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Therapist Speakers

Judy C. Colditz, OT/L, CHT, FAOTA

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 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 Aviva Wolff, EdD, OT, CHT

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.

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  • Call for Abstracts Open11 January, 2019
  • Early Bird Registration OpensFebruary 2019
  • Call for Abstracts Close11 August, 2019
  • Notifications to Authors11 September, 2019
  • Early Bird Registrations Close11 November, 2019
  • Regular Registrations12 November, 2019 -
    11 February 2020
  • Late Registration Fees Apply From12 February, 2020
  • Hand Surgery and the Digital Revolution Conference11 - 14 March, 2020


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