Dirstine Lecture in Seattle, WA

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 facilities, I had lunch at Etta’s, a seafood restaurant of William Blake's, the premier restaurateur in Seattle, overlooking Puget Sound at Pikes Market. I was with my host Dr. Joneschild. My evening dinner lecture was attended by 40 surgeons who hailed from all parts of Washington State.

It was held at the Sorrano Hotel, a beautiful older hotel with spectacular wood paneling, lots of brass, and modern art!  The next day my lecture at Swedish Hospital, to a crowd of 50 hand therapists and surgeons, chronicled the history of how we as surgeons and therapists have evolved our treatment of various conditions.  I shared my research in this arease with the audience. The case presentation that followed was challenging and stimulating for all... a real brain teaser! This was followed by a great lunch. I had a chance to dine and share stories with all the Seattle Hand Group at Coastal Kitchen--crab cakes to die for!
 
Having extra time after my obligations to spend the weekend in Seattle was a great treat.
Friday afternoon consisted of a walking tour of six different neighborhoods in Seattle, all different, all great.  Sushi and sashimi at Japanese were amazing. The next day, an epic multi-course meal was had next to the Amazon campus in South Union Lake at Flying Fish.
 
Another highlight was attending the Opening Day for boating in Seattle. The Windermere Cup is two hours of crew races by various teams highlighted by Univ of Washington, Cornell and Dartmouth varsity men's and women's crews.  20,000 revelers line both shores at the finish. This was followed by a boat parade with costumed and revealing boaters.  The afternoon was spent at a houseboat party on the lake and a motorboat ride through the main lake in Seattle. It was a picture perfect day to be out on the water.
 
Seattle is a great place to visit and to enjoy great seafood and look at the spectacular scenery of the lakes, sounds and the snow-capped mountains of Mt Ranier and the Cascades in the distance, with the Space Needle and the Ferris wheel and the sports arenas in plain view!  I highly recommend it and hope to return soon.

Originally posted on May 22, 2013

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