The American Society for Surgery of the Hand

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The American Society for Surgery of the Hand

The aim of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) is to advance the science and practice of hand and upper extremity surgery through education, research and advocacy on behalf of patients and practitioners. The American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) was established after World War II by a group of surgeons from the armed forces.  The first meeting, held in Chicago in January 1946. In 1940’s, the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) became the de facto journal of the ASSH. The ASSH will be recognized as the most reliable and authoritative source of information on all aspects of hand and upper extremity disorders for all allied health professionals, surgeons, business and industry, public and the patients. The Society will use this ever-expanding role and recognition to ensure the success of its members and to continuously improve the quality of care for all patients. The Society's reputation for excellence is its most highly valued asset. It will seek to maintain that reputation in the selective nature of its membership, the integrity of its policies and positions, and in the quality of its products and services. Two things happened in response. In 1970, the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS) was established, predominated by plastic surgeons. Second, ASSH began to admit more members. Also in the year 1987, the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH) was founded.   ASSH members have always been keenly interested in educating physicians and so founded the Journal of Hand Surgery.This organization (a federal tax designation) allows for the collection of funds with a tax deduction to the donor.  Since its inception, AFSH has granted over $2.4 million in hand-related research and education.  By using a great deal of persuasive diplomacy with the American Board of Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Omer established a certificate of added qualification (CAQ) in hand surgery.  The first qualifying exam was given in 1989 (there was no grandfathering).  The physician’s parent board issues the certificate after the candidate passes the examination and meets certain qualifying criteria.

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