ASES News – January 2024

ASES News - January 2024

Presidential Message from John (Jed) E. Kuhn, MD

Happy New Year!

Congratulations to Dr. Jay King, leader of the ASES Multicenter Research Group studying proximal humerus fractures. Dr. King was awarded the AAOS BOS Research Grant for “Multicenter Prospective Study for the Optimization of Treatment and Follow-up for Proximal Humerus Fractures”. This highly competitive grant is funded partly by the AAOS and by matching funds from the ASES Foundation. When I think about proximal humerus fractures, I am reminded that we have multiple options for treatment, which often means we don’t know the best one! Clearly, we need a better understanding regarding this common shoulder problem. The Multicenter Team will start collecting patient data and hopefully help us solve this challenging condition. This is exactly what the ASES Foundation is designed to do, and we are excited to see the findings this ASES Multicenter Research group will produce.

Our Ethics Committee has worked hard to improve upon the reporting of conflicts of interest for speakers at our meetings. Instead of referring the audience to the AAOS web site, we feel it is important for speakers to clearly state if they have relevant conflicts of interest while on the podium and describe them. We have a new slide that will be required for all presenters to display their relevant conflicts of interest. In addition, we will be monitoring and investigating any perceived conflicts closely.

The Annual Meeting of the AAOS is next month. On February 16th, our ASES Open Meeting/Specialty Day will be held at the Moscone Center. Co-Chairs Chris Klifto, Eric Wagner, and Jarret Woodmass have produced a great program with a lot of information squeezed into a short amount of time. We will see invited lectures from international experts, panel discussions designed to help us with controversial topics, and 15 of the best research papers. The first part of the meeting focuses on more open surgical approaches to fractures and arthroplasty. The second part of the meeting is combined with the AOSSM and will be focused more on arthroscopic surgery and treating athletes. It will be an amazing meeting. Please be sure to register!

We have begun to explore the metaverse! We are working with Precision OS to develop shoulder and elbow educational content for virtual reality. We created a taskforce (Chris Klifto, Grant Garrigues, Joaquin Sanchez-Sotello, Mario Menendez, and Jay Levin) who will start developing programming which should be available by the San Diego Shoulder Institute ASES Fellows Day in June. We are also exploring opportunities to hold the ASES Journal Club in this space. The possibilities for shoulder and elbow training, education, and conferences are endless in the virtual reality world, and I am looking forward to seeing this evolve in the next few years!

Finally, I am excited to report on one of the many events happening at the ASES Annual Meeting in San Antonio. In 1883 the Lucchese brothers started a boot-making shop for the US Cavalry in San Antonio. The Lucchese’s are among the finest cowboy boot makers in the USA. On October 18th at the Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum evening event, we will have a Lucchese trunk show where you can be measured and choose custom boots (possibly with the ASES Logo!). We will also have some of the finest off-the-shelf boots, western wear, and jewelry available. We are also working on an ASES logo western shirt which will be ordered before the meeting, so please read your emails and be sure to attend the Annual Meeting!

Happy Trails for 2024!

Jed Kuhn

Register Today for the ASES/AOSSM Joint Specialty Day!

Specialty Day is Fast Approaching! Register Today!

Join us as ASES teams up with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) to bring you a one-of-a-kind event. This unique two-for-one schedule highlights the best of both worlds in shoulder and elbow surgery and sports medicine.


Morning Sessions: Join ASES for lively debates, discussions, and case presentations covering an array of topics, including Proximal Humerus Fractures, Shoulder Arthroplasty and Elbow.

Late Morning/Afternoon Sessions: AOSSM and ASES unite to bring you combined lectures featuring cutting-edge research from both areas. Gain valuable insights into managing shoulder instability and rotator cuff injuries from the experts

Click the button below to be redirected to the AAOS Annual Meeting Website to register.

See you in San Francisco!

ASES Foundation Celebrates 40 Years in 2024

We are excited to share with ASES members the foundation’s 40th-year celebration in 2024!

The ASES Foundation was originally established in 1984 as “Continuing Education in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery” to help fund ASES programs. In 2016 it was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) and named “ASES Foundation.” In 2023, the foundation’s first strategic plan established a new mission and vision:

       ASES Foundation Mission: To develop and provide resources to advance shoulder and elbow care.

       ASES Foundation Vision: Forging a legacy of resources for a world where patients have the best shoulder and elbow care.

In this 40th year, we want to celebrate those who helped establish and grow the foundation, the programs it serves, and those impacted by its programs.

The ASES Foundation funds the following programs:

  • Fellowship Education Grants (25+ Programs & 30+ Fellows)
  • DEI Initiatives: Scholars, Bioskills Lab, and Summer Interns
  • Exchange Fellowship Program (Asia, Europe, Latin America, Australia)
  • Mentorship Programs
  • National Shoulder and Elbow Week / Local Research Grants
  • Multi-Centered Studies
  • Trends in Shoulder Arthroplasty Report
  • Candidate Research Grants

During 2024, our 40th year, please give in some multiple of 40 (e.g. $4,000, $400, $40). Please at least #Give$40for40 to help us achieve 100% ASES member participation.


Learn more about your ASES Foundation here:

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 22, 2024. Completed applications should be emailed to ASES at

2024 Annual Meeting Call for ICLs Now Open

We are pleased to announce that we have begun accepting applications for Instructional Course Lectures (ICLS) to be presented during the 2024 ASES Annual Meeting, October 16-19, 2024 in San Antonio, Texas.

Please note — this is NOT the Call for Abstracts, as that will be distributed to all members in early March.

This year’s Annual Meeting will as always cover all elements of shoulder and elbow surgery, and we encourage submissions on all topics.

Please submit your ICL application here. You will need the title and description of your ICL, a suggested moderator, and suggested faculty.

The deadline to submit is March 5, 2024. Should you have any questions, contact Shannon Lykowski at

Thank you in advance for your submission!

Clinician Scholar Career Development Program (CSCDP) for Residents and Fellows - New!

The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons is partnering with the Orthopaedic Research Society on the 2024 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 $2,400 to attend the two-day training workshop.

If you have any questions please contact us via email at

On-Demand Education Available to Members on the ShED (Shoulder and Elbow Database)

Did you know that as an ASES member you have access to over 100 hours of online education through The SHED: The SHoulder and Elbow Database?

Well, you do! We are excited to provide Education On-Demand to our members through our Learning Management System (LMS). Here you will find an extensive library of content including ASES Course recordings, member submitted original content, Core Curriculum sessions and more! PLUS, with plans to enhance and expand the ShED in 2024, much more quality learning experiences are on the horizon!

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

Advocacy Spotlight

The ASES Advocacy Committee has undertaken an exciting new project – a Special Issue of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery dedicated to Advocacy and Health Policy! 

We are currently soliciting original research and opinion papers on topics related to advocacy, health policy, health economics, and other relevant areas. For example, our Committee Members are already working with colleagues in Japan to bring us the story of the RTSA’s journey through governmental approval – and how that policy decision impacted both research and clinical care for many years. 

In addition to international perspectives on advocacy and health policy, the issue will feature original research on advocacy and health policy issues. For example – the Advocacy Committee recently published a multi-center study about prior authorization review (Jarrett, JSES, November 2023 e-pub). 

If you or your institution has any completed or ongoing research you think might be thematically appropriate, please use this link to submit your paper!

We hope to have the issue completed by the end of the year – and we will keep you posted on its progress! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Bushnell directly at  

ASES Foundation Store

Show your ASES pride and support the ASES Foundation:

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

A Great Gift for Your Fellow or Resident!

Show your appreciation to your Fellows and Residents with a gift of E.A. Codman’s
“The Shoulder”.

Get and Give–Net Proceeds are a Donation in Your Name to The ASES Foundation!

In celebration of Ernest Amory Codman’s 150th birthday (December 30, 2019), 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 includes the Foreword by Anthony DePalma, MD; a full index, for the first time, to all of the text (including his Autobiographic Preface and Epilogue); the dedication from ASES Foundation; and a prologue written for this edition by William Mallon, MD.

Note: $425 of the purchase price is recorded as a donation in your name to The ASES Foundation .

Download the ASES Mobile App Today!

The 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.

ASES Podcast - New Episodes

Dr. Peter MacDonald

In this episode of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Podcast, hosts Dr. Rachel Frank and Peter Chalmers interview Dr. Peter MacDonald about his term as ASES President and his career. 

Patches in Rotator Cuff Repair

In this episode of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Podcast, hosts Dr. Rachel Frank and Dr. Peter Chalmers interview Drs. Michael O’Brien and Peter Millett about the current indications and techniques for arthroscopic patch augmentation in rotator cuff repair.

2023 Annual Meeting Abstract Compendium Now Available

The ASES Annual Meeting Abstract Compendium is now available to all members of the society. The compendium includes over 700 abstracts submitted for the ASES 2023 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, sorted by subject matter. 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!


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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/AOSSM Joint Specialty Day
February 16th, 2024
Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, CA

ASES Fellows’ Day at SDSI
June 14, 2024
Hilton San Diego, San Diego, CA 

  • Abstract Submission Portal opens on February 9, 2024

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

ASES 2025 Annual Meeting
October 16-18, 2025
Gaylord Pacific Resort, San Diego, CA

ICSES 2026: Vancouver
September 22-25, 2026
Vancouver, BC

ASES 2027 Annual Meeting
October 13-16, 2027
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD (DC Metro)

Shoulder and Elbow Career Opportunities

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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.

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