Sept 29, 2008

Jennifer Gremmels

Hand Society Announces the Creation of the Weiland Medal

Award named after a former Society president and accomplished researcher, Dr. Andrew Weiland

Rosemont, Ill. - The American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) is pleased to honor the work of hand surgeon and researcher, Dr. Andrew Weiland, with the creation of the Weiland Medal. The Society announced the creation of the award at the ASSH Annual Meeting this month. It will be awarded annually to a mid-career researcher dedicated to advancing patient care in the field of hand surgery.

“Andrew Weiland is an outstanding hand surgeon and researcher. This medal is a tribute to his contributions to the field of hand surgery, patients and the Hand Society,” said Dr. Andy Koman, president of ASSH. “This medal will honor the societal contributions of the recipient.”

“I am extremely honored that such an award would be established; especially an award in research which is something I have held dear throughout my career in orthopedic surgery and hand surgery,” said Weiland.

The award is a $20,000 unrestricted gift and will honor a hand surgeon-scientist who has contributed a body of research that advances the field. The medal will recognize and support outstanding research in hand surgery in order to continue Weiland’s vision for the field of hand surgery. It will be awarded to a mid-career surgeon who is less than 55 years old or a surgeon who is less than 15 years from hand fellowship training. The medal will be presented at the ASSH Annual Meeting each year and the winner will give a keynote address.

Nominations and/or applications are now being accepted.   Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae and a review manuscript describing the body of research, in the Journal of Hand Surgery format, that may eventually be published if selected.  Applications are due April 1, 2009,and can be submitted electronically to Sarah Meyer Hughes at For more information on applying for the award, please contact the ASSH central office at 847-384-8300.

Weiland is the past President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (1995) and has served in an academic capacity his entire career. The first half of his career was at Johns Hopkins University where he was Chief of Hand Surgery. His current appointments include: Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery; Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Medical College of Cornell University; and Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery), Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

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.