ASES News – June 2024

ASES News - June 2024

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

Greetings to my Fellow ASES Colleagues:


Every month there are great things going on in your society. June was no exception. On June 14th we celebrated the Fellows in shoulder and elbow surgery with the Annual ASES Fellows Day held during the San Diego Shoulder Institute Annual Shoulder and Elbow Course. While the SDSI course was terrific as always, our Fellows Day was extraordinary. The quality of the papers and posters was amazing.


Congratulations to Kevin Wang, MD at UCSF who was the recipient of the Robert H. Cofield Award for the best oral presentation for “The Influence of Age on Cellular Senescence in Injured versus Healthy Muscle and Its Implications on Rotator Cuff Injuries”, and to Stephanie Boden, MD at Rush who won the Richard J Hawkins Award for the best poster presentation for “To Remplissage or Not to Remplissage: The Pittsburgh Instability Tool (PIT) Score Predicts Failure”. The research produced by our fellows is a great sign that the future of our specialty is in good hands. Look out for the special edition of JSES where we will publish the fellows’ work!


Also, with Precision OS, we had the fellows enter the virtual reality world and try shoulder arthroscopy. The fellows did exceptionally well in this space, but particularly Christopher Hart MD, a fellow at Mayo who won the ASES-PrecisionOS VR competition and received a headset with software to live in the virtual world. We expect him to run the technology committee in the future! You can look forward to experiencing the Shoulder and Elbow Virtual World at the Annual Meeting in San Antonio!


Speaking of the Annual Meeting, we are making great progress on the program and are looking forward to learning from our colleagues down under as the Shoulder and Elbow Society of Australia is our guest nation. We have several exciting seminars, courses and social events and are hoping to make this meeting exceptional! Earlier this week, you should have received an email from us where you can pre-order a Limited Edition ASES Branded Lucchese western shirt. On the order form you will have the option to have this shipped directly to San Antonio to ensure that you have it to wear while hanging out at the Buckhorn Saloon! Be sure to pre-register for the meeting, at an early-bird price.


On the tech front you should all download the much-improved ASES app. Delete your old app and find and download the ASES 365 in your app store. The new app is awesome and provides direct access to the radiographic library, podcasts, webinars, JSES, and many other features. You will need the app to vote during the business meetings in San Antonio!


Finally, we have also been working on the ASES website, which is also much improved. You should sign in to the website and update your profile photo and information! This is a public facing resource that patients are using to find shoulder and elbow surgeons, and you would not want to miss an opportunity for patients in your community to find you.


I hope your summer is going well!


John E. (Jed) Kuhn, MD

President, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons

Founders' Legacy Award: Call for Nominations

This ASES Foundation award will annually recognize and give appreciation to up to four ASES members and/or ASES Front Office Staff for their efforts in the areas of Leadership, Service, Diversity or Mentorship. The awards will be made in honor of one of the ASES Founders to recognize and share their accomplishments, as well as give awareness and encourage funding to the ASES Foundation’s Founders’ Legacy Fund.

This year’s awards will be made in honor of the following Founders:

Dr. Louis U. Bigliani – Leadership

Dr. Robert J. Neviaser – Service

Dr. Frederick C. Ewald – Diversity

Dr. Carter R. Rowe – Mentorship


  • All member types and/or staff may be nominated by an ASES member.
  • Nominators may propose only one candidate per year.


  • All nomination letters must be submitted electronically to the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) Foundation at Please use “Founders Legacy Award Nomination” and the nominee’s name in the subject line.
  • Include a 1-page personal statement outlining the reasons your nominee should be selected for this award and their personal achievements. Indicate the area in which the candidate is nominated (Leadership, Service, Diversity, or Mentorship). One sponsor letter of recommendation emailed to the above address. Nominators may provide a list of additional co-sponsors.
  • A CV of the proposed awardee must be submitted as well as any other additional applicable information.


  • The ASES Nominating Committee will review the nomination submissions and select winners.


  • Awards will be presented at the NEER Circle meeting at the ASES Annual Meeting giving public recognition.

The deadline for nominations is June 30th, 2024.


Please address all inquiries to:

Dr. Xavier A. Duralde, Chair, ASES Nominating Committee

American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons

1515 Woodfield Rd, Suite 345

Schaumburg, IL 60173

Neer and Morrey Award Submissions

The Charles S. Neer Award
The Neer Award was established in honor of Dr. Charles S. Neer, who was one of the founding members and the first president of ASES. The award was created to provide recognition for outstanding clinical and basic science investigations contributing to the understanding, care of, or prevention of injuries to the Shoulder. Both a Clinical Research Award and a Basic Science Research Award in Shoulder will be awarded each year.

Click here for more details regarding the new submission process.

The Bernard F. Morrey Award
The Morrey Award was established in honor of Dr. Bernard Morrey who was one of the founding members of the ASES. The award was created to provide recognition for outstanding clinical or basic science investigations contributing to the understanding, care, or prevention of injuries to the elbow. The Morrey Award will be awarded each year to the best elbow (clinical or basic science) paper.

Click here for more details regarding the submission process.

Submissions for both the Neer and Morrey Awards are due by July 1st, 2024.

Education & Collaboration at the ASES Annual Meeting

Registration is now open! The ASES 2024 Annual Meeting, scheduled for October 16-19, 2024, at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas, promises a dynamic blend of educational sessions and networking opportunities.


Dive Into Comprehensive Educational Sessions

The meeting will feature comprehensive educational symposia covering the latest advancements in shoulder and elbow surgery. Attendees can look forward to instructional courses, panel discussions, and the popular Wine & Cheese & Posters session, where they can engage with presenters and discuss cutting-edge research findings in a relaxed atmosphere.


Connect and Collaborate at Key Networking Events

Networking events include the Welcome Reception, offering a chance to reconnect with colleagues and meet new members, and the Buckhorn Bash, a lively party with great music, amazing food with a full open bar, and an exclusive Lucchese boots and western wear pop-up. Additional events such as the Candidate Member Dinner and the Mentor/Mentee Reception offer even more opportunities to connect with your fellow ASES members.


We look forward to seeing you there!

Order your Custom ASES Shirt!

ASES is teaming up with San Antonio’s Lucchese Western Wear to bring you custom ASES shirts! Order your custom ASES shirts, available in men’s and women’s fits, by July 10th! Your shirt will be available for pick-up at the Annual Meeting or for home delivery. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to add a touch of authentic western style to your wardrobe!


Order deadline is July 10th.

Apply Today for the Mark A. Frankle, MD Health Care Policy Award

The goal of the Mark A. Frankle, MD Health Care Policy 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: 1) Willingness to lead ASES in areas of access to health care in communities and 2) Desire to improve ASES’ knowledge of the delivery of care
  • Two (2) awardees will be selected by October of 2024 and will start their term on the Political Advocacy Committee in January of 2025.


Award Details:

  • Fellowship in AAOS Washington DC office (up to 14 days, non-consecutive optional)
  • $10,000 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, August 23rd, 2024.


Click Here for Application.

2024 ASES Fellows' Day at SDSI Re-Cap

On Friday, June 14th, ASES held the 2024 Fellow’s Day at SDSI during the San Diego Shoulder Institute (SDSI). Chaired by Drs. Justin Griffin and Andrew Sheean, this unique educational and networking event provided an opportunity for graduating fellows to present their research, further their orthopaedic knowledge, and interact with experts in the field.


Two awards were presented during this symposium. The Robert H. Cofield, MD, Award for Best Oral Presentation was presented to Kevin Wang, MD, while the Richard J. Hawkins, MD, Award for Best Poster Presentation went to Stephanie Boden, MD


Congratulations to Drs. Wang and Boden and their co-authors on excellent research projects, and thank you to all of our faculty and participating Fellows for their contribution to this important program!

2024 ASES Fellows’ Day at SDSI Faculty and Participating Fellows


Thank you to our Strategic and Innovation partners — Stryker, Enovis, Smith+Nephew, and Zimmer Biomet for their support of this important event!

Apply Now for the 2025 SECEC Exchange Fellowship Program

The three to four-week SECEC exchange fellowship will be in September/October of 2025. Applicants must be no more than 10 years out of their fellowship as of December 31, 2024, 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, 2024.


Exchange Fellowship Application


2025 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 completion of travel.
  • After completing your traveling fellowship, submit a testimonial to the ASES office, which will be included on the ASES website and communicated through the monthly newsletter to members.


For any further questions or assistance, contact the ASES office at

Advocacy Spotlight

Our ASES Political Action Committee continues to remain active in supporting initiatives to streamline and reduce the burden of prior authorization, curb annual Medicare physician reimbursement cuts, and support the allowance of physician owned/run hospitals.


Recent federal regulatory updates include a 2024 ruling by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve prior authorization processing (CMS-0057-F). This will apply to Medicare Advantage, State Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program Fee-for-Service programs and managed care plans. This ruling will require payers to implement a patient and provider application programming interface (API) by January 1, 2027 to streamline transparency regarding prior authorization denials. Furthermore, payers will be required to publicly disclose prior authorization policies as well as yearly metrics on their website by March 31, 2026. More information can be found here.


Please consider supporting your PAC (AAOS PAC), even a small amount goes a long way; we as a society maintain strength in our numbers.


We also continue to solicit original research and opinion papers on topics related to advocacy, health policy, health economics for the Inaugural Advocacy and Health Policy Special Issue of JSESDeadline is June 30, 2024. Please reach out if questions arise.

Staff Spotlight

Shannon Lykowski
ASES Education and Meetings Coordinator

So, when I was asked to be the staff spotlight this month, I have to admit, I was a bit mortified—I’m not exactly one to seek out the spotlight. But hey, here I am! I’m Shannon Lykowski, and I’ve been the Education and Meetings Coordinator since October when I came on board right after the 2023 Annual Meeting.


You may recognize my name from the flurry of emails (maybe one or two- too many?) about abstracts, faculty, and the full agenda of ASES events: Specialty Day, Fellows’ Day at SDSI, the Annual Meeting, or the Residents & Fellows’ Course. 


In addition to all that, I’m the staff liaison for Neer Circle, the Member Experience Committee, and the Virtual Reality task force. I also help coordinate the Leadership Development Program and its respective book club.

Fun fact: My background in riding and showing quarter horses has given me some serious insights into premier western wear. I’ve been knee-deep organizing the ASES x Lucchese custom apparel and the Lucchese Pop-Up shop for the Buckhorn Bash at this year’s Annual Meeting. (Hint: You can snag your shirt here!)

Before starting with ASES, I spent 15 years in public education, focusing on elementary education, curriculum, instruction, and professional development.

When I’m not working, you’ll likely catch me cheering on my boys at some sporting event, buried in a good book, or plotting my next getaway.

Thanks for taking a moment to get to know a bit about me, and I can’t wait to catch up with everyone in San Antonio!

Help Us Hit a Homerun!

The ASES Foundation is excited to announce that in celebration of the ASES Foundation’s 40th anniversary, a special baseball-themed mailing is on its way to you! This milestone marks four decades of dedication to orthopedic excellence, patient care, and groundbreaking research, and we are excited to share our success with you.

As part of our celebration, we are introducing the 40-40 Club. Inspired by baseball’s elite 40-40 record, you can join by donating in multiples of 40—helping us continue our legacy of excellence and support patients who want to get back in the game, whether it’s playing baseball with their kids or simply feeling better and enjoying life.

Your support has been crucial, and we look forward to celebrating this milestone together. Keep an eye on your mailbox this July and join us in making a lasting impact!

Spotlight on San Antonio


Known as a mecca for authentic shopping, San Antonio’s blend of art villages, marketplaces, outlet malls and chic retail spreads invites visitors to explore a shopping destination as rich and diverse as the city itself.


Market Square, the largest Mexican market north of the Rio Grande, is a colorful civic center with a friendly and humble appeal. 

Here, family-owned cafes greet each morning with the aromas of fresh pan dulce (sweet bread) and cinnamon-infused hot chocolate while working artists bring the plaza to life and merchants offer local and imported jewelry, Talavera ceramics, art and more. La Villita Historic Arts Village, “the little village,” was originally established by Spanish soldiers stationed at The Alamo. It has since been reincarnated into a historic arts village where independent shops, cafes and galleries are housed in beautifully restored residences. On the southern tip of downtown is Southtown, a trendy arts community flourishing with individuality. This eclectic neighborhood is comprised of historic houses, converted warehouses, artists’ lofts, shops, galleries and restaurants. Anchored by the Blue Star Arts Complex, San Antonio’s longest-running contemporary art space, are several local art and folk art shops and businesses. North of downtown along the city’s bustling cultural corridor, The Shops at Broadway News is home to a collection of micro-retail businesses, many located inside renovated Airstream Travel Trailers. Here local makers and entrepreneurs sell wares such as handcrafted leather goods, vibrant house plants, vintage clothing and freshly baked cookies.



San Antonio is a convergence of styles and cultures, a place where chic and the norm combine to inspire the exclusive boutiques that line the streets of Alamo Heights, Pearl, Monte Vista and the walkways of The Alley on Bitters. Stroll through Pearl, an historic former brewery, for a unique independent shopping experience. Beautifully curated stores range from Adelante, featuring a festive mix of wearables and jewelry, to Feliz Modern POP with local pop art, unique gifts and home décor. Take in the many sights and tastes the Pearl Farmers Market offers on weekends. Alamo Heights is one of San Antonio’s oldest and most esteemed neighborhoods. Along its streets lie unique boutiques and specialty shops in the style of years past, though you’ll find their selection nothing but fashion-forward. This alluring ensemble of trendy retailers bloom with must-see shops Sloan/Hall, Penny Lane and the whimsically enchanting Svelte Veldt. Yet this mere sampling is just the beginning of an inspiring selection of one-of-a-kind abodes where the service and shopping experience are as personally tailored as the attire. Not far away, The Alley on Bitters is a maze of locally owned specialty shops designed with remnants from turn-of-the-century buildings. Winding boardwalks and meandering pathways lead you from store to store. Dine at Meadow Neighborhood Eatery + Bar for seasonal Texas fare or shop at stores ranging from designer attire to upscale gardening. Saving some of the best for last, neighborhoods Olmos Park and Monte Vista offer a variety of shops. Here you will find such stores as Feliz Modern, a fun San Antonio-inspired gift and home goods shop; Fiesta on Main, filled to the brim with Mexican art, textiles, and décor; Otra Vez, a trendy consignment shop; and Meadow, Susanna Meadows’ boutique blending contemporary classic and casual chic.



Looking for an antique armoire from turn-of-the century German-Texas settlers, a sought-after item that recalls San Antonio’s Wild West days, a pristine Louis XV piece to add to your collection of European antiques or are you just treasure hunting? There are antique stores such as Domestic Provisions, Mod Pad and Period Modern, with specialized pieces, as well as popular antique malls that offer an interesting mix of items. You’re likely to find a show, fair or special market while in town. If plans call for day trips, a popular activity is antiquing in the charming Hill Country towns of Comfort, Boerne, Fredericksburg, Castroville, New Braunfels, Gruene and Leon Springs. Most of these quaint early European settlements offer a diverse sampling of antique stores along their main streets.



ASES Podcast - New Episodes

Episode 107

In this episode of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons podcast, hosts Dr. Peter Chalmers and Dr. Brian Waterman conduct a roundtable interview on the etiology of glenohumeral osteoarthritis with Drs. Ben Zmistowski and Jean-David Werthel.

Episode 106

In this episode of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons podcast, hosts Dr. Brian Waterman and Peter Chalmers conduct interviews with presenters from the 2024 ASES Specialty day. Dr. Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo presents on ‘Effect of Glenosphere Diameter and Lateralization in Primary Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty: A Randomized Clinical Trial’. Dr. Brian Grawe presents on ‘A Machine Learning Approach to Predicting Rotator Cuff Repair Outcomes’. Dr. John R. Wickman presents on ‘Clinical Outcomes & Complications Following Modern Intramedullary Nails for Proximal Humerus Fractures: Multicenter Analysis’. 

The ASES Podcast is now available on SpotifyYouTube, and the ASES 365 App!

"The Shoulder" by Ernest Amory Codman, MD

A Great Gift for Your Fellow or Resident!

Show your appreciation to your residents and fellows 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!

On behalf of the ASES Foundation and the Board of Trustees, we present to you our reprinting of this classic book by the man who made the first and the most lasting imprint on our field. Ernest Amory Codman’s The Shoulder: Rupture of the Supraspinatus Tendon and Other Lesions In or About the Subacromial Bursa has been, is now, and will always be a must read and a constant reference for those individuals who have any interest in the field of shoulder. At the prompting of Bill Mallon and Carl Basamania, we have indexed the entire book for greater ease of reference. As Codman wrote in the Autobiographic Preface, “And now this book is presented to you as a final illustration of my life work, rather than as a monograph on the shoulder.” It is our hope that this book will find its way into private and public libraries to allow for a deeper appreciation of the shoulder, and of EA Codman. 100% of the proceeds will support the ASES Foundation and its programs.


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

ASES 365 Mobile App Feature Spotlight: Radiographic Photo Library

We are excited to highlight an important feature in our app, designed to enhance your professional toolkit: the Radiographic Photo Library. 


The Radiographic Photo Library was launched in September of 2023 to assist surgeons with the identification of various shoulder implants.


This ASES resource is now accessible right at your fingertips, offering ASES members exclusive access to a comprehensive collection of radiographic images, curated by experts in the field.

This ASES resource is available to ASES members only. After selecting the Radiographic Photo Library in the app, you will be prompted to sign in to the ASES website before accessing the library.

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

ASES 2024 Annual Meeting
October 16-19, 2024
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX

ASES 2024 Shoulder and Elbow Course for Residents and Fellows
November 21-23, 2024
Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC), Rosemont, Illinois

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)

Join Us! NY Shoulder Arthroplasty Course, December 13-14, 2024

Join us for the second annual New York Shoulder Arthroplasty Course.

This educational event will bring together shoulder arthroplasty experts from around the world and will present the full spectrum of topics from preoperative evaluation to treatment of complications including primary and complex revision cases and all topics in between. The fast-paced program utilizes multiple formats including lectures, panel discussions, roundtable discussions, prerecorded surgical videos, and debates. The stimulating agenda will provide you with outstanding opportunities for learning and engagement.

Exclusive Offer! Send your residents and fellows for just $275.

Register today >

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