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33rd Annual Adrian E. Flatt Residents & Fellows Conference in Hand Surgery

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Washington State Convention Center

Chair: John V. Ingari, MD
Vice-Chair: Jerry I. Huang, MD

Sponsored by the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand.

Learn more about scholarships for residents and fellows to attend the Annual Meeting.


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 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Fellow or Resident

ASSH Member

ASSH Senior Member

Non-Member Physician

Allied Health

International ASSH Member

International Non-member


7:00 – 7:30 AM

7:30 – 7:35 AM
John V. Ingari, MD

7:35 – 7:45 AM
Introductory Remarks
William B. Seitz, Jr, MD, President, American Society for Surgery of the Hand

7:45 – 8:15 AM
Paper Session I: 5 min each, 5 papers
Moderators: Mark R. Bagg, MD and Andrea S. Bauer, MD

8:15 – 8:25 AM
Moderator Discussion/Panel Questions

8:25 – 8:55 AM
Paper Session II: 5 min each, 5 papers
Moderators:  Scott D. Lifchez MD, and Joseph E. Imbriglia, MD

8:55 – 9:05 AM
Moderator Discussion/Panel Questions

9:05 – 9:20 AM
Paper Session III: (Bell Rounds) 2 min per paper, 5 papers, 5 min discussion
Moderators: Phillip E. Blazar, MD and Jamie T. Shores, MD

9:20 – 9:55 AM
Debate 1: How I repair a 15 mm nerve gap repair:  a three-way debate (10 min presentations followed by audience voting using interactive system)
Allograft:  Joshua M. Abzug, MD
Autograft:  Jonathan E. Isaacs, MD
Conduit:  Jamie T. Shores, MD
9:55 – 10:20 AM  
Coffee Break

10:25 – 10:40 AM
Paper Session IV: (Bell Rounds) 2 mins per paper, 5 papers, 5 min discussion
Moderators: Asif M. Ilyas, MD and Dawn M. Laporte MD

10:45 – 11:00 AM
Government Affairs Committee
Mark A. Deitch, MD

11:00 – 11:10 AM
Evidence Based Medicine Committee 
Warren C. Hammert, MD

11:10 – 11:30 AM
Ethics and Professionalism Committee 
Phillip E. Blazar, MD

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
The Richard Smith Lecture
How to Maintain Passion for the Game when the Goal Posts Keep Moving:
A Teacher's Perspective from 30,000 Feet
William B. Kleinman, MD

12: 15 – 1:00 PM
Lunch with the Past Presidents 
Joseph E.  Imbriglia, MD
Dean S. Louis, MD
Robert M. Szabo, MD, MPH
Richard H. Gelberman, MD

1:00 – 1:35  PM
Debate II: “The Best Surgery for the Thumb CMC Joint,” a three-way debate (10 min presentations followed by audience voting for the winner)
Trapeziectomy, partial to complete: TBD
Implant Arthroplasty: TBD

1:40 – 1:55 PM
Paper Session V: (Bell Rounds) 2 min per paper, 5 papers, 5 min discussion
Moderators: Rey N. Ramirez, MD and David R. Steinberg, MD

2:00 – 2:30 PM
Panel Discussion: “Choosing the Best Practice Model for Me”
Private Academics: Mark R. Bagg, MD (5 min)
Pure Academics: Raymond A. Pensy, MD (5 min)
Private Practice:  Steve M. Topper, MD  (5min)
The Employed Model:  John V. Ingari, MD   (5 min)

2:30 – 2:40 PM 
Audience Questions of the Panel

2:40 – 3:00 PM
Coffee Break

3:00 – 3:15 PM
Volunteerism: Touching Hands 
William Slikker, III, MD

3:15 – 3:25 PM
Business of Hand Surgery
James M. Saucedo, MD, MBA

3:25 3:35 PM
Young Members Steering Committee
Gregory Merrell, MD

3:35 – 4:05 PM
Jeopardy for All:  Audience Interactive Cases/Questions
Steve C. Haase, MD and Fraser J. Leversedge, MD

4:05 – 4:15 PM
Joseph Boyes Award Announcement and Conclusion
John. V. Ingari, MD

Reception will follow.

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