Blog Archive

50 Years of Enterprise - Serving San Francisco Youth - July 11th, 2019 San Francisco City Hall Jul 17th, 2019

I had the great pleasure of attending an event at San Francisco City Hall on July 11th, 2019 commemorating Glady Thatcher’s 90th birthday. Glady Thatcher is the founder of Enterprise of Youth, an organization for which I served on the Board of Directors for two terms (2008-2014). Its mission is...

Dr. Neil Jones Visits San Francisco Jun 27th, 2019

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. He had come to San Francisco to give a series of lectures at the Bay Area...

Abbott Society Reception at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery Annual Meeting Jun 12th, 2019

I had some nice opportunities to interact with the UCSF Department of Orthopedic Surgery this year. Here a candid photo was taken at the UCSF Abbott Society reception that took place during the AAOS Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada in March 2019. Here I am with three of the...

Roosevelt Alumni Meeting - April 27-28, 2019 - NY May 22nd, 2019

  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. It’s always great to come back to the training program that I was a part of, and have...

Elite Collegiate NCAA Champion Fencer Thanks Us For His Care May 9th, 2019

I wanted to post this note I received from one of my patients, with his permission. It made my day!   Dr. Diao, I am writing to thank you and your team for the expert skill and extra care in repairing my twice fractured index finger several years ago, and...

Kristy L. Weber, MD, named first female president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Mar 19th, 2019

LAS VEGAS (March 15, 2019)—Philadelphia orthopaedic surgeon Kristy L. Weber, MD, became the first female president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Directors today at the organization’s 2019 Annual Meeting. Her presidency marks the third year of a four-year term of volunteer service, after serving as vice president of the...

Billy Jean King – The Silk Speaker Series at University of San Francisco, March 19, 2019 Mar 18th, 2019

Billy Jean King - The Silk Speaker Series at University of San Francisco, March 19, 2019 I was inspired by listening to this interview between Jennifer Aziz and Billy Jean King, the legend, the social activist tennis champion, founder of the Women’s Team Tennis Association, World Team Tennis and many...

A Happy “Hand” Ending Jan 30th, 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. She recently competed in the Australian Open Finals losing to Naomi Osaka. She’s followed this up with...

26th Annual Heart of Marin Awards Luncheon - January 10, 2019 Jan 13th, 2019

  I was humbled to be nominated for Volunteer of the Year at the 26th Annual Heart of Marin Awards Luncheon. Myself, Shayne and Luis were joined by hundreds of volunteers, their co-worker’s and families to this extraordinary event. Our office was recognized for delivering care to the uninsured and...

Give 100 U.S. Patients Life-Changing Hand Surgery - American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand Dec 27th, 2018

Give 100 U.S. Patients Life-Changing Hand Surgery by American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand    Summary This project will give free hand care to 100 patients in 8 U.S. cities, providing life-changing hand surgery, therapy, and resources to restore injured hands to fully-functioning hands. For these patients, access to this...

Happy Holidays! Dec 20th, 2018

Greetings & Happy Holidays, Our office will be closed for appointments starting 12/24/18-1/2/19. Please leave us a voicemail for any inquiries. For urgent matters, call your local primary care.  Best wishes, Dr. Diao and Staff        

76ers' Markelle Fultz Injury Diagnosed as Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Dec 6th, 2018

TIM DANIELS  DECEMBER 4, 2018  The agent for Philadelphia 76ers point guard Markelle Fultz said Tuesday his client was diagnosed with neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS). Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN provided the full statement from Fultz's agent, Raymond Brothers. "Markelle has been diagnosed with neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome, a physical injury," Brothers said. "TOS affects...

Wilson Sonsini Med Tech Conference 8-5pm June 22nd San Francisco, CA Nov 20th, 2018

I had the opportunity once again to attend the Wilson Sonsini Medical Device Conference which is held yearly at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. There were excellent panelists who discussed the medical device world from the aspects of development, market funding, and investments both nationally and internationally. There were...

TEN FINGERS ARE OVERRATED Oct 25th, 2018

ADAM KRAMER OCTOBER 19, 2018 - Bleacher Report  At a booth in the back of the Frontier Family Restaurant, a diner in the blue-collar town of Washington, Iowa, Trashaun Willis is eating lunch. It is the middle of June, two months before the start of his sophomore year at Washington High...

The Bronx High School of Science - May 9th, 2018 San Francisco, CA Oct 17th, 2018

I attended the Bronx High School of Science and had the pleasure of participating in a local event held in San Francisco in honor of the 80th anniversary of this public New York City high school. People from many generations attended this reception. 75+ alums were in attendance. We had...

The 18th Annual Cutting Edge New Technology in Upper Extremity Surgery Course at the Cleveland Clini Aug 9th, 2018

I had the pleasure of being a faculty member once again for this fantastic course that is run by William Seitz and Zong-Ming Li. As a colleague and collaborator with both of them, I always enjoy coming to this annual meeting and sharing new insights with colleagues, trainees, and friends.I...

San Francisco Marin Medicine - Touching Hands Magazine Article May 24th, 2018

 Check out our nice coverage regarding our volunteer project - Touching Hands Event held in SF 11/11/17

Operation Access Celebrates 25 years! Apr 10th, 2018

Operation Access Celebrates 25 years!Office staff with Dr. DiaoOperation Access held a charity event celebrating 25 years of medical volunteers. It was a fun celebration that recognizes the accomplishments and commitment of each participant. The entire office staff ventured out to Oakland to the Waterfront Hotel where they had good...

Ask the Expert, "Keeping off the Injured List" Feb. 5th 2018 at the California Tennis Club Mar 13th, 2018

I was invited to speak in the “Our Very Own” speaker series for the members of the club to share their insights.When asked to talk about the musculoskeletal injuries and how to stay off the injured reserved list with prevention and treatments, I invited Dave Smith of Egoscue San Francisco...

Ronnie Lott’s Amputated Pinkie Finger Jan 16th, 2018

By MMGAGNE June 17, 2014The MMQB presents NFL 95, a special project running through mid-July detailing 95 artifacts that tell the story of the NFL, as the league prepares to enter its 95th season. See the entire series here.The NFL wouldn’t be what it is if it weren’t full of tough guys. But even still, there’s...

Australian Rugby Player Amputates Middle Finger So He Can Play in Season Opener Dec 21st, 2017

Australian Rugby Player Amputates Middle Finger So He Can Play in Season OpenerA rugby player in Australia has decided he’d rather live the rest of his life with nine-and-a-half fingers than miss the start of this season. Angus Crichton, a 21-year-old player for for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the National...

Touching Hands Project - San Francisco Surgery Center, November 11th, 2017 Dec 14th, 2017

On Nov 11, 2017 16 volunteers made a day of free surgery for uninsured patients that were hand, wrist, arm candidates. The facility, the anesthesia, the surgery, and the ancillary services were all donated at no cost to the patients. Surgical equipment and implants were also donated by Stryker Corporation....

17th Annual Cutting Edge Conference – Cleveland Clinic June 4th-6th 2017 Nov 2nd, 2017

This is the eighth year that I have attended the Cutting Edge conference as a faculty member, lecturer and moderator.  I have previously served as the Anita Moss keynote lecturer for this meeting.The great thing about this meeting is the quality of the lectures and the focus was on new...

American Society for Surgery of the Hand Spring Council Meeting, Sedona, AZ - May 17th-18th Nov 2nd, 2017

For the 10th year I lead the Corporate Advisory Council meeting where the leadership of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand meets with representatives of our industry partners to discuss common goals and aspirations regarding hand and upper limb patient care, research, education and outreach.We had a very...

Littler Eaton Glickel Society, New York City - April 28th-29th, 2017 Nov 2nd, 2017

I attended the 31st annual Bradford H Eaton, M.D. Memorial lecture, held at the Roosevelt hand to Shoulder Center at Ortho Manhattan.  This lecture commemorates Brad Eaton and is sponsored by the Roosevelt Hand Service, and the Littler Eaton Glickel Society.  The lecturer was Mel Rosenwasser, a good friend from...

Wilson Bost Interurban Club Meeting, San Diego, CA - April 21-22nd Nov 2nd, 2017

The Wilson Bost Interurban Club features members that are elected and nominated from the California Senior Orthopedic Surgeon Community.  There are currently 40 active members.  The annual meeting rotates between Northern and Southern California.This year’s meeting was held in San Diego.  We enjoyed some spectacular lectures at University of California...

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery 2017 Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA - March 14th-18th Nov 1st, 2017

The 2017 American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery annual meeting was held in San Diego, California.  With 30,000 attendees from around the world… Orthopedic surgeons, and corporations that service orthopedic surgery attend this convention.  There are over 230 lectures, instructional courses and symposia as well as social events for people to...

College Notes: An A Cappella Performance Celebrating Bright Minds & Voice - March 9-11, 2017 Oct 31st, 2017

Thanks to the sponsorship of Kaiser Permanente, one of the producers of the film,"Pitch Perfect" served as Master of Ceremonies for a line of top collegiate a cappella bands from across the country…and I do mean across the countries. Groups from Harvard, Yale, Penn, University of Michigan, Clairmont colleges and...

Stryker Elbow to Finger Residents & Fellows Course, Phoenix, AZ, March 31st - April 1st Jun 13th, 2017

I had the opportunity to be one of three faculty members who led a 50-participant course in key topics in upper extremity for the Stryker Corporation, a leading manufacturer in the upper extremity space. It was held in the huge semi-truck that holds 8 workstations for surgical skills and cadaver...

9th Annual Movement is Life Caucus & Washington DC-Smithsonian, African American Museum of History May 30th, 2017

The evening of election day I took a red-eye and went to Washington, D.C.  This was a pretty cathartic trip for me, as it turns out. I got a ticket into the new Smithsonian Museum of History and Culture of African America.  This facility is a combination of the history of...

WASHINGTON DC AFTER ELECTION DAY - AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM - MOVEMENT IS LIFE CAUCUS Jan 12th, 2017

After this contentious election and outcome, I took a red eye flight on election day E2 Washington DC.                       I went to the new African-American Museum of Culture and History, the newest Museum of the Smithsonian institution.  For 6 hours I...

SF JAZZ - Bobby Hutcherson Dec 28th, 2016

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 his family and colleagues and...

NYC US Open 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, it's a great time to visit New York.  A tradition that I have taken part in since...

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

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 opportunities as well as social events is...

AAOS RESEARCH CAPITOL HILL DAYS Dec 22nd, 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 with Senators and Representatives in Congress and their staff,...

ASSH CAC – LAGUNA NIGUEL May 25-26, 2016 Dec 22nd, 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 agenda in improving patient care.  ASSH has...

SF SUMMER – FRENCH STUDENTS 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 surgery center.  They had the opportunity...

CLEVELAND CLINIC CUTTING EDGE 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 faint of heart as the dialogue is spirited...

The Arts in San Francisco Aug 18th, 2016

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 of Modern Arts collection...

American Society for Surgery of the Hand Summer Retreat - Dana Point, CA. May 25 - 26, 2016 Aug 16th, 2016

I had the pleasure and honor of leading the American Society for Surgery of the Hand Corporate Advisory Council meeting on Wednesday, May 25th, and Thursday, May 26th, 2016.  Our meeting place was the Ritz-Carlton at Laguna Niguel in Southern California chosen by ASSH President Neil Jones my friend for...

Master's in Nerve Repair Roundtable Discussion - San Francisco, CA. - April 23rd, 2016 Jul 22nd, 2016

On April 23rd, 2016 I had the pleasure of participating in a roundtable discussion regarding nerve injuries, nerve repair and nerve regeneration.  It took place at the Hyatt Embarcadero and the hosts were Greg Bunke and Bauback Safa from the Bunke Clinic based at the California Pacific Medical Center Davies...

Stryker Small Joint Arthroplasty & Upper Extremity Trauma Courses; Miami, Florida Jul 15th, 2016

I had the pleasure of chairing 2 courses, one on upper extremity arthroplasty including elbow, wrist, and finger joints and another on upper extremity trauma at the Miami Anatomical Research Center in Miami Florida.  I had the pleasure of having Bernie Morrey as my co-chair for the arthroplasty course, past...

2016 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Research Capitol Hill Days - Washington, D.C. Jul 8th, 2016

I had the pleasure of participating in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Research Capitol Hill Days, April 13th an 14th, 2016.  I brought one of my patients, Orlanda Lopez, who with rheumatoid arthritis has had complex hand reconstruction with multiple artificial joints.  She is a lawyer, an administrator, and...

Australian Hand Surgery Society/American Society for Surgery of the Hand; Sydney, Australia Jun 24th, 2016

I had the pleasure of being on the program committee for the Australian Hand Society and American Society for Surgery of the Hand 2016 combined meeting in Sydney, Australia.  There was outstanding representation from the US side with 71 registrants, along with over 200 registrants from around the world.  This...

Stryker/Sawbones Surgical Training Lab; Phoenix, Arizona May 23rd, 2016

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 areas that Stryker provides in innovation so...

The Opioid Crisis in America May 17th, 2016

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 successful post-operative course and avoid issues with narcotic pain...

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2016 Annual Meeting: Orlando, Florida May 10th, 2016

I participated in the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgery Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.  Over 20,000 attendees participated in this week long annual meeting focused on the care and treatment of the musculoskeletal system.  My major obligations included leading the face to face meetings on behalf of the American Society...

Trip to Asia (Part 2) Apr 21st, 2016

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 University of California, San Francisco, I was...

Trip to Asia (Part 1) Mar 1st, 2016

I had the opportunity to travel to 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 expanding and growing.  In addition to working with established global healthcare...

Prime UC 2015 University of California Startups Competition Dec 8th, 2015

Prime UC invited University of California start-ups 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. The competitions are designed to help the most promising UC-associated start-ups obtain seed...

Turkey Carving Safety Nov 19th, 2015

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 Society for Surgery of the Hand cautions carvers to take steps...

70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hands Oct 1st, 2015

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...

Enterprise for High School Students Sep 11th, 2015

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 for youth to develop life skills through engagement in work. Dr....

American Journal of Orthopedics Guest Editorial Aug 20th, 2015

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. 

Equality Without Exception Aug 19th, 2015

“The Mission of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee is to educate the world, commemorate our heritage, celebrate our culture, and liberate our people.” http://www.oaklandpride.org/The San Francisco Pride Parade was a special event in 2015. The parade coincided with the Supreme Court ruling that it is legal...

The 15th Annual New Technology in Upper Extremity Surgery: The Cutting Edge Aug 19th, 2015

It was an honor to serve as faculty for the 15th Annual New Technology in Upper Extremity Surgery: The Cutting Edge with Advancing Translational Research.  The program demonstrated new techniques and instrumentation for shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand reconstruction and provided a valuable international forum for global scientific exchange among...

First Double Hand Transplant Aug 10th, 2015

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 arteries, veins, muscles, tendons, and nerves took nearly 11...

The Saint Francis Foundation and the Tenderloin Health Improvement Project Aug 6th, 2015

A special benefit for Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership hosted by Saint Francis Foundation, City Building, Inc., and San Francisco Giants. Tenderloin HIP, founded by St. Francis Foundation, is a cross-sector collective impact initiative that is focused on improving community health, safety, and the well-being for over 33,000 individuals that reside...

Hand-to-Leg Graft Following Accident in China Jul 30th, 2015

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 hand. After a month,...

Fireworks: Charms and Harms Jul 15th, 2015

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 Safety Commission, 36% of firework-related accidents are on the hand. These injuries...

Fun Facts about the Upper Extremities Part 2 Jul 1st, 2015

 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.5.     Sunlight helps your nail even grow faster.“The sun does help nails grow faster, too,...

Fun Facts About Upper Extremities Jun 26th, 2015

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.3.      Cracking your knuckles isn’t good or bad for you. The “pop”...

AOAO 55TH Postgraduate Seminar Jun 8th, 2015

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 Fracture Management and my Case Discussion was well received and...

Stryker Elbow to Finger Fracture: A Fellow's Course Jun 1st, 2015

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 cadaveric training session for fellows looking to increase their...

Stryker Upper Extremity Arthroplasty Course for Surgeons May 8th, 2015

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 opportunity to hone their skills with the instruction from leading surgeons...

6th Combined Meeting of the ASSH & JSSH Apr 24th, 2015

 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 great educational content and an audience of...

Stryker Train the Trainers Event Feb 20th, 2015

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 reconstruction, and shoulder and elbow reconstruction all gathered for a...

Ultrasound-Guided Injections Feb 18th, 2015

The use of ultrasound to evaluate musculoskeletal structures was first reported in 1958.  Since then, its use has grown exponentially, particularly in the office setting.  Ultrasound enables physicians to reliably visualize soft tissue structures including muscle bellies, tendons, ligaments, arteries, and nerves, as well as identify any pathologic changes within...

Winter Sports Safety Jan 28th, 2015

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 outdoors and stay healthy!Warm...

American Society for Surgery of the Hand Dec 31st, 2014

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.  He was joined by Dr. Steve Lee of the Hospital for Special Surgery...

Diao's Course for Surgeon Education Sets Records! Dec 15th, 2014

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 was covered, including Dr. Diao’s presentation on carpal tunnel and distal ulnar tunnel, which...

Surgical Education at the Methodist Institute of Technology, Innovation, and Education in Houston Nov 21st, 2014

I had the pleasure of doing surgical training for surgeons from around the country on Friday, November 14th and Saturday, November 15th at the Methodist Institute of Technology, Innovation, and Education in Houston, Texas.  This is perhaps the nation's premiere facility for surgical education.  Over the course of two days,...

Dorsey 4D Symposium Nov 3rd, 2014

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 the best in the industry to further educate you on important issues facing our company...

ASSH Strategic PlanningTask Force Oct 7th, 2014

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 key committee chairs spent 2 days at the ASSH headquarters in Chicago on a wide ranging discussion to set priorities...

ASSH Strategic PlanningTask Force Oct 7th, 2014

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 ranging discussion to set priorities...

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

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 in Boston, Mayo...

ASSH 69th ANNUAL MEETING Aug 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, industrial workshops, scientific and commercial exhibits, and poster presentations.Over 2500 enrollees including over 400 international registrants...

Elbow Injuries Jul 21st, 2014

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, and laborers. Conservative treatment consists of stretching and medications and sometimes injections of corticosteroids. New treatments are...

American Society for Surgery of the Hand Corporate Advisory Council Meeting Jun 13th, 2014

I had the opportunity for the fourth year to chair the American Society for Surgery of the Hand Corporate Advisory Council meeting.  This semiannual meeting involves the entire leadership of the ASSH, key staff personelle and many of our corporate sponsors. We had 4 hours of face-to-face meetings with representatives from...

Report From Educational Bursary Recipient: Dr. Piotr Czarnecki Jun 10th, 2014

The following is an excerpt from Dr. Piotr Czarnecki's report from The Journal of Hand Surgery, Volume 39, Number 1, January 2014 Edition, Page 196:"Dr. Diao is also an expert in endoscopic carpal tunnel release, which gave me a different perspective on this issue. Sharing both his surgical and also clinical experience...

Rosenman Institute Launch Symposium Jun 9th, 2014

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, med tech executives, lawyers, founders, and physician entrepreneurs participated in a very robust program where Byers...

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

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.  It was eye-opening to see the heavy equipment...

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

I had the opportunity to participate as a faculty member last week for two separate events. One was 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 Corporation and was held at...

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

This is the day of the Boston marathon.One year ago a tragedy befell this hallowed event. My college friend and dorm mate Gov Deval Patrick of Massachusetts entertained me the Spring of 2013, a few months before he coined the unforgettable phrase at the memorial service after the bombings..."Massachusetts made...

Greetings from New Orleans! Jun 9th, 2014

AAOS ANNUAL MEETING 2014 IN NEW ORLEANS - SUPERDOMEThe 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...

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

The other exciting thing is that we had Piotr Czarnecki a visiting hand surgeon and upper extremity surgeon from Poland on a traveling fellowship hosted by The American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He spent the week with me in my practice in the office and operating room and...

Stryker Surgeon Training Jun 9th, 2014

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.  They pair these with excellent hands on surgical skills courses that focus...

A Cigna Care Designated Physician Jun 9th, 2014

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 Extremity.What this means for patients with Cigna: When selecting...

John Paul Fruttero Back to Tennis Jun 9th, 2014

“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.  Fruttero will be speaking at the American Society of Hand...

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

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 students from the San Francisco Bay Area an opportunity to work as...

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

'QB3 Entrepreneur Discussion Series -- Monthly Discussions on Moving Bioscience Innovations to the Market'ED DIAO & ZOE QUANOrthopedic surgeon & CEO, Socorro Medical/President, Qingchu ThinkingStartups 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...

Endoscopic Approaches to Hand Conditions Jun 9th, 2014

For some of the most common hand conditions I encounter, I often treat with innovative scope-assisted, minimal-incision approaches.  Endoscopic carpal tunnel release has been around for 25 years but not every surgeon is comfortable with performing this procedure.  I have a 25-year history of training hundreds of surgeons in this technique...

Dr. Diao Attends OneMedForum NY Jun 9th, 2014

I had the opportunity to attend the OneMedForum Conference in New York City on June 26-27th, 2013.  This organization puts the best of emerging companies in health care together with experienced analysts, bankers, financiers, and consultants.  At the most recent meeting discussions, the future of health care in the US...

Summer Safety for Kids Jun 9th, 2014

Summer is a fun time for kids and families, and everyone spends more time outdoors in warm weather.  While it is important to encourage healthy physical activity such as bike riding and other exercise, parents need to know how to keep their children safe.  Also, common activities around the like...

Cleveland Clinic Jun 9th, 2014

I was a guest speaker for the Cleveland Clinic: Cutting Edge in Upper Extremity 2013 Annual Conference hosted by Bill Seitz and Zong-Ming Li. There were two days of excellent presentations and discussion on the newest emerging techniques, with therapists, surgeons, and scientists in the audience.  Cleveland Clinic draws patients...

Dirstine Lecture in Seattle, WA Jun 9th, 2014

May 2-5, 2013 I had the honor of being named the 21st Annual Dirstine Lecturer. This program is sponsored by the Seattle Hand Surgery Group, the largest group of hand surgeons in Seattle and the oldest Hand Surgery Group West of the Mississippi. After a tour of the beautiful offices and operating...

Brad Eaton Memorial Lectureship Jun 9th, 2014

April 26-27,2013I had the pleasure to return to my fellowship institution, the CV Starr Hand Center, at the Roosevelt Hospital. It is the oldest training program for Hand Surgery in the United States--a venerable one at that.  Started by J William Littler, the program has had a major impact in...

Dr. Diao Participates in 2013 AAOS Annual Meeting Jun 9th, 2014

March 20-23, 2013I attended and participated in the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  As always it was a pleasure and great opportunity to learn, teach, to reconnect with old friends and make new ones at the annual meeting. I attended Alumni events for three of the programs I have...

Dr. Diao Speaks at American Society of Hand Therapists Conference, and Reconnects with Colleagues Jun 9th, 2014

Dr. Diao was one of the featured speakers for the American Society of Hand Therapists Conference:  Wrist Fractures and Its Complications, in San Jose, California on April 12, 2013. He gave a talk on the development of treatment for wrist fractures and its evolution, and how that has led to innovations in Hand Therapy. ...

Dr. Diao on the Importance of Wrist Guards for Snowboarders Jun 9th, 2014

Location:  Yellowstone Club, MontanaOccasion:  Annual Ski/Snowboarding Safety SymposiumOther Participants:  Director of Skiing, Warren Miller; Ski Ambassador, Scott Schmidt, The World's Greatest Extreme Skier; Ski Ambassador, Hang Kashiwa, Olympian and Pioneering Freestyle SkierOn our annual trip to the Yellowstone Club, my son Conrad, age 15 and I were special guests of...

Hand Jun 9th, 2014

Here is the video that Dr. Diao made to recruit members to volunteer for the Commercial Support Committee for American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) of which he is the Chair.  In this video, Dr. Diao discusses the Commercial Support Committee achievements so far.Commercial Support Committee members help...

Dr. Diao Lectures to Occupational and Environmental Medicine Specialists at UCSF Course Jun 9th, 2014

On November 1st, 2012, Dr. Diao was an invited guest lecturer at UCSF – Occupational and Environmental Factors in Neurological Diseases. This course, presented by the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, was designed to provide occupational and...

Dr. Diao and Staff Celebrates SF Giant's Championship! Jun 9th, 2014

Dr. Diao and his staff went out to celebrate the Giants on their 2nd World Series Championship in 3 years!

Olympic Gold Medal Champion, Jonny Mosely Joins Dr. Diao at the San Francisco Fall Antique Show Jun 9th, 2014

Dr. Diao, talking hand surgery, antiques and helping high school students prepare for their future with Olympic gold medal champion Jonny Mosely! Mosely was the Honorary Chair of the San Francisco Fall Antique Show, the major fundraiser for Enterprise for High School Students, for which Dr. Diao serves as a Director....

Dr. Diao Hosts 2012 Japanese Traveling Fellow Jun 9th, 2014

Mashairo Tatebe, M.D., the 2012 Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand Traveling Fellow was hosted by Edward Diao, M.D. in San Francisco as the finale to his 6 week tour of the U.S.. He observed consultation visits and surgery cases at Dr. Diao’s offices, California Pacific Medical Center, University...

ASSH 67th Annual Meeting Jun 9th, 2014

Flexor Tendon Symposium, Dr. Diao along with three other world renowned surgeons, presented their surgical methods for flexor tendon repair.EDWARD DIAO, M.D. A BOARD MEMBER FOR THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR SURGERY OF THE HAND IS PICTURED HERE WITH 67THPRESIDENT, EDWARD AKELMAN, M.D. AND THE 66TH PRESIDENT W.P. ANDREW LEE, M.D. AT...

Dr. Diao Appears at a Neighborhood Event with Gavin Newsom & Ed Lee Jun 9th, 2014

Dr. Diao appeared with California Lieutenant Govenor Gavin Newsom and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee at a neighborhood event.  Dr. Diao’s comments focused on health care in San Francisco, and advocated for broad access for its citizens.11/05/2011, DR. DIAO APPEARED AT A NEIGHBORHOOD EVENT WITH GAVIN NEWSOM & ED LEEOriginally posted on...

A Message from One of My Patients Jun 9th, 2014

 I received a pleasant message from one of my patients this morning, and I wanted to share her story. “ Dear Dr. Diao, Once again I want to thank you for the excellent job of repairing my Dupuytren's contracture. Since you took a few photos of my hand post-surgery, I thought I would...

New technique for Nerve Conditions Jun 9th, 2014

Many people have been interested in finding out about limited-incision or endoscopic nerve decompression.  Endoscopic carpal tunnel release has been performed by me for over 20 years. I have personally developed some of the “best in practice” techniques currently used.  I have trained many surgeons nationally and internationally on how to...

Be a Part of the STOP Sport Injuries in Young Athletes Campaign Jun 9th, 2014

James R. Andrews M.D., a former president of the American Society for Sports injuries (AOSSM) initiated the STOP campaign to curb injuries in youth sports. STOP stands for Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention, the campaign's main focus is to develop a comprehensive public outreach program on the importance of sports...

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Edward Diao Jun 9th, 2014

Dr. Diao was the Keynote Speaker at the 12th Annual New Technology in Upper Extremity Surgery: The Cutting EdgeAs the Anita Moss Memorial Lecturer, he gave a presentation that spanned his 20+ year career in terms of surgical advancements and how that impacts Hand Therapy treatment in the care of...

Hall of Fame Oakland Raider Great - Jim Otto Visits Dr. Diao Jun 9th, 2014

Dr. Diao with Jim Otto – Here is former Oakland Raiders great, AFL Champion and Class of 1980 Pro Football Hall of Famer. Jim Otto is also a veteran in terms of Orthopedic Surgery Care…and his wife is a long-standing patient of Dr. Diao’s!To read more about Mr. Otto, check out...

Stryker - Hand & Wrist Dissection Course 2012 Jun 9th, 2014

Dr. Diao at Stryker--hand and wrist dissection course on March 29th, 2012Originally posted on April 10, 2012

Dr. Diao gives a fireside chat during a ski weekend at Warren Miller’s house at the Yellowstone Club Jun 9th, 2014

It was great to lead a fireside chat to a group of 50 people, young and old, at Warren Miller’s house at the Yellowstone Club in Montana. I had the pleasure of treating his wife Laurie in San Francisco for a hand condition, and she and Warren had me as...

Dr. Diao with Master Conductor Edo De Waart Jun 9th, 2014

Here is world renowned Master Conductor Edo De Waart with Dr. Diao. He was the Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony in 1977-1985 and is back in San Francisco for a command performance. He has been Music Director in Hong Kong, Sidney, Amsterdam, and Milwaukee.To read more about Edo De Waart;...

AAOS - Ask an Expert! Jun 9th, 2014

At the AAOS 2012 Annual Meeting in San Francisco – Ask an Expert: Hand & Elbow; Dr. Diao was the expert! There were 30K attendees at the AAOS Annual Meeting here in San Francisco. I presented interesting cases in the areas of scaphoid fractures, distal radius fracture, chronic proximal interphalangeal joint injury, elbow...

Dr. Diao Training Endoscopic CTR at AAOS Jun 9th, 2014

Dr. Diao had the chance to train surgeons on Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (AAOS) Annual Meeting in San Francisco.Originally  posted on February 9, 2012

Dr. Edward Diao's New Publication Jun 9th, 2014

DR. EDWARD DIAO - THE NEWEST AUTHOR OF AN AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR SURGERY OF THE HAND MASTER SKILLS TEXTBOOK!At the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 2011, Edward Diao’s Tendon Injuries in the Hand and Upper Extremity: A Master Skills Publication...