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Category: July 2021

For this month, we asked our members about any quotes or mantras that inspire them. Our contributors tell us about the sayings and phrases that keep them going during tough times.

Lifelong Learning in Hand Surgery

By Soumen Das De, MD, FRCS, MPH “The natural history of science is the study of the unknown. If you fear it, then you’re not going to study it, and you’re not going to make any progress.” – Michael E. DeBakey, Cardiovascular Surgeon One of the things I really like about Hand Surgery is its […]

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Where to Start?

By Erik R. Dorf, MD We have all been there. Comminuted distal humerus fractures are some of the most challenging fractures we tackle.  This day was no different, and I had my hands full.  A 27-year-old, healthy athletic female, crashed snowboarding on Vail Mountain. Comminuted intraarticular distal humerus fracture in her dominant right elbow. Her x-ray was […]

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Treasuring Unrepeatable Moments

By David Graham, MD When asked about a quote or mantra that motivates and inspires me, my first thought is of a phrase that my wife frequently says –  “Ichi go ichi e”, which is a Japanese idiom that roughly translates into treasuring the unrepeatable nature of a meeting or moment.  I like to reflect on […]

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Three Insightful Quotes

By Yukitoshi Kaizawa, MD, PhD Here I would like to share three insightful quotes that I believe hold truth with us. There are two English quotes and one Japanese quote. 1. Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. 2. A wise man will make more opportunities than […]

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100 Words

By L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS Jim Chang introduced the concept of 100 words during his presidency. Exactly 100 words. No more. No less. I followed his lead, and shared a thought 52 times during my presidency. I enjoyed providing the “message of the week”. Topics on Leadership, philosophy, personal values were all included. Feedback […]

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Powerful, Succinct Messages

By David L. Nelson, MD 1) Be kinder than necessary to everyone you meet, for they are all fighting battles that you do not know. 2) The hand society has a lot of very honorable members. Matt Putnam, a senior member, is out visiting his grandkids here in San Francisco, and sent me this quote […]

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Phalangeal and Metacarpal Fractures: Shifting the Surgical Landscape

By Anup Patel, MD, MBA, FACS and Ajul Shah, MD Phalangeal and metacarpal fractures are common injuries treated by hand surgeons ranking as the second and third most frequent upper extremity fractures after distal radius, respectively. While many are often managed nonoperatively, some of these require surgery. Numerous surgical options exist from closed reduction and […]

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Explore. Dream. Discover.

By Eric P. Thorson, MD One of my favorite quotations is among the many attributed to the famous American author Mark Twain. I first ran across it at the bottom of a one-page paper memorandum (in the days before email) whose contents were otherwise quite forgettable. I liked the nautical imagery and kept it on my desk. It […]

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By Stefan V. Zachary, DO, FAOAO, MS From Dr. Mike Keith: “Remember, the operating room will take on your attitude. So if you want to be a butt-head….” I take a breath and remember this every day before I walk in to the OR….. Steve ZacharyUniversity of WisconsinMadison

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