Hand Association News
Winter 2018

Working together to advance global hand care and education

Happy New Year from AAHS President Brian Adams

Message from the President
Brian Adams, MD
Happy New Year

As 2019 begins, I look back on my year as your President with fondness for the wonderful people I worked with and pride for the numerous achievements of the past year.

I hope to see you in sunny Palm Desert to launch another great year for the AAHS. We have a spectacular program planned that offers a wide range of educational and social activities. As always, the friendships among our members will create a rewarding and wonderful time.

I wish you a Happy and Bright New Year!

Yours truly, Brian Adams

Have You Registered for the 2019 AAHS Annual Meeting in Palm Desert Yet?
The 2019 AAHS Annual Meeting at the JW Marriott Hotel in Palm Desert, California is fast approaching. If you haven't registered yet, it's not too late! Visit the AAHS website to register today. To view the complete program and family friendly social events visit the AAHS website at meeting.handsurgery.org. Remember that spouses, guests and children of AAHS members receive complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting!

Message from the HSE President: Jonathan Isaacs, MD

Message from the HSE President
Jonathan Isaacs, MD

A lot is happening with your Hand Surgery Endowment! Over the past year, the Endowment has continued its previous focus on world outreach, education, and subsidizing AAHS member research. In partnership with the AAHS leadership, we are supporting some exciting new initiatives.

One of the most important goals of the HSE is to further and enhance world hand care. We do this by sending volunteer surgeon and therapy members to underserved communities around the world, and this past year we have sponsored or co-sponsored trips to Rwanda, Ghana, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Tanzania. A new scholarship opportunity will support a surgeon and a therapist visit to Fiji in 2019. Providing high level medical care to the patients of these communities is an important and rewarding aspect of this strategy but, as with the proverb "give a man a fish and feed him one day; teach a man to fish and feed him for a life time," advancing communal skills and knowledge achieves a much more substantial and longer lasting impact. To that end, the HSE and AAHS started a "reverse" international fellowship last year. Our first recipient, Dr. Boutros Farhat, a surgeon from Ghana, visited several US centers of excellence including the Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Mass General Hospital in Boston. Our hope is that he will share his new knowledge and experience with his colleagues in Ghana and expand AAHS' impact to his country. Dr. Thendo Netshiongolwe, our second reverse fellowship recipient, will be traveling from his home in South Africa, and we are looking forward to his upcoming visit to several participating centers in the United States.

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How Much Do I Need for Retirement?

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How Much Do I Need for Retirement?
Richard J. Tosti, MD

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first 4 sharpening the axe." Abraham Lincoln

The quotation above is an expression of the importance of planning and preparation. Most young people are not spending the majority of their time thinking about retirement. However, if a secure retirement were likened to chopping down a tree, it would behoove the woodsman to cut it with efficiency rather than taking desperate strokes with a blunt tool as time is running out.

A sharp saw, or a plan to make the financial goal more effortless, comes in the form of planning ahead and starting early. Due to the exponential growth curve of compounding interest, one can much more easily reach financial independence if one starts saving at an earlier age. So if you are saving now, then great! But how much do you need?

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Hand Therapy and 3D Printing- the Future is Here

Hand Therapy and 3D Printing- the Future is Here
Sandra Salinas, OT, CHT

3D printing technology is gradually making its way into therapy clinics. Some hospitals are using this technology for creating a physical model of patient anatomy for pre-surgical planning. These devices create 3D models using computer assisted design and special slicing software programs that convert the information so the printer, using filament, to "build" the design. The result is a Lego-like solid object that is durable, and inexpensive to make. In our rehabilitation clinic we are creating orthotics for hand and finger diagnoses such as trigger finger, swan neck deformities, and also create medical models for patient teaching, and for adaptive equipment to help clients perform self-care.

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Message from the Editor

Message from the Editor
John Fowler, MD

I am pleased to present the latest issue of the AAHS Newsletter. In this edition, we highlight the annual meeting, which will be held at the JW Marriot in Palm Desert, CA. We have a message from the AAHS President, Brian Adams, and Hand Surgery Endowment President, Jonathan Isaacs. Rick Tosti presents another edition of his quarterly financial column, this time discussing how much is needed for a comfortable retirement. There is another excellent feature article in the Therapist Corner and as always, the newsletter links to HAND. The newsletter highlights the AAHS Awards, including the Humanitarian Award, Lean & Green Award, HAND Journal Award, and International Reverse Fellowship.

I hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday season and I look forward to the meeting in January.

Save the Date

Cost Saving Opportunities in the Treatment of Pediatric Extremity Traumatic Injuries
Thursday, January 17, 2019
8:15 PM ET / 7:15 PM CT / 5:15 PM Pacific
Register here

2019 Specialty Day
Tips from the Masters: Stacking Your Deck
March 16, 2019
Las Vegas, NV
Register here

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AAHS Awards Announcements

Please join the AAHS in congratulating the following award recipients to be honored in 2019!

2019 Humanitarian Award
Warren Schubert, MD
St. Paul, MN

2019 Lean & Green Award
Peter J. L. Jebson, MD
Grand Rapids, MI

2019 HAND Journal Award
Andrew Miller, MD
Philadelphia, PA
2019 International Reverse Fellowship
Thendo Netshiongolwe, MD
Johannesburg, South Africa

2019 Annual Research Grant
In-Vivo Imaging of Sarcomere Response to Peripheral Nerve Injury
Jason H. Ko, MD
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

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