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34th Annual Adrian E. Flatt Residents & Fellows Conference in Hand Surgery
Wednesday September 28 2016

Time: 6:15 AM – 4:45 PM
Austin Convention Center

Chair: Jerry I. Huang MD
Vice-Chairs: Julie E. Adams MD and Fraser J. Leversedge MD

Sponsored by the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand. Apply for a scholarship to attend the Residents and Fellows Conference as well as the ASSH Annual Meeting (applications now closed).


The Adrian E. Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference in Hand Surgery is specifically geared toward hand surgery fellows and residents in orthopaedic plastic and general surgery.  The day includes lively debates by our faculty about areas of controversy within hand surgery  information pertaining to the types of clinical practices ranging from academic to private practice a quiz for residents and fellows and a scientific program where residents and fellows can present their research. Participants are invited to submit and present their papers on subjects within the specialty of hand and upper extremity surgery.  Filled with dialogue and information exchange this conference is a valuable resource for all attendees.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss and critique presentations of clinical advances and research findings in hand and upper extremity surgery.
  • Use the information presented in this educational forum to advance office practice and the treatment of patients.


The ASSH designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Of the 8.25 credits 0.25 have been identified as applicable to Patient Safety.


Fellow or Resident

ASSH Member

ASSH Retired or Lifetime Member

Non-Member Physician

Allied Health

International ASSH Member

International Non-member


6:15 – 7:00 AM

7:00 – 7:05 AM
Jerry I. Huang MD

7:05 – 7:15 AM
Introductory Remarks
Neil F. Jones MD President American Society for Surgery of the Hand

7:15 – 7:45 AM
Paper Session I: Top Papers 5 papers 5 min each 1 min discussion
Moderators: Philip E. Blazar MD and Adam J. Mirarchi MD

7:50 – 8:15 AM
Paper Session II: Bone (Bell Rounds) 6 papers 2 min each 1 min discussion 5 min talk: Complications of Distal Radius Fractures
Speaker: Sonya P. Agnew MD
Moderators:  Sonya P. Agnew MD and Marc A. Trzeciak MD

8:20 – 8:40 AM
Paper Session III: Nerve (Bell Rounds) 5 papers 2 min each 1 min discussion 5 min talk: Principles in Nerve Reconstruction
Speaker: Peter Tang MD
Moderators: Peter Tang MD and David R. Steinberg MD

8:45 – 9:25 AM
Panel Discussion: Complex Trauma Cases: Working Together (Ortho-Plastic Sx)   
Speakers: Peter C. Rhee MD; Matthew L. Iorio MD and Deana Mercer MD
Moderator: Jerry I. Huang MD   

9:25 – 9:40 AM  
Coffee Break
9:40 – 10:00 AM
Paper Session IV: Tendon (Bell Rounds) 4 papers 2 min each 1 min discussion 5 min talk: Challenges in Flexor Tendon Repair
Speaker: Fraser J. Leversedge MD
Moderators: Fraser J. Leversedge MD and Daniel A. Osei MD

10:05 – 10:25 AM
Paper Session V: Congenital/Misc. (Bell Rounds) 5 papers 2 min each 1 min discussion 5 min talk: Hypoplastic Thumb
Speaker: Robert E. Carrigan MD
Moderators: Robert E. Carrigan MD and Andrea B. Bauer MD

10:30 – 10:45 AM
Ethics and Professionalism Committee  
Philip E. Blazar MD

10:45 – 11:00 AM
Evidence Based Medicine Committee 
Noah M. Raizman MD

11:05 AM – 11:50 PM
The Richard Smith Lecture 
Hill Hastings MD

12:00 – 12:50 PM
Lunch with the Past Presidents/ ASSH Giants 

12:50 – 1:20 PM
Debate: Nerve Transfer vs. Tendon Transfer 
10 minute presentations followed by Cases: What would you do? (10 minutes)
Nerve Transfer: Jason H. Ko MD
Tendon Transfer: John V. Ingari MD

1:25 – 1:45 PM
Art and Science of Hand Therapy
Carol Recor OTR/L CHT

1:45 – 2:05 PM
Innovations and Product Development: Labor of Love
Jeff Yao MD

2:05 – 2:20 PM
Risk Management/Surgical Safety
Julie E. Adams MD

2:20 – 2:50 PM
Panel Discussion: Choosing the Best Practice Model for Me: My Own Journey
Private Practice:  Walter B. McClelland Jr. MD (8 minutes)
Private Practice to Academics: Ronald M. Gonzalez MD (8 minutes)
Academics to Private Practice: Peter Kim MD (8 minutes)
Audience Questions (6 minutes) 

2:50 – 3:30 PM
International Experiences
Touching Hands: Fraser J. Leversedge MD (10 minutes)
International Training Experiences: 
Jacques H. Hacquebord MD- China (7 minutes)

James M. Saucedo MD MBA- Spain (7 minutes)
Stephen Refsland MD- New Zealand (7 minutes)
Audience Questions (8 minutes)

3:30 – 3:45 PM
Coffee Break

3:45 – 4:30 PM
Breakout Sessions I and II   
Noah M. Raizman MD and Andrea B. Bauer MD
Session I: Academic Practice (contracts grants working with trainees)
Session II: Private Practice (contracts investments employment model)

4:30 – 4:40 PM
Joseph Boyes Award Announcement for Top Resident/Fellow Paper

4:45 PM
Seth D. Dodds MD

Reception will follow.

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