70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hands

I had the honor and privilege to being the Program Chair for the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hands. President Bill Sietz selected me to organize his meeting with a focus on the practice of hand surgery. It was held in Seattle, Washington under beautiful sunny skies for the entire week. It featured over 2,700 attended of which 440 were from other countries.

The black-tie dinner for the American Society Surgery of the Hands was held at the Space Needle. We walked through the Dale Chihuly Garden which was astounding! We then took the elevator up to the top of the Space Needle for breathtaking views of the harbor. The buffet was sumptuous, the drinks were plentiful, and the traditional “roast” of the ASSH President by the incoming president was incomparably delivered by Neil Ford Jones of the University of

California, Irvine, and my friend for 30 years from our days at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

I had the pleasure to moderate a symposium on Cubital Tunnel Syndrome- What to do in 2015. I was joined by two esteemed colleagues Brent Graham of Toronto Canada, and Tyson Cobb a pioneer in arthroscopic cubital tunnel treatment. We had a large audience that were very engaged with what we had to say.

To celebrate the retirement of Vivian Masson as President of Stryker Cooperation Trauma and Extremities Division, President Seitz hosted a luncheon in his honor. Stryker and ASSH have been formidable partners and I as Chair of the Commercial Support Committee and of the Cooperate Advisory Council have had the opportunity to work closely with Vivian and his colleagues on developing partnerships to support education, research, and global outreach/ volunteerism. Xavier Berling incoming president joined Dr. Sietz and I in the celebration.

During the hand society meeting, there is a traditional alumni meeting for dinner for the Littler Eaton Glickel Society. Well upwards of one hundred trainees have passed through this venerable hand surgery fellowship. Here fellowship director and pass ASSH resident Steve Glickel is surrounded by myself and fellow colleagues from around my era of the fellowship training program.

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