ASES News – January 2023

ASES News - January 2023

Presidential Message from Peter B. MacDonald, MD, FRCSC

Dear Colleagues:

I hope that you had a wonderful holiday season and on behalf of the ASES, Happy New Year!

A few updates from the society:

Diversity initiatives from the American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons

Thanks to Drs. Sara Edwards and Oke Anakwenze co-chairs of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee in setting up new initiatives which are being embraced.

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee was conceived in 2020 by then-President, Dr. Bill Levine.  The first milestone was to form a partnership with the Nth Dimensions organization.  Through this partnership, the ASES members have sponsored under-represented minority medical students in several research programs providing individual mentorship and an opportunity to publish orthopedic research as a medical student.

Looking at our society, it looks like membership and demographics reflect the current state of orthopedic surgery.  There is certainly room for improvement in all areas of orthopedics when it comes to DEI. 

In setting up educational events, we need to be cognizant of DEI representation, and program chairs/ co-chairs who are examining the need for a broad representation of speakers and moderators at national meetings.

Thanks to a grant from Elsevier (the publisher of JSES), spearheaded by Dr. Bill Mallon, a Young Surgeon Memorial Scholarship was established to send a female surgeon or under-represented minority candidate member of our organization to a Shoulder & Elbow meeting of their choice.  Please encourage ongoing enthusiasm and applications to this program.

Our Past President, Dr. Xavier Duralde started the ASES Young Scholars Program in 2022.  This created a partnership with local medical schools during the ASES Annual Meeting in 2022 in Atlanta.  We hope to expand on this activity in 2023 with a possible hands-on skills lab with students.

The topic of DEI is also going to be part of the Neer Circle this year and we will be looking at where we are at in DEI as a society.

Again, congratulations to Sara and Oke on these initiatives!  We look forward to further development of this committee.

 Day 0 – ASES Meeting at International Congress on Shoulder & Elbow Surgery (ICSES)

Thanks to the leadership of Dr. George Athwal, we have built a Day 0 ASES program for the meeting at ICSES in Rome which will be September 5, 2023, prior to the main meeting in Rome.  This is going to be an exciting meeting with input from prominent members of the ASES.  Members are encouraged to consider attending the ICSES which will be the precursor of the 2026 meeting in Vancouver.  Part of this attendance could include the Day 0 meeting support the ASES sponsored part of the program.

Hawkins Award: We are pleased to announce that there will be an annual Hawkins Award for the best international paper (outside of North America) at the annual meeting. Further details to come but thanks to Dr. Rob Bell and Dr. Jeff Abrams as well as the Hawkins Society for getting this award off the ground.

ASES Specialty Day at AAOS

The ASES Specialty Day at AAOS will take place on Tuesday this year.  Members are encouraged to attend, and we look forward to the meeting and the reception to be held afterwards.  Thanks to program co-chairs Dr. Jay Keener and Dr. Katie Vadasdi who developed a great program for this popular event.  Please join us on March 7th in Las Vegas.

Update from the Technology Committee

Thanks to Dr Chris Klifto for updating us on the activities of the technology committee.  The new membership directory is now live to improve the interconnectivity for members. Please log on and update your profile and view the profiles of your peers!

The case-based discussion platform is another project the committee and the national office staff team have undertaken recently to deliver another valuable benefit to ASES members.  We are currently looking at different options for this and will report back on the best avenue to post cases.

The ASES App modification is going well. The committee met with our app vendor in January after collecting feedback from membership to see if we can make the modifications.

SHED content display is another focus for the committee. Hopefully improvements on SHED will be ready soon.

The Technology Committee met with multiple ASES committees regarding social media postings and their requests. A second posting schedule has been developed for society promotion for all members to view at their leisure.

The Codman raffle was a huge success. We had close to 100 new downloads for the App! Another one will be coming soon. If members have any suggestions regarding a cool give away that would be great. We invite members that did not have a chance to download the ASES App yet to do so soon. The more members that use the app the more attractive it will be for industry advertising.

The Virtual Journal Club schedule is set for the year. The first session will be offered on February 21st on shoulder arthroplasty, presented by Drs. Abboud, Levine, and Zuckerman.

6) JSES News

JSES Reviews, Reports and Techniques (RRT) was accepted into Scopus for indexing-which means that in 2024 our journal will receive its first Citescore. This is great news for the society and JSES RRT authors alike. Congratulations to the JSES RRT editorial team on reaching this goal!

These are just a few activities of the society that we are highlighting this month.  Much work continues to occur in multiple areas of the society.  We look forward to further developments and we will keep you apprised of this through our newsletter or social media. 

Thanks all for your support of ASES!

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!

February Webinars

There are two ASES webinars scheduled for the month of February. Please note that if you are unable to attend these live events the recordings will be available on the ASES website to view within a week after they air.

Practice Management Webinar Series – Making a Business Plan

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 15th at 7pm CST

Hosted by Drs. Jason Koh and John Sperling

Attendee Link: 

Virtual Journal Club – Primary Shoulder Arthroplasty

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 21st at 7pm CST

Hosted by Drs. Chris Klifto, Matthew Dipaola, and Eric Wagner

Panelists: Drs. Joseph Abboud, William Levine, and Joseph Zuckerman

Attendee Link:

ASES Staff Spotlight

Hello! My name is Sungho Chu, I joined ASES in August 2022 as the Meetings and Education Coordinator. Being here has been amazing so far! Being able to work with so many members, as well as a very supportive and resourceful staff, have only pushed me to do the best I can to better support our Society.

As the Meetings and Education Coordinator, I enjoy working on several projects that I am responsible for. Just to name a few, I have been working with our Member Experience Committee to help coordinate the Leadership Development Program. Furthermore, I assist with planning for various meetings that we have throughout the year. For example, for the Annual Meeting, I was responsible for developing and working on making the mobile app as seamless and functional as possible. The Compendium was also another large project that I completed.  In my daily work I have an opportunity to improve upon an already thriving society.

It has been a pleasure meeting and talking to many of you! I anticipate this upcoming year to be full of many successes and learning moments so that I can better help the society in any way I can.

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.

American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Foundation

Dr. Abboud is Thankful and Hopeful!

Since Dr. Abboud, ASES Foundation Chairman’s “First Ask” at the 2022 ASES Annual Meeting, and after personalized emails to each one of you, many ASES members have accepted his request and donated over $173,000 to the foundation. Thank you! Dr. Abboud is appreciative and hopeful to reach our $250,000 annual goal.

This current giving represents:

  • $173,000 or 281 donations
  • 69% of $250,000 Annual Goal
  • 242 Donors or 19.7% of members
  • 68, $1,000+ donors
  • $250.00 Median donation

Ways to Donate (click one):

  1. Individual 1-time giving
  2. Pledge up to 3-years
  3. Buy “The Shoulder Book” by E.A. Codman
  4. Shop the ASES Store
  5. Legacy Funds

Help us to reach our annual goal and achieve 100% member participation!

Our membership is vibrant and thriving. With the ASES Foundation, you are able to support your profession in many ways:

The ASES Foundation Programs:

  • Fellowship Education Grants (25+ Programs and 30+ fellows)
  • DEI Initiatives: Internships, research, and annual meeting attendance
  • Exchange Fellowship Program (Europe, Asia, Latin America, North America)
  • Mentorship Programs
  • National Shoulder and Elbow Week local research grants
  • Multi-Centered Studies
  • Trends in Shoulder Arthroplasty Report
  • Candidate Research Grants

Learn more about your ASES Foundation here:

ASES Foundation Store

Order Now for the AAOS Meeting and Specialty Day!

Show your ASES pride and support the ASES Foundation:

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

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

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

ASES Podcast - New Episodes

In episode #71 of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Podcast, hosts Dr. Rachel Frank and Dr. Peter Chalmers interview Dr. Jon Barlow and Dr. Jason Hsu about how to handle some of the most difficult complications in shoulder surgery.

In episode #70 of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Podcast, host Dr. Peter Chalmers interviews Drs. Joy English and Dan Cushman about how best to maximize your relationship with non-operative providers.

In episode #69 of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Podcast, hosts Dr. Rachel Frank and Dr. Peter Chalmers interview Dr. Wesley Phipatanakul, Dr. Anand Murthi, and Dr. Jon Barlow about changes in orthopaedic education. 

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 15th. 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
Note: Abstract Submission Portal opening in February

ASES 2023 Annual Meeting
October 5-7, 2023
Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona
Note: ICL Submission Portal closes on February 20th, 2023
Note: Abstract Submission Portal opening in early March

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

OREF Grant Opportunities

More than $1 million is available in funding from OREF and collaborators.

OREF grant opportunities are open until next month for musculoskeletal injuries, orthobiologics, biologic allograft and pain management research funding. Grants from $50,000 to $1.5 million are available to eligible applicants Deadlines are February 21 for OREF applications and February 28 for the OREF MTEC Grant enhanced white papers. For more information, visit OREF’s grant programs page.

Funding opportunities, applications due February 21, 2023

  • OREF/AAOS Injectable Orthobiologics Knee Osteoarthritis Research Grant provides $50,000 over one year for research focused on the broad area of injectable orthobiologics for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.
  • OREF/AANA Foundation Multimodal Musculoskeletal Perioperative Pain Management Research Grant provides $50,000 in funding for research focused on the broad area of perioperative musculoskeletal pain management.
  • OREF/MTF Biologics Research Grant provides $100,000 ($50,000 per year for two years) for research focusing on the science of biologic—reconstruction, bone regeneration, transplantation—allografts, including stem cells for graft transplantation

 Funding opportunity, enhanced white papers due February 28, 2023 by noon EST

  • OREF/MTEC Solutions to Accelerate Return-to-Readiness following Musculoskeletal Injuries Grant provides $1,500,000 (MTEC expects to make up to two awards from available funding) for developing or advancing technologies that maximize medical readiness and provide orthopedic and rehabilitation solutions for the modern Warfighter to inform and/or accelerate recovery from musculoskeletal injury.

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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