About AFSH

The American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand was founded by the Council of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand in February of 1986.  The Hand Foundation was created to provide funding to support educational services, to stimulate research, and to increase the outreach efforts of the Society.  The American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand is governed by a Board of Trustees.


To advance the care of hand and upper extremity disorders by supporting research, education, and outreach through the efficient collection of donations and administration of grants.


To be recognized as the world’s premier source of financial support for upper extremity research, education and outreach.

Core Values

Integrity is our most important asset. We will adhere to the highest ethical principles while seeking new and innovative ways to raise capital for hand and upper extremity research, education and outreach. In conjunction with the ASSH, we will administer resources responsibly and distribute funds with the utmost efficiency, resourcefulness and impartiality.   

Last revised March 2016. The AFSH is a 501(c)3 organization.

AFSH Committees

The Foundation's committees manage annual giving initiatives, award winners, grant submissions and much more. AFSH committees include:

    • AFSH Annual Giving Committee
    • AFSH Board of Trustees
    • AFSH Complus Manus Committee
    • AFSH Education Grant Selection Committee
    • AFSH Gelberman Scholar Committee
    • AFSH Linscheid-Dobyns Award Committee
    • AFSH Named Award Oversight Committee
    • AFSH Nominating Committee
    • AFSH Osterman Award Selection Committee
    • AFSH Weiland Medal Committee
    • AFSH-HVO Review Committee
    • Clinical Research and Grantsmanship Committee
    • Research Management Committee

Visit the committee directory to learn more about the charges of these committees.