American Association for Hand Surgery
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Mission and Values:
With over 1,300 members, the American Association for Hand Surgery represents a diverse but cohesive mix of highly respected professionals working in all disciplines of hand surgery and hand therapy. Members include orthopedic surgeons, plastic surgeons, general surgeons, microsurgeons, hand therapists, nurses, and basic scientists from the United States, Canada, and many other countries around the world. AAHS is an inclusive organization that welcomes members from many disciplines who are interested in the care of the upper extremity.


Working together to advance global hand care and education


  • Innovation: Discovering new ways to advance Education and Practice
  • Synergy: Combining talents makes us stronger
  • Inclusion: Valuing diversity and transparency
  • Outreach: Working to advance collaboration and collegiality in hand care / advance better hand care for those who do not have it
  • Balance: Making it part of our lives, work and organization


The American Association for Hand Surgery was founded by a group of American and Canadian hand surgeons. The group received their training under Dr. Joseph L. Posch at the Grace Hospital in Detroit and shared a vision of forming an organization that would represent the interest of all surgeons practicing hand surgery.

In 1970, that vision became a reality. The founding purpose of the American Association for Hand Surgery was to provide an educational forum to increase the professional expertise and knowledge of surgeons involved in hand surgery.

Today, the association has grown to over 1,300 members and has been expanded to include hand therapist and other health professionals who care for patients with hand and upper extremity problems.