ASES News – September 2019


ASES News – September 2019

President’s Update

As we approach the 2019 Annual Meeting and the end of my term as the 35th President of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, I would like to provide you with this final update prior to the meeting. First and foremost, it has been an honor to serve all of you this year. My role has been supported and enhanced by an incredibly talented group of leaders including the entire Presidential Line, the Executive Board, the Chairs, Co-Chairs and Members of all of the ASES Committees and of course, our outstanding ASES Staff including Anna Quintanilla, Stella Gauthier, Christa Hagelberger and Steve Mlodoch.
ASES has reached several benchmarks this year. Our membership total has now reached 1000. This is in large part due to the establishment of the Candidate Member category in 2016 and the Fellow Member category this year. Seventy-one Fellow Members were admitted this year and they include PGY 4 and 5 residents as well as fellows who were accepted or enrolled in shoulder and elbow, sports medicine or hand fellowships in which 1 ASES Active Member served as faculty. There are now more than 350 Candidate or Fellow Members who comprise 35% of the total ASES membership. As you know, these individuals represent the future of our society.
The ASES Strategic Plan 2020-2024 has been released and is available on the website following nearly one year of preparation. Seventeen thought leaders of ASES, who have served our society and volunteered their time, came together with ASES staff to develop a strategic 5-year plan with the help of stakeholders from other subspecialty societies as well as leaders from our Innovation and Strategic Partners. We refined the ASES Mission and Vision and developed 4 strategic goals covering Advocacy, Member Experience, Education and Research, and Society Operational Effectiveness and Sustainability. These goals and strategic initiatives will serve as a guideline during the next five years for your Presidential Line, Executive Board, Committees and ASES Staff, to enhance the future of ASES.

As a component of the Mentorship Subcommittee of the Membership Committee, the Early Career Engagement Group has developed an ASES Podcast Series (3 produced to date), which is available on the ASES Website. The group includes Membership Committee Co-Chairs Joe Abboud and Ron Navarro, Mentorship Subcommittee member Anand Murthi, Technology Committee Chair Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo and Candidate Members Rachel Frank and Peter Chalmers. They are together establishing initiatives to enhance the membership experience for Candidate and Fellow members (including a Candidate and Fellow Member Symposium as part of the 2019 ASES Annual Meeting, see section on Annual Meeting below).

The Industry Committee has been renamed The Innovation and Strategic Partnership Committee. This developed after consideration and discussion among the stakeholders for a variety of reasons. These include the fact that many of the companies ASES collaborates with are not manufacturing implants or materials but rather designing software, etc. The Committee Members and Co-Chairs Jeff Abrams and Brad Parsons determined the name change and the ASES Presidential Line approved it.

I represented ASES at the Closed Meeting of SECEC-ESSSE (European Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and the Elbow) in Copenhagen, Denmark over the Labor Day weekend. I delivered the ASES Presidential Address entitled “The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons: Where We Have Been and Where We are Going, A Reflection From One of Dr. Neer’s Last Fellows.” I had an opportunity to interact with many ASES Corresponding Members at the meeting. It reminded me that while ASES was established as a North American Subspecialty Society, the Founding Members, from the beginning, considered it an international society. As we know, many of the Founding Members routinely trained both North American and international fellows, and the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery was established as an international journal. Corresponding Members represent nearly 20% of our 1000 members. This fact is representative of one of our guiding principles, which is to serve as the global leader in shoulder and elbow education, research and patient advocacy.

A number of ASES members attended the 14th Triennial ICSES (International Congress of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery) meeting last week in Buenos Aires, Argentina. ASES delegates were present at the meeting of the IBSES (International Board of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery), where among other tasks, the group entertained bids from delegates of four cities in which to host the 2025 ICSES meeting. The cities included Cancun, Mexico; Jerusalem, Israel; Mumbai, India and Vancouver, Canada. The ASES North American bid to host the meeting in Vancouver was led by George Athwal (see his comments elsewhere in the September Newsletter). The ASES delegates included George, Bill Levine, Mark Frankle, Tony Romeo, Graham King and me. As many of you have already heard, the IBSES voted to hold the 16th Triennial ICSES meeting in Vancouver in 2025. The last time the ICSES meeting was held in North America was the 2004 meeting in Washington, D.C. This represents an interval of 21 years and 7 ICSES meetings. This bid would not have been successful without the resolute effort from George.
The 2019 Annual Meeting Co-Chairs Bob Arciero and Xavier Duralde, the members of the Program Planning Committee and Abstract Review Panel, have developed a captivating program filled with educational content for all members of ASES. The highlights of the Meeting will include 14 early morning ICLs, 3 morning General Sessions, 8 Industry Luncheons, and 10 Concurrent Sessions in the afternoon. In addition, there will be 8 Paper Sessions including a total of 50 scientific papers, 8 Symposia, and 57 posters presented during the three-day meeting.
For the first time in ASES Annual Meeting history, Concurrent Sessions and Live Surgeries will be implemented on Thursday and Friday. The Live Surgery schedule includes 4 arthroplasty surgeries and 4 soft tissue surgeries performed and moderated by thought leaders in the respective areas and sponsored by ASES Innovation and Strategic Partners. The 2019 Charles S. Neer II Lecture will be delivered by Eiji Etoi entitled “Revival and Renewal.” Bob Cofield will deliver the 2019 Ernest Amory Codman Lecture entitled “Shoulder Arthritis, Dr. Codman’s Views and Applying End Results.”
On Saturday October 19th, there will be a Stemless Shoulder Arthroplasty Symposium that will include 2 Pre-Recorded Surgeries once again sponsored by our Innovation and Strategic Partners. Also on Saturday, in addition to 3 scientific paper sessions, there will be 2 additional symposia entitled “Managing Complications of the Latarjet Procedure” and “New Advances in Elbow Surgery: Cutting Edge Approaches in Arthroscopy, Fracture and Arthroplasty Treatment of This Important Joint.”
We will be honoring our Founding Members during the ASES Founder’s Recognition Symposium on Friday morning, October 18th. This will be an opportunity for our membership to hear from our Founding Members including Lou Bigliani, Bob Cofield, Fred Ewald, Rich Hawkins, Rick Matsen, Bob Neviaser, Tom Norris, Russ Warren and Keith Watson. Evan Flatow and I will be moderating this session as these visionary leaders reflect upon their roles in the development of our outstanding society. In addition, we hope to have a pre-recorded video greeting from ASES 4th President, Charles Rockwood that is being facilitated by Past President Bernie Morrey.

We have also developed and created a Founder’s Recognition Wall and a Past President’s Wall for use during the Annual Meetings. You can find these in the Central Park room near the paper poster presentations.

Bob Arciero, Xavier Duralde and Jon Ticker, the Guest Nation Liaison, have developed along with our Guest Nation Japan Shoulder Society (JSS) colleagues (including JSS President Hiroyasu Ikegami) 2 compelling combined symposia highlighting the differences in approaches between our 2 societies as it relates to certain cohorts of patients and athletes. The 2 symposia are entitled “Non-Arthroplasty Solutions for Massive Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tears” and a “Baseball Shoulder and Elbow Symposium” presented on Thursday and Friday respectively. The Guest Nation Speaker is Hiroyuki Sugaya whose talk is entitled “Evolving Concept for Shoulder Stabilization: Roles of Bone, Capsule, and Rotator Cuff.” Jon Ticker will also provide a brief history of the relationship between the ASES and the JSS.
Political Advocacy Committee members and Chair Ted Schlegel along with AAOS PAC Senior Manager of Political Affairs Stacie Monroe have organized an address from United States Representative and cardiothoracic surgeon Larry D. Bucshon on Saturday morning, October 19th. There is a breakfast hosted by ASES members prior to the address. This will serve as another opportunity to advance our advocacy mission on behalf of our patients.
Last, but not least, the Membership Committee has developed a Candidate and Fellow Member Symposium which will take place Saturday afternoon, October 19th. Topics will include membership advancement, conducting research in private practice and sage practice management advice from mid-career members.
The Neer Circle Committee, under the leadership of Co-Chairs JT Tokish, and Jed Kuhn, has finalized the data from an exhaustive survey obtained from a series of questionnaires that were answered by Neer Circle members regarding the Management of the First Time Dislocator. This was an extensive process that was developed during the past 18 months. The final questionnaire included over 160 clinical scenarios. The Survey Results and Consensus Statements will be discussed and approved during the Inaugural Neer Circle Meeting that will take place on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. The Neer Circle Committee will present the Delphi process and the Consensus Statement results to the ASES membership at the Annual Meeting on Friday morning, October 18th. These Consensus Statements will be submitted for publication in JSES.

In addition to the President’s Reception on Wednesday evening, October 16th, there will be a “not to be missed” social event at the Morgan Library and Museum, open to all members of ASES and ASSET on Thursday, October 17th (nearly 250 registrants as of 9/23). This will include access to the spectacular J.P. Morgan Library and a bourbon and whiskey tasting event developed by “sommeliers” Jed Kuhn, Pat St. Pierre, JT Tokish and Jon Ticker.

The 38th Annual Meeting has already set a record registration of more than 530 members (as of 9/23) and a record sponsorship level with respect to funding from our Innovation and Strategic Partners.
In summary, this has been an exciting year for the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and there were many more accomplishments from all of the other ASES committees that will be discussed at the business meetings next month. These successful initiatives would not have been possible without the service that our leadership volunteers and our collective membership have provided.
I look forward to welcoming you all to New York at the 38th Annual Meeting of ASES next month!


Online Registration Ends on October 6th!

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Regular Registration Rate: $1100 (began on September 16th)
ICL Registration Rate: $75 per ICL
Please note: this meeting is for ASES members only. CME credit will be available.
The deadline to make a hotel reservation and receive the ASES room rate has passed. If you still need a hotel reservation, please call the Sheraton New York Times Square hotel directly. Availability not guaranteed.
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Last day to cancel and receive a 50% refund: September 13th
No refunds as of September 16th
*Registration Deadline: October 6th
*A fee of $100 will be added to all on-site registrations.

On November 22-23, 2019, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons will be hosting the ASES 2019 Resident Course: Essentials of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at the Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC) located in Rosemont, Illinois. The course, chaired by Drs. Charles Getz, Michael O’Brien, and Dr. Paul Sethi, will offer a review of the principles of shoulder and elbow anatomy and help residents further their skills and gain mastery of surgical approaches and procedures of the shoulder and elbow. Please note that both residents and fellows are welcome to attend. Registrants must be a current resident or fellow during the 2019-2020 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.
Please pass this information on to your residents and/or fellows and encourage them to register through the ASES website: ASES Resident Course. Registration includes all lectures, lab, sawbones displays, meals, and “pizza and beer” networking dinner.

ICSES 2025

On September 17th in Buenos Aires, Drs. George Athwal, Frank Cordasco, Tony Romeo and Bill Levine presented the ASES bid to host the International Congress of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery in Vancouver in 2025. The competition was tight, with excellent bids from Mumbai, Jerusalem, and Cancun. After a competitive vote, the ASES was successful! The 16th triennial ICSES meeting will be held in Vancouver on September 17-20th 2025.

ASES Foundation – Grateful Patient Card

This printable card is a great way to let your patients know about the work that the ASES Foundation is doing towards the advancement of shoulder and elbow medicine and to give them an opportunity to contribute! Click on the image below to print out a few for your office today!

ASES Podcast – Episode #3

In this episode of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Podcast, Dr. Frank Cordasco is interviewed by hosts Dr. Peter Chalmers and Dr. Rachel Frank regarding his career, his experience with the ASES, and his ASES Presidency.


Do More With Your Data Through Registry Participation

Clinical data registries help the frontline orthopaedic surgeon to collect quality data without having to create the entire infrastructure themselves and serve a vital role in empowering surgeons to demonstrate quality based on their data.
In late 2018, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) launched the AAOS Shoulder & Elbow Registry (SER). Participation by practice sites (hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, or private practices) enables evidence-based analysis by surgeons on a scale not possible before.
Practice sites that join SER get full logistic and technical support from expert staff. And, these benefits:
  • Shoulder arthroplasty, rotator cuff repair, and elbow arthroplasty modules for data collection
  • Dashboards for all surgeons at the site
  • The RegistryInsights® patient-reported outcome (PRO) technology solution to administer and manage PRO measure collection
  • Participation counting towards ABOS Maintenance of Certification requirements
Watch the replay from the AAOS webinar, “New AAOS Shoulder & Elbow Registry Modules You Should Know About,” to learn more or if you would like to speak to an AAOS staff member about enrollment, please contact AAOS Registry Engagement Associate Kristine Sizemore at

STOP Campaign

The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons is excited to announce a new partnership with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and the STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) Sports Injuries program, which aims to help prevent traumatic and overuse injuries in young athletes.
The program utilizes a broad set of sport and injury-specific resources that provide athletes, parents, coaches and healthcare professionals information on common sports injuries, how they can be treated, and most importantly what steps can be taken to prevent them. Beyond raising awareness on the important topic of injury prevention, the program also highlights how playing safe and smart can enhance and extend a child’s athletic career, improve teamwork, reduce obesity rates and create a lifelong love of exercise and healthy activity.
We encourage ASES members to consider supporting the program by signing-up their own practices and institutions as official collaboration organizations and sharing the educational materials with patients. To learn more about how you can get involved and help keep kids in the game for life, visit

SOS and OBERD Systems Now Available to ASES Members

In Spring 2018 the ASES leadership carefully evaluated several data management web-based systems that would allow ASES members to collect and analyze patient reported outcome data as well as promote the use and improvement of PRO’s in clinical care.  After a thorough evaluation, the ASES leadership chose 2 systems: Surgical Outcomes System™ and OBERD.
Each data management system brings a set of valuable benefits – members are invited to select the system that best addresses their practice needs. SOS if available free of charge while OBERD is being offered at a deeply discounted price. This is an excellent opportunity for our members and we hope that you will take full advantage of this benefit. To learn more about each system review the details below.
For more details you can visit our website.


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