launched our first mobile application to help you navigate the 66th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.  Visit the Apple App Store, the Android Marketplace, or direct your computer’s browser to to find quick links and QR codes for downloading.

Not coming to the meeting?  Use the app to see what you are missing! 
ASSH AM 2011 includes a complete Program listing with full session descriptions, a Do-It-Yourself schedule builder, conference center maps, Exhibitor descriptions, Speaker information, access to all available handouts for symposia and instructional courses (more coming later this month), all available abstracts for clinical papers and posters, and access to the popular e-Posters (coming later this month). 

President of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of The Hand (IFSSH) Professor Ulrich Mennen, MD recently released the August 2011 IFSSH newsletter.  Highlighted in the newsletter is a tribute to the IFSSH founding fathers in “Remembering Our Pioneers.”  Read the complete IFSSH newsletter.

If your office routinely refers patients to the Find a Hand Surgeon feature on the ASSH website, you can now direct them to the url of  This will take them directly to the Find a Hand Surgeon pages.  Thank you to Charlie Eaton, MD for the suggestion!

Hand surgery fellows or surgical residents in ACGME-accredited programs are invited to apply for the 2011 Resident and Fellow Fast-Track Seed Grants.  Funding will be limited to one applicant per institution.  The AFSH believes that hand surgery residents and fellows benefit from a research funding mechanism that offers a small amount of funding to seed innovative projects related to hand surgery.  That's why the program is geared towards projects of smaller scope and allows for faster funding than the traditional AFSH basic science and clinical research grants.
Deadline for application is August 15, 2011.  Funding decisions will be made by October. Submission requirements have been modified, so be sure to read the application instructions.

Jeanine A. Andersson, MD
Gregory M. Buncke, MD
Timothy E. Dicke, MD
Daniel John Fletcher, MD
James Warren Fletcher, MD
Earl J. Foster, MD
Steven L. Friedman, MD
Michael Joseph Garcia, MD
Renato R. Goncalves
Patricia M. Kallemeier, MD
Jeffrey C. King, MD*
Lisa L. Lattanza, MD
Louis E. Murdock, MD
David T. Sowa, MD
John G. Westkaemper, MD
* Indicates contributions made in memory of James H. Dobyns, MD.
Learn how you can donate in many ways including autopay, by check or with stock.

The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has submitted comments to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the agency’s proposed regulations on the public sharing of physician performance measurement data.  Noting that incorrect or inaccurate risk attribution could lead to inaccurate physician performance measurements, the AAOS called on CMS to emphasize risk attribution in their models.  In addition, the AAOS offered comments on defining covered entities, urged transparency in the identification process, and emphasized the importance of allowing providers to review, comment, and—if necessary—attempt to correct errors in their personal performance measurement report.
Read the letter (PDF)
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday appointed Reps. James Clyburn, Xavier Becerra and Chris Van Hollen to the special congressional committee on deficit reduction, completing selection of the 12-member bipartisan panel created under last week's debt ceiling agreement.