ahta ahss Contact Us

Plenary Speakers

Prof Kevin C. Chung


Kevin C. Chung, MD, MS, the Charles B. G. De Nancrede Professor of Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery, received his health services research training as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar from the University of Michigan. He obtained his general surgery training from the University of Texas in San Antonio, his plastic surgery training from the University of Michigan and his hand surgery training from the Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore. At the University of Michigan Medical School, he serves as the Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs in charge of Tenure and Promotion, and is the Associate Director for Global REACH, the global health program of the Medical School. Dr Chung is Chief of Hand Surgery for Michigan Medicine and Director of the Comprehensive Hand Center.

Dr. Chung will serve as the President-Elect in 2019 and President in 2020 for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, which is the largest hand surgery organization in the world. He has published over 570 peer-reviewed manuscripts (over 16,000 citations, H index 64, i10-index 342), over 300 book chapters, and 24 textbooks. Dr. Chung was the past Deputy Editor for the Journal of Hand Surgery (American) and current Associate Editor, the Editor for Hand Clinics and Associate Editor for Journal of Hand Surgery (European). He was the past Outcomes Section Editor for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Judy C. Colditz


Judy C. Colditz, OT/L, CHT, FAOTA is a well-known hand therapist whose skill in teaching is described as "Complex made Simple." Ms. Colditz has written numerous articles, chapters, and papers on hand therapy, presented many peer reviewed papers and invited lectures, and also has taught numerous live courses in the US and internationally, and has provided online courses. A three-time recipient of the ASHT best clinical paper award, Ms. Colditz has also served as President of the American Society of Hand Therapists and International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapists. Additionally, she has been involved in the design of two hand braces which are commercially produced. Now at retirement age, she is eager to share her most valuable insights gained over many years of focus on hand therapy.

Dr Daniel Herren


Daniel is a board certified orthopedic and hand surgeon and chief of the hand surgical department of one of the largest orthopedic services in Switzerland. Dr Herren is the past-president of the Swiss Society for Surgery of the Hand, board member (treasurer) of the federation of the European societies for surgery of the hand FESSH, European Rheumatoid Arthritis Surgery Society ERASS Treasurer, honorary member of the Argentinian and Australian Hand Society and Co-President of the 25th FESSH congress 2020 in Basel Switzerland.

Dr Herren completed his fellowship at the Biomechanical Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic Rochester (Prof. Kai-Nan An) and at the Kleinert and Kutz Institute in Louisville KY (Harold Kleinert).

Postgraduate studies as master of health administration (University of Bern) and in biocompatible materials at the Polytechnical University in Zurich (ETH Zurich).

Dr Herren is co-author of more than 90 scientific publications and over 200 presentations. His main fields of scientific interest are quality and indication assessment, osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis surgery, joint replacement in the hand.

Dr Emily S. Ho


Dr. Emily S. Ho is an occupational therapist in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in the area of paediatric upper extremity rehabilitation. Dr. Ho completed her Master in Education at the University of Toronto that led to seminal work on outcome measurement in children with congenital hand differences and the development of the internationally recognized Brachial Plexus Outcome Measure (BPOM). Following, she completed her doctorate at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto, on shared decision making in youth with brachial plexus birth injuries and their families. Dr. Ho has been an invited speaker at several international conferences on the rehabilitation management of brachial plexus birth injuries.

Dr. Ho has an appointment in the University of Toronto, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. She has several peer-reviewed publications in the area of paediatric upper extremity rehabilitation and is a reviewer for leading journals in the field. She is a research supervisor for clinical MSc OT and undergraduate MD students.

In 2013, Dr. Ho was the recipient of the University Health Network and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Mark Rochon Leadership Award in Rehabilitation Science for leadership in academics and community service.

Dr Donald H. Lalonde


Professor of Surgery Dalhousie University Saint John Canada, President of the Canadian Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Society for Surgery of the Hand Outreach and International Relations Director, Past President of the American Association for Hand Surgery, Past President of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Past Chairman of the American Board of Plastic Surgery

Over 100 papers and 30 book chapters and Editor of the Wide Awake Hand Surgery book Thieme Pub New York 2016.

Prof Cecilia Li Tsang

Hong Kong

Prof. Cecilia Li is specialized in the field of burns and scar management, developmental disabilities and hand rehabilitation. She is the Executive council member of International Federation of Societies of Hand Therapy. She has been successful in bidding more than HK40M of external research fund such as General research fund (GRF), innovation and technology fund (ITF). She has also published over 100 journal articles, author of 4 books, book chapters and 3 patents. Her research works were awarded the State Scientific and Technological Progress Award (Second Class Award) in 2012, Gold Medal with the Congratulation of Jury at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, and Innovation Award from National Council of Rector from Romania in 2017.

Dr Steve Moran


IFSSH Harold Kleinert Visiting Professorship Recipient

Dr. Moran is a Professor of Plastic Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, and staff surgeon at the Shrine Hospital for Sick Children in Minneapolis. Dr. Moran is the former Chairman of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Mayo Clinic and is now the Surgical Director of the Mayo Clinics' composite tissue allotransplant program. Dr. Moran's practice focuses on disorders of the upper extremity as well as microsurgical reconstruction. His primary interests are congenital hand surgery, wrist arthritis and microsurgical reconstruction of the upper and lower extremity. Dr. Moran has published over 250 peer reviewed papers, over 75 book chapters and has edited three text books. He was the associated editor for the Journal of Hand Surgery, Hand and the Year Book of Hand Surgery. He is presently the associate editor for The Journal of Wrist Surgery. Dr. Moran is a member of 14 professional societies and is founding member of the American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation and is presently a Director for the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a previous board member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Association for Hand Surgery and American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation. He has been a co-investigator on four NIH grants which were devoted to the study of tissue engineering, tendon healing, carpal tunnel syndrome and ligament injury. Dr. Moran's present research focus is on tissue engineering for which he has institutional directed funds. Dr. Moran was named the 2008-2009 Sterling Bunnell traveling fellow by the American Society of Surgery of the Hand and the 2012 Marco Godina traveling fellow by the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. Dr Moran lives in Rochester Minnesota with his wife and three children.

Dr Francisco del Piñal


Born in Santander, Spain, MD and PhD degrees from University Complutense Madrid 1983 and 1989. Plastic Surgery training in Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre. Madrid 1983-1988. Fellow in Microsurgery with Ian Taylor (Melbourne, Australia) 1989. Fellow in Hand Surgery in Kleinert Group (Louisville, KY, USA) 1990.

Editor in chief of 3 books: Arthroscopic management of distal radius fractures (Springer 2010), Arthroscopic management of ulnar pain (Springer, 2012) and Atlas of distal radius fractures (Thieme 2018). Published more than 100 papers and chapters and 400 presentations

Keynote speaker: American, Australian, Argentinian, British, Belgian, Chilean, Chinese, Dutch, Finnish, French, Hongkongese, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, South African, Taiwanese, Hand and Plastic surgery societies.

Main interests: Arthroscopy, Microsurgery and Pain.

Dr Aviva Wolff


Aviva Wolff, EdD, OT, CHT is an occupational therapist, clinician-scientist with a strong background in motor control and movement analysis and extensive experience working with performing artists and individuals with musculoskeletal injuries. She currently consults for the Julliard School, and runs the upper extremity clinical movement analysis programs and hand and wrist biomechanics research at the Leon Root, MD Motion Analysis Laboratory at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Her research interest is in customizing interventions to each individual’s occupational needs and pathology. She utilizes quantitative and qualitative analysis of upper extremity movement dysfunction to generate data to better inform surgery therapy, and performance. She studies the underlying mechanisms of treatments for musculoskeletal conditions that affect upper extremity motion and function in order to further understand and develop more effective treatment strategies.

Her research has focused on wrist biomechanics and function, elbow biomechanics and function, hand and arm function in brachial plexus injury and cerebral palsy, and upper extremity injury prevention in musicians. She has independently led and collaborated with orthopedic surgeons, scientists, and biomechanists on several funded studies that have led to multiple presentations and publications.

Dr. Wolff has served in various leadership capacities in multiple professional organizations.

© 12APFSSH/8APFSHT Designed & Managed by ICMS Australasia