Dr. James Strickland recently served as a keynote lecturer at the 67th Annual Meeting for The American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) in September in downtown Chicago’s Hyatt Regency. The ASSH, founded in 1946, is the oldest medical specialty society in the U.S. devoted entirely to continuing medical education related to hand surgery.
With close to 6000 individuals in attendance at the conference, Dr. Strickland’s lecture, entitled “From the Founders to the Future,” reviewed the original founders of the ASSH in regards to their make-up, experience and values. It emphasized their desire to create an educational society to disseminate information that would improve the delivery of care for patients afflicted with upper extremity disorders. Dr. Strickland revisited the important scientific and technological advances that have occurred over the last half of the decade leading to the dramatically different management of hand disorders that we know and practice today. The socio-economic changes that have occurred were critically reviewed with personal commentary on how those changes have affected the delivery of hand care and the composition and function of the ASSH. He concluded with an attempt to foresee the future of health care delivery in this country, particularly as it pertains to surgery of the hand, and to determine if the Society and its members have been consistent with the precepts and goals set forth by its founding members.
Dr. Strickland, in addition to being past president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, is a clinical professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He is also the founder of the Indiana Hand Center, past president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a five-year member of the Rush Memorial Hospital medical staff.
“Rush Memorial Hospital and our community as a whole are very fortunate to have such an outstanding physician practicing here,” said RMH President and CEO Brad Smith. “We are very proud to have Dr. Strickland as part of our medical staff!”