ASES News – November 2021

ASES News -November 2021

International exchange has always been a hallmark and strength of the ASES since its inception. Dr Neer, first president and one of the founders of our society, demonstrated how important international exchange was to him by training 2 fellows per year, one domestic and one international. He encouraged international exchange through site visits and participation in international meetings. His operating room was constantly filled with visitors from throughout the globe learning his groundbreaking techniques. Our society has continued this tradition of international exchange between our best and brightest young scholars as we recognize that it is critical to the continued growth of knowledge in shoulder and elbow surgery.
 In 1993 ASES and SECEC began an exchange of 2 young academic surgeons every other year to promote this process. This also allowed shoulder and elbow surgeons in Europe and North America to meet the rising stars from the other society. This program not only promoted the exchange of ideas but also facilitated the future collaboration of these 2 societies allowing many longstanding friendships to develop over the years. Over the decades, unilateral exchanges have been also developed between ASES and China, Japan, and Korea.
As I joined the presidential line 2 years ago, it became apparent to me that the organization of our International Exchange program was suboptimal and limited our ability to expand our reach to other parts of the world. Discovering all the facts surrounding these programs was a true adventure in detective work and required me to interview approximately 20 of our society members. Fortunately, the groundwork for support and enhancement of this exchange program had been set by my predecessors although the details of these decisions were not passed down efficiently over the years. Through foundational work by Evan Flatow and Roger Emery and subsequent work by Jeffrey Abrams, the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery has donated funds to the ASES Foundation to support the growth of our International Exchange Fellowships moving forward.
After discovering the fact that the funds were available for enhancement of our current program, I along with Edward McFarland, chairman of the International Fellowship Exchange Committee, set out to determine the most suitable way to proceed. We developed a questionnaire and sent it to all the major international shoulder and elbow societies soliciting their input. In a resounding fashion, the major request from our international partners was to send more North American surgeons to their countries to exchange ideas and witness firsthand their advances in shoulder and elbow surgery. The ultimate result of this effort is the creation of the Asian Traveling Fellowship by the ASES which will be inaugurated in 2022. We are very excited to announce this new fellowship and offer this opportunity to ASES members.
Our sister societies in China, Japan, and Korea are very eager to host our North American traveling fellows and are preparing an education packed program. We have currently identified multiple sites in each country which will be available in a menu type arrangement for selection by our traveling fellows. The fellowship will last 3 to 4 weeks and will be an incredible opportunity for exchange of ideas between North America and Asia. Please look out for the flyers and announcements with more details regarding dates and locations. This is an incredible opportunity for our ASES members, and I am looking forward to sending our inaugural fellows this coming year. We realize that there are other areas in the world with emerging shoulder and elbow societies and our hope at ASES would be to expand our international exchange fellowship even further beyond Asia and Europe in the upcoming years if possible.
Xavier A. Duralde, MD

Will you be with us in Tampa in two weeks?

We are just a couple of weeks away from the ASES 2021 Annual Meeting, and if you have not yet registered, you risk missing out on our phenomenal scientific program including abstract presentations, symposia, daily ICLs, and guest lectures as well as a number of networking events throughout the week!

Click Here for the Program Schedule


ASES seeks an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES), a professional medical association, seeks an Editor-in-Chief (“EIC”) of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (JSES) for its JSES Family of Journals. The EIC will lead one of the most prestigious sub-specialty journals in orthopaedics.
The Opportunity
The Editor-in-Chief (EIC) will provide editorial direction for JSES, the main Journal of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, by selecting editors and other key staff, providing guidance, and defining editorial goals. The EIC will review and evaluate manuscripts to ensure scientific integrity and originality, select a large and diverse pool of qualified reviewers who can conduct fair and timely reviews of manuscripts, and oversee the submission of manuscripts and final acceptance decisions. The EIC will ensure the quality, relevance, and integrity of content and will protect and strengthen the integrity and quality of JSES and its processes, policies, and procedures. EIC will interface with the Executive Publisher and publishing staff to meet the current and to establish future needs of the publication and will set and pursue short- and long-term goals to ensure viability of JSES. The EIC will also work with the Executive Editor of the JSES Family of Journals, who will serve and assist the EIC with JSES.
JSES has been published since 1991, beginning with 6 issues/year. It went to 8 issues/year in 2010 and 12 issues/year in 2012. It also publishes special issues on an ad hoc basis. JSES has been indexed with an Impact Factor since the mid-1990s. Its Impact Factor has steadily risen since that time, ranking it in the top 20 orthopaedic journals world-wide.
To learn more about the position and application process click here

2021 ASES Resident Course

Thank you to everyone that participated in the 2021 ASES Resident Course this past weekend! It was a great event – full of high energy, engaging sessions, and initial feedback indicates that the course was a huge success! A special thank you to all of our distinguished faculty for their time, effort and willingness to share their vast knowledge with all of the Residents and Fellows that attended. Also, a special thank you to all of our industry and strategic partners for their support!

2021 Virtual Business Meeting

We thank everyone who was able to attend the 2021 ASES Virtual Business Meeting. For those of you who missed the meeting a recording is now available via the Member’s Only section of the website.

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.

Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Submission Deadline: February 8th, 2022
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, 2022. Completed applications should be emailed to ASES at

Apply today for the Mark Frankle Health Care Policy Award

The goal of the Mark Frankle, MD 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:
  • Applicants must be Fellow/ Candidate/Associate members in good standing
  • Award applications will be reviewed based upon:
  1. Willingness to lead ASES in areas of access to health care in communities
  2. Desire to improve ASES’ knowledge of the delivery of care
  • Two (2) awardees will be selected in March 2021
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 annual ASES meeting in October 2021 in Tampa
  • 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 (Residents approved for Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship/Fellow/Candidate/Associate Members in good standing)
  • 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, January 14th, 2022

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 encourage 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, 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 an under-represented group in shoulder / elbow surgery. This is an international award and is open to all nationalities.
Applications for this scholarship are due by Feb 1. 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 George Athwal (
This award strives to transform our academic community into a place where all will thrive and succeed in an ever-changing global community of shoulder and elbow surgeons.

Stay Informed on ASES Activities!

Dear ASES Members:
In April 2021 the ASES successfully transitioned to its new office located in Schaumburg, IL. Due to an independent operation, all announcements and newsletters are now sent from new e-mail addresses that reflect the society’s domain. Please be sure to “whitelist” us on your personal computers to receive timely updates and newsletters coming from ASES! 
We appreciate your cooperation!

JSES Reviews, Reports, and Techniques

What are your colleagues reading and downloading? Check out some recently published articles from JSES Reviews, Reports & Techniques, the newest open access upper extremity title to the JSES Family.
Gain best practices and insights with reviews:
Follow and practice the technique: 
Learn from the case report:
Your article can be discovered and read too- just submit your next paper to JSES Reviews, Reports and Techniques:
  • Indexed: in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
  • Speed on decision: time to first decision is just 27 days.
  • Expertise: A diverse and experienced editorial board that ensures high-quality peer-review and consistent independent analysis of your manuscript.
  • Best home for your research: unique focus on clinical and basic science review articles, case reports, and novel surgical techniques.
We invite you to submit your next paper to JSES Reviews, Reports and Techniques.

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.

Celebrate Ernest Amory Codman, MD and Help Support the ASES Foundation

***Now Available!***

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 Subacromial 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.

ASES Podcast – Episode #44

In this episode of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Podcast, hosts Dr. Rachel Frank and Dr. Peter Chalmers interview Drs. William Levine and Eric Cotter in a special episode to aid residents trying to make the decision as whether to pursue fellowship training through sports or through shoulder and elbow.

In Memoriam: Dr. Stefano Carbone

ASES would like to express our condolences on the recent passing of Dr. Stefano Carbone. Dr. Carbone practiced orthopaedic surgery in Rome, Italy and visited many of our members in the US a few years ago as a traveling fellow. Many of us have had the pleasure and privilege to know him and benefit from his vast knowledge and experience, and his passing will have an impact on many of us in the organization. During this difficult time, we hope that you are comforted by the memories of Dr. Carbone’s legacy, and his significant contributions to the shoulder and elbow community.

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