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International Guest Society

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand welcomes the Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand as the 2016 International Guest Hand Society.  The Guest Society program offers the opportunity for Annual Meeting attendees to exchange scientific ideas and increase knowledge of Japanese research techniques and progress in the hand and upper extremity community.  As the honoree the Japanese Society will be acknowledged in the Opening Ceremony and will be recognized as the guest of honor at the International Reception.  Review the full list of Guest Society Benefits to learn more.

JSSH President’s Greetings / History of Japanese Society

It is my great pleasure to introduce our society.  The JSSH is one of the oldest hand surgery societies in the world and one of the eight founding member societies of the IFSSH. In 1956 Dr. Harry Miller from Pennsylvania visited Japan. He brought the film “Tendon Repair” edited by Dr. Mason and a letter from Dr. Bunnell which encouraged the launching of the Hand Society in Japan. In 1957 the Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand (JSSH) was founded and the secretariat was opened at Kyushu University. The 1st Annual Meeting was held on July 7 in Kobe City (president Prof. Amako). The participants numbered only fifty and discussed hand contracture and tendon repair. The proceedings were published under the title ‘Basics of Hand Surgery’.

With the effort of many senior hand pioneers the JSSH has now grown to 3557 regular members approximately 14.3 % of whom are plastic surgeons. The annual meeting is regularly held every year. The 58th Annual Meeting was held in Shinjyuku Tokyo (Congress President Prof. Nemoto) in April 2015. The participants totaled approximately 1638 and 562 papers including poster presentations were discussed.

As the Society grows a stronger system is needed to manage it. Prof. Tamai was elected the first president of the JSSH in 1999. The JSSH organization has 1 president 2 vice presidents 9 directors 2 auditors and 233 councilors. Now the congress president elected every year is engaged in the management of the annual meeting. In 2007 the Qualified Hand Surgeon system was started and 450 surgeons were registered as QHS-certified.

Organizing international meetings is also an important task for the JSSH. The 3rd International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH) Congress in 1986 was the first big international meeting hosted by the JSSH (president Prof. Tajima). This international activity of the JSSH has been followed up with the 2nd International Symposium on the Wrist in 1991 (president Prof. Miura) the 5th International Symposium on Congenital Differences of the Upper Limb in 2000 (president Prof. Ogino) and the 4th Asian Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (APFSSH) in 2005 (president Prof. Ikuta). Dr. Yamauchi was elected as the President of the IFSSH in 1998. Dr. Tamai was also elected as the President of the APFSSH in 2000. Then Dr. Beppu was also elected as the President of the APFSSH in 2012. Many senior Japanese hand surgeons were elected as “Pioneers of Hand Surgery” by the IFSSH.

The JSSH feels very honored to be firstly invited as the Guest Hand Society in 2007 and again in 2016. We congratulate the hand societies on their evolution and hope for an even closer relationship between the ASSH and the JSSH.

Hiroshi Yajima, MD, PhD, 7th President of JSSH

Guest Society Scientific Posters

As a part of our International Guest Hand Society program the ASSH will feature a special interactive poster section online highlighting scientific contributions from Japanese researchers and authors.  The iPoster website will launch at the end of summer. 

Guest Society Ambassador Program

On Thursday September 29 the ASSH will host a Guest Society Ambassador breakfast. All attendees from Japan are encouraged to RSVP to attend and be matched with an ASSH ambassador. Ambassadors will help make introductions be available to answer questions about the ASSH and offer a friendly hand to help Japanese attendees navigate the Annual Meeting. To RSVP to attend or to sign up as an ambassador please contact

International Reception

All international attendees and their guests are invited to the International Reception held on Friday night from 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  JSSH will be honored as our Guest Society.  Enjoy music food and drink while gathering with your international colleagues and leadership from the ASSH.

""VIP"" Lounge

The ""Very Important Person"" VIP Lounge offers a quiet gathering place for International Attendees and Hand Foundation ""Giving Circle"" members.  The lounge will be open Tuesday at 3:00 PM and will close on Saturday at 4:00 PM and will feature morning and afternoon refreshments along with internet enabled computer workstations with printers.  Note: the lounge is by invitation-only to qualified AFSH donors and international attendees –spouses and families are not permitted.  

Registration & U.S. Travel Requirements

Members of the Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand are eligible for a registration discount of $550 USD which will automatically be applied at registration.  

International Bring a Young Surgeon Program

The ASSH is excited to announce for the third year we are offering the International Bring a Young Surgeon program.  Learn how you can sponsor a trainee for a free registration to attend the Annual Meeting!

Guest Society Past Honorees include:

 2016 Japan Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand
Download 2016 IGHS Poster Abstract Book
 2015 Spain Spanish Society for Surgery of the Hand
Visit the 2015 e-Poster Site
2014 Brazil Brazilian Society for Surgery of the Hand 
2013 Australia Australian Hand Surgery Society
Download 2013 IGHS Poster Abstract Book
2012 Korea Korean Society for Surgery of the Hand
2011 U.K. British Society for Surgery of the Hand
2010 Sweden Swedish Society for Surgery of the Hand
2009 China Chinese Hand Surgery Society
2008 France Societe Francaise de Chirugie de la Main
2007 Japan Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand
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