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The American Society for Surgery of the Hand

The aim of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) is to advance the science and practice of hand and upper extremity surgery through education, research and advocacy on behalf of patients and practitioners. The American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) was established after World War II by a group of surgeons from the armed forces.  The first meeting, held in Chicago in January 1946. In 1940’s, the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) became the de facto journal of the ASSH. The ASSH will be recognized as the most reliable and authoritative source of information on all aspects of hand and upper extremity disorders for all allied health professionals, surgeons, business and industry, public and the patients. The Society will use this ever-expanding role and recognition to ensure the success of its members and to continuously improve the quality of care for all patients. The Society's reputation for excellence is its most highly valued asset. It will seek to maintain that reputation in the selective nature of its membership, the integrity of its policies and positions, and in the quality of its products and services. Two things happened in response. In 1970, the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS) was established, predominated by plastic surgeons. Second, ASSH began to admit more members. Also in the year 1987, the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH) was founded.   ASSH members have always been keenly interested in educating physicians and so founded the Journal of Hand Surgery.This organization (a federal tax designation) allows for the collection of funds with a tax deduction to the donor.  Since its inception, AFSH has granted over $2.4 million in hand-related research and education.  By using a great deal of persuasive diplomacy with the American Board of Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Omer established a certificate of added qualification (CAQ) in hand surgery.  The first qualifying exam was given in 1989 (there was no grandfathering).  The physician’s parent board issues the certificate after the candidate passes the examination and meets certain qualifying criteria.

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There are numerous Surgeon Societies worldwide, both national and international. However, ASSH stands out to be one of the most renowned societies both in America or worldwide.  Some of These societies are working on specific topics such as orthopedic surgery, thoracic surgery, plastic surgery etc. Some of the Surgery Societies in different parts of the world are as follows:

American Surgeon Societies: USA is considered to be the hub of research. There are several societies working on different field, out of which almost  30 Surgeon Societies and associations are present.  These societies and association are located in Maryland, Illinois, Washington, California and Florida.

European Surgeon Societies : More than 60 Surgeon Societies are contributing towards pathology research activities through their annual congress, journal and newsletters. Majority of these European Pathology Societies and Associations are located in Belgium, Ireland, UK and Italy.

Asia-Pacific Surgeon Societies :  There are almost 20 Surgeon Societies working on human, animal as well as plant pathology. These associations are situated mostly in Japan, Singapore, India and China. These societies were established in different time periods by eminent pathologists and scientists working in this field.

Middle East Surgeon Societies  : In Middle East almost 18 Pathology Associations are present. These societies are organizing annual and biannual  Surgeon Societies Annual Conferences in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Pathology Societies in Middle East are involved with ophthalmic pathology, surgical and clinical pathology as well.

 Surgeon Societies Conferences : There are almost 120 Surgeon Meetings and conferences which are scheduled by these societies for the year 2016 and 2017 in different parts of the globe. These international surgical Conferences and  Surgeon Societies Annual Meetings are intended to bring together all the recent researches, new innovations and findings in a global platform.