International Member

International Membership is a unique opportunity for surgeons from across the globe to gain access to the hand and upper extremity resources of ASSH.  Connect with more than 1,500 ASSH surgeons based in the U.S. in addition to upper extremity specialists from 45 different countries.  International Membership provides the opportunity to learn and connect from anywhere in the world.
Requirements for Applying

Any individual who meets the following qualifications is eligible to apply for International Membership:

  • Shall have contributed to the understanding and/or treatment of disorders of the upper limb
  • Shall be of high moral, ethical, and professional standing as attested to by two (2) ASSH Active members (Contact ASSH Central Office at for assistance in obtaining two (2) required sponsor letters)
  • Shall reside outside the United States
  • Shall have been in active practice in his or her specialty for a minimum of five (5) years
  • Shall be a member of a major medical specialty society (i.e. national Hand Society, or if not available, national orthopaedic, plastic or general surgery society) serving the specialty in his or her country, if applicable
How to Apply

2016 ASSH International Membership Application submission deadline is March 15, 2016.

Before applying, please ensure that you read and understand the ASSH Code of Ethics.

 Detailed Instructions for the 2016 ASSH International Membership application


  1. Complete ALL sections of the application form. No part of the application form may be left blank.  Any activities and/or contributions must be added to the application form. Do not attach your curriculum vitae.
  2. Submit your one-time International Membership application fee of $200.  New members will be billed $350 for next year’s annual dues at the end of the year of acceptance.
  3. Submit sponsorship letters from two (2) ASSH Active members, elected in 2012 or earlier.  Letters of recommendation from other members of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (particularly chiefs of service, training program directors, persons familiar with the applicant's practice or contributions to hand surgery, and other qualified individuals) are not required but do serve to strengthen the application.


  • Electronically: Must be submitted to in Word or PDF format.  You may fax your documents if they are legible to (847) 384-1435 Attn: Mary McCarthy.
  • Paper submissions:  All paper submissions should be mailed originals. Please send to:
Membership Committee
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
822 West Washington Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60607


All sponsors must be Active members in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand – elected in 2012 or earlier.  Contact the ASSH Central Office to verify eligibility of sponsors, or if assistance is required in obtaining the 2 required sponsor letters.

Sponsorship letters can be submitted via email, fax, or mail (instructions above) and must follow the following criteria:

  • Include the following information:
      • Length of time sponsor has known the applicant
      • Knowledge of the applicant's present practice
      • Statement of unequivocal support on behalf of the applicant
  • Must be submitted on sponsor's letterhead.
  • Must be signed by sponsor. 

NOTE: In order for an applicant to be considered for 2016 ASSH International membership, all application materials, including completed application, sponsorship letters, paid application fee, etc. must arrive at the ASSH Central Office by close of business on February 1, 2016. Applicants will be notified of their status in writing at least one month prior to the 2016 Annual Meeting.

*Your application and any other information obtained in connection with your application becomes the property of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand upon receipt and will not be returned to the applicant during or at the conclusion of the application process.

With questions, please contact ASSH Membership Manager Mary McCarthy at or (312) 880-1934.

Maintaining Your Status
  • To maintain your status, International Members must pay yearly dues of $350.

Changing Your Membership Category

As an ASSH International Member, you may be eligible to change your status to the following:

Non-Dues Paying International Member

  • Available to ASSH International Members over the age of 65 and completely retired from practice
  • Dues: $0
  • You will no longer receive access to the Journal of Hand Surgery.
  • You will no longer be listed in the Find-a-Hand-Surgeon function.

With questions on changing your ASSH status, please contact Membership Manager Mary McCarthy at or (312) 880-1934. 


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