2014 Electives in Hand Surgery

February 7-8, 2014
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

Sponsored by: American Society for Surgery of the Hand and American Society of Hand Therapists

Program Chair
Warren C. Hammert, MD
Program Co-chairs
Ryan P. Calfee, MD, MSc
Kristin A. Valdes, OTD, OTR, CHT
Physician Faculty
Charles A. Goldfarb, MD
Jeffrey Yao, MD
Scott D. Lifchez, MD
Jennifer Moriatis Wolf, MD
R. Glenn Gaston, MD
Thomas B. Hughes, MD
Ilya Voloshin, MD
Craig M. Rodner, MD
Sara L. Edwards, MD
Kevin J. Setter, MD
Jeffrey B. Friedrich, MD
Jonathan E. Isaacs, MD
Fraser J. Leversedge, MD
Therapist Faculty
Christine B. Novak, PT, PhD
Paul Brach, PT, MS, CHT
Tambra L. Marik, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
Jane Fedorczyk, PT, PhD, CHT, ATC
Rhonda K. Powell MS, OTR/L,CHT
Course Overview:

This course will highlight the fundamental anatomical knowledge with which both therapists and surgeons alike should be familiar.  In addition to common conditions treated in the upper extremity, topics which are infrequently seen in educational forums but are clinically common, including benign hand and wrist tumors, emergency conditions, such as compartment syndromes, ulnar sided wrist pain and common conditions involving the shoulder and elbow will be covered during this program by experts in their respective fields.  The program will offer concurrent programming on Friday and Saturday morning giving attendees the choice of which topic best meets their needs.

Target Audience: Intermediate


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery in the anatomical knowledge of common conditions from the fingertip to the shoulder.
  • Describe current concepts for diagnosis and treatment of tendon and nerve injuries in the upper extremity.
  • Identify, diagnose and initiate treatment for ulnar sided wrist pain.
  • Display an ability to diagnose and treat conditions of the wrist and forearm.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT). The ASSH is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The ASSH and ASHT are recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for certified Athletic Trainers.  This program has been approved for a maximum of 16 hours of Category A continuing education.  Certified Athletic Trainers are responsible for claiming only those hours actually spent participating in the CE activity.  ASHT is an approved provider of Continuing Education by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by the AOTA.

The ASSH designates this live activity, Electives in Hand Surgery, for a maximum of 16.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ASHT designates the Electives in Hand Surgery course for 16.00 contact hours of continuing education.


Friday, February 7, 2014

6:15 AM - 7:15 AM​ ​Industry Forum: Geminus Volar Plating System (Skeletal Dynamics)
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM​ ​Registration Open
​6:00 AM - 7:20 AM ​Breakfast / Visit Exhibits / Optional Industry Forums
​9:45 AM - 10:15 AM ​Break / Visit Exhibits
​12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ​Lunch / Visit Exhibits / Optional Industry Forums
​12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ​Industry Forum: Auxilium Pharmaceuticals
2:45 - 3:15 PM

​Break / Visit Exhibits


Saturday, February 8, 2014

6:30 AM - 5:30 PM​ ​Registration Open
​6:00 AM - 7:20 AM ​Breakfast / Visit Exhibits / Optional Industry Forums
​9:45 AM - 10:15 AM ​Break / Visit Exhibits
​12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ​Lunch / Visit Exhibits / Optional Industry Forums
​2:35 - 3:10 PM

​Break / Visit Exhibits



Friday, February 7, 2014 

6:15- 7:15 AM
Industry Forum 01: Geminus Volar Plating System (Skeletal Dynamics)
Faculty: Jorge L. Orbay, MD

Continuing our heritage of innovation, the GEMINUS® Volar Plating Set features our unique dual head design that improves fit to the anatomy, minimizing the potential for flexor tendon injuries while providing optimized subchondral support.  This demonstration will highlight our two newest features including our proprietary Polyaxial Locking Screw for the distal radius to offer cannulated precision and the Hook Plate Extension to provide additional volar rim fragment support.  


Course 1: Anatomy and Miscellaneous Hand Problems (concurrent)
Moderator: Warren C. Hammert, MD
7:30 AM - 9:45 AM

​7:20 AM - 7:30 AM ​Welcome and Opening Remarks
​7:30 AM - 8:00 AM ​Functional Anatomy of the Upper Extremity
​8:00 AM - 8:15 AM ​Tendinopathy in the Upper Extremity-Trigger Digits, deQuervains, Epicondylitis
​8:15 AM - 8:35 AM ​Dupuytren’s Disease
​8:35 AM - 8:55 AM ​Skin Grafts / Skin Substitutes / Soft Tissue Coverage
​8:55 AM - 9:15 AM ​Benign Hand and Wrist Tumors
​9:15 AM - 9:30 AM ​Compartment Syndromes / Emergency Conditions
​9:30 AM - 9:45 AM ​Pediatric Hand Conditions – What Every Hand Surgeon
Should Know


Attendees move to Course 2 for remainder of the session on Finger Deformities and Arthritis

Course 2: Common Bony Hand Conditions - Fractures (concurrent)
Moderator: Ryan P. Calfee, MD, MSc
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

7:20 AM - 7:30 AM​ ​Welcome and Opening Remarks
​7:30 AM - 9:45 AM ​Session I: Hand Fractures/ Dislocations
​7:30 AM - 7:50 AM ​Overview of Hand Fractures and Dislocation (Fracture Anatomy…)
​7:50 AM - 8:20 AM ​Metacarpal Fractures (Finger and Thumb)
​8:20 AM - 8:40 AM ​Finger Fractures, Dislocations and Fracture Dislocations
8:40 AM - 9:05 AM​
​Nonunion and Malunion in the hand
​9:05 AM - 9:25 AM ​PIP Joint Injuries
​9:25 AM - 9:45 AM
​Therapeutic Management of Hand Fractures and Dislocations
​10:15 AM - 12:00 PM ​Session II: Finger Deformities and Arthritis
​10:15 AM - 10:35 AM ​Mallet / Boutonniere / Swan Neck
​10:35 AM - 10:55 AM ​MCP / PIP / DIP Joint (Arthroplasty and Arthrodesis)
10:55 AM - 11:10 AM​ ​Thumb MP Joint Injuries (UCL Repair and Reconstruction)
​11:10 AM - 11:40 AM ​Basal Joint Arthritis
​11:40 AM - 11:50 AM
​Postoperative Rehabilitation for Basal Joint Arthroplasty
​11:40 AM - 12:00 PM ​Panel Discussion / Q&A / Case Presentation


12:00 - 1:00 PM
Industry Forum 02: Treatment of Adult Patients with Duypuytren's Contracture with Palpable Cord: Clinical Overview and Case Studies (Auxilium Pharmaceuticals)
Faculty: Frederick Meyer, MD
Dupuytren's is a progressive fibromatosis of the palmar and digital fascia. Transformation of fibroblasts to myofibroblasts, excessive collagen production, and formation of collagen-containing cords are involved with the development of Dupuytren’s contracture (DC). The thickening and shortening of the cords lead to flexion contractures.
  • Improve the awareness and understanding of DC
  • Raise awareness and understanding of a nonsurgical option for the treatment of adult patients with DC with a palpable cord
    • Clinical efficacy and safety
    • Treatment procedure case study videos
      • Preparation, injection procedure, finger extension procedure, splinting, patient follow-up

Course 3: Ulnar Sided Wrist Conditions (general session)
Moderator: Warren C. Hammert, MD
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM​ Examination / Anatomy and Biomechanics / DRUJ Instability​
​1:30 PM - 1:45 PM ​TFCC Tears (Open and Arthroscopic Repair)
1:45 PM - 2:05 PM​ ​DRUJ – Ablative Procedures / Arthroplasty (Darrach, SK, HIT, Matched Resection, Implant Arthroplasty)
​2:05 PM - 2:25 PM ​Management of the Failed Darrach
​2:25 PM - 2:45 PM ​Therapeutic Management Following DRUJ Reconstruction
​2:45 PM - 3:15 PM ​Break / Visit Exhibits
​3:15 PM - 3:25 PM ​ECU Tendonosis and Instability
​3:25 PM - 3:40 PM ​Midcarpal Instability
​3:40 PM - 4:00 PM ​Therapeutic Management of Midcarpal Instability
4:00 PM - 4:20 PM​ ​Ulnar Impaction – Diagnosis and Treatment
​4:20 PM - 4:40 PM ​Management of Ulnar Sided Wrist Problems in Athletes
4:40 PM - 4:55 PM​ ​An Algorithmic Approach to Surgical Treatment of Ulnar Sided Wrist Pain
​4:55 PM - 5:30 PM ​Panel Discussion / Q&A / Case Studies

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Course 4: Tendon and Nerve (concurrent)
Moderator: Kristin Valdes, OTD, OT, CHT
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

7:30 AM - 9:45 AM ​Session I: Tendons
7:30 AM - 7:50 AM​ ​Flexor Tendon Anatomy and Healing
​7:50 AM - 8:20 AM ​Flexor Tendon Injuries
​8:20 AM - 8:40 AM ​Flexor Tendon Rehabilitation – Active Motion
​8:40 AM - 9:00 AM ​Flexor Tendon Reconstruction
​9:00 AM - 9:10 AM ​Extensor Tendon Anatomy
​9:10 AM - 9:30 AM ​Extensor Tendon Injury and Repair
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM​ ​Extensor Tendon Rehabilitation
10:15 AM - 12:00 AM​ ​Session II: Peripheral Nerve
​10:15 AM - 10:30 AM ​Nerve Injury and Healing
​10:30 AM - 10:55 AM ​Nerve Repair / Grafting / Nerve Transfers
​10:55 AM - 11:10 AM ​Therapeutic Management following Nerve Transfer
​11:10 AM - 11:25 AM ​Tendon Transfers
​11:25 AM - 11:45 AM ​Common Nerve Compressions – CTS / UNE / Others
​11:45 AM - 12:00 PM ​Panel Discussion / Q&A
​12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Course 5: Elbow and Shoulder (concurrent)
Moderator: Ilya Voloshin, MD
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

7:30 AM – 9:45 AM​ Session I: Elbow​
7:30 AM – 7:50 AM​ ​Elbow Anatomy and Exam / Imaging
​7:50 AM – 8:00 AM ​Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis
​8:00 AM – 8:15 AM ​Distal Biceps Injuries
​8:15 AM – 8:40 AM ​Elbow Fractures and Fracture Dislocations
8:40 AM – 9:00 AM​ ​Elbow Ligament Reconstruction
​9:00 AM – 9:15 AM ​Rehabilitation of the Elbow Fractures, Dislocations and Instability
​9:15 AM – 9:35 AM ​Elbow Arthroplasty
​9:35 AM – 9:45 AM ​Rehabilitation following Elbow Arthroplasty
​10:15 AM – 12:10 PM ​Session II: Shoulder
​10:15 AM – 10:30 AM ​Shoulder Exam / Anatomy / Imaging / Exam
​10:30 AM – 10:40 AM ​Clavicle Fractures
​10:40 AM – 10:55 AM ​Proximal Humerus Fractures – Repair or Replace
10:55 AM – 11:10 AM​ ​Rotator Cuff Injuries / Impingement
​11:10 AM – 11:25 AM ​Rehabilitation following Rotator Cuff Repair
11:25 AM – 11:40 AM​ ​Instability
​11:40 AM – 11:55 AM ​Arthroplasty / Reverse Total Shoulder
​11:55 AM – 12:10 PM ​Panel Discussion / Q&A

Course 6: Wrist and Forearm (general session)
Moderator: Ryan P. Calfee, MD, MSc
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

1:00 PM – 1:20 PM​ ​Wrist Anatomy and Kinematics
​1:20 PM – 1:50 PM ​Scaphoid Fractures (Diagnosis and Treatment) and Nonunion
​1:50 PM – 2:05 PM ​Kienböck’s
​2:05 PM – 2:20 PM ​Acute Scapholunate Ligament Injuries
​2:20 PM – 2:35 PM ​Chronic Scapholunate Ligament Reconstruction
​2:35 PM – 3:10 PM ​Break / Visit Exhibits
​3:10 PM – 3:40 PM ​Perilunate Dislocations / Fracture Dislocations
3:40 PM – 3:55 PM​ ​Rehabilitation following Perilunate Injuries
​3:55 PM – 4:20 PM ​Distal Radius Fractures
4:20 PM – 4:30 PM​ ​Management of Wrist and Forearm Fractures in Athletes
4:30 PM – 4:50 PM​ ​Wrist Arthritis – SLAC, SNAC, Radiocarpal
​4:50 PM – 5:05 PM ​Wrist Arthroplasty
​5:05 PM – 5:30 PM ​Panel Discussion / Q&A


Electives in Hand Surgery registration includes daily breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks and a detailed course syllabus. Course sessions and food functions are for the course registrants only—spouses and families are not permitted in these areas. Registration is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • DOWNLOAD and send registration form
    • BY FAX (847) 384-1435
    • BY PHONE (312) 880-1900
    • BY MAIL
      Department 1005
      PO Box 6500
      Chicago, IL 60680

Participants have the option to register for one-day or a full registration.
Note – one day registrations cannot be mixed (i.e. you cannot choose courses on
both Friday and Saturday unless you are registering for a full registration).

Registration Type​ ​One Day Registration ​Full Registration
ASSH Member​ ​$395 ​$695
​ASSH Affiliate Member ​$250 ​$450
Nonmember Physician​ ​$450 ​$795
Resident or Fellow​ ​$295 ​$495
ASHT Member ​ ​$295 ​$495
​Nonmember Therapist ​$350 ​$575
Allied Health Professional ​ ​$350 ​$575

Post-deadline and onsite registration will incur an additional $50 fee and is subject to space availability.

All registrations are confirmed by e-mail or fax. If you have not received a confirmation within two weeks of submitting your registration form please contact ASSH at (312) 880-1900 or meetings@assh.org.

All refunds must be requested in writing to the ASSH Central Office by fax at (847) 384-1435 or email at meetings@assh.org. A full refund, less a $150 admininstrative fee, will be given if written notification is received by the ASSH Central Office on or before January 2, 2014. Cancellations received between January 3 and January 17, 2014 will receive 50% back of payment received. No refunds will be issued after January 17, 2014.

​Reservation Deadline: January 23, 2014

Housing for the Electives in Hand Surgery course will be at the Hyatt Regency
New Orleans, 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70113.



Single or Double Occupancy ​ $209/night​
Triple Occupancy ​ ​$234/night
Quadruple Occupancy ​ ​$259/night
Regency Club​ ​$259/night (+$50 for each additional person)


Book housing via  https://resweb.passkey.com/go/americansocietysurgeryhand


  • All attendees are responsible for making their own sleeping room reservations
  • DO NOT contact the ASSH Office for hotel reservations
  • Please ask for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand course rate
  • Check-in time is 3:00 PM and check-out time is 12:00 noon
  • Complimentary basic high speed internet is offered in paid guest rooms and public space

Reservation requests must be received by January 5. Upon check in you will be asked to verify your check out date. The Hyatt Regency New Orleans utilizes a 72-hour cancellation policy. Rates are subject to state and local taxes in effect at the time of the meeting in addition to a $3.00 per guest room night occupancy fee.

NOTE: If the room block fills prior to the deadline, the hotel cannot guarantee
availability and/or the special ASSH course rate.

The closest airport to the Hyatt Regency New Orleans is the Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY). Time by taxi from the airport to hotel is approximately 20 minutes. United Airlines has been selected as the official carrier for the course.  You may book online at www.united.com and enter the offer code ZQT9329504 in the offer code box when searching for your flight or call United Meetings at 800-426-1122 using Agreement Code 329504 and Z Code ZQT9.  If you are traveling outside of the United States, please call your local United Airlines Reservation Office.

​The material presented in this continuing medical education program is made available by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) for educational purposes only. This material is not intended to represent
the best or only methods and procedures appropriate for the medical situation discussed,
but rather is intended to present an approach, view, statement or opinion of the authors or
presenters that may be helpful or of interest to other practitioners. The attendees agree to
participate in this medical education program sponsored by the ASSH and ASHT with full
knowledge and awareness that they waive any claim they may have against the ASSH and
ASHT for reliance on any information presented in this educational program. In addition, the
attendees also waive any claim they have against ASSH/ASHT for injury or other damages
that may result in any way from their participation in this program. All of the proceedings of
the Electives in Hand Surgery course are intended for limited publication only, and all property rights in the material presented, including common – law copyright, are expressly reserved by the speaker or ASSH/ASHT. No statement of presentation made is to be regarded as dedicated to the public domain. Any sound reproduction transcript or other use of the material presented at this course without the permission of the speaker or ASSH/ASHT is prohibited to the full extent of common – law copyright in such material. The ASSH and ASHT are not responsible for expenses incurred by an individual who is not confirmed and for whom space is not available at the meeting. Costs incurred by the registrant such as airline or hotel fees or penalties are the responsibility of the registrant. By registering for the Electives in Hand Surgery Program the attendee consents to the conditions of participation set forth above.
​For program and exhibitor information, contact Diana Shkap at dshkap@assh.org or (312) 880-1900.

Exhibitors and Corporate Sponsors are invited to participate!  This two day program is jointly sponsored with the American Society of Hand Therapists and will offer concurrent tracks for both surgery and therapy interests.  Expected attendance is 150 - 200 attendees with 60% therapy and 40% physician participation.  Cost to exhibit is $1,000 per tabletop.  This program will take place at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.  This course was last held in 2012.

Industry Forums are also available for the Electives program!  Industry sponsors will enjoy 60 minutes to host a workshop using a combination of lecture, panel discussion, cadaveric demonstration (faculty only), and/or a hands-on workshop using sawbones.  Content and faculty are the responsibility of the sponsor.  Meeting space with standard room set-up including basic audio/visual package (screen, LCD projector, and microphone) will be provided.  Cost is $2,000/industry forum.
NOTE: A special discount of $500 is available if you apply for both tabletop exhibit and industry forum for Electives in Hand Surgery.
Current list of exhibitors as of February:
  1. 3D System​
  2. Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  3. Arthrex, Inc.
  4. AxoGen, Inc.
  5. Integra Life Sciences
  6. Joint Active Systems​
  7. Medartis, Inc.
  8. SegWAY Orthopaedics, Inc.​
  9. Skeletal Dynamics
  10. Small Bone Innovations, Inc.
  11. Solana Surgical
  12. Tiemann Surgical
  13. Wolters Kluwer (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)

 Contact Diana Shkap at dshkap@assh.org or (312) 880-1900 for questions and comments.

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