Jaiyoung Ryu, MD
Dr. Jaiyoung Ryu, a longtime member of AAHS, former Board member, and a friend to many within the Association and the hand care community, was severely injured in January 2017 while at the AAHS Annual Meeting in Hawaii. Dr. Ryu passed away in January 2019 after two years of C4 quadriplegia as a result of his accident.
In honor of Dr. Ryu, the AAHS has established the Jaiyoung Ryu Lectureship. This lectureship supports a presentation at the Hand Association's Annual Meeting that will be current, cutting-edge, provocative, and always of interest to the AAHS members. The innovation theme reflects Dr. Ryu's career interests in research and in teaching.
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at WVU and Chair of the Division of Hand Surgery, Dr. Ryu humbly earned numerous awards and honors. He was a Bunnell Traveling Fellow following his specialty training in Hartford, Connecticut with Dr. Kirk Watson. He was the Program Chairman for the 2016 triannual meeting of IFSSH in Seoul, Korea. He cofounded a hand surgery development company, IP Orthopaedics, LLC, to refine some of his innovative instrument and implant designs for hand surgery. He was host and mentor to several international research fellows. And he traveled extensively throughout four continents lecturing and teaching about our shared art of surgery of the hand.
Dr. Ryu's legacy as an intellect, a teacher and researcher, a clever and innovative hand surgeon and a loyal friend should be emblematic for all. Thank you for generously supporting the AAHS Jaiyoung Ryu Annual Lectureship that will help preserve his memory and his influence on everyone who was privileged to know him.
The Jaiyoung Ryu Lectureship is funded by the Hand Surgery Endowment. As a 501c(3) entity, all monetary contributions made to the Hand Surgery Endowment are tax deductible to the fullest extent of US law. The HSE's Federal Tax ID number is 37-1355162. Contributors will receive a formal acknowledgement notice from the HSE administrative office which includes information about tax deductible donations.