Hand Association News
Spring 2021

Working together to advance global hand care and education

A Message from the President, Dr. Nash Naam

Nash Naam, MD
Nash Naam, MD
AAHS President

It saddened and shocked me to the core to witness violence and hatred directed at a group of the most patriotic Americans, Asian Americans. America is the melting pot for all people from every faith, creed, ethnicity or national origin. We are all Americans, and we all love our country and our families. To see this hatred and violence directed at our friends, neighbors, partners and colleagues makes us all less than what we really are. We are a country built on embracing everyone and respecting everyone no matter where they came from or what ethnicity they belong to. Our diversity is the core value behind our greatness. We at the American Association for Hand Surgery strive to be inclusive and welcoming to everyone with no regard to national origin, ethnicity or religion. We embrace all Americans who contribute day in and day out to the progress and the greatness of our country. There is no place for hate or discrimination in our midst.

Many of our members and our leaders are Asian Americans who contribute significantly not only to our progress and growth, but also to advancing science and hand care education across the globe. We salute them and tell them that we have your back. We will not allow any discrimination or any hatred directed at anyone or any group of our members, our colleagues or our patients. We celebrate our inclusivity by reaffirming our commitment to diversity, respect, appreciation and equality. This is how we grow and how we prosper as united Americans. As I would paraphrase something President Lincoln said, "With Malice to none and Love for all".

Nash Naam, MD

From the Editor's Desk

John Fowler, MD
John Fowler, MD
Editor, Hand Association News

Spring is upon us and with the change in season comes some changes with this publication. Hand Association News is undergoing some exciting changes to improve the content of the Newsletter and bring in fresh ideas. Hand Association News welcomes five new Junior Editors (Drs. Jennifer Kargel, Jillian McLaughlin, Lacey Pflibsen, Naveed Nosrati, and Jonathan Lundy). The new Junior Editors have brought many outstanding ideas for new articles, member spotlights, videos, and topics. The overall goal of these changes are provide improved content and a better product for AAHS members.

The virtual annual meeting was a resounding success and I want to offer my congratulations and thanks to Drs. Adams and Rekant, Dr. Naam, and the AAHS staff for pulling it off. There are so many unknowns when trying to plan a meeting with a new format and I think that the weekly sessions worked very well. Former Obama Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel, said, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. I mean, it's an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before." The COVID-19 crisis has forced our society and many organizations to rethink how to do things and it has become an opportunity to make improvements and changes that may not have been possible before the crisis. Many times in medicine, and in general, we tend to do things a certain way simply because that is the way they were done before. Hopefully we can use this horrible time in human history to innovate and make beneficial changes.

Thank you for reading Hand Association News and I hope you enjoy the new content and columns.


John Fowler, MD
John Fowler, MD
Editor, Hand Association News

Meet a Member! Meet Dr. Andrew Zhang
Dr. Andrew Zhang
Dr. Andrew Zhang

In this Spring edition of the Hand Association News, we are introducing the "Meet a Member" column, designed to highlight one of our many wonderful AAHS members. It is an opportunity to learn more about our colleagues outside of medicine and to help us connect as a national and global community. Members should feel free to write in to nominate interviewees and suggest questions!

Please meet Dr. Andrew Zhang! Interview by Dr. Jennifer Kargal.


Dr. Andrew Zhang is an associate professor in the department of plastic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, located in Dallas, TX. He has been a member of the American Association for Hand Surgery since 2013. He completed his medical school and residency training in plastic surgery at Stanford, where he also completed his fellowship in hand surgery. As a board-certified plastic surgeon and hand surgeon, his scope of practice includes trauma-related and reconstructive hand surgery and reconstructive microsurgery. In addition to a busy clinical practice, he serves as the residency program director for integrated and independent plastic surgery programs at UT Southwestern.

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Ask an Expert!

Ask an Expert!

Welcome to our newest section: Ask an Expert! To start this section off we would like to ask you for a suggestion.

Do you have a burning question for one of our experts?
Is there a tough case you just need some advice with?
Not sure how to properly code a case?
Has there been a topic that you have been looking for clarity on?

If you have a question for us please send it in to contact@handsurgery.org. Make sure to include your question, and if it is a case any pertinent information or imaging. Once we have your responses we'll pick a few each newsletter and present it here. Looking forward to all the great questions!

Remembering Past President and Hand Surgery Quarterly Editor, Dr. James Hoehn

Dr. James Hoehn
Dr. James Hoehn

AAHS is saddened to share that one of its Past Presidents and Editor of Hand Surgery Quarterly (now Hand Association News) passed away on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2020.

Dr. Hoehn was known as a trailblazer in the field and was an outstanding leader in cultivating the field of plastic surgery. He focused on hand surgery throughout his career, serving as AAHS President from 1983 to 1984, and traveled the world to share his knowledge and expertise. He was a beloved husband, father, and good friend to all who knew him. Dr. Hoehn led a full life of purpose and was a good leader, with an unending passion for learning and meeting challenges, particularly for the sake of the advancement of plastic surgery. He served as Hand Surgery Quarterly Editor from 1995 to 2001.

To read more about Dr. Hoehn and his many contributions to AAHS, please see the following resources.

Around the Hand Table

For those who remember Around the Hand Table from past newsletters, the Hand Association News Editors are happy to announce we have revived and modernized this column! The first Around the Hand Table article is a focus on the AAHS Distal Radius Fractures Webinar, which was moderated by Dr. Joshua Abzug at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and original aired May 17, 2020. Watch this entire webinar or brush up on specific topics related to the treatment of distal radius fractures. Use the guide below which lists presentation start times, presenters, and lecture synopses to efficiently navigate to specific sections.

See Guide

HAND Article Feature: Volume 16, Issue 1, January 2021 by Dr. Jonathan Lundy

Opioid Versus Nonopioid Analgesia After Carpal Tunnel Release: A Randomized, Prospective Study
Louis C. Grandizio, Hui Zhang, C. Liam Dwyer, Steven H. Goldberg, Joel C. Klena

First Published March 29, 2019; pp. 38-44

Imagine as surgeons being able to eliminate our contribution to the current opioid addiction epidemic. That is exactly what Grandizio and colleagues from Geisinger Medical Center may assist in accomplishing with their single-center, prospective study comparing opioid and nonopioid analgesia after carpal tunnel release (CTR).1 The group enrolled 68 patients between February and August 2018 and, using an internet-based randomization tool, randomized patients into a nonopioid and conventional opioid arm.

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Educational Benefits of Working with Advanced Practice Providers (APPs): A Resident Perspective by Lacey Pflibsen
Lacey Pflibsen
Lacey Pflibsen

The use of advance practice providers (APP) has an invaluable role in the delivery of quality care in hand surgery. The utilization and implementation in their care can be wildly variable in different institutions and practices. Their role in resident education is sometimes an overlooked aspect of their value and utility in an academic center. As a current resident, I can attest that APPs have been essential in my education.

Part of my education as a resident has been from the APPs in our department.

From helping young residents navigate the OR/clinic, to educating senior residents on how to best utilize them in future practice, they serve a continuum of roles in a teaching hospital. I have been fortunate that our APPs have been in their roles for over a decade and have the clinical and surgical fortitude to prove it. They have been incredibly kind in teaching me hand surgery during my residency.

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Upcoming Webinars and Online Video Resources from AAHS

To fulfill its mission to advance global hand care and education, the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS) has developed a Webinar Series focused on providing hand care to the global community. The AAHS Webinar Series is a FREE educational program for medical professionals around the globe. View Calendar of Events for full webinar schedule and details.

Endo Pharmaceuticals Virtual Injection Certification Course
XIAFLEX® (collagenase clostridium histolyticum) Training and Certification with expert Dr. Prosper Benhaim

This virtual injection certification course presented by Endo Pharmaceuticals is an introduction to XIAFLEX® (collagenase clostridium histolyticum) designed for Fellows, Residents, and those new to the product. Attendees will have an opportunity to become XIAFLEX® certified after learning about the clinical data, treatment procedure, and watching videos of experienced injectors perform real patient procedures.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
8:00 - 9:30 PM ET, 7:00 PM CT, 5:00 PM PT
Register Today | There is no fee to participate.

AAHS/AAOS CME Webinar: My First Year in Practice: How to Hit the Ground Running

Wednesday, July 7, 2021
8:15 to 9:15 pm ET; 7:15 to 8:15 pm CT
Program details and registration will be available soon. There is no fee for AAHS members to participate. This program provides 1 CME.

Information on additional webinars to be held in 2021 will be available soon. Visit the AAHS website for complimentary access to 18 outstanding webinar recordings for replay.

Recordings from the 2021 AAHS Virtual Meeting held in January and February 2021 as well as the On-Demand Abstract Presentation Library can still be accessed via the AAHS Virtual Portal. Discounted registration for members is also still available if you haven’t registered yet and would like to and claim CME credit.


Join AAHS for its Specialty Session during AAOS 2021!

AAHS Specialty Day Program During the AAOS Annual Meeting

Join the AAHS as it hosts its "Specialty Session" on Friday, September 3, 2021 during the AAOS Annual Meeting in San Diego, California! Drs. Ngozi Akabudike and Glenn Gaston have prepared an excellent program, "Excellence in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery: An Update on Dogma and Current Trends" and have secured expert faculty to participate in this half day session. The AAHS Specialty Session program will run from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM local time on September 3rd. We hope to see you there!

See program details! Registration information will be available soon.

Receive a 15% Discount on 2022 Annual Meeting Registration

Receive a 15% Discount on 2022 Annual Meeting Registration

The Hand Association’s leadership and Program Chairs are working to put together a stellar event to reunite the hand care community in January!

How can you receive a 15% discount on 2022 Annual Meeting registration?
Recruit a friend or colleague to join AAHS this year!

New members elected in 2021 and existing AAHS members who recruit a friend or colleague to join the Hand Association as a member will receive a 15% discount off 2022 Annual Meeting registration fees!

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Thank You Members of the AAHS Corporate Partnership Council!

Industry partners of the AAHS have the unique opportunity to discuss ideas and resources, and to look for avenues of collaboration where the Hand Association and its corporate partners can advance parallel interests and goals through the Corporate Partnership Council. Thank you to the following CPC members for their participation!

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