The American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) was established after World War II by a group of surgeons from the armed forces. They wanted to build upon the knowledge that they had gained while treating hand injuries for soldiers, so they planned an annual meeting to continue the exchange of information and explore how to best care for injuries and conditions of the complicated and delicate hand.
Since 1946, ASSH has grown from 35 surgeons, excited about sharing ideas, to over 3,800 members spanning the entire globe who are all dedicated to advancing the science and practice of caring for your hands and arms.
ASSH continues to host its Annual Meeting to foster the exchange of ideas; ASSH also publishes the peer-reviewed Journal of Hand Surgery, hosts several courses and learning opportunities each year, develops patient education materials, and maintains an online compendium of content about hand and upper extremity surgery on its Hand-e platform.
The mission 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 ASSH will be recognized as the most reliable and authoritative source of information on all aspects of hand and upper extremity disorders for all audiences - surgeons, allied health professionals, government, business and industry, patients and the public. 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.
“It falls to few men to originate a surgical specialty." Sterling Bunnell, MD (1882-1957) did just that for surgery of the hand. He was a general surgeon in the true meaning of the word, and believed that surgery of the hand was a “composite problem requiring the correlation of the various specialties–orthopaedics, plastic and neurologic surgery–the knowledge of any one of which alone is inadequate for repairing the hand.”
From July 1936 until January 1941, Norman T. Kirk, MD, one of the first US army surgeons specializing in orthopaedics, served as Chief of Surgical Service at Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco, California, where Dr. Bunnell had a thriving practice. In 1943, Dr. Kirk was appointed the Surgeon General of the US Army.
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