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 Weekly Member Update - Februrary 15, 2013

One Question Results - Member Resources


Kevin C. Chung, MD, MS
Chair, International Relations Committee
It is an honor for me to chair the International Committee.  The committee consists of the following members, all of whom are serving in a leadership role at the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand. 
  • James Chang, MD
  • Edward Diao, MD
  • Frederick F. Fakharzadeh, MD
  • Sanjeev Kakar, MD
  • Scott H. Kozin, MD
  • Donald H. Lalonde, MD
  • Chris Lincoski, MD
  • Nash H. Naam, MD
  • David S. Ruch, MD
  • William H. Seitz, Jr., MD
  • Alexander Y. Shin, MD
The mission of the international committee is to be a conduit of hand surgery education to the world.  Under the leadership of our President Ed Akelman, MD, an International Task Force was formed that proposed a number of creative and ambitious recommendations for the international committee to carry out in the next few years.  The Task Force’s long-range plan is for the ASSH to contribute to the world by teaching in various regions of the world and by bringing international hand surgeons to our shores.  The international committee is currently organizing joint meetings with strategic partners in four regions of the world, including Southeast Asia, North Asia, Central and South America, and Middle East/Africa/India.  These regional meetings aim to expand the reaches of hand surgery through personal engagement of the ASSH leadership.  Additionally, the committee is committed to increase international membership by accepting applications of prominent hand surgeons from the international communities to enrich our organization.  The cross-fertilization of hand surgeons from the US and from the international arena will augment the already rich offerings of our annual meetings and many of our symposiums.  The ASSH looks forward to welcoming many of our new international colleagues as members who have been dedicated ambassadors for our organization in their respective countries. 
There are also a number of innovative proposals that have been initiated for our annual meeting to serve as welcoming hosts for our international registrants.  We will coordinate visits for international registrants to select hand surgery centers either before or after the annual meeting to enhance their experiences in the US.  We strive to give the most welcoming hospitality by initiating a buddy program whereby an ASSH member can be matched with an international member in helping to navigate various activities at our annual meeting. 
A key component of the international taskforce recommendation is service in mid to low income countries.  Each year, the international committee will select two enthusiastic educators from the ASSH membership to teach in selected countries in need.  The professors will be welcome by national hand surgery societies that are receptive to the ASSH visiting professors who will participate in lectures, surgical demonstrations, and tutorials to the local community.  There is a culture of volunteerism and education in the ASSH.  We hope to receive an enthusiastic response from the ASSH membership to apply to be the first two international visiting professors.
The ASSH was founded on the principles of education and service.  The international committee is grateful to the Council and ASSH members for their support to reach out to the world by offering our best talents and our superb educational content to contribute to the welfare of patients in need.
Below you’ll find a link to the numerical results from the One Question asking how you want to receive Hand Society newsletters.  The results did not provide a clear consensus.  When you consider the specific newsletter responses, it’s clear that there are some newsletters (e.g., Correspondence News) members want to continue receiving separately.  Given the range of responses, we will continue doing things as we have been—send all ASSH newsletters as separate emails to all our members.
When all the new technology platforms, which will contribute to the functionality of what we are calling SHUEHORN, are fully installed and integrated members will be able to choose which newsletters they want to subscribe to on a title-by-title basis.  That new functionality should be available in the next 9-18 months.
Mark C. Anderson, FASAE, CAE
Executive Vice President & CEO
Last week, we created a question based on a suggestion from Member David Haueisen, MD. Here are the results:
On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being no value and 5 being extremely valuable), how would you rate the value of the recertification process?​ ​
  • No value - 28.1%
  • Little value - 38.8%
  • Neutral - 12.9%
  • Somewhat valuable - 12.2%
  • Extremely valuable - 7.9%
If you have a suggestion for a One Question Survey, we would welcome your input!  Just email your idea to
The ASSH Comprehensive Review Course, offering 22.75 hours of CME, is designed as an advanced review course and update for practicing hand surgeons as well as Residents and Fellows in training. Expect to see:
  • Key, high yield concepts
  • Testable evidence behind current practice trends
  • An abundance of test questions and answers
  • Lots more. See the course program.
The General Orthopaedic Review, offering 8.75 hours of CME, prepares you for the general orthopaedic questions on the Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand.  Held just one day prior to the Comprehensive Review course, this is a convenient opportunity to review generally accepted principles of orthopaedics across the specialties and prepare to maintain your certification.  If you are an AAOS Member, but not an ASSH Member, call the ASSH office at 312-880-1900 for your AAOS Member discount code for the General Orthopaedic Review.  Register today!
The ASSH is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Present your research at the 68th Annual Meeting by submitting an abstract for a scientific paper and e-poster.  Scientific Papers are selected for Clinical Paper Sessions as five-minute presentations during the general sessions while e-posters are selected as displays at kiosks and are available for viewing before, during and after the Annual Meeting.  Review the Call for Abstracts and submit your proposals today!
Do you have a resident or fellow that has research paper to present?  They can submit an abstract for a Scientific Paper or E-poster at the Residents and Fellows Conference.  Learn more by visiting the Residents and Fellows Conference Call for Abstracts.
Scientific Paper: March 4
Residents & Fellows Paper or E-poster: March 4
E-Poster: March 25

A Tribute to Jim Roth, MD

We have lost our colleague, mentor and friend, Dr. James (Jim) Roth who unexpectedly passed away on February 1st, 2013.
Jim Roth graduated from the University of Western Ontario Medical School in 1975.  During his University days, Jim played football for the University's Mustangs and was a feared and competitive athlete.  He graduated from Western's School of Medicine in 1975 and continued his clinical orthopaedic training in London.  During his orthopaedic surgery residency he spent one year as Dr. J.C. Kennedy’s research resident.  Post-residency Fellowship was completed in Hand and Microsurgery at Duke University Medical School.
He joined the Department of Surgery in Jan 1982, starting clinical practice at Victoria Hospital.  He quickly rose to the rank of Professor in 1989.  In January of 1992, Jim moved to St. Joseph's Health Centre in London and together with Dr. Bob McFarlane, he established the Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC).  He served as its medical director since its inception.  Under Jim's guidance and mentorship, the HULC has grown into the largest upper extremity surgical center in Canada and has an international reputation for its clinical care, research and teaching excellence.  Under Dr. Roth's leadership, HULC scientists developed several new techniques for computer assisted surgery and surgical innovation; leading to advances in surgical mechatronics, joint design, wound healing, and limb replantation in its world class bioengineering lab.  Numerous residents and fellows from across the globe were fortunate to learn from Dr. Roth's clinical and academic expertise.  He truly inspired a generation of surgeons, scientists and leaders. While maintaining a full surgical practice, Dr. Roth was also an outstanding researcher who authored over 150 scientific publications or book chapters during his career (Click here to view a listing of some of Dr. Roth's publications).
Dr. Roth served as the St. Joseph's Site Chief of Surgery since 1999 and was appointed Chair/Chief of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2007.  His leadership brought incredible growth in faculty recruitment to the HULC and the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery.  He also served in many leadership capacities such as on the Medical Advisory Committee, the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry Decanal Selection Committee, and the Western University Senate.  Dr. Roth was also instrumental in the establishment of the J.C. Kennedy Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery in 2011.  At the time, Dr. Roth said, "The J.C. Kennedy Chair ensures that the division will be able to compete for the best possible leaders in perpetuity".
Jim leaves a legacy of excellence in clinical care, teaching, research and academic administration.  He was happily married to his wife Barbara and a proud father to four fiercely independent and successful daughters. His two grandchildren gave him immeasurable pleasure.
Jim was the epitome of success in his personal, athletic and academic pursuits.  We all owe him a great debt of gratitude.  We will miss him greatly.
Scott H. Kozin, MD
ASSH President-Elect
In January, ASSH members Manuel DaSilva, MD and Neil Jones, MD were the keynote speakers at a special meeting of the Chinese Microsurgery Society in Shanghai, China to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the world’s first hand replantation performed by Zhong-Wei Chen, MD in 1963.
Dr. DaSilva gave a presentation on “Hand replantation and neurocortical stimulation therapy: a novel approach” and Dr. Jones gave presentations on “The contribution of microsurgery to hand and upper extremity surgery” and “Toe transfers for reconstruction of congenital hand anomalies.”

Thank You to AFSH Donors

David L. Evans, MD
Robert H. Falender, MD
David Gesensway, MD
Richard Y. Kim, MD
Stanley R. Lehman, MD
Charles F. Leinberry, MD
James C. McIntosh, Jr., MD
Michael A. Milek, MD
Alan Rosen, MD
Mitchell B. Rotman, MD
Thomas G. Stackhouse, MD
John Thomas, MD
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