ASSH Quick Facts

  • Founded in 1946, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) is the oldest medical specialty society in the U.S. devoted entirely to continuing medical education related to hand surgery.
  • ASSH members are hand surgeons and medical professionals specializing in the treatment of conditions related to the hand and upper extremity.
  • The Society currently has more than 2,700 members. Its membership includes orthopaedic, plastic and general surgeons, as well as various allied health care professionals.
  • The mission of the ASSH is to advance the science and practice of hand surgery through education, research and advocacy on behalf of patients and practitioners.
  • To become members of the ASSH, hand surgeons must complete a full year of additional training (beyond their board certification requirements in orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery or general surgery) and pass a rigorous exam.
  • The ASSH is governed by the Council, a board of directors comprised of ASSH physician members. Day-to-day management is handled by a Central Office Staff, volunteers and various committees.
  • ASSH formed a foundation, which was founded in 1987. The American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand, a 501 (c) (3) organization, has granted more than $2.4 million to fund hand-related research and education.
  • The ASSH’s Central Office is located in Rosemont, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

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