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Dr. Neil Jones Visits San Francisco

I had the opportunity to visit with Dr. Neil Jones, who is a University Professor at the University of California Los Angeles and Past President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Jun 27th, 2019

It’s been a year since the COVID-19 epidemic first hit us here in the United States, and of course around the entire world. We mourn the catastrophic loss of life and reflect on how much our future will be changed… at least for a while, and maybe longer!

Apr 8th, 2021
Stephen Curry, Hand injuries, and the Covid-19 Crisis

If you were a San Francisco Bay Area sports enthusiast, and in particular if you were an orthopedic hand and upper extremity specialist, that you were following the progress of one Stephen Curry and his 4th metacarpal fracture injury with great interest.

Apr 17th, 2020
3rd Annual Touching Hands Event - 11/9/19 - San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Surgery Center participated in the 3rd Annual Touching Hands Event held in San Francisco, CA. It is one of the four original centers to offer a day of donated medical care for underinsured and uninsured patients in need of upper extremity ca

Nov 19th, 2019
Roosevelt Alumni Meeting - April 27-28, 2019 - NY

I had the pleasure of attending the Bradford Eaton Memorial Lecture and the Scientific Session on April 27th-28th at the Roosevelt Hand to Shoulder Center on Madison Avenue in midtown Manhattan.

May 22nd, 2019
A Happy “Hand” Ending

Recently, Czechoslovakian professional women’s tennis player, Petra Kvitová, has had a resurgence in her career and a very strong comeback for the former number 1 player in the world

Jan 30th, 2019
Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! Our office will be closed starting 12/24-1/2

Dec 20th, 2018

One-armed phenom Trashaun Willis broke the internet with one dunk, but there's so much more to his inspiring journey. Plus: Watch Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony link with B/REAL for the surprise of a lifetime.

Oct 25th, 2018
Ronnie Lott’s Amputated Pinkie Finger

And then there is Ronnie Lott, who famously had his broken pinkie finger amputated in April 1986 to avoid the long recovery time that would have followed reconstructive surgery.

Jan 16th, 2018
SF JAZZ - Bobby Hutcherson

Bobby Hutcherson was one of the great Jazz players globally, and was a fixture here in Northern California. A Memorial tribute was held at the SF Jazz Center and for 3 hours, we watched a series of photographs of the life of this luminary artist with...

Dec 28th, 2016

Summer in New York City is an interesting time. Many of the full-time residents escape to the Hamptons, Montauk, or up the Hudson Valley to Columbia County for a summer break. For others, its a great time to visit New York.

Dec 28th, 2016
ASSH 71st Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas

The 71st annual meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand took place for the first time in Austin, Texas. This turned out to be a fantastic venue for the meeting. Over 2000 physicians attended this meeting. The variety of educational...

Dec 28th, 2016

This is the seventh time that I have attended Research Capitol Hill Days, sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. The focus of this meeting is to support musculoskeletal research funding by visiting Capitol Hill. Here we are to meet...

Dec 22nd, 2016
ASSH CAC – LAGUNA NIGUEL May 25-26, 2016

As Chairman of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand Corporate Advisory Council, I was happy to plan and host the biannual meeting that involves corporate leaders, and leaders of the hand Society. We met so that we could discuss our common...

Dec 22nd, 2016

“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco” - Mark Twain. I had the opportunity to sponsor 3 medical students from France. They rotated through my office and other offices here in our building, all affiliated with the San Francisco...

Dec 22nd, 2016

16th Annual Cutting Edge Resident and Fellows Forum. Experts in hand surgery and upper limb research met together for a 2-day session in which we challenged each other and debated the best approach to clinical conditions. This meeting is not for the...

Dec 22nd, 2016
The Arts in San Francisco

I had the pleasure of going to the opening of the newly expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This is a very impressive addition on many levels. Firstly, the Fisher Collection is to the latter half of the 20th century what the New York Museum...

Aug 18th, 2016
Stryker/Sawbones Surgical Training Lab; Phoenix, Arizona

I had the opportunity to participate in upper extremity training for some of the sales and marketing personnel for the Stryker Corporation on March 10th in Phoenix, Arizona. Being an active member of the speaker’s program I am familiar with many of the...

May 23rd, 2016
The Opioid Crisis in America

My practice is committed to reducing the likelihood of prescription pain medicine dependence, which has been shown to lead to addiction and the epidemic of heroin use and fatalities in this country. I am committed to helping my patients have a...

May 17th, 2016
Trip to Asia (Part 2)

I had the distinct pleasure and honor of being invited as the keynote speaker for the Kyushu Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting in Fukuoka, Japan. Having trained eight surgeons from Fukuoka during my time as Chief of Hand Surgery at the...

Apr 21st, 2016
Trip to Asia (Part 1)

I had the opportunity to travel through Taipei, Taiwan and spend the day at New Deantronics, Inc. This 600 employee medical device company produces products for the global healthcare market. It started in California and Taiwan and has been steadily...

Mar 1st, 2016
Prime UC 2015 University of California Startups Competition

Prime UC invited University of California startups to compete for a chance at $300,000 in award money. This event was the first of several competitions that are a part of President Janet Napolitano’s Innovations and Entrepreneurship Initiative.

Dec 8th, 2015
Turkey Carving Safety

Nothing says “Thanksgiving” like football, family and the enticing aromas of turkey, stuffing, yams and pumpkin pie. But no matter what’s included in a Thanksgiving spread, one dish nobody anticipates is a hand injury. This holiday season, the American...

Nov 19th, 2015
Enterprise for High School Students

Enterprise for High School Students (EHSS) was founded in 1969, EHSS is a non-profit organization with a mission to prepare San Francisco high school students for future success in the workplace and higher education. They offer hundreds of opportunities...

Sep 11th, 2015
American Journal of Orthopedics Guest Editorial

I recently had the pleasure of writing a guest editorial for The American Journal of Orthopedics. The article entitled "A Summer Bonanza of Upper Extremity Articles" detailed some of the exciting journal entries tailored to the upper extremity surgeon.

Aug 20th, 2015
Equality Without Exception

The San Francisco Pride Parade was a special event in 2015. The parade coincided with the Supreme Court ruling that it is legal for all Americans have the right to marry no matter their gender or sexual orientation. In terms of history, SF Pride...

Aug 19th, 2015
First Double Hand Transplant

At 2, Zion Harvey had both his arms and legs amputated due to an infection. Early this month, 8-year-old Zion had received a successful dual hand transplant from a 40-person medical team in Philadelphia. The surgery involving the reconnection of his...

Aug 10th, 2015
Hand-to-Leg Graft Following Accident in China

In China, Dr. Tang Juyu and his surgical team saved a man's hand, which had been completely cut off by a spinning blade machine, by attaching it to his leg. This surgery allowed the blood supply, necessary to keep the tissue alive, back in the severed...

Jul 30th, 2015
Fireworks: Charms and Harms

A marvelous element of celebrating July 4th is, of course, the beautiful fireworks. They are both wonderful to watch and thrilling to set off. However, danger always follows during the celebration of Independence Day. According to the Consumer Product...

Jul 15th, 2015
Fun Facts about the Upper Extremities Part 2

1. Fingernails are modified hairs. 2. Nails need blood to survive. 3. Men’s nails grow faster than women’s nails. 4. The longer the finger is, the faster the nail grows. Furthermore, fingernails grow about four times faster than toenails.

Jul 1st, 2015
Fun Facts About Upper Extremities

1. The palm cannot be tanned because it contains no melanin, just like the bottom of your foot. In addition, the palm cannot grow hair. 2. There are 27 bones in your hand, compared to the 14 in your face.

Jun 26th, 2015
AOAO 55TH Postgraduate Seminar

I spoke at the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics 55th Annual Postgraduate Seminar in Amelia Island, Florida. It was with great pleasure that I served as faculty for this three day event. My presentations on Current Concepts in Distal Radius...

Jun 8th, 2015
Stryker Elbow to Finger Fracture: A Fellow's Course

It was an honor to serve as faculty for the Stryker Elbow to Finger Fracture: a Fellow's Course, in Phoenix Arizona. This 1-1/2 day course utilized didactic and hands-on operating room simulation to educate fellows in training. It included a hands-on...

Jun 1st, 2015
Stryker Upper Extremity Arthroplasty Course for Surgeons

I had the pleasure of serving as faculty and co-chair for the Stryker Upper Extremity Arthroplasty Course for Surgeons at the ASGE Institute for Training and Technology in Downers Grove, Illinois. This one day skills training course gave surgeons the...

May 8th, 2015
6th Combined Meeting of the ASSH & JSSH

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and the Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand (JSSH) held its 6th Combined Meeting in Maui, Hawaii on March 29- April 1, 2015. The 2015 Combined Meeting: Unsolved Problems in Hand Surgery provided...

Apr 24th, 2015
Stryker Train the Trainers Event

As a consultant for the Stryker Corporation I am involved in designing and executing surgical education to fellow surgeons on surgical techniques. In this two day meeting, the surgeon consultants in four areas, hand and upper limb, trauma, hip and knee...

Feb 20th, 2015
Ultrasound-Guided Injections

Ultrasound has also been as an imaging guide for intra-articular or soft-tissue injections to help improve accuracy. Using ultrasound guidance, a physician can directly visualize an injection needle’s path and the immediate structures around it...

Feb 18th, 2015
Winter Sports Safety

Now that winter is here it is important to try to enjoy the outdoors while trying to stay healthy. Usually in my practice the winter time results in a significant increase in upper extremity injuries. Here are a few tips on how to have fun, stay...

Jan 28th, 2015
American Society for Surgery of the Hand

Dr. Diao led the American Society for Surgery of the Hand Biannual Corporate Advisory Council meeting in Chicago, on December 3rd - December 4th. Dr. Diao is the Chairman of the Corporate Advisory Council and the Commercial Support Committee.

Dec 31st, 2014
Diao's Course for Surgeon Education Sets Records!

Questionnaires received and compiled from the 2-day surgical training course on November 14th and 15th in Houston Texas, chaired by Dr. Diao, received outstanding grades on feedback. A variety of subjects relating to upper extremity orthopaedics...

Dec 15th, 2014
Dorsey 4D Symposium

Dr. Diao attended Dorsey’s 4D Symposium last week. The Dorsey 4D Symposium addressed four key areas of the Life Sciences Industry: Devices, Diagnostics, Drugs, and Digital Health. Dorsey's 4D Symposium highlighted these core areas by bringing together...

Nov 3rd, 2014
ASSH Strategic PlanningTask Force

Under the direction of ASSH President Seitz and ASSH CEO Anderson, 15 of the leaders of the ASSH with members of the presidential line, council members past and present, and ley committee chairs spent 2 days at the ASSH headquarters in Chicago on a wide...

Oct 7th, 2014
ASSH Strategic PlanningTask Force

Under the direction of ASSH President Seitz and ASSH CEO Anderson, 15 of the leaders of the ASSH with members of the presidential line, council members past and present, and ley committee chairs spent 2 days at the ASSH headquarters in Chicago on a wide...

Oct 7th, 2014
Dr. Diao Host 2014 Japanese Traveling Fellows

On September 25, The 2014 Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand Travelling Fellows was hosted here in SF by Dr. Edward Diao. They were on a stop from their tour of the US that included the American Society for Surgery of the Hand 69th Annual Meeting...

Oct 7th, 2014

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand held its 69th Annual Meeting in Boston on September 18-20, 2014. The ASSH Annual Meeting educational content includes scientific sessions, symposia, forty-five instructional courses, clinical reviews...

Aug 7th, 2014
Elbow Injuries

Elbow injuries are common in the active population with recreational and occupational activities often contributing to significant soft tissue injuries. Elbow tendonitis is a common problem sustained by tennis players, golfers, keyboard workers...

Jul 21st, 2014
Report From Educational Bursary Recipient: Dr. Piotr Czarnecki

“With Dr. Diao I experienced the way that a private hand surgeon works by being his shadow for most activities during busy days. I joined him in clinics and the OR in a few different hospitals/units, which was really valuable. It was extremely..."

Jun 10th, 2014
Rosenman Institute Launch Symposium

On Wednesday, June 4th, the inaugural symposium for the Rosenman Institute at the QB3 innovation center was held at Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall at the UCSF Mission Bay campus. An assembly of luminaries including medical device entrepreneurs...

Jun 9th, 2014
A Visit to the Port of Oakland

I had the pleasure of touring the Port of Oakland shipyard with a group of physicians and administrators. This was for the express purpose of being able to integrate medical services in treating injured workers and efficiently returning them back to work.

Jun 9th, 2014
Diao Participates in East Coast Hand Surgery Presentations

I had the opportunity to participate as a faculty member last week for two separate events. One was for a think tank of hand surgeons from around the country to look at the future of hand and upper extremity surgery. This was sponsored by the Biomet...

Jun 9th, 2014
Boston Strong, and America, Proud

This is the day of the Boston marathon. One year ago a tragedy befell this hallowed event. My college friend and dormmate Gov Deval Patrick of Massachusetts entertained me the Spring of 2013, a few months before he coined the unforgettable phrase...

Jun 9th, 2014
Greetings from New Orleans!

The annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons was held in the city of New Orleans. My colleague and great friend from the Harvard Orthopedic residency program days, Joshua Jacobs, was the AAOS President and has done a tremendous job...

Jun 9th, 2014
America's Cup & Polish Traveling Fellowship

It was an exciting week here in San Francisco! Firstly, the Oracle Team USA boat had a historic set of victories to come from behind and clench the America’s Cup! These last few races were incredibly exciting. I hope many of you locally had the chance...

Jun 9th, 2014
Stryker Surgeon Training

Stryker is one of the major "Big 5" orthopedic companies. Stryker provides education and training courses. They have a philosophy of surgeon education in which didactic lectures and case presentations are offered for the most challenging clinical cases.

Jun 9th, 2014
A Cigna Care Designated Physician

Dr. Diao has been identified as a Cigna Care designated physician, effective January 1, 2014. He is recognized by Cigna Care as a physician that provides quality and cost-efficient care in his specialty of Orthopaedics [Surgery] for the Hand and Upper...

Jun 9th, 2014
John Paul Fruttero Back to Tennis

“John Paul Fruttero is a successful collegiate and professional tennis player who is a friend of mine. He has unique insights on common injuries that tennis players and other recreational and elite athletes are prone to, based on his own experiences..."

Jun 9th, 2014
Dr. Diao Hosts Enterprise High School Student (EHSS)

On Friday, July 26th, I had the pleasure of presenting our summer intern, Thant, with his diploma at the graduation ceremonies for the Enterprise for High School Students Career Exploration Program. This fantastic educational program gives high school...

Jun 9th, 2014
Dr. Diao Speaks on "Startups as a Team Sport"

Socorro Medical, Inc. is a medical device venture dedicated to developing transformative endoscopic devices for surgeons to improve patient outcomes. We will share some of the lessons Socorro is learning about the challenges confronting a start up on...

Jun 9th, 2014