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AFSH at the Annual Meeting
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AFSH Activities at the Annual Meeting

AFSH Booth

Location: Hall 4, across from registration

  • 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.
  • Learn more about the Touching Hands Project and how you can get involved.
  • Enjoy special perks and privileges by joining an AFSH Giving Circle.
“Sponsor a Surgery” and receive a free Touching Hands Project surgical cap!

Make a pledge of $1,500 to cover the cost of a surgery at a future THP mission.  Claim your THP scrub hat at the AFSH Booth, at the Educational Resource Center (ERC), or stop by the ASSH Onsite Registration desk to make your pledge!

Scientific Session 1, Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony will begin at 12:45 PM on Thursday, September 29.  Be sure to catch the following AFSH talks:

1:15 – 1:20 PM
AFSH Chairman’s Remarks
David M. Lichtman, MD

1:20 – 1:23 PM
Touching Hands Project Report
Scott H. Kozin, MD

2:45 – 3:05 PM
AFSH President’s Report
John M. Bednar, MD

3:05 – 3:35 PM
AFSH Robert E. Carroll Founders Lecture - Raising the Bar Joseph Upton, III, MD


“Linscheid-Dobyns Excellence in Wrist Research” Instructional Course 01 - How Normal Life Activities Affect Wrist Motion: A New Understanding

Thursday, September 29, 4:45 – 6:00 PM

This special course will feature Thay Q. Lee, PhD, winner of the 2015 Linscheid-Dobyns Excellence in Wrist Research Award who was recognized for the top wrist research paper at the 2015 Annual Meeting.  Course faculty includes:  Zong-Ming Li, PhD, Graham J. King, MD, FRCSC, and Amy L. Ladd, MD.  Read more about IC01.

Q&A with 2015 Innovation in Education Grant Winner @ Tech Lab

Friday, September 30, 2016, 12:45 – 1:00 PM

Check out the update from Benjamin Sandberg, MD regarding his team's project on "Utilization of a Smart Phone Application for Tracking Hand Surgery Milestones" - one of the Innovation in Education grant winners from last year.  This session will take place in the "Tech Lab" located on the lobby level.


“Osterman Excellence in Education” Instructional Course 32 - Small Joint Arthroplasty: Do’s and Don’ts

Friday, September 30, 4:45 – 6:00 PM

This special course will feature Peter J. Stern, MD, winner of the 2016 A. Lee Osterman Excellence in Education Award.  This AFSH Named Award recognizes an ASSH member who has dedicated his or her career to the advancement of hand surgery education.  Read more about IC32.

Annual Meeting Paper Presentations

Featuring AFSH supported work

Paper 02, Thursday, September 29, 2016, 2:22-2:27 PM
Lymphedema Following Elective Hand and Wrist Surgery in Women Who are Post Axillary Lymph Node Dissection: A Prospective, Cohort Study R. Glenn Gaston, MD*; Lois K. Osier, MD; Dan Lewis, MD; Bryan J. Loeffler, MD; Chris Chadderdon, MD; Alan Ward, MD; Warren C. Hammert, MD; Kevin C. Chung, MD, MS; Jennifer Moriatis Wolf, MD

*This research was supported by a 2010 AFSH Clinical Research Grant.

Paper 28, Friday, September 30, 2016, 11:46-11:51 AM
Prospective Study of Vascular Assessment with Laser Angiography of the Upper Extremity
Helen G. Hui-Chou, MD*; Kenneth R. Means, MD; James P. Higgins, MD

*This research was supported by a 2014 AFSH Fast Track Grant.

Paper 39, Saturday, October 1, 2016, 9:13-9:18 AM
The Use of Pocket-sized Handheld Ultrasound to Diagnose Distal Radius Fracture and Assess Quality of Closed Reduction
Brian C. Lau, MD*; Aaron J. Robertson; Daria Motamedi, MD; Nicholas Lee

*This research was supported by a 2014 AFSH Fast Track Grant.

Paper 79, Saturday, October 1, 2016, 3:11-3:16 PM, 2016
Erythropoietin is Neuroprotective During Ongoing Compression and Speeds Recovery Following Surgical Decompression in a Murine Model of Chronic Compression Neuropathy
Leigh Sundem, BS; Erica Lash, BA; Mark Noble, PhD; David Speach, MD; Ranjan Gupta, MD, PhD; John Elfar, MD*

*This research was supported by a 2013 AFSH Hand Surgeon Scientist Award.


Annual Meeting Poster Presentations

Featuring AFSH supported work

AM Poster 054
Effect of Distal Radius Malreduction on Contact Between FPL Tendon and Volar Plate
Carolyn Wolfe, MD*; Geoff Burns, BS; Andy F. Zhu, MD; Kagan Ozer, MD

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

RF Poster 57
In Vivo Tracking of Amniotic Fluid Derived Stem Cells on Acellular Nerve Graft
Xue Ma, MD, PhD* *This research was supported by a 2014 AFSH Basic Science Grant.


VIP “Giving Circle” Lounge (by invitation only)

Location: Room 4ABC, Austin 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 Tuesday, September 27 at 3:00 PM and closing on Saturday, October 1 at 4:00 PM.

ASSH/AFSH Welcome Reception (ticketed event)

Location: Trinity Hall
Thursday, September 29, 6:30 – 9:30 PM

The ASSH/AFSH Welcome Reception will take place at Trinity Hall.  Join us for a Battle of the Bands and authentic Texas BBQ from Stubb’s.  All giving circle donors are eligible for (1) complimentary ticket to attend the welcome reception.  

All eligible donors were notified in May with instructions on how to claim a ticket.  Deadline to RSVP is July 15 or until event sells out.  Tickets will be included with badge materials at the meeting regstration desk. 

AFSH Board of Trustees Meeting (by invitation only)

Location: Room 414, Hilton Austin
Friday, September 30, 7:00 – 9:00 AM


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