ASES News – July 2023

ASES News - July 2023

Presidential Message from Peter B. MacDonald, MD, FRCSC

The ASES office, staff, and volunteer committee members continue to be busy in what has become a very productive year for the society.

Strategic Planning: Recently in Chicago, the Foundation had a strategic planning session which was a great discussion among those attending. Congratulations to Joe Abboud for leading us through this process which discussed ways of having better integration and better-defined relations between the Foundation and the Society. Also, new ideas for engagement of membership and goals for fundraising were part of the process. Further communication with the formal strategic plan for the foundation will be open for the membership to review soon.

Future plans include a strategic planning session for the society in the spring of 2024.

ICSES Rome September 5-8, 2023: The ICSES in Rome is coming in early September with an ASES-sponsored day 0 program. For those of you on the fence, it will undoubtedly be a great meeting. Thanks to George Athwal for coordinating the day 0 program.

ASES Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ, October 5-7, 2023: A reminder that registration is now open for the ASES meeting in October in Scottsdale at the Westin Kierland. The meeting is going to have a theme of “Revision Surgery” with Canada as the guest nation. For further details please check the ASES website. We look forward to a great event including a golf day on-site at the Westin on Tuesday which should be a fun event with colleagues and industry sponsors.

Collaboration with AOSSM and AANA: At the 2024 AAOS Annual Meeting in San Francisco we plan on having a combined specialty day with AOSSM (on the Friday of the meeting) which will be followed by a similar collaborative specialty day in 2025 with AANA. Thanks to Chris Klifto, Eric Wagner, and Jarret Woodmass for being Co-Chairs of the ASES 2024 Specialty Day.

Welcome to Jon Reyes: Special welcome to Jon Reyes who has joined our ASES staff specifically supporting the Foundation. Jon comes to us with a background in healthcare management and various administrative positions related to health care. He will be specifically supporting Rob Harkey and Dr. Abboud in Foundation matters. Welcome to Jon!

Chair of JSES Board of Trustees: Special thanks to our past president Dr. Frank Cordasco who has assumed the role of Chair of the JSES Board of Trustees. We wish to thank another past president Dr. Jeff Abrams for his years of service and leadership in this position. Thank you again, Dr. Cordasco!

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Hawkins: Congratulations to Dr. Rich Hawkins, Past-President and Founding member of ASES for his recent induction into the AOSSM Hall of Fame. Well done, Hawk!

ASES Bylaws: Thanks to President-Elect Dr. Jed Kuhn who has been working hard on reforming the ASES bylaws, mostly to streamline things and reflect on evolutionary changes to the society which have been occurring in recent years. More to come on this as Dr. Kuhn presents the document to the society for consideration and ratification. 

Image Library: The new ASES image library will be online and available soon for members to view contributed Xray’s referencing implants on the market. Thanks to the donation of archived material from Dr. Matsen; and to Dr. Klifto and Steve Mlodoch for putting this together!

DocMatter Community: Case posting with interactive input from the membership will soon be possible through the DocMatter site. This will allow members to share their difficult cases with input from the experts. Stay tuned for this important addition to member benefits!

Volunteerism: Final thought is on volunteerism which is the essence of our organization. Every role is important in advancing ASES. From reviewing for JSES to serving on the Executive Committee, the importance of each role cannot be understated.

As Margaret Mead said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has”.

Enjoy a restful summer and use the opportunity to catch up with family and friends!

2023 Annual Meeting News - Registration is OPEN!

Registration is now open for the 2023 ASES Annual Meeting, taking place October 3-7, 2023 at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Our course co-chairs, Drs. George Athwal, Kevin Plancher, and Ted Schlegel are developing a phenomenal program, designed to cover all aspects of shoulder and elbow surgery. You won’t want to miss this year’s meeting!


You may view the Preliminary Program for the 2023 Annual Meeting by visiting the ASES Annual Meeting page. Additional details will be posted as they become available. 

Additionally, the abstract submission portal is now closed, and we want to thank all of our members for their submissions. Paper selections will be made over the next month, and members will be notified of their submission status within the next few weeks.


The Westin Kierland Golf Club, one of the leading courses in Arizona, will be host to the 2023 ASES Golf Outing on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023. The 1 p.m. shotgun start event will serve as a great kick-off to the 2023 Annual Meeting, allowing for a great opportunity to network with your friends and colleagues. More information will be available shortly, but please consider this event as you plan your travel to Scottsdale.


The Westin Kierland Resort is the official hotel for the 2023 Annual Meeting, and you can book your room vis our secure housing site by clicking the button below. To assist with your travel planning, please be aware of the following key program dates:

Tuesday, October 3rd: Golf Outing (1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start)

Wednesday, October 4th:  Exhibit Set-Up, Neer Circle Meeting, Welcome Reception

Thursday, October 5th:  Scientific Program, Exhibit Hall Open, Neer Circle/Guest Nation Dinner

Friday, October 6th:   Scientific Program, Exhibit Hall Open, All-Show Party

Saturday, October 7th: Scientific Program (until noon), Exhibit Hall Open (until 10:30 a.m.)

To ensure that you receive the special ASES rate of $319 for single/double occupancy, make your reservation by September 12th, 2023.

Please be sure to visit the ASES website and the Annual Meeting page to stay up to date on the latest Annual meeting information!

ASES Shoulder and Elbow Course for Resident and Fellows

On November 17-19, 2023, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons will be hosting the ASES 2023 Shoulder and Elbow Course for Residents and Fellows at the Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC) located in Rosemont, Illinois. 

The course, chaired by Drs. Emilie Cheung, Eric Ricchetti, and Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo will offer a review of the principles of shoulder and elbow anatomy and help residents and fellows further their skills and gain mastery of surgical approaches and procedures of the shoulder and elbow.  Registrants must be current residents or fellows during the 2023-2024 year.

Attendees will learn essential procedures of the shoulder and elbow through hands-on lab instruction, case discussions, and podium presentations by renowned ASES faculty. The many topics and procedures covered will include:

· Resident Case Competitions

·  Shoulder Instability

·  Rotator Cuff Lab & Cases

·  Arthroscopic Bankart and Posterior Labrum Repair

·  Diagnostic Elbow

·  Anatomic and Reverse TSA and much more.

The Course will kick off with an informal meet and greet reception with faculty on Friday evening. Please plan your travel accordingly.


2023-2024 ASES Mentorship Program

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the 2023-2024 ASES Mentorship Program, an incredible opportunity for personal and professional growth. This year, we have assembled a diverse and talented group of 50 mentors and 50 mentees who are excited to embark on this transformative journey together.

Our Mentorship Program aims to foster meaningful connections, provide valuable guidance, and create a supportive network within the ASES community. Whether you’re an experienced leader looking to share your knowledge or an aspiring enthusiast seeking guidance, this program is for you!

To ensure a successful and enriching experience for everyone involved, we have put together guidelines that outline the program’s objectives, responsibilities, and best practices.

Link to Guidelines

As an added bonus, all 2023-2024 volunteers in the Mentorship Program will receive the first opportunity to register for the highly anticipated 2024 Mentor/Mentee Meeting. This event will bring together the ASES community from across the country to exchange ideas, network, and build lasting connections. The date and location of the 2024 Mentor/Mentee Meeting will be announced within the next few months.

Below are some photo highlights from the 2023 Mentor/Mentee Meeting

JSES Reviewers Needed

ASES Members:

Recently we have been having more and more trouble with obtaining reviewers for JSES articles. We think that some of this is related to difficulties with emails getting through to the reviewers. This is because many universities, medical centers, and clinical practices have now made it more difficult to get outside emails into your systems.

Also, because many of you have been in the Elsevier / JSES system for several years, some of your emails may not be up-to-date. In the past, if that was the case, it was easy for me or our managing editor (Jill Shepherd) to go into the Editorial Manager (EM) and change the email. We can no longer do this because of European privacy regulations (GDPR), which have forced Elsevier to limit what we can do to the system.

So to help us out, we are asking you to do two (2) things, if possible:

  1. Please go into the EM website ( and be certain your email is fully up-to-date;
  2. and Please go into your own medical center, hospital, or practice systems and un-block or whitelist emails coming from Elsevier, specifically coming from

Thank you so much for your assistance in this matter. If you need any assistance, please contact Jill Shepherd at

Bill Mallon, MD
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (JSES)
Past-President, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES)

Hawkins Award

The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons is proud to announce the newly created ASES Hawkins Award. The goals of this award are as follows:

  • Encourage the submission of international high-quality research projects to our Annual Meeting
  • Honor Dr. Richard Hawkins for his contributions to the field of shoulder and elbow surgery and to ASES

Award Details

  • The ASES Hawkins award will be granted once a year unless no submission is meritorious
  • The awarded submission will be announced at the ASES Annual Meeting
  • Projects completed in North America (United States, Canada) by North American (United States, Canada) members cannot be considered for the award
  • At least one author of the submission awarded must be ASES Corresponding Member
  • At the time of abstract submission by international applicants, if the authors are interested in being considered for the award, they need to: (1) indicate their willingness to be considered for the Hawkins award, and (2) commit to submit a completed manuscript to the Research Committee
  • The Research Committee (already selecting the Morrey and Neer award) will score international submissions for the Hawkins award and select the winner

The submitter granted the Hawkins award will receive the following benefits: 

  • Oral presentation at the ASES meeting
  • Special mention in the ASES Annual Program
  • A monetary award commensurate with other similar awards (USD 1,500)
  • Publication at JSES International free of charge

The abstract submission portal is now closed. The winner of this award will be announced at the Annual Meeting in October.

American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Foundation

Support Your Foundation (and Your Society) With Mid-Year Giving!

The ASES Foundation’s mission is to raise funds that support ASES and ASES Foundation programs. At this mid-year point, help us achieve our annual giving goal that sustains these programs. If you have any questions about your current year or past giving history please contact us at

The ASES Foundation Supported 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

You may donate via a single donation, reoccurring, multi-year pledge, major gift, or a planned giving gift.

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
  6. Major Gifts or Planned Giving please contact

Help us 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:

Learn more about your ASES Foundation here:

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” book.

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.

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.

Mark Frankle Health Care Policy Award

The goal of the Mark Frankle, MD Award is to foster knowledge acquisition and leadership development in healthcare policy and political advocacy 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 healthcare 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, August 25th, 2023.

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

Last 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 #81 of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Podcast, hosts Dr. Rachel Frank and Dr. Peter Chalmers interview Drs. Daniel Goltz, Nitin Jain, and Richard Puzzitiello about their papers, which Dr. Bill Mallon selected as his favorites from the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery in 2022 – Part 2.

In episode #82 of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Podcast, hosts Dr. Rachel Frank and Dr. Peter Chalmers interview Dr. Eric Wagner and Dr. Howard Routman about how surgeons can best interact with orthopaedic industry to assist them in innovating to improve patient care while preserving our integrity.

Apply Now for the 2024 Asian Exchange Fellowship Program

The three to four-week Asian exchange fellowship will begin in the fall of 2024. Applicants must be no more than 10 years out of their fellowship as of December 31, 2023, practicing in the United States or Canada, board-eligible, or certified orthopaedic surgeons with a special interest and experience in shoulder and elbow research and patient care.

The application deadline is November 30th, 2023.

Exchange Fellowship Application

2024 Traveling Fellows will receive the following benefits:

  • Eligibility for an ASES Research Grant.
  • All travel and hotel expenses will be covered and fellows will receive a small stipend after travel has been completed.
  • After your traveling fellowship is complete, submit a testimonial to the ASES office which will be included on the ASES website as well as communicated through the monthly newsletter to members.

Please contact the ASES office at or at (847) 698-1629 with any questions.

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:

Practice Management Webinar Series
Keys for Success in Building and Maintaining a Successful Practice in a Competitive Market
August 22, 2023, at 7pm CDT

International Congress on Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (ICSES)
September 5-8, 2023
Rome, Italy
Join us on Tuesday, September 5th for an ASES-hosted Scientific Session on ICSES “Day 0”

Research Webinar Series
A Practical Guide to Paper Publication
September 26, 2023, at 7pm CDT

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

Virtual Journal Club
Elbow Arthroplasty
October 24, 2023, at 7pm CDT

ASES 2023 Residents and Fellows Course
November 17-19, 2023
Orthopaedic Learning Center, Rosemont, Illinois\
Registration is Open

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

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

Experience a rare opportunity to refine your surgical skills alongside a master surgeon in a unique 2 ½ day AANA event. Choose from shoulder, knee, or both joints as you practice the latest techniques in arthroscopy and arthroplasty. Benefit from individualized hands-on training with world-class faculty, bridging gaps in your surgical expertise. Gain invaluable insights, tips, and tricks from esteemed faculty members and refine your skills with the procedures you want to practice. This intensive, interactive event offers an unparalleled chance to elevate your surgical armamentarium in a truly meaningful way.

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime learning experience –

Registration deadline is August 18!

ABOS MOC Modifications

The Board of Directors of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS), after careful consideration and in keeping with its mission and vision, has modified the ABOS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. The changes will be effective beginning January 1, 2024, and are meant to provide an ABOS MOC Program that is meaningful and valuable to ABOS Diplomates. The modifications will help to advance the ABOS’ mission to ensure the safe, ethical, and effective practice of orthopaedic surgery for the benefit of our patients and the public. In addition, these changes meet new Standards for Continuing Certification from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).

To learn what is changing—and what is not—go to

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.

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