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Category: September 2020

For this month’s issue, we asked our members if there was anything that they haven’t yet accomplished in their surgical careers but would still like to. From perfecting techniques to engaging in outreach initiatives, our members detail their (very attainable!) goals.

Unfinished Business

By Manohar Arumugam, MBBS, MS Ortho We are all busy with our practice. Our practice can vary from solo private practice to practicing at academic institutions. No matter where we practice, time is never enough. There are many activities related to work that we want to do but are not able to do. It is […]

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Hand Transplantation

By James R. Fowler, MD It is a privilege to write for the ASSH perspective and what I have not done in my career, but would like to do. I had nearly two simultaneous careers; both were very busy and rewarding. I served in the Navy Medical Corps, both active and reserve, for thirty-eight years. […]

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What Not To Publish

By Mark H. Henry, MD Having served on multiple editorial boards approaching two decades, I have observed a concerning trend in both submissions and final publications. In my personal opinion, I think our core surgical journals exist to inform practicing surgeons of vital information that can guide the daily care of patients. Before undertaking a writing […]

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Goals for My Career

By Joo-Yup Lee, MD, PhD As an international member of ASSH, it is my great pleasure to have a chance to look back upon my professional career as an orthopedic and hand surgeon. Since I graduated from medical school 26 years ago, I have pursued the academic career path and now I am working as […]

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Just Do It

By Julie A. Melchior, MD I’ve been practicing hand surgery for 23 years since finishing my fellowship, in two different states. Being clinical faculty at a university working with residents and medical students, and teaching hand therapists at regional courses, has been a great learning experience for me and hopefully educational and helpful for them. […]

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Perfect Hand Reconstruction: Cost Effectiveness

By Wang Xin, MD Although hand transplantation is an established technique, it is still not a routine treatment option for hand reconstruction. Toe transfer is still the most common method of hand reconstruction. My long-term goal is the perfect balance of hand reconstruction and foot morbidity in toe-to-hand transfer. The donor foot morbidity is unavoidable […]

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My Next Journey

By Mark Yuhas, MD Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of taking care of patients of all ages and with a variety of hand and upper extremity conditions here in my own community.  The variety of challenges has created a personal satisfaction and accomplishment that inspires me to want to continue to pursue […]

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Eponyms of Fractures: Personal Names

By Alexander S. Zolotov, MD, PhD I like the Beatles. One of the funniest and most ironic Beatles’ songs is “When I’m Sixty-Four.” Today this song is especially relevant to me, because I am the same age as the hero of this song. It is not surprising that with age, interest in the history of […]

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