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Tag: mentors

Step 1: Find Your Patients

By Scott N. Loewenstein, MD A little over 5 years ago, I started my intern year rotating on the vascular service at the VA hospital. I showed up at 5 a.m. to learn that the rest of the team was working on an overnight ruptured aorta call case at another hospital, so I was left alone […]

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The Beauty of Hand Surgery and My Improvements

By Jung-Pan Wang, MD, PhD Hand surgery is an amazing art, but it has been overlooked. However, as fortunate as I am, my institute, in the Orthopedics Department of Taipei Veterans General Hospital (listed in the top 15 hospitals in the world in 2016, https://gazettereview.com/2016/09/top-hospitals-in-the-world/), has been supporting the development of a robust Orthopedics Department, […]

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Four Giants Behind Four Miracles

By Yoko Kishi, MD, PhD I appreciate being selected to write for the February edition of ASSH Perspectives. Looking back on my life, I realize that there were four miracles that led me to four great doctors. When I graduated from medical school in Japan, there were no opportunities for a woman doctor to become a […]

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Hand Doctor

By Barry P. Simmons, MD Education sets the stage for our successful careers. I was fortunate to have wonderful Hand Surgery mentors, Raoul Tubiana in Paris and Ed Nalebuff, Dick Smith, and Lewis Millender in Boston. They not only were teachers but also instilled in me the excitement about care of the upper extremity. Each had their “special […]

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Great Journey

By Henry M. Calleja, MD As an aspiring Orthopedic surgeon during the mid-tolate 2000s, I was lucky to have been trained by a lot of big names in orthopedics in our country, at our institution, St. Luke’s Medical Center (Philippines). In 2007, I had my formal hand rotation as a 2nd year orthopedic resident, this […]

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Steady Hands

By Lindsey Urband, MD I consider my greatest strength as a hand surgeon to be my technical skill and steady hands. As it turns out, I began cultivating these attributes as a child in my play. When I was four years old, I built a dollhouse with my grandfather. The construction of the dollhouse itself […]

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35 Years as a Female Orthopaedic Surgeon

By Senator Kay Kirkpatrick, MD When I chose orthopaedic surgery, I was the first female resident at the University of Louisville. Starting in 1981, I had a great experience as a resident and stayed to do my hand fellowship with Dr. Kleinert’s group. Interestingly 4 of the 16 fellows that year were women, 3 ortho […]

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Trailblazing in Orthopedic Hand Surgery

By Julie A. Melchior, MD When I was accepted to an orthopedic surgery residency in 1991, I and two other women from my class who had also matched to orthopedic surgery were invited out to dinner by one of the senior orthopedic surgery residents who was a woman. She gave us some advice I’ve often […]

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