ASES News – December 2021

ASES News -December 2021

The relationship between the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the subspecialty societies is in a state of evolution. There are 23 Specialty Societies that participate in the Board of Specialties of the AAOS. The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons began 39 years ago in 1982. All the societies began with a small core group of interested individuals and have expanded over the years to reflect the growing interest in those subspecialty areas. The AAOS has over 39,000 members in total. ASES had approximately 200 members when I joined over 20 years ago and we now number over 1200. The AAOS initially provided administrative support for the specialty societies but in 2019, made the decision to disengage from management of the specialty societies as the societies were large enough and mature enough to manage their own organizations.
Although this transition of administration has been both challenging and difficult, I believe it has been desirable for both the specialty societies and the Academy. These changes have allowed us to control our staffing needs better and become more nimble in executing our mission. It has allowed us to streamline our finances and create a more strategic approach to our investments and flow of money through the Society, Foundation, and Journal.
We find ourselves in a somewhat federated model in which we are members of both the ASES and the AAOS. This may lead to questions of divided loyalty and of mission and may lead some of us to wonder why we remain members of both. While the focus of ASES is to advance shoulder and elbow surgery, the Academy has a much broader focus. There is no doubt that there is strength in numbers. The Academy speaks for all orthopedic surgeons and has been instrumental especially in Advocacy. Over the past several years, our Academy has been working hard for all orthopedic surgeons to protect patient access to specialty medicine, remove barriers to timely access to care placed by prior authorization, deal with surprise billing issues and preserve the right to fair negotiation. Orthopedic research funding has been prioritized and during the pandemic, the Academy has worked to expand telemedicine and help gain reimbursement for this method of patient care delivery. These are but a few of the efforts our Academy provides for us and many of the successes obtained are due to the fact that we are such a large organization. As they say, size matters. Insurance companies would like nothing more than to see the Academy divided into smaller, less effective groups which could be more easily defeated in the above-stated arenas. Continued participation in the AAOS is therefore important for all orthopaedic surgeons including sub-specialists.
Despite these advantages to membership in the Academy, challenges remain. Many of our ASES members are also interested in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy and current Specialty Day scheduling conflicts often preclude the ability to participate in more than 1 of these sessions. This affects both presenters and course participants. We have spoken to the Academy about this and have made them aware of our desire to remediate this conflict.
In addition, the question of ownership of intellectual property is one that has become increasingly discussed. Over the years our ASES member have been the prime creators of intellectual content in shoulder and elbow surgery especially in the areas of arthroplasty. The Academy has provided a forum for this dissemination of knowledge through the development of the Orthopedic Learning Center, the Annual Academy meeting, multiple cosponsored meetings throughout the year as well as the production of printed and virtual learning tools. There is no doubt however that the source of the content of these materials is found in our society. As we redefine our relationship with the Academy, discussions regarding the management of this intellectual property remains a priority. These are challenging questions regarding cobranding, licensure of content and repackaging of intellectual property for sale. As we redefine our relationship to the Academy, your ASES leadership is bringing these issues to their attention for discussion.
In closing, we are all Orthopaedic Surgeons, and it is in our interest to support the AAOS. Your ASES leadership will continue to work with the Academy to optimize our ability to coordinate educational activities and improve shoulder and elbow care for our patients.

Thank You for Attending the ASES 2021 Annual Meeting!

Thank you to all that were able to join us last week in Tampa for the ASES 2021 Annual Meeting. We are pleased that so many of you were able to attend over our rescheduled dates, and from the initial feedback we have received we are confident that the meeting was a great success! We look forward to capitalizing on this success and continuing to provide quality educational content to our members and guests.
A complete re-cap will be sent to all members early in the new year. 

2022 Membership Application Cycle

Now accepting applications for new/advancing members!
The application period to apply for membership in 2022 is now open and will close on Thursday, January 13th, 2022.
Steps for the application process:
  • Complete membership application via the link below.
  • Reach out to potential sponsors and ask them to complete the sponsorship form on your behalf.
  • You will receive a confirmation email from ASES staff once we have received all of your materials, including sponsor forms.
  • The Membership Committee begins the review process once the application period closes.
  • Applicants will be notified of the results by late June/early July 2022.
ASES Membership Application: 
If you have any questions, please reach out to ASES staff at
For Sponsors: The ASES Office sent you a link to the sponsorship form at the start of the sponsorship period. You can also find the sponsorship form via the members only section of the website (please note that only Active, Affiliate and Corresponding members can see the link).

ASES seeks an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES), a professional medical association, seeks an Editor-in-Chief (“EIC”) of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (JSES) for its JSES Family of Journals. The EIC will lead one of the most prestigious sub-specialty journals in orthopaedics.
The Opportunity
The Editor-in-Chief (EIC) will provide editorial direction for JSES, the main Journal of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, by selecting editors and other key staff, providing guidance, and defining editorial goals. The EIC will review and evaluate manuscripts to ensure scientific integrity and originality, select a large and diverse pool of qualified reviewers who can conduct fair and timely reviews of manuscripts, and oversee the submission of manuscripts and final acceptance decisions. The EIC will ensure the quality, relevance, and integrity of content and will protect and strengthen the integrity and quality of JSES and its processes, policies, and procedures. EIC will interface with the Executive Publisher and publishing staff to meet the current and to establish future needs of the publication and will set and pursue short- and long-term goals to ensure viability of JSES. The EIC will also work with the Executive Editor of the JSES Family of Journals, who will serve and assist the EIC with JSES.
JSES has been published since 1991, beginning with 6 issues/year. It went to 8 issues/year in 2010 and 12 issues/year in 2012. It also publishes special issues on an ad hoc basis. JSES has been indexed with an Impact Factor since the mid-1990s. Its Impact Factor has steadily risen since that time, ranking it in the top 20 orthopaedic journals world-wide.
To learn more about the position and application process click here

Mark Your Calendars

We are pleased to announce the ASES 2022 educational offerings! Complete details will follow in the new year, but in the interim, please add these important dates to your calendar:
ASES One-Day Fracture Course (to be held during the 2022 Tampa Shoulder Course)
ASES 2022 Fellows Symposium
  • Friday, June 17, 2022
  • Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego, California
  • Must be a fellow and submit an abstract for presentation in order to attend; The abstract portal for this Symposium will open in late January and remain open through March 1st, 2022
ASES 2022 Annual Meeting
  • October 7-9, 2022
  • Location: Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta Georgia
  • The abstract portal for the 2022 Annual Meeting will open on March 15th and remain open through May 15th, 2022.
ASES 2022 Resident Course
  • November 10-11, 2022
  • Location: OLC, Rosemont, Illinois

Download the New ASES Mobile App Today!

We are extremely excited to announce that the new ASES mobile app is now available for download on Apple and Android devices! The app will provide you with another way to access ASES related content and news quickly and easily directly from your phone. Some of the current features include:
  • Access all the content that is on the ASES website including the Members Only section in a mobile friendly format
  • Pay membership dues
  • View and track all upcoming ASES events
  • Chat with other ASES members
  • Easily view all our media content including the ASES Podcast, Fellows Core Curriculum Series and Virtual Journal Club
  • Access to the Neer Circle Consensus Tool on Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tears
  • And much more
To download the app you can search “ASES” in either the Apple or Google Play Store.
To log into the app so that you can access all the features you will need your email and member ID number.
Please contact ASES Staff at if you have any questions.

Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Submission Deadline: February 8th, 2022
Each year, the society issues call for proposals encouraging new investigators to apply for seed and start-up funding for promising shoulder and elbow research projects. Grants of up to $20,000, for work to be performed over 12-24 months, are considered. Only orthopaedic surgeons acting as principal investigators are eligible to apply. All applications are reviewed and graded by the ASES Research Committee.
In an effort to provide research assistance to Candidate members, the ASES will offer an annual grant of $10,000 to most deserving applicant. This grant was started thanks to the generosity of 4 donors. Dr. Felix Savoie, Dr. Anthony Romeo, Dr. Matthew Ramsey and Dr. William Levine.
The ASES PJI Grant is designed to provide supplementary funds or funding for pilot studies which will lead to larger foundation or government grants. The focus can be on any aspect of scientific study that affects the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of shoulder prosthetic joint infection. A grant of up to $10,000, for work to be performed over 12-24 months, will be considered. Only orthopaedic surgeons acting as principal investigators are eligible to apply.
Applications for all 3 grants are due by February 8th, 2022. Completed applications should be emailed to ASES at

Apply today for the Mark Frankle Health Care Policy Award

The goal of the Mark Frankle, MD Award is to foster knowledge acquisition and leadership development in the realm of health care policy and political advocacy in order to optimize the delivery, safety, and outcomes of the highest quality of shoulder and elbow care for our patients. 
Selection Criteria:
  • Applicants must be Fellow/ Candidate/Associate members in good standing
  • Award applications will be reviewed based upon:
  1. Willingness to lead ASES in areas of access to health care in communities
  2. Desire to improve ASES’ knowledge of the delivery of care
  • Two (2) awardees will be selected in March 2021
Award Details:
  • Fellowship in AAOS Washington DC office (up to 14 days, non-consecutive optional)
  • $12,500 for fellowship expenses
  • Opportunity to present findings at the annual ASES meeting in October 2021 in Tampa
  • Exposure to Health Policy including Capitol Hill visits, AAOS Office of Government Relations, AAOS National Orthopaedic Conference (NOLC), AAOS Board of Specialty Societies (BOS) and Board of Councilors (BOC) Session
  • Participation with the ASES Political Advocacy Committee
  • Two (2) ASES Representatives (Residents approved for Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship/Fellow/Candidate/Associate Members in good standing)
  • Selection of applicants will be based on a willingness to lead ASES in areas of health care policy with a focus on advocating for improved access to high quality shoulder and elbow healthcare. 
  • Applicants will also promote and advance the membership’s understanding of the importance of health care policy for our patients through presentations at the ASES Annual Meeting focusing on their efforts and accomplishments through the fellowship. 
The application deadline for this award is Friday, January 14th, 2022

Young Scholars Memorial Fellowship Award

The Young Scholars Memorial Fellowship Award is a new international award to promote an enriching and supportive climate that shines a spotlight on brilliant young shoulder and elbow surgeons and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence and involvement. This award is to be given out annually to “young scholars,” defined as shoulder/elbow surgeons in their first (5) years of clinical practice or Shoulder & Elbow Fellows. This award was created to honor some of the young shoulder & elbow surgeons we have lost prematurely, including Doug Harryman, Alexandra “Sandy” Kirkley, Birgit Werner, and Dominik Meyer.
Two awards will be given annually and will provide the recipient $1500.00 USD to assist with their attendance to the ASES Annual Meeting. One award will be specifically targeted each year to an under-represented group in shoulder / elbow surgery. This is an international award and is open to all nationalities.
Applications for this scholarship are due by Feb 1. The application is available here.
Please complete an application to be considered for this award. For more information on this award, interested applicants may contact Steve Mlodoch (, Vani Sabesan ( or George Athwal (
This award strives to transform our academic community into a place where all will thrive and succeed in an ever-changing global community of shoulder and elbow surgeons.

Stay Informed on ASES Activities!

Dear ASES Members:
In April 2021 the ASES successfully transitioned to its new office located in Schaumburg, IL. Due to an independent operation, all announcements and newsletters are now sent from new e-mail addresses that reflect the society’s domain. Please be sure to “whitelist” us on your personal computers to receive timely updates and newsletters coming from ASES! 
We appreciate your cooperation!

Top Articles from the JSES Family of Journals in 2021

The JSES Family of Journals is home to four journals ranging in aims and scope with diverse and exceptional editorial boards, providing multiple publication options for your research on the upper extremity.
Check out the top articles across the 2021 issues for each journal!
The flagship title led by renowned Editor-in-Chief William J. Mallon, MD focuses exclusively on medical, surgical, and physical techniques for treating injury/disease of the upper extremity. Recognized as JSES, this prestigious journal has a CiteScore of 4.9 and an Impact Factor of 3.019.
This journal is an indexed, peer-reviewed, open access publication, providing an international forum for the exchange of information on new techniques, instruments, and materials led by Editor-in-Chief Pierre Mansat, MD, PhD. Types of articles include: review articles, technique articles, case reports, National Arthroplasty Registry reports, validation studies of outcome instruments, and database-mining articles.
Led by Co-Editors-in-Chief Theodore Blaine, MD, and J. Michael Wiater, MD, this title focuses on arthroplasty of the shoulder and elbow for a wide variety of indications including arthritic and traumatic conditions. This journal is actively recruiting sports medicine manuscripts.
The newest addition to the JSES Family, this journal is led by by Co-Editors-in-Chief, Edward Craig MD, MPH, FAOA and John W. Sperling, MD, MBA. An open access publication empowering clinicians and trainees to share review articles (systematic, meta-analyses, narrative), techniques, case reports, and original articles to all members and readers without restriction.

Shoulder and Elbow Career Opportunities

Advertise on the ASES Website

Space is available on the ASES Career Opportunities pages to advertise open shoulder and elbow positions. If you are interested you can download an application on our website.

Celebrate Ernest Amory Codman, MD and Help Support the ASES Foundation

***Now Available!***

In celebration of Ernest Amory Codman’s 150th birthday (December 30th) the ASES Foundation has published a reprint of his 1934 book “The Shoulder: Rupture of the Supraspinatus Tendon and Other Lesions In or About the Subacromial Bursa”. This classic has been, is now, and will always be a must read for those individuals who have any interest in the field of shoulder surgery. This edition will be fully indexed and include a dedication from ASESF as well as a prologue written by William Mallon, MD. 100% of the proceeds will support the ASES Foundation and its programs.

ASES Podcast – Episode #46

In this episode of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Podcast, hosts Dr. Rachel Frank and Dr. Peter Chalmers interview Drs. David Martin and April Armstrong on their roles with the ABOS. 

Research Webinar Series – Coming Soon!

The ASES Research Webinar series was developed by the ASES Research Committee to help surgeons learn more about research methodology. Hosts Thay Lee, PhD and Robert Tashjian, MD will discuss the key concepts behind excellent clinical, basic and multi-center research with various expert panelists. More details will be available soon.
  • Improving Clinical Research in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery – Thursday, March 10th, 2022
    • Panelists: Drs. Joseph Iannotti, Peter Lapner and Jonathan Levy
  • Improving Basic Research in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery – Thursday, June 23rd, 2022
    • Panelists: Drs. Mark Frankle, James Johnson and Scott Rodeo
  • How to Get Involved or Initiate Multicenter Research – Thursday, October 27th, 2022
    • Panelists: Drs. Andrew Jawa, Jed Kuhn and Eric Ricchetti

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