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Keynote Lectures

Keynote lectures are included in registration and CME credits a part of the general session block. 

    Presidential Address
Neil F. Jones, MD

Thursday, September 29
1:33 - 2:15 PM




  Robert E. Carroll Founders Lecture
Raising the Bar
Joseph Upton, III, MD

Thursday, September 29
3:05 - 3:35 PM

Microsurgical techniques have changed hand surgery dramatically. The possibility of success with a free tissue transfer is a given as refinement and new applications are the focus of attention.  Curiosity combined with creativity and persistence of imaginative surgeons has changed our specialty. Success depends upon refined knowledge of anatomy, an ability to concentrate, careful strategic planning, acquired skills and some degree of fearlessness.  This presentation by a first generation microsurgeon illustrates how these simple techniques all learned the hard way have broadened our horizons and raised the bar for all hand surgeons.
 

  International Guest Lecture
The Balance of Your Career
Graham J. Gumley, FRACS, Australia

Friday, September 30
1:47 – 2:22 PM

Work/life balance is something we all strive for, yet it seems elusive as we try to add service programs to our already challenging schedules.  As Hand Surgeons, however, we have unique opportunities to enrich the lives of many through education, training, and direct patient care. Frequently routine hand treatment can mean the difference between productivity and poverty for an injured breadwinner. 

For most people in the world the surgical advances we count routine can only reach them through the extra efforts of those who sacrifice their time and comfort to bring practical care, and vital training to their local surgeons. Frequently this is unheralded and unsung labor without tangible reward. Yet, recent research has shown that giving, in its many forms, enhances our own happiness more than we expect. 

The support we can give to surgeons and teams, facing overwhelming needs with limited resources, has a huge and positive impact on vulnerable populations. Our involvement brings new balance to our lives as we bring hope for a brighter future to those we touch. Sacrifice is rewarded with the satisfaction that can come with the tangible use of our energy and talents to serve where the need is greatest.
 

  Presidential Guest Lecture
The United States in the World: An Outsider’s Perspective
Jorge G. Castañeda, PhD

Friday, September 30
3:33 – 4:33 PM
 
Former Foreign Minister of Mexico, independent presidential candidate in 2006, academic, and renowned public intellectual, Jorge Castañeda is a key figure and frequent contributor to the dialogue on current events. In his talk, Castañeda will analyze the key domestic and international issues leading up to the U.S. elections in November. Provocative and insightful, Castañeda is the author of 15 books and is a regular columnist in the international press. He has taught at Princeton University, the University of California, Berkeley and the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He is currently the Global Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies at New York University and is a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as an International Member of the American Philosophical Society.
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