ASES News – October 2023

ASES News - October 2023

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

On behalf of the ASES Executive Committee, I would like to thank Dr. Peter MacDonald, who completed his term as President. Peter’s year as president produced a litany of accomplishments that have made our organization stronger and better. Peter’s team produced an exceptional week for our organization:

The Neer Circle found some consensus on the treatment of Biceps Labral Complex Lesions (thanks to Drs. Heinz Hoenecke and Nikhil Verma) and pointed out that we need to learn more to better define and treat this condition. The academic discussion on DEI issues led by Drs. Sarah Edwards and Oke Anakwenze was enlightening and generated great comments from Neer Circle members.

The Annual Meeting produced and directed by Drs. George Athwal, Kevin Plancher, and Ted Schlegel was exceptionally well attended and had an amazing program with multiple highlights including the Neer Lecture on Life Lessons by founding member Dr. Richard Hawkins, great insights on creating a research enterprise by Dr. Graham King, and a fascinating Codman Lecture by former CFL receiver Milton Stegall. The meeting program showcased high-level research presented by our Canadian Guest Nation colleagues, generated robust debate in panel discussions, and offered the latest research in paper and poster presentations, and terrific instructional courses.

The ASES All-Show Party at the Desert Foothill was an outdoor western theme evening event featuring great food, drink, companionship, and bull riding, with a special guest appearance by Dr. Buz Burkhead singing with the band!

As your new president, it will be a challenge to fill Peter’s skates, and I hope I can count on all of you to help me continue to build on the great work Peter and his team have accomplished!

ASES Updated Bylaws

Our society is celebrating its 41st year of existence! Over time the size, scope, and mission of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons has changed. As a result, the bylaws that guide our Society required an update.

Over the past few months, Dr. Kuhn and the ASES Executive Committee have reviewed and updated the society’s bylaws. Thirteen revisions were introduced to members a few weeks prior to the annual meeting and presented at the business meeting in Scottsdale for discussion and an electronic vote.

We are pleased to inform you that all revisions were approved by Active members who voted, and the complete updated document is available in the members-only section of the ASES website (log-in required). This is a major accomplishment for our society, and we thank Dr. Kuhn for his leadership on this important project!

Thank you to all who joined us earlier this month in Scottsdale for the 2023 Annual Meeting. We are pleased that so many of you were able to attend, and from the initial feedback we have received we are confident that the meeting was a great success!

We look forward to capitalizing on this success and continuing to provide quality educational content to our members and guests.

Keep your eyes open for a special edition of the Annual Meeting Newsletter coming to your inbox next week!

ASES Shoulder and Elbow Course for Resident and Fellows

There are just a few spot s left for this popular course taking place November 17-19, 2023, 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.

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

The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons gratefully acknowledge the following Innovation & Strategic Partners for their support of the
2023 Shoulder and Elbow Course for Residents and Fellows:

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.

ASES/AOSSM Joint Specialty Day: Registration Open

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 if you are planning to attend.

We hope to see you all in San Francisco!

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)

American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Foundation

Support Your Foundation Support The Foundation’s Programs and

Year-End Appeal

What is The ASES Foundation’s purpose versus the ASES Society? 

Mission: Develop and provide resources to advance shoulder and elbow care.

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

Your annual giving is important to help sustain the foundation’s programs listed below:

  • 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

What is your donation’s impact? Your donation supports these programs and thereby advancing your profession and providing the best shoulder and elbow care to patients.

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

If you have any questions about your current year or past giving history please contact us at

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.

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.

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

ASES European Traveling Fellowship: Lafosse

In episode #88 of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Podcast, host Dr. Peter Chalmers and guest host Dr. Jon Barlow interview Dr. Thibault Lafosse.

ASES European Traveling Fellowship: Zumstein

In episode #89 of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Podcast, host Dr. Peter Chalmers and guest host Dr. Jon Barlow interview Prof. Matthias Zumstein.

ASES European Traveling Fellowship: Raiss

In episode #90 of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Podcast, host Dr. Peter Chalmers and guest host Dr. Jon Barlow interview Prof. Patric Raiss.

ASES European Traveling Fellowship: Scheibel

In episode #91 of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Podcast, host Dr. Peter Chalmers and guest host Dr. Jon Barlow interview Dr. Markus Scheibel.

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 at 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 Dec 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 (, Dr. Vani Sabesan (, or Dr. Oke 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:

Virtual Journal Club
Elbow Arthroplasty

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

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

AAOS/ASES Reverse & Anatomic Total Shoulder Arthroplasty

Expand your approaches and modernize your
techniques to improve patient outcomes

Work alongside leading shoulder surgeons navigating the latest indications and strategies for total shoulder arthroplasty. From evaluation and planning through surgical application and post-operative management, advance your skills and discover technical pearls to optimize success.

Dynamic session formats keep you engaged over two content-packed days, featuring faculty surgical demonstrations, case debates, and rapid-fire panel discussions.

Reinforce your learning with extensive time in the cadaver lab practicing:

  • Efficient and atraumatic techniques for surgical exposure
  • Deltopectoral approach
  • SSC peel vs. tenotomy vs. osteotomy
  • Tips and tricks for easy humeral and glenoid exposure
  • Stemmed and stemless anatomic TSA
  • Primary reverse TSA
  • Reverse TSA with tuberosity reconstruction for fracture

Enjoy sharing case challenges and networking with peers and faculty, returning to practice refreshed with new insights and options.


OREF has a brand-new website!
Highlights of the new include an updated look featuring OREF’s new branding, plus:

  • A new historical grant search tool that allows you to search OREF-funded research back to our beginnings in 1955
  • Enhanced content on the impact of OREF-funded research
  • A funding opportunities section with all open grants and awards on one page and a preview of the upcoming grant cycle
  • A redesigned donation section that makes it even easier to support OREF

Visit the new today to sample these new and enhanced features!

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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