The American Society for Surgery of the Hand welcomes the Spanish Society for Surgery of the Hand as the 2015 International Guest Hand Society. The Guest Society program offers the opportunity for Annual Meeting attendees to exchange scientific ideas and increase knowledge of Spanish research, techniques, and progress in the hand and upper extremity community. As the honoree, the Spanish Society will be acknowledged in the Opening Ceremony and will be recognized as the guest of honor at the International Reception. Review the full list of Guest Society Benefits to learn more.
Origins of Hand Surgery in Spain
Until the end of Second World War (1935-1945) in Spain, as in all European countries, most hand injuries were treated by general surgeons, consisting mainly on the basic care of wounds and fractures, debridement of infected tissues and amputations. A growing interest in surgery of the hand in Spain started after the publication of two books written by Drs. Eugenio Lopez-Trigo and E. Velilla in 1948 and 1950, exclusively dedicated to hand injuries. Although, the book on “Surgery of the Hand” published by Sterling Bunnell in 1944, is considered as a milestone in the teaching of Hand Pathology, its reading was not generalized until it was translated into Spanish by Dr. Jaime Planas in 1954. During the following years, several Courses had been organized in Barcelona, Madrid and Zaragoza with the participation of foreign invited speakers such as Pulvertaff, Vainio, Iselin, Tubiana, Souquet, Allieu, Haimovici, Matev, Morelli, Wynn Parry and others.
Foundation of the Society
The Spanish Society for Surgery of the Hand or “Sociedad Española de Cirugía de la Mano” (SECMA) was founded on 11 May 1969 by 13 Members. Four of them deserve a special recognition for their contribution to the development of Hand Surgery in Spain during the following years. Dr. Alfredo Quintana-Montero played a leadership role in the Founding of the Society, and was also the director of the Revista Española de Cirugía de la Mano, created in 1973 as the official Journal of the Society. Dr. Jaime Planas translated into Spanish Sterling Bunnell’s book on Surgery of the Hand. Drs. Fernando Enríquez de Salamanca, first President of the Society, and Dr. A. Santos Palazzi-Duarte also deserve recognition for all their teachings and publications in Spain and abroad.
Membership and Education
A steady interest in Hand Surgery is growing all over Spain. From the 29 initial Members in 1969, the Society has grown to 374 Members in 1915. Although the specialty of Hand Surgery is not recognized in Spain, as well as most European Countries, all major hospitals have a functional Unit on Hand Surgery. The SECMA sponsors and gives accreditation to several Courses and Educational activities on Hand Surgery. The National Congress is held every two years, at which time the President and the office bearers are elected. The SECMA hosted the VII Congress of the European Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand in the year 2000. The SECMA has also been a Founding Member of the International (IFSSH) and European (FESSH) Federations for Surgery of the Hand, and some of its Members have actively participated in their Councils. With the purpose of increasing the exchange of knowledge with other countries speaking Spanish and Portuguese, the Revista Iberoamericana de Cirugía de la Mano was created in 1998. The following countries are represented: Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Portugal, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Current Office Bearers
President: Miguel del Cerro
Vice President: Angel Ferreres
Treasurer: Gabriel Celester
Secretary: Pilar Pradilla
Vice Secretary: Luis Aguilella
Journal Director: Fernando Corella
Journal Editor: Perdro Delgado
International Delegate: Roberto S. Rosales
Learn more about the Sociedad Española de Cirugía de la Mano.
Guest Society E-Posters
As a part of our International Guest Hand Society program, the ASSH will feature a special electronic poster or “e-poster” section online, highlighting scientific contributions from Spanish researchers and authors. The ASSH will provide dedicated e-poster viewing stations throughout the convention space for attendees to view posters onsite during the meeting. Learn more about International Guest Society e-Posters. Deadline to submit abstract: April 6. Applicants will be notified in May 2015 of their status.
Guest Society Ambassador Program
On Thursday, September 10 the ASSH will host the Guest Society Ambassador breakfast. All attendees from Spain are encourage to RSVP to attend and be matched with an ASSH ambassador. Ambassadors will help make introductions, be available to answer questions about the ASSH, and offer a friendly hand to help our guests navigate the Annual Meeting. To RSVP to attend or to sign up as an ambassador please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
All international attendees and their guests are invited to the International Reception held on Friday night, from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. SECMA will be honored as our Guest Society. Enjoy music, food, and drink while gathering with your international colleagues and leadership from the ASSH.
The "Very Important Person" VIP Lounge offers a quiet gathering place for International Attendees and Hand Foundation "Giving Circle" members. The lounge will be open Tuesday at 3:00 PM and will close on Saturday at 4:00 PM and will feature morning and afternoon refreshments along with internet enabled computer workstations with printers. Note: the lounge is by invitation-only to qualified AFSH donors and international attendees –spouses and families are not permitted.
Registration & U.S. Travel Requirements
Members of the Spanish Society for Surgery of the Hand are eligible for a registration discount. Email email@example.com for your discount code before registering. International attendees should also review travel requirements for entering the U.S., if needed.
International Bring a Young Surgeon Program
The ASSH is excited to announce for the third year we are offering the International Bring a Young Surgeon program. Learn how you can sponsor a trainee for a free registration to attend the Annual Meeting!
Guest Society Past Honorees include:
||Brazilian Society for Surgery of the Hand
||Australian Hand Surgery Society
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||Korean Society for Surgery of the Hand
||British Society for Surgery of the Hand
||Swedish Society for Surgery of the Hand
||Chinese Hand Surgery Society
||Societe Francaise de Chirugie de la Main
||Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand