News Updates

2016 Two-Year Clinical Nerve Research Grant Progress Report
October 16, 2017

In 2016, Sameer B. Shah, PhD was awarded a two-year $100K grant for his project on the "Impact of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Diabetes on Nerve Structure." Learn more about the progress made since work began in January 2017.

AFSH President's Message
September 19, 2017
We are fortunate to have had Dr. John Bednar as our Foundation President for these last 4 years.   John produced extraordinarily good results for the Foundation.  John has led by exemplary example, been mission driven and strategic in his approach to the Foundation.  Last year the Foundation, for the first time ever, was able to award over $1,000,000.00 in grants for hand surgery education, research, and outreach! 


2017-2018 International Hand Surgery Fellowship Recipients Announced!
August 31, 2017
Launched earlier this year, the International Hand Surgery Fellowship (IHSF) offers a unique opportunity for U.S.. hand surgeons in the early phase of their training to participate in a visiting fellowship abroad, either in China or India, over a three-month period.  We are happy to announce our inaugural 2017-2018 International Fellowship class.
2017 Hentz Scholarship and Riordan Awards Announced
August 15, 2017

The Adrian E. Flatt Residents and Fellows Committee, on behalf of the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand, the Vincent R. Hentz Fund, and the Riordan Hand Society are excited to announce this year's special travel scholarships to attend the Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference and the ASSH Annual Meeting in San Francisco. 

Tips for New NIH Grant Applicants
June 22, 2017

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) has provided a handy page titled Tips for New NIH Grant Applicants on the NIH website.

Annual Meeting Scholarship Donation MATCH!
May 25, 2017
The American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand is excited to announce a new matching donation opportunity.  The AFSH will match all individual donations, up to $20,000 for any donation directed to the Annual Meeting Traveling Scholarship Fund between now and June 23, 2017.  Dollar for dollar your donation will be matched, doubling your contribution! Donate now at
US Bone and Joint Initiative Young Investigators Grant Writing Workshop Report
By Christopher Dy, MD, MPH
The ASSH is proud to have sponsored one of its young members, Dr. Christopher Dy, from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine for the USBJI Young Investigators Initiative (USBJI Yii) grant writing workshop. The workshop took place over May 19-21, 2017 in Rosemont, IL, and is an opportunity for early career investigators to develop the skills for writing competitive grants to funding agencies, including the NIH and CIHR. The Fall Session workshop will take place November 10-12, 2017, in Toronto, Canada. To be considered for ASSH sponsorship, submit your c.v. and letter of interest to [email protected] by June 15, 2017. 
Call for Applications - Join the AFSH Board of Trustees!
May 9, 2017

The AFSH nominating committee is now accepting applications for the AFSH Vice President and AFSH Trustee-at-Large positions.  Application deadline is July 24, 2017.

Pay it Forward: Support the Green Mentorship Award Fund
April 17, 2017


David P. Green, MD has influenced countless surgeons, young and old, through his tireless teaching and mentoring. He has done this with his residents and fellows, his colleagues, and just about anyone who has ever opened Green’s Operative Hand Surgery. Of all of his accomplishments, he is most proud of those people that he has been able to teach and mentor. This award is meant to recognize other hand surgeons who have similarly invested in the professional and personal development of students and young surgeons.

New Grant Opportunity: OREF Clinical Research Grant in Cellular Therapy
April 3, 2017
OREF, in partnership with the National Stem Cell Foundation, is pleased to announce it is now soliciting Letters of Intent (LOI) for the OREF Clinical Research Grant in Cellular Therapy in honor of James Urbaniak, MD, in Collaboration with the National Stem Cell Foundation (NSCF). The grant will provide up to $800,000 over a three-year period and is the largest grant ever offered by OREF.

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