AFSH at the Annual Meeting


We are incredibly grateful to those who have made an impact by making a donation or pledge in support of the Foundation. Additionally, a big thank you goes out to the many volunteers who have dedicated their time and resources both as fundraisers and organizers for our many AFSH programs and initiatives. It is through the dedication of our members, hand clubs, and corporate partners that we are able to fulfill the AFSH mission and continue to advance research grants, support scholarships, and give back to the community.


AFSH Booth

Location: Second Level Foyer Moscone West Convention Center

  • Meet with AFSH leadership to learn how your donation is put to work.
  • Make a multi-year pledge and make a lasting impact on the area you care about most – research, education, or outreach.  Donate now.
  • Learn more about the Touching Hands Project (THP) and how you can get involved.
  • New! A THP "Meet & Greet" session is scheduled at the booth on Thursday, September 7 from 10:00 - 11:30 AM.  Stop by the booth to speak with Don Lee, MD and John Seiler, MD about how to participate in the THP "Hand Day" event and run a domestic outreach mission from your local clinic!
  • New! Stop by the booth to check out this year's Outreach Posters featuring mission highlights from recent trips, including Touching Hands sponsored missions, independently funded missions and trip reports from HVO-AFSH Young Surgeon Overseas participants. 

Adrian E. Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference

Location: Room 2020/2007, Moscone West Convent Center

Date: Wednesday, September 6, 6:30 AM - 5:00 PM

This event is specifically designed for hand surgery fellows and surgical residents in orthopaedic, plastic and general surgery and is funded by the AFSH Flatt Endowment. We are grateful for the support received from our corporate partners, AFSH board-designated named funds, and ASSH members and attendees for supporting the scholarship program to fund residents, fellows and active duty military to participate in this meeting.  This year you helped fund 131 travel scholarships!

Other named travel scholarships, include the Hentz Scholarship to support a resident or fellow in plastics and the Riordan Award, sponsored by the Riordan Hand Society. Congratulations to our 2017 award recipients!

2017 Vincent R. Hentz Scholarship Winner

  • Helene Retrouvey, MD, University of Toronto

2017 Daniel C. Riordan Award Winners

  • Joseph Buckwalter, MD, University of Iowa 
  • Lauren Karbach, MD, University of Rochester 
  • Andrew J. Miller, MD, Thomas Jefferson University

Opening Ceremony, Thursday PM

Doors open to room 3004 at the Moscone West Convention Center at 12:15 PM for the Annual Meeting Opening Ceremony!  Be sure to stop by for entertainment and inspiration as the ASSH President and 2017 Program Chairs kick off the meeting.  The AFSH Chairman's Remarks will take place at approximately 12:58 PM.  A special named award announcement is planned in honor of the David P. Green Mentorship Award at 1:03 PM.  Other award announcements, including the Boyes Best Paper Award, Bruner Best Poster Award, Goldner Pioneer Award, Linscheid-Dobyns Excellence in Wrist Surgery Award, A. Lee Osterman Excellence in Education Award, Richard H. Gelberman Scholar Award, Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellowship recipient and the Weiland Medal recipient will all be announced at 1:05 PM.  We thank the many donors and mentors that have inspired these awards and those that embody their values and scientific pursuit.


AFSH Presentation "Your Dollars at Work," Friday PM

The AFSH sponsored presentation is scheduled for Friday, September 8 from 2:27 - 2:42 PM in room 3004 at the Moscone West Convention Center.  The program will include a brief update from funded projects covering the three pillars of AFSH work, including research, education, and outreach initiatives.

2:27 - 2:28 PM
John M. Bednar, MD, AFSH President

2:28 - 2:33 PM
Research Career Development Award Update: Patient Reported Outcomes and Quality Assessment in Surgery
Jennifer F. Waljee, MD

2:33 - 2:38 PM
Innovation in Education Grant Update: Does Anatomic Knowledge Correlate with Surgical Competency?
Fraser J. Leversedge, MD

2:38 - 2:42 PM
Domestic Outreach and the Touching Hands Project
John G. Seiler, III, MD 


AFSH Funded Lectures

Thursday, September 7

Friday, September 8

Recipient announced onsite during the Opening Ceremony.

Saturday, September 9

  • "Linscheid-Dobyns Excellence in Wrist Research” Instructional Course 58 - Preserving Wrist Motion in Wrist Arthritis, Simon Chan, MD, 6:45 - 7:45 AM 

Annual Meeting Paper Presentations

Featuring AFSH supported work:

Paper 17, Friday, September 8, 9:10 - 9:15 AM
Effect of Reverse End-to-Side Neurotization in Long Processed Acellular Nerve Graft in a Rat Model
Jonathan Isaacs, MD, Satya Mallu, MD, Guarang Patel, BS, Obi Ugwu-Oju, MD, Anish Desai, BS
This research was supported by an AFSH Basic Science Grant .

Paper 37, Friday, September 8, 11:30 - 11:35 AM
Thirty-Five Year Clinical and Radiographic Follow-up of Preaxial Polydactyly Reconstruction
J. Joseph Gholson, MD, Joseph A. Buckwalter, V, MD, Apurva S. Shah, MD, MBA

This research was supported by a 2015 AFSH Fast Track Grant.

Paper 72, Saturday, September 9, 11:37 - 11:42 AM
Screw Trajectory Matters – Optimizing the Reduction and Association of the Scaphoid and Lunate (RASL) Procedure: A Biomechanical Analysis
Steven M. Koehler, MD, Christina M. Beck, PhD, Phil Nasser, MS, Matthew J. Gluck, BA, Michael R. Hausman, MD

This research was supported by a 2015 AFSH Basic Science Grant.

Paper 75, Saturday, September 9, 1:44 - 1:49 PM
Randomized, Placebo-controlled Clinical Trial Evaluating Ketotifen Fumarate in Reduction of Post-traumatic Elbow Joint Contracture
Prism S. Schneider, MD, PhD, FRCSC, Nicholas Mohtadi, MD, MSc, FRCS, Tolulope Sajobi, PhD, Meng Wang, MSc, Alexandra Garven, BSc, Kevin A. Hildebrand, MD, FRCS

This research was supported by a 2012 AFSH Clinical Research Grant.


VIP “Giving Circle” Lounge (by invitation only)

Location: Room 2002, Moscone West Convention Center

Members of the Benefactor, Leadership or Founders Circle as well as those who belong to the Order of the Complus Manus are invited to our VIP lounge.  Escape to a quiet gathering place with comfortable seating, light refreshments, and access to computers and a printing station.  The lounge is open during regular registration hours, starting on Wednesday, September 6 at 6:00 AM and closing on Saturday, September 9 at 4:00 PM.

AFSH Giving Circle Reception (by invitation only)

Location: Foothill G, San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel
Thursday, September 7, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Sip, mix, and mingle with VIP donors and ASSH/AFSH leaderhship at this exclusive reception for members of an AFSH Giving Circle or those who have joined the Order of the Complus Manus.

AFSH Board of Trustees Meeting (by invitation only)

Location: Room 2012, Moscone West Convention Center
Friday, September 8, 7:00 - 9:00 AM


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