ASES Foundation

Founders' Legacy Fund

To pay tribute to and honor the individuals that had the wisdom and foresight to create the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) and the ASES Foundation (ASESF).

Goals of Funding

To pay tribute to and honor the individuals that had the wisdom and foresight to create the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES), the ASES Foundation (ASESF) has established the Founders’ Legacy Fund. The goal of this fund is to support the mission of the ASESF; “to foster scientific advances and enhance the study of shoulder and elbow surgery.” To that end, the purpose is to sponsor research, teaching, and patient centered initiatives. The “Founders’ Legacy Fund” will be an umbrella fund consisting of separate sub funds, each one named to honor one of our founding members. See list »

Each fund will have the following criteria:

  1. Funds are perpetual, non-restricted endowments and only the interest will be spent
  2. Allocations will be at the discretion of the ASESF and may be used for:
    1. Education
    2. Research
    3. Patient improvement initiatives
  3. Allocations will be recognized as coming from the appropriate named sub-fund
  4. The ASESF may provide allocations from the combination of multiple sub funds
  5. Donations will be accepted from any source, including ASES members, patients, friends and family, or other organizations.

Contributions to this fund will support the mission of the ASES and further the field of shoulder and elbow surgery while also honoring those that established our great society.

Founders Legacy Fund

To honor our founders and give a legacy endowment in perpetuity

Louis U. Bigliani, MD

Dr. Louis Bigliani spent three months as a fourth-year medical student with Dr. Charles S. Neer, II, and that experience motivated his career long interest in shoulder surgery. In 1977, Dr. Bigliani helped Dr. Neer found the Columbia Shoulder Clinic Fellowship and Service at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. After this fellowship, Dr. Bigliani joined the attending staff at Columbia and was Chief of the Shoulder Service from 1990 to 2013.

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Tom R. Norris, MD

Dr. Tom Norris is a shoulder surgeon who developed an interest in shoulder arthroplasty from his time with Dr. Charles Neer. Both were born in Oklahoma, but after Dr. Norris lost his parents to a small plane accident at an early age he was raised in Texas by an uncle.

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Russell F. Warren, MD

Sports medicine and shoulder specialist, Dr. Russell Warren, was born in 1939 in Burlington, Vermont, and received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia College. After receiving his medical degree from the State University of New York at Syracuse in 1966, he completed a 1-year surgical residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York and went on to serve as a Lt. Commander for the U.S. Navy during Vietnam. For his service, Dr. Warren received the U.S. Navy Medal of Commendation in 1969.

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Robert L. Samilson, MD

Dr. Robert Samilson was born on August 31, 1923 in New York, New York. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth College in 1943 and his MD at the New York Medical College in 1950. HeDr. Samilson was an intern at Mount Sinai Hospital in 1950-1951 and a resident in general surgery, as well as a fellow in physical medicine at Bellevue Hospital in 1951-1953. In addition to his residency in general surgery, he also completed a residency in orthopedic surgery New York Orthopedic Hospital, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in 1953-1956.

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Ian MacNab, MD, FRCS(C)

Dr. Ian MacNab was a Scottish-origin Canadian orthopedic surgeon and scholar. In the spine area, Dr. Macnab is well known for his research and publications on low back pain and the outcome instrument Macnab criteria. Dr. Macnab made outstanding contributions as researcher, teacher, and orthopaedic surgeon.

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What has the ASES meant to you and your career? Why do you think it is important to contribute to the ASESF?

Our founding members describe the role of the ASES as fundamental in shaping their careers. Donations to the Foundation will facilitate research, education, and support critical infrastructure. Explore these links to hear more from some of our legacy founders.

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