2014-2015 Council

Members of the 2014-2015 Council of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand want your input! These volunteer leaders represent all ASSH members and would like to hear from you regarding membership, continuing medical education programs and suggestions for continually improving the quality of service the Society provides. Email with your thoughts.

William H. Seitz, Jr., MD | President

Lutheran Hospital
1730 West 25th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone: (216) 363-2331

Fax: (216) 696-2992

As President of the Hand Society, Bill oversees the entire ASSH Council and is working to create a strategic plan that will guide the future of the Hand Society for years to come.

Fun Fact: Bill is a former a child model.

Neil Ford Jones, MD | President Elect

University of California Irvine Medical Center
101 The City Drive South
Pavilion III
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: (714) 456-5759

Fax: (714) 456-7547

First in line to the ASSH Presidency, Neil spends his year as President-Elect preparing the next year’s membership, committee assignments, and Council positions.

Fun Fact: Neil loves antiques and fast cars.

Ghazi Rayan, MD | Vice President

INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center
Physicians Building D
3366 NW Expressway, Suite 700
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Phone: (405) 945-4888

Fax: (405) 945-4889

Ghazi is second in line to the ASSH Presidency, and as Vice President, he assists the President-Elect in the new member, committee assignment, and Council application process.

Michelle Carlson, MD | Treasurer

Hospital for Special Surgery
523 East 72nd Street, 4th Floor, Room 439
New York, NY 10021-4099
Phone: (212) 606-1546
Fax: (212) 772-8813

As Treasurer, Michelle manages all Council and Foundation financials including investments, revenues and named funds. She also is one of three Council members who run the PAG program, which reviews 1/3 of ASSH programs each year.

Fun Fact: Michelle loves sailboat racing.

Scott Kozin, MD | Immediate Past President

Shriners Hospital for Children
3551 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140
Phone: (215) 430-4288
Fax: (215) 430-4079

Scott oversees the search for all open Council positions including Division Directors, Members-at-Large and Vice President, in addition to running the Young Leader Leader Program.

Fun Fact: Scott loves mountain biking.

Kevin C. Chung, MD | Research Division Director

University of Michigan Health System
1500 East Medical Center Drive
2130 Taubman Center, SPC 5340
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5340
Phone: (734) 615-3435

Fax: (734) 763-5354?

 As Research Director, Kevin is in charge of reviewing and awarding all ASSH research grants in addition to overseeing the four committees in the Research Division.

David S. Ruch, MD | Practice Division Director
Duke University Medical Center
Box 3466
Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 668-5259
Fax: (919) 668-5476


Dave manages the 12 committees within the Practice Division, whose charges  range from educating young members to improving emergency hand care.

Martin I. Boyer, MD, FRCS (C) | Education Division Director

Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
425 South Euclid, Suite 5505
St. Louis, MO 63110

Marty is in charge of over 20 committees and oversees all educational priorities within ASSH including the Annual Meeting, Self-Assessment Examination and the creation of ASSH publications.


Kay Kirkpatrick, MD  | Member-at-Large

Resurgens Orthopaedics
5671 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, Suite 700
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: (404) 847-9999
Fax: (404) 459-3771

One of the newest members of Council, Kay is a former Mid-Career Leader, and a member of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee.


Fraser J. Leversedge, MD | Member-at-Large

Duke University Medical Center
DUMC Box 2836
200 Trent Drive, Room 5339
Durham, NC 27710
Phone:(919) 613-4541
Fax:(919) 684-1147


In addition to serving on 10 committees, Fraser serves as a Council Member-at-Large representative on the Gelberman Scholar Committee and the AFSH Nominating Committee.

Fun Fact: Fraser and his family travel to Colorado and Canada to ski multiple times per year.


L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS | Member-at-Large

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
3400 Spruce Street, 2 Silverstein
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone:(215) 349-5803
Fax:(215) 349-5890

As a Member-at-Large, Scott serves as Council’s liaison to the American College of Surgeons, in addition to serving on six ASSH committees.


David T. Netscher, MD | Member-at-Large

6624 Fannin, Suite 2730
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 799-8090
Fax: (713) 795-5006



David serves on the Self-Assessment Committee and Maintenance of Certification Committee.

Fun Fact: David has a robust collection of music for the operating room. 

Jennifer Moriatis Wolf, MD | Member-at-Large

University of Connecticut Health Center
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
New England Musculoskeletal Institute
263 Farmington Avenue, MARB4-ORTHO
Farmington, CT 06030-4038
Phone:(860) 679-4253
Fax: (860) 679-6649

Jennifer, one of the newest members of Council, currently serves on seven committees, including the Gelberman Scholar Committee and the Touching Hands Project Medical Advisory Board.

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