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Existing restricted funds for the AFSH are listed below.  If you would like to make a contribution to one of these funds, or to make a 1- 4 year pledge commitment, please click here or contact the ASSH Central Office.

AFSH Heritage Society

Many donors would like to give back to the field and would like to do so with a planned gift.
There are several ways to accomplish this:
  • Through insurance policies
    naming the Foundation as owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy.
  • Through charitable gift annuities
  • Through estate planning
    naming the Foundation as the beneficiary of ones will.
You can join the Heritage Society today. Click here to start.
If you wish explore any of these options, please contact the AFSH at


Sterling Bunnell Fellowship Fund 
The Sterling Bunnell Fellowship annually provides a young hand surgeon the opportunity to study an upper extremity related topic of his/her choice.

Robert A. Chase Library Fund
The AFSH would like to honor the work and influence of Robert A. Chase, MD by dedicating the ASSH library and museum at the new ASSH office building (822 W. Washington, Chicago) to him.  This fund will support the development and maintenance of the library and museum.

Carroll Founders Lecture Fund 
Robert E. Carroll, MD was a member of the Hand Society since 1953 and had an incredible impact on teaching and education in hand surgery. The Robert E. Carroll Founders Lecture Fund has been established to pay tribute to a man whose contributions to the field will never be forgotten.  The Carroll Founders Lecture is delivered during the ASSH Annual Meeting.

Ronald Linscheid-James Dobyns - Excellence in Wrist Surgery Fund
The goal of this fund is to annually recognize the best wrist research paper presented at the ASSH Annual Meeting with a $5,000 honorarium.  Selection will be organized by the ASSH Education Diretor, with input from Mayo Clinic, Division of Hand Surgery.  Once the corpus is over $200K, the remaining income generated by this fund will be used to provide research grants related to wrist surgery for existing AFSH grant programs.

Richard H. Gelberman Scholar Fund
The AFSH would like to honor Richard H. Gelberman, MD for his extraordinary contributions to hand surgery research and his legacy in the training of hand surgery fellows.  The Gelberman Fund will help fund the travel for a young, practicing hand surgeon.  Learn more about the Gelberman Scholar award.

J. Leonard Goldner Fund
Pay tribute to the body of work and legacy left by Dr. Goldner, former ASSH president and pioneering hand surgeon.  The Goldner Award is given to the highest ranking research grant, for a research plan that is highly innovative and is far-reaching in its appeal to the ASSH membership.

Harold E. Kleinert Traveling Fellowship Fund *(Pending)
The goal of this award is to annually provide a worthy young non-North American hand surgeon the opportunity to travel to hand surgery center(s) to advance his or her understanding of hand and upper extremity surgery techniques and treatment.  Dr. Kleinert led a distinguished career as a pioneer in the field of hand and upper extremity surgery and microsurgery. The Christine M. Kleinert Fellowship in Hand Surgery program Dr. Kleinert established through the University of Louisville has now trained over 1300 physicians from over 50 countries. Help us honor Dr. Kleinert's international legacy by contributing to the Kleinert Traveling Fellowship Fund.  Note: this fund is currently pending approval.

Lee Gordon Fund
Support the hand surgery programs of Health Volunteers Overseas. Honor Dr. Gordon and his volunteer efforts by making a personal contribution to the Lee Gordon Fund.

A. Lee Osterman Excellence in Education Fund
The AFSH and those hand surgeons he has trained would like to honor A. Lee Osterman, MD through a fund dedicated to honoring other outstanding educators and supporting hand surgery education.  This fund will award an honorarium to a selected recipient who will present an Instructional Course at the ASSH Annual Meeting and give a presentation at the spring Philadelphia Hand Meeting.

Daniel C. Riordan Education Fund
The AFSH would like to honor the work and influence of Daniel Riordan, MD (1917-2012) by creating a fund to support the Annual Meeting Scholarship program.  This expendable fund will help support (1) resident or fellow attend the ASSH Annual Meeting and Adrian E. Flatt Residents & Fellows Conference each year by funding a $1,500 scholarship.

Andrew J. Weiland Medal Fund
The Andrew J. Weiland Medal was created to award and inspire a surgeon scientist in mid-career who has an established body of research and proven track record for innovation. Honor Dr. Weiland with your personal contribution to the Andrew J. Weiland Fund.

*Pending Funds Disclaimer: Named Funds do not have a designated purpose until approved by the ASSH Council and AFSH Board of Trustees.  Pledges and/or donations received in honor of, or in tribute to a proposed fund will be held in the AFSH General Fund until the fund has been formally approved and a funding threshold has been reached.  For questions, contact the AFSH at or call (312) 880-1900.


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