ASES News – April 2020


ASES News – April 2020

Presidential Address


William N. Levine, MD

Dear ASES Members,

In my last Presidential address, I highlighted our early experience battling the Covid-19 virus and the global impact it was having on all of us. As I write this, the death rate in the United States is ~61,000 with greater than 21,000 of those deaths sadly occurring in New York City. Let that sink in for a moment – 1/3 of all the deaths in the USA happened in New York thus far. Unimaginable, unthinkable, unforgettable.

New York Presbyterian/Columbia still has over 600 intubated Covid-19 patients literally fighting for their lives. Leesa Galatz at Mount Sinai, Joe Zuckerman at NYU, Tony Romeo at Rothman-NY and all other health care systems in New York have shown tremendous leadership at their respective institutions, which likewise have been decimated by the pandemic. It is amazing to see the regional variability of this novel virus as some California academic centers only have three similar patients. But those hospital systems have shut down just as we have making the financial impact on the health care system critical. ASES members Brian Cole and Charley Getz have co-authored (along with OrthoCarolina) the experience of 3 of the largest private practice/privademic groups in the US in a special edition on Covid-19 currently on-line at JAAOS and I would encourage you to go to the website for that and other outstanding articles covering the pandemic from every perspective.

Now, let me share with you what is happening at ASES. As you all know, we are in the process of separating from the AAOS, who has served as our management service agent for our entire history. Executive Director Anna Quintanilla and I have been working with the Hip and the Knee Society leadership and hope to secure a new home for ASES in the next few months – the pandemic has slowed our progress a bit but we are still working virtually and we remain optimistic that we will find a terrific new home. Given that we are going out on our own, it became obvious that we needed to broaden our financial strategies and decision-making. I am pleased to report the formation of the inaugural Finance Committee and would like to thank Patrick Connor, Ronald Navarro, Jennifer Vanderbeck, and Nik Verma, who have all been selected to serve in this capacity. The committee will be chaired by current treasurer Greg Nicholson until September when he is succeeded by Treasurer-elect Charlie Getz.

Given the concerns of travel and group gathering, we have decided to host our first-ever virtual meeting for the ASES Fellows’ Day Meeting in June. Co-chairs Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo and Rob Hartzler are leading the charge in creating a top-notch educational program and we are learning a great deal about this exciting new pathway for delivery of scientific material in a virtual way. As I mentioned in last month’s address, we are still planning to go full speed ahead with the Annual Meeting October 1-3, 2020 and the 1-day open symposium on Wednesday September 30, 2020. As you can imagine, we are simultaneously working on a contingency plan (virtual) if Covid prevents us from hosting the meeting in person.

Finally, I would like to ask each of you to take a moment tonight at 8pm to thank all the front-line heroes who have literally gone into the eye of the storm to help save patients. Many of our ASES members and countless others have done so selflessly and without hesitation. This crisis has brought out the best in people. Despite the permanent changes that it will cause to our world, I firmly believe that we will come out stronger on the other side, a notion nicely captured by author Gregory S. Williams who said:

“On the other side of a storm is the strength that comes from having navigated through it. Raise your sail and begin.”

Be safe and healthy all –



ASES Annual Meeting 2020 Call for Abstracts
Deadline Extended to May 27th


The Call for Abstracts is now live on the ASES website for the 2020 Annual Meeting, October 1-3, 2020, New York, New York. Since the Annual Meeting is a member’s only meeting, submissions MUST have an ASES member as an author/co-author that will be available to present or the paper.

Before logging in to submit an abstract, please read these instructions:
You may use the following link for abstract submissions: Call for Abstracts

(This submission link can also be found within the meeting pages on the ASES website.)

***Please Note***

The extended deadline date for all abstract submissions is Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 11:59pm CST.

Thank You!

ASES Fellow’s Day in Going Virtual: All members are invited to attend!

Friday, June 19, 2020

We sincerely hope that the effect of the current Coronavirus health crisis is turning the corner. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact in the world, and amongst other consequences, it has influenced the format of many educational activities. As you may know, every year ASES holds a special event to honor and recognize our graduating fellows. We are excited to announce that this year we will have the first ever Virtual ASES Fellows’ Day Program. The format will take advantage of all the novel features that an internet-based program can offer.

Chaired by Drs. Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo and Robert Hartzler, this three-hour program will take place on Saturday June 20th, 2020, at 10:00am EST (7:00am PST). The program will include presentations by the graduating fellows on their research as well as fun and interactive sessions with the participation of several of our ASES members as faculty.

This is a unique opportunity to hear about the highest quality research completed by graduating ASES Fellows and their mentors, and to learn from experts in the field.

Please mark your calendars and plan to participate in our 2020 Virtual ASES Fellows’ Day Program. Specific details will follow on the final program and internet connection details. We hope to “see you” there!


Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo MD, PhD
Robert Hartzler, MD

Co-Chairs, 2020 ASES Fellows’ Day

Two awards will be given to fellows who participate in this symposium. These awards include:
  • Robert H. Cofield, MD, Award: For clinically-based research, reflecting Dr. Cofield’s career dedication to the “End-Result Idea”, including studies with good long-term follow-up, which can impact the decisions that surgeons make today.
  • Richard J. Hawkins, MD, Award: For basic science, biomechanics, or data collection studies that are accomplished by the fellow during his or her fellowship

First Shoulder & Elbow Registry Annual Report

The first Shoulder & Elbow Registry Annual Report has been published this week. To date, there are more than 85 participating facilities including hospitals, private practices, and ambulatory surgical centers spanning 20 states across the US. In total, more than 7,800 patient procedures have been submitted.

There’s more information in the online media kit that can be found here.

Seminars in Arthroplasty: JSES

Celebrate Ernest Amory Codman, MD


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ASES Member Benefit

Videos Available from the 2019 Annual Meeting

The 2019 Annual Meeting that took place in New York, New York, was recorded to give those members that could not attend the meeting a benefit of reviewing the many scientific sessions that were presented. The recorded material is now available through the member’s only section of the ASES website. This has been linked below for your convenience. Once you access this link, enter the password: ASES2019.

Once you have accessed the videos, you can search for presentations by the presenter’s last name. A copy of the program schedule is linked below for your convenience:

Please Note: Recorded videos of the Live Surgeries will be in the coming months. Thank you for your patience.

ASES Resident Course Registration is Open!


On October 30-31, 2020, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons will be hosting its annual ASES Resident Course: Essentials of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at the Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC) located in Rosemont, Illinois. The course will offer a review of the principles of shoulder and elbow anatomy and help residents and fellows further their skills and gain mastery of surgical approaches and procedures of the shoulder and elbow. Please note that both residents and fellows are welcome to attend. Registrants must be a current resident or fellow during the 2020-2021 year.

Attendees will learn essential procedures of the shoulder and elbow through hands-on lab instruction, case discussions, and podium presentations by renowned ASES faculty. The many topics and procedures covered will include:

•           Shoulder Instability
•           Rotator Cuff Lab & Cases
•           Arthroscopic Bankart and Posterior Labrum Repair
•           Diagnostic Elbow

•           Anatomic and Reverse TSA and much more!

Please pass this information on to your residents and/or fellows and encourage them to register through the ASES website: ASES Resident Course. Registration includes all lectures, lab, industry displays, meals, and “pizza and beer” networking dinner.

AANA/ASES Arthroscopic and Open Shoulder Lab Course

Arthroscopic and Open Shoulder: When and How to Treat Shoulder Pathology is a two-and-a-half-day course focusing on teaching advanced techniques in shoulder–from arthroscopy to arthroplasty, from the fundamentals to the most advanced techniques. The course format will include lectures, discussion, interactive case-based presentations, and hands-on lab session with cadaveric specimens, implants and instrumentation. The dedicated two-to-one lab experience alongside luminaries from AANA and the ASES will bring you to the cutting edge of shoulder surgery.

Register Today!

ASES Member Benefit

2019 Annual Meeting – Abstract Compendium

The ASES Annual Meeting Abstract Compendium is now available to all members of the society. The compendium includes 383 abstracts submitted for the ASES 2019 Annual Meeting this past October in New York, NY, but not included for podium presentations. This free benefit not only advances the mission and vision of ASES, but it is also directly aligned with the society’s strategic plan. We hope that you will enjoy having access to the compendium.

This compendium has been made possible by support from DJO. The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons gratefully acknowledge DJO in support of this project and in support of the Society and our mission.

The link below will take you to the ASES Member’s Only section where you will be asked to login with your ASES member credentials. One the page is accessed, you will find a link to the compendium. After opening the link to the compendium, feel free to download, save, or print the file via icons you will find in the upper right-hand corner of that weblink. The Table of Contents provides a listing of abstracts to assist you in navigating the file.

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Knowledge Sources Posted

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) has posted 152 Knowledge Sources for this year’s ABOS Web-Based Longitudinal Assessment Program (ABOS WLA). This includes 101 new Knowledge Sources and 51 Knowledge Sources carried over from last year. The Knowledge Sources have been chosen by groups of practicing orthopaedic surgeons representing General Orthopaedics and each Orthopaedic Subspecialty.

The 2020 ABOS WLA Assessment Window will be open April 13-May 18. Participating ABOS Diplomates will be able to answer the 30 questions pertaining to their 15 chosen Knowledge sources during the time period. Besides making a few technical tweaks, the biggest difference for 2020 is that Diplomates will know in advance from which Knowledge Source each question will come. They will still need to choose Knowledge Sources prior to answering the first question, but by knowing which Knowledge Source the next question will be coming from, Diplomates will be able to focus their time in reviewing the Knowledge Sources.

More information on the ABOS WLA Program, including participation eligibility and Passing Standards can be found here: The participation criteria are specific based on a Diplomate’s ABOS Certification Expiration date. Please do not hesitate to call the ABOS office with questions about the new ABOS WLA program.

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