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Category: September 2017

For this month’s edition, we asked our contributors to write about a moment that shaped them as a hand surgeon. From the events of September 11th to the frontlines of Afghanistan, from an insurmountable desire to complete a pollicization of the index finger to seeing a mother moved by her toddler’s surgery, this month’s edition captures the voices of hand surgeons and therapists alike.

Once Bitten, Twice Shy

By Laxminarayan Bhandari, MD  Among the many defining moments in one’s journey as a surgeon, a few remain forever and become memories – some humbling and some proud. As students, we see great surgeons, who inspire us to be in their shoes. I was fascinated by Dr. Raja Sabapathy and his team – especially their work […]

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Lessons That Have Shaped Me As A Hand Surgeon

By Veronica A. Diaz, MD Having been asked to write on this topic for ASSH Perspectives, I viewed it as the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to my mentors in Hand Surgery. Below I share the sage advice and practice habits that have shaped me as a hand surgeon, as well as traits that I try […]

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Just Breathe And Remember Nicaragua

By Check C. Kam, MD All surgeons feel frustrated every once in a while, such as when instruments that are needed are not available, when there are excessive delays in between cases, or any other countless issues that typically arise during the day.  When this happens, I take a breath and I think back to […]

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Life, Death, Failure And The Art Of Hand Surgery

By Leo T. Kroonen, MD April 10, 2012.  Kandahar, Afghanistan.  I was part of a team of orthopedic surgeons stationed at the Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit.  We had a great team, free of any egos.  Everyone was willing to help each other whenever duty called.  We had already been in country for over 4 months, […]

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Hanging Your Own Shingle: Embarking On The Solo Journey

By Andrew J. Leo, MD Although many physicians will lament how medicine is a profession where autonomy has been gradually eroding, this concern has never been more legitimized than it is today.  The consolidation of healthcare just over the last few years has come rapidly, unexpectedly and with consequences.  Small private practice groups are joining hospital […]

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The Shaping Of A Hand Therapist

By Kimberly Masker, OTD, OTR/L, CHT Trying to choose one defining moment out of so many over the last 17 years turned out to be a more difficult endeavor than I would have imagined. There are many moments, patients, and colleagues that opened doors, provided mentoring, and helped shape the path to the hand therapist I […]

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9/11

By David P. Moss, MD When the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center I was assisting on a general surgery case.  I was just a few months into my intern year.  All senior staff quickly exited the OR to prepare for the injured, leaving me to close the surgical wound. […]

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A Moment That Has Changed Me As A Surgeon

By David T. Netscher, MD There have been several moments that have changed me as a surgeon in each of my steps through general surgery, plastic surgery and finally hand surgery.  But these can all be encapsulated into one Big Moment and that is mentorship. In general surgery, my Louisville department chair was Dr. Hiram Polk, […]

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The Lightbulb Moment

By Julia A. V. Nuelle, MD I watched with anticipation as Dr. Terry Light gingerly unwrapped the dressing of the 18-month-old patient that sat on his mother’s lap.  This hand surgery clinic was one of the first clinics I rotated through during my surgical rotation as a third-year medical student.  At that point, I was […]

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Dedicating Myself To The World Of Hand Surgery

By Sandra Pfanner, MD My interest in surgery of the hand and consequent decision to pursue this difficult career began during my training at the School of Orthopedics and Traumatology at the University of Florence. During my post-graduate specialization, I had the opportunity to visit the department of Hand Surgery and Reconstructive Microsurgery at our local […]

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