Hand Association News
Spring 2019

Working together to advance global hand care and education

Message from the AAHS President: W. P. Andrew Lee, MD

W. P. Andrew Lee, MD
W. P. Andrew Lee, MD
AAHS President

2019 has been a great year for the Hand Association. We began the year with a highly successful Annual Meeting in Palm Desert. I would like to congratulate Dr. Brian Adams and his program chairs, Drs. Christina Ward and Glenn Gaston, for an outstanding scientific program that featured new programming elements, as well as strong attendance and participation.

The program chairs for the 2020 Annual Meeting, Drs. Jaimie Shores and Sami Tuffaha, are already far along with program planning for 2020. Working with Affiliate Directors Dr. Jane Fedorczyk and Gary Solomon, Jaimie and Sami are organizing a dynamic educational meeting for all that comprise the hand care team. Our guest societies for the Ft. Lauderdale meeting are the Chinese Medical Association for Surgery of the Hand and the Hong Kong Society for Surgery of the Hand, and we look forward to welcoming them and engaging them within AAHS.

As many of you may know, 2020 is a special year for the AAHS as we celebrate our 50-year anniversary! Since its founding in 1970, AAHS has brought together experts across many disciplines to promote education, research, volunteerism, clinical care, and innovation for advancement in the care of the hand. Beginning with just a handful of members in its first year, the Hand Association now includes a diverse membership of 1,500, comprised of hand surgeons, therapists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and researchers. Inclusion of all specialties and providers of hand care is a hallmark of the AAHS’s mission and values, and has made our Association a successful, welcoming community for hand professionals for 50 years.

We will celebrate this exciting milestone in a number of ways through 2020. You may have noticed that our journal HAND has a special cover to recognize the Association’s gold anniversary. In Ft. Lauderdale we will recognize the leaders in our field, including our Past Presidents, who have strategically steered our organization. We also have a taskforce working on a new logo to mark the future of our organization. Finally, one of the most significant initiatives to commemorate this anniversary is the history book that Dr. Bob Russell, Past President, is working to compile. The history book will be a complement to The First 25 Years, History of the American Association for Hand Surgery, which was written by Dr. Alan Freeland in 1995. I greatly appreciate Dr. Russell’s efforts to assemble all of the history of the last 25 years, and we plan to have the book available at the meeting in Ft. Lauderdale!

Another major initiative organized to commemorate AAHS’s golden anniversary is the Hand Surgery Endowment’s ongoing fundraising campaign. The Endowment leadership is working to achieve a giving rate of 50% among our membership to support the activities of HSE in honor of AAHS’s 50 year milestone. This is an ambitious but achievable goal! I know the generosity of our membership and the connection among our community, and encourage all of our members to make a donation or pledge at any level to help support the Endowment and celebrate what the Hand Association has represented for inclusivity, outreach, and excellence.

Collaboration has also been a cornerstone of the Hand Association – within our membership, among the specialties that we represent, and with affiliate societies. I am happy to report that AAHS continues to expand its collaboration with affiliate societies for the advancement of our collective missions. We have worked this past year with ASSH and ASHT to submit a combined bid to host the IFSSH/IFSHT congress in 2025. We continue to build on educational efforts with ASHT and recently hosted a combined webinar. Activities with AAOS, ASPS, and AMA are ongoing including educational initiatives, research funding, and advocacy work. The Education Committee is expanding upon its webinar program to feature webinars with ASPS and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) to engage our advanced practice provider colleagues. Finally, the relationships with ASPN and ASRM remain strong as the organizations look towards combined meetings well into the future.

Thank you for entrusting me with leading our organization, and I will share more updates with the membership after the mid-year Board meeting this summer. I hope many of you will join us at the 2020 Annual Meeting in Ft. Lauderdale to celebrate 50 years of excellence with AAHS!


W. P. Andrew Lee, MD
President, American Association for Hand Surgery

Dr. Nash Naam to be awarded Pioneer in Hand Surgery Award by IFSSH, June 2019

Dr. Nash Naam to be awarded Pioneer in Hand Surgery Award by IFSSH, June 2019
Nash Naam, MD
AAHS President-Elect

Congratulations to Dr. Nash AAHS President-Elect, for earning the prestigious "Pioneer of Hand Surgery" award from the International Federation of Societies of Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH)! The IFSSH awards "Pioneer of Hand Surgery" status to any person who excels exceptionally, beyond what is normally expected in the field of hand surgery.The enormous contribution of the Pioneers to Hand Surgery will influence many generations of Hand Surgeons to come. Ultimately of course, their accomplishments will benefit countless patients far into the future. This award is given every 3 years to distinguished hand surgeons from around the world. Since its inception in 1966, only 180 hand surgeons have received this prestigious international award. The award ceremony will take place at the Triennial meeting in Berlin in June, 2019

Help Achieve a Funding Rate of 50%: Donate to Commemorate 50 Years of AAHS!

AAHS 50 Endowment

As a member of the American Association for Hand Surgery, you know the community we belong to is special. Since its founding in 1970, the American Association for Hand Surgery has brought together experts across many disciplines to promote education and innovation in the field of hand surgery and hand therapy. With the formation of its Hand Surgery Endowment (HSE) in 1997, the organizations have worked together to provide care for under-resourced areas, promote economical and environmentally conscious practices, and bestow research grant funding to support scientific advancements in the field of hand surgery. Now, as AAHS celebrates its 50th Anniversary, it looks to you to help continue our legacy.

In honor of the AAHS's 50th Anniversary we hope to reach a 50% giving rate to the Endowment among the membership to achieve a fundraising goal of $500,000. With your participation, AAHS and the Hand Surgery Endowment can continue to ensure under-resourced areas around the world gain knowledge and skills to care for their communities, continue to award funding for research to optimize treatment for hand and upper extremity related conditions, and promote education at the highest level. Here are three easy ways you can help celebrate 50 years of progress and ensure 50 more:

Of course, we would welcome additional contributions above and beyond these suggestions!

Read about what HSE has provided in volunteer scholarships, how the Endowment has supported of humanitarian based organizations, has awarded nearly half a million dollars in pilot research grants, and honored the achievements of AAHS members over the last few years.

Give now, or make a monthly or multi-year pledge online.

Thank you for your consideration and participation in the 50th Anniversary campaign!

How Research Committee Members Launched their Research Careers: Trenton Gause, MD

AAHS Research Committee Members and How They Launched Their Research Careers: Trenton Gause, MD
Trenton Gause, MD

I attended Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania where I majored in Biology. After graduating from Gannon University I went on to medical school at Penn State, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. I attended medical school from 1982 to 1986. After my medical school training I stayed at Penn State where I performed a five year orthopedic residency. After my residency training I pursued a spine fellowship at Loyola University in Maywood Illinois which was completed in 1992.

I then pursued further training in upper extremity surgery and care on my own, dedicating myself to the study of such. Within a short period of time my practice became dedicated entirely to the treatment of the upper extremity and hand. Currently I treat individuals with orthopedic conditions from the shoulder to the hand. It is my belief that our education continue throughout our professional lives and is never ending. I am dedicated and passionate to the study of hand and upper extremity conditions. I am currently a Clinical Instructor of Orthopedic Surgery in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

I have been married to my wife, Patricia (Patty) for 33 years. We have been blessed with two lovely children; Trent and Nicole. Trent is now performing an orthopedic residency at the University of Virginia and Nicole is in the process of completing a PhD in clinical psychology at The University of Cincinnati.

My interest and hobbies are vast. I am interested in the history of science and medicine but also interested in music; the Blues through Classical Rock. Pop Culture of the 50's and 60's is also an interest as well as playing golf and the guitar.

2020 Annual Meeting: Abstract Submission Site Open

The AAHS will celebrate its 50th anniversary year during the 2020 Annual Meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, to be held January 8-11, 2020. Mark your calendar and please plan to attend as the Hand Association celebrates 50 years of excellence. The abstract submission site for the Annual Meeting is currently open. Submit your work by Sunday, July 14th to be considered for the Ft. Lauderdale program.

Abstract submission categories include the following: Arthritis, Basic Science Research and Clinical Research/Outcomes Research, Congenital, Microvascular, Nerve, Soft Tissue, Tendon, Trauma, Tumor.

Message from the Editor

Message from the Editor
John Fowler, MD

This edition of the Hand Association News includes a variety of information for AAHS members. Nash Naam will be awarded a Pioneer in Hand Surgery Award by the IFSSH in June 2019. There are Annual Meeting guest society highlights and a feature of Trent Gause, one of the members of the AAHS Research Committee. You have likely received several emails reminding everyone that the grants and awards deadline is June 1. This year is the 50th Anniversary for the Hand Surgery Endowment and we have a feature article to encourage members to donate to this campaign. I hope that you find this edition of the Hand Association News useful and informative. Enjoy your summer.

Guest Society Highlights

Guest societies of the 2020 AAHS Annual Meeting will be the Chinese Medical Association for Surgery of the Hand (CSSH) and the Hong Kong Society for Surgery of the Hand (HKSSH).

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