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!  Reaching this tremendous milestone requires the work of a lot of people.  John’s leadership was a critical piece of the puzzle.   

I would also like to recognize all past Foundation Presidents who have helped the Foundation to reach its current position:  Mike Jabaley, Shaw Wilgis, David Green, Ave Froimson, Dennis Phelps, Clay Peimer, John Lubahn, John Bax, Anne Miller, Fred Fakharzadeh, and John Bednar.  Of course, none of this work would have been possible without the direction and leadership from our past and current AFSH Chairs including: Peter Stern, Andy Weiland, Richard Gelberman, Dave Lichtman and Steve Glickel.

We are thankful for the membership’s generous support of the Foundation.  Our industry partners have also recognized and reinforced the mission of the Foundation.  Without this continuing support, we would be unable to continue to execute on the wonderful mission of the Foundation.  While we have done a lot to date, there is still more that we can accomplish through the good works of the Foundation. 

We wish “tight lines” to Dr. Bednar as he takes on his next challenge in hand surgery.  

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Thanks again, 
John G. Seiler, III, MD
AFSH President, 9/9/2017 – 9/7/2019

(Pictured Below: 2017-2018 AFSH Board of Trustees)
(Not pictured: Drs. Ryan Calfee, Neil Jones, Fraser Leversedge, and Ghazi Rayan)