ASES News – January 2021


ASES News – January 2021

Presidential Address from Dr. Mark Frankle

The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES)
Annual Meeting (October 20-23, 2021)

Cultivating innovation, leadership, and transformation in healthcare.


Innovation is the cornerstone of transformation. The pandemic has caused global personal, social and economic disaster. Healthcare workers and medical scientists have responded by developing treatments and strategies to combat this crisis.

In contrast to the pandemic, shoulder and elbow disorders may not appear to warrant the same sense of urgency. However, they do have significant impact. For example, loss of shoulder or elbow function prevents people from eating, sleeping, and caring for themselves. Without effective treatment, these disorders lead to significant disability. Effective treatment requires innovation and leadership.

The ASES annual meeting unveils cutting edge research in shoulder and elbow surgery. The greatest minds and leaders in the field are brought together to present the latest strategies in orthobiologics, virtual and augmented realities, robotics, medical economics and political advocacy. The meeting is a forum for spirited debate on how these methods transform medical care for shoulder and elbow disorders globally.

Participants are part of a community of peers, thought leaders, and experts dedicated to taking healthcare to new heights. Many have gone on to lead large global societies, healthcare organizations and academic institutions.

Overall, the meeting bridges the gap across medicine, technology, economics and healthcare policy.

Fostering leadership is an ASES core value. During the meeting, ASES leaders mentor younger members and encourage them to actively challenge the scientific presentations and accepted dogma. The aim is to help them think critically and provide them with tools to become future leaders.

We must ask ourselves, how do we, as ASES members, contribute to improving human maladies in a way that is most effective socially and economically?

Solid values, perseverance and resiliency are key. My parents were survivors of the Holocaust. They immigrated to the United States knowing no English. They crafted a life that allowed them to send their three sons to medical school and law school and instill in them the notion of serving others.

Their influence inspired me to become a physician as well as an innovator, with the latter inevitably accompanied by failure and social opposition. Like my family, ASES has provided me with the support necessary for success. This very support encapsulates the feeling that I want the 2021 ASES Annual Meeting to express.

It is my privilege to have the opportunity to serve.

Dr. Mark Frankle
President, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons

New ASES Membership Database

Coming Soon

As some of you are aware, ASES is transitioning out of the AAOS building and will be moving to a new location on April 1st, 2021. In preparation for our move we will be transitioning to a new membership database next week. For this reason there will be a short period of time when the Member’s Only section and the Find a Surgeon feature will be inaccessible while the website is under construction.

An email announcement will be sent to all members when this downtime begins as well as a welcome email once the new Member’s Only section is up and running. Once the database transition is completed, you will need to create a new password. Instructions on how to do this will be included in the welcome email.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact The ASES National Office at

Register today for the ASES 2021 Virtual Specialty Day Meeting! The program focuses on many rapidly evolving clinical areas within shoulder and elbow surgery. We are fortunate to have an outstanding line up of speakers who will share their expert opinions, along with the latest research. Please see a link to the program schedule below for complete details. We look forward to seeing everyone online for this exceptional event!

To view the program schedule and the current supporters of the ASES Specialty Day Meeting, please see the ASES website: ASES Specialty Day
Registration Details:
After you enter your registration information via the link above, you will receive an email confirmation asking you to complete/confirm your registration. Please review the email you receive to ensure you complete your registration.

Please reach out to the ASES office with any issues or questions and we will be happy to assist you!

Additional Meeting for Your Consideration

OTA/ASES Combined ½ Day Morning Session (Saturday, March 13, 2021; 10:00am EST – 12:00pm EST): See the following link for details:
Registration Coming Soon!

Upcoming Grant Opportunities
The deadline is February 8th!

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, 2021. Completed applications should be emailed to ASES at

Submit Your ICL for 2021 Annual Meeting

The deadline is February 15th!


The call for ICLs for the ASES 2021 Annual Meeting, October 20-23, is now open. The deadline is Monday, February 15. Please use the link below to submit. You will need the title and description of your ICL, a suggested moderator, and suggested faculty. The call for abstracts will open in March.

Coding and Reimbursement FAQ’s Added to Website


Information on coding and reimbursement specific to members can be found on the ASES website. On the Coding and Reimbursement web page you will find answers to many FAQ’s, as well as the latest updates regarding new and existing CPT codes.

ASES 2021 Resident and Fellow Series

Virtual Series on Thursday Evenings in January and February of 2021

The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) is planning an eight (8) week series on the topic of practice management. This series will be marketed to and geared toward orthopaedic resident and fellows. Below, please find the eight-week series by date and topic.

·        Thursday, January 7, 2021: Securing Your First Job & Contract Negotiations
·        Thursday, January 14, 2021: Building Your Team and Setting Up Your Practice
·        Thursday, January 21, 2021: Billing and Coding for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
·        Thursday, January 28, 2021: Marketing Yourself as a Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon
·        Thursday, February 4, 2021: Start an Independent Research Program
·        Thursday, February 11, 2021: Medical Legal Rules of Performing an IME
·        Thursday, February 18, 2021: Work-Life Integration
·        Thursday, February 25, 2021: Diversity and Equity

ASES Member Benefit

2020 Annual Meeting – Abstract Compendium

The ASES Annual Meeting Abstract Compendium is now available to all members of the society. The compendium includes over 525 abstracts submitted for the ASES 2020 Annual Meeting this past October, but not included for virtual 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. Once 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 web-link. The Table of Contents provides a listing of abstracts to assist you in navigating the file.

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ASES Partnership with the Biologic Association

The Biologic Association (BA) is an orthopaedic organization dedicated to providing one voice for all matters on musculoskeletal biologics and regenerative medicine. The BA is a collaboration of leading orthopaedic organizations: The Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the International Cartilage Regeneration and Joint Preservation Society (ICRS), the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R), Interventional Orthobiologics Foundation, the Orthoregeneration Network (ON Foundation) and now, ASES!

We are excited for this new partnership and welcome you to create a complimentary user account at

The BA was founded in 2018 with a purpose to unite and critically evaluate the current evidence for biologics and regenerative medicine, in order to encourage responsible use of therapies, facilitate rigorous study of treatment outcomes in order to establish the scientific basis for regenerative medicine therapies, and discourage the widespread indiscriminate use of unproven therapies. With numerous voices both nationally and internationally weighing in, the BA’s intention is to provide a unified voice and to offer insight through the development of reporting standards and research that can help physicians and their patients better understand the existing and future clinical application of biologic therapies.

2020 Neer Circle Meeting

On Saturday, October 10, 2020, ASES Past-President William Levine, MD and Co-Chairs Jay Keener, MD and Joseph Abboud, MD, led the Neer Circle Academic Symposium. The topic that was discussed and debated centered upon ASES Surgical Education and Subspecialty Challenges within the Current Health Care Paradigm. A diverse group of thought provoking ASES members participated as faculty and through panel discussions they explored controversial issues such as resident and fellow education, subspecialty promotion among our peers, how the ASES can better serve its membership, and how the ever growing contemporary stresses (e.g. decreased reimbursement, COVID-19, regulatory environment) can best be addressed.

Here is a link to the program schedule that was covered: Program Schedule
A full recording of this virtual symposium is available through the member’s only section of the ASES website: Member’s Only Section

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ASES Podcast – Episode 26

In this episode of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Podcast, hosts Dr. Peter Chalmers and Dr. Rachel Frank interview Dr. Bill Mallon, Dr. Michael Wiater, and Dr. Theodore Blaine regarding the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery with a focus on a new member of the ASES family of journals: Seminars in Arthroplasty.

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