Gelberman Elected President of American Society for Surgery of the Hand

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Richard H. Gelberman, MD, the Fred C. Reynolds Professor and Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Missouri, was elected the President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) at the Society’s Annual Meeting in Washington DC, in September.

Richard H. Gelberman, MD, the Fred C. Reynolds Professor and Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Missouri, was elected the President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) at the Society’s Annual Meeting in Washington DC, in September.

A Hand Society member since 1980, Dr. Gelberman will lead the Society’s 2006-2007 15-member Council. He is an active member of many medical organizations and recently served as President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Gelberman completed his undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina and graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School. He completed his internship at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, his residency at University of Wisconsin, Madison, and was a fellow in hand and microvascular surgery at Duke University, and in pediatric orthopaedics at Harvard/Children’s Hospital of Boston.

Dr. Gelberman is the recipient of numerous research awards and honors including the Kappa Delta Award for orthopaedic research in 1985; co-author of over 230 scientific papers and author of two books and 25 book chapters. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2003. He also serves on the editorial boards of eight medical publications.

The mission of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand is to advance the science and practice of hand surgery through education, research and advocacy on behalf of patients and practitioners. Founded in 1946, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand is the oldest medical specialty society in the United States devoted entirely to continuing medical education related to hand surgery. The ASSH began as a select group of only 35 founding members and now includes over 1,800 members from around the world.

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