ASES News – December 2022

ASES News - December 2022

Presidential Message from Peter B. MacDonald, MD, FRCSC

Although we are shoulder surgeons and our primary professional interest is shoulder surgery, sometimes we have to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

December is Christmas month and a time to reflect and spend time with family, to give thanks, and to realize how fortunate we all are. We are fortunate to be in a dynamic, ever-changing, and exciting profession in a society that has the best and brightest in the world of shoulder surgery. We are fortunate to be able to help patients on a daily basis and visibly change their quality of life.

A short time ago we were saddened that two giants in shoulder surgery, Rich Hawkins and Rick Matsen, both lost their wives on the same day. During my time as a fellow of Hawk’s, and subsequently after at his fellows’ meetings, he always emphasized the importance of family and was proud of knowing all the significant other’s names and often would know all the kid’s names as well. His famous talk “the journey” touches on the importance of spouses and families on allowing us to do what we do on a daily basis. Much of the greatness of Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Matsen in shoulder surgery had nothing to do with shoulder surgery but rather with their honesty, integrity, giving back, and their ability to see and teach the big picture in life. Some of their values definitely came from Anne Matsen and Susan Hawkins.

So, this month’s message doesn’t have anything to do with the day-to-day activities of ASES. Let’s take this month to instead reflect and give thanks for great friends, great colleagues, and most importantly for the support of our families to allow us to do what we enjoy doing on a daily basis.

Have a wonderful Christmas, a Happy New Year, and we look forward to an exciting 2023 at ASES!


Best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!

We are extremely grateful to all of our members who have supported the society and foundation over the past year. Without your hard work and dedication, the successes we have achieved in 2022 would not be possible. Thank you!

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful Holiday and a Happy New Year!


 The ASES Executive Committee and Staff

2022 Annual Meeting - Abstract Compendium

The ASES Annual Meeting Abstract Compendium is now available to all members of the society. The compendium includes over 500 abstracts submitted for the ASES 2022 Annual Meeting this past October, but not selected for a podium or poster presentation. This free benefit not only advances the mission and vision of ASES but also directly aligns 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 Enovis. The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons gratefully acknowledge Enovis 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. Once the page is accessed, you will find a link to the compendium. After opening the link, you may navigate the full document via the Live Table of Contents which provides an alphabetical listing of all abstracts. At any point, you may use the link at the bottom of each page to return to the Table Of Contents. For your convenience, the entire compilation is searchable using standard search functions.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let us know!

ASES Members Only: 2022 Compendium

Sponsored by:

Now Accepting Applications for New/Advancing Members!

The application period to apply for membership in 2023 is now open through January 13th, 2023.

Steps for the application process:

  • Complete the 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 2023.

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).

Further details can be found at

We are thrilled to announce that the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons’ first Shoulder and Elbow self-assessment exam for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is now available for purchase. The $60 exam is available for ASES Members and Non-Members.

The 100-question scored online examination helps fulfill the SAE requirements for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC). The examination has been curated by a team of expert shoulder and elbow surgeons, all of whom are ASES members. Each question is followed by a detailed explanation and supported by current references. Earn 10 SAE and CME credits with a passing score of 70% or higher (The exam can be retaken until a passing score is attained.)

For more information regarding the exam, please visit

The ASES 2023 Specialty Day will be held on Tuesday, March 7th, 2023, at the Venetian Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. With the AAOS new model, there will be two days dedicated to Specialty Society programming, one at the front (Tuesday) and one at the back end (Saturday). With our 12 noon start time, we are confident that our participation will be strong, allowing attendees to arrive that morning!

Our 2023 Specialty Day Program Co-Chairs, Dr. Jay Keener, and Dr. Katie Vadasdi have developed a great program and we hope you will join us for this popular event!
More information will be available soon on the ASES website and in future monthly newsletters.

See you in Las Vegas!

Earlier this year the ASES Member Experience Committee along with the support of the Education and Technology Committees introduced the new Learning Management System for the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, The SHED: The SHoulder Elbow Database!

We are pleased to provide all members with new content! You can now view presentations from the ASES Annual Meeting 2022 through The SHED at your own convenience using your computer or mobile device.

Access to The SHED is available on the ASES Members Home page, please login using your ASES Credentials. You can also CLICK HERE to go directly to the site!

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at

American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Foundation

Dr. Abboud, the New ASES Foundation Chairman has a simple ask…

Please donate to your ASES Foundation!

Our membership is vibrant and thriving. The ASES Foundation and ASES recognize there are so many initiatives we want to be able to continue to grow and fund to support our membership including research, education, fellowships, mentorship, and DEI initiatives. 

I believe we all are very blessed in our lives and in large part due to our profession and this incredible society and foundation that are working for you. We would love to be able to boast 100%-member participation. Consider a year-end donation or a pledge.

Your ASES Foundation Advances:

  • Fellowship Education Grants (25+ Programs)
  • DEI Initiatives
  • Candidate Research Grants
  • Traveling Fellows Program
  • Mentorship Programs
  • Multi-Centered Studies
  • National Shoulder and Elbow Week Research Grants
  • Trends in Shoulder Arthroplasty Report

 Donate here:

ASES Foundation Store

Are you looking for the perfect gift this holiday season?

Show your ASES pride and support the ASES Foundation:

  • Top Brands
  • Custom Embroideries
  • 2 – 4 Weeks Delivery

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.

ICSES 2023 Call for Abstracts Extended

The Call-for-Abstracts is now open for the 15th International Congress of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery which will be held in Rome from September 5th – 8th, 2023, at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to midnight Central European time on January 12th, 2023. Abstracts submitted after this date will not be accepted.

Please visit the ICSES 2023 website for more information.

ASES Podcast - New Episode


In Episode # 68 American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Podcast, hosts Dr. Peter Chalmers and Dr. Rachel Frank conduct a roundtable discussion centered on acromial stress fractures with Drs. Larry Gulotta and Steve Parada.

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:

  • Applicant must be an ASES member in good standing
  • Award applications will be reviewed based upon:

           o  Willingness to lead ASES in areas of access to health care in communities

           o  Desire to improve ASES’ knowledge of the delivery of care

  • Two (2) awardees will be selected in March

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 ASES Annual Meeting in October
  • 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
  • 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 13th, 2023.

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 encourages 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, Stefano Carbone, 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 enhance diversity in our specialty. This is an international award and is open to all nationalities.

Applications for this scholarship are due by Feb 1st. 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 Dr. Anakwenze (

This award aims to transform our academic community and integrate our future leaders into a place where everyone can thrive and succeed in an ever-changing global community of shoulder and elbow surgeons.

Mark Your Calendars

We are pleased to announce our upcoming ASES educational offerings! Complete details will follow in the new year, but in the interim, please add these important dates to your calendar:

ASES 2023 Specialty Day
Tuesday, March 7th, 2023
Location: Hotel Del Coronado, Coronada Island


ASES 2023 Fellows Symposium
Friday, June 16th, 2023
Location: Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado Island, Florida


ASES 2023 Annual Meeting
October 5-7, 2023
Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona


ASES 2024 Annual Meeting
October 17-19, 2024
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, Texas

ASES Grant Opportunities

ASES Research Grant
Each year, the society issues a 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.

Candidate Research Grant
In an effort to provide research assistance to Candidate members, the ASES will offer an annual grant of $10,000 to the 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.

PJI Research Grant

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, 2023. Completed applications should be emailed to ASES at

Top Articles from the JSES Family of Journals 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!

Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

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.

Most cited article: Increasing incident of primary reverse and anatomic total shoulder arthroplasty in the United States

JSES International

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.

Most cited article: The modern reverse shoulder arthroplasty and an updated systematic review for each complication: part II

Seminars in Arthroplasty: JSES

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.

Most cited article: Use of machine learning to assess the predictive value of 3 commonly used clinical measures to quantify outcomes after total shoulder arthroplasty

JSES Reviews, Reports & Techniques

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.
Most read article: Determining the accurate placement of a posterior portal in shoulder arthroscopy with the use of computerized tomography images

Shoulder and Elbow Career Opportunities

University of Iowa

The University of Iowa Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation is recruiting a Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon to join our academic department. The faculty member will have teaching, research, and service responsibilities, along with an outstanding opportunity to build a practice in Shoulder and Elbow reconstructive surgery. Learn more about this opportunity and qualifications and requirements at https://

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

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 Sub acromial 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.

2023 Clinician Scholar Career Development Program

The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons is partnering with the Orthopaedic Research Society on the 2023 Clinician Scholar Career Development Program (CSCDP) for residents and fellows. The CSCDP is an annual two-day training workshop for orthopaedic residents in their PGY2-PGY5 years, surgeons in fellowships, and junior faculty (through year three) who have the potential and desire to become orthopaedic clinician scholars. Clinician scholars advance the field of orthopaedics through innovative research and peer-reviewed funding. ASES will sponsor 2 member applicants interested in pursuing this opportunity.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the application form below by March 15th. You can view more details about the program on the ORS website, however, members that wish to be sponsored by ASES must apply through the link below.

If selected, all program-related expenses, 2-nights hotels, roundtrip economy airfare, and all meals will be covered up to a maximum of $2,000 to attend the two-day training workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email at

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