Oct 17, 2006

Jennifer Gremmels

Gelberman Elected President of American Society for Surgery of the Hand


Rosemont, Ill. - Richard H. Gelberman, MD, the Fred C. Reynolds Professor and Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Missouri, was elected the President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) at the Society’s Annual Meeting in Washington DC, in September.

A Hand Society member since 1980, Dr. Gelberman will lead the Society’s 2006-2007 15-member Council. He is an active member of many medical organizations and recently served as President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Gelberman completed his undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina and graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School. He completed his internship at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, his residency at University of Wisconsin, Madison, and was a fellow in hand and microvascular surgery at Duke University, and in pediatric orthopaedics at Harvard/Children’s Hospital of Boston.

Dr. Gelberman is the recipient of numerous research awards and honors including the Kappa Delta Award for orthopaedic research in 1985; co-author of over 230 scientific papers and author of two books and 25 book chapters. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2003.  He also serves on the editorial boards of eight medical publications.

About Hand Surgeons
Hand surgeons have received specialized additional training in the treatment of hand problems in addition to their board certified specialty training in orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, or general surgery. To become members of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, hand surgeons must have completed a full year of such additional training and must pass a rigorous certifying examination. Many hand surgeons also have expertise with problems of the elbow, arm, and shoulder. Some hand surgeons treat only children, some treat only adults, and some treat both. Common problems treated include carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, wrist pain, sports injuries of the hand and wrist, fractures of the hand, wrist, and forearm, and trigger fingers. Other problems treated by hand surgeons include arthritis, nerve and tendon injuries, and congenital limb differences (birth defects). Not all problems treated by a hand surgeon need surgery. Hand surgeons often recommend non-surgical treatments, such as medication, splints, therapy, and injections. Hand surgeons are specialists devoted to hand care.

About the ASSH
The mission of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) is to advance the science and practice of hand surgery through education, research and advocacy on behalf of patients and practitioners. Founded in 1946, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand is the oldest medical specialty society in the United States devoted entirely to continuing medical education related to hand surgery.