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Tag: women

Words Are Powerful

By Sarah E. Ballatori, MD, MS “Hand Surgery is good for women. No matter what, the children run to the mother, not the father. It’s just human nature.” As a lesbian resident who is narrowing in on Hand Surgery as a potential career, this statement is, quite simply, irrelevant.   He did not have any malintent […]

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A Scene on Repeat

By Catarina Gulledge, MD “No one told me you were a lady doctor.” I heard variations of this comment multiple times from patients in my first couple months in practice. Each time I was taken aback. My photo was available online for them to review and my biography used she/her pronouns. There had been advertisements […]

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DEI Is an Opportunity

By Rey N. Ramirez, MD The recent interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion is an opportunity to address the deficiencies in hand surgery. The most glaring of these is the lack of diversity among hand surgeons. If we consider the facts that women comprise over half of our medical student population but less than a […]

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Menopausal and Postmenopausal Hand Syndrome

By Yuichi Hirase, MD Hand disorders are common symptoms in menopausal and postmenopausal women. They are carpal tunnel syndrome, de Quervain’s disease and stenosing tenosynovitis, during their lactation and menopausal periods. Women in these periods typically have low blood estrogen levels. In addition, many postmenopausal females experience osteoarthritis in their hands and fingers in such […]

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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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Menopausal Hand

By Yuichi Hirase, MD Hand surgeons know from experience that hand and finger disorders develop mainly during or after menopause, whereas clinicians often explain to patients with Heberden’s nodes or Bouchard’s nodes that the symptoms have been caused by aging or overuse, and that they cannot be cured. But hand surgeons should understand that there […]

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How Did I Get Here?

By Lindsey Caldwell, MD When asked “How did you end up in orthopaedic surgery? And why hand surgery?” my answer usually goes something like this: sort of haphazardly. Having grown up in a non-medical family, there were no doctors (much less hand surgeons) to expose me to the field. Going to college I knew I […]

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Challenging but Rewarding

By Linda C. Cendales, MD National Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture, and society and it has been observed in the United States since 1987. The 2020 focus is on “Valiant Women of the Vote,” paying honor to the 100th anniversary of the confirmation of the 19th Amendment, which gave […]

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A Different Kind of Surgeon

By Andrea Halim, MD When I was a fourth year orthopedic resident, a new hand attending started, fresh out of fellowship. Dr. Felicity Fishman had completed a hand fellowship with an additional 9 months of pediatric hand surgery training. She came in with a bang. She demanded that residents be prepared for cases, and became […]

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Giants and Everyday Heroes

By Jessica Hanley, MD As a female hand surgeon early in my career, I can honestly say that I have always felt fully supported every step of the way and have been blessed with many incredible mentors, both male and female. However, even just a few decades ago, life as a female in surgery wasn’t always […]

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