Harvey W. Chim, MD, FACS, associate professor in the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the UF College of Medicine, has been chosen as one of the 2018 American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) Young Leaders. Dr. Chim joins 14 other young, talented surgeons selected to participate out of nearly 50 qualified applicants. This program is in its 14th year, and former Young Leaders have gone on to serve on ASSH committees, chair the Annual Meeting and contribute to the Hand Society in significant ways, including the ASSH Council.
The ASSH Young Leaders Program gives enthusiastic and dedicated young members the chance to increase their involvement in the Hand Society. Members selected for this program first participate in an active, ongoing discussion to identify key issues within the upper extremity profession.They present their research and findings to Council during a winter meeting and attend workshops on how to function effectively as a leader, how to advance the field of hand surgery and the Society through leadership, how to achieve consensus and foster a sense of community and how to work effectively with a professional staff.
The ASSH was established in 1946 by a group of surgeons from the armed forces. Since then, organization has grown from 35 surgeons, excited about sharing ideas, to over 3,800 members spanning the entire globe who are all dedicated to advancing the science and practice of caring for your hands and arms. The mission of the ASSH is to advance the science and practice of hand and upper extremity surgery through education, research and advocacy on behalf of patients and practitioners.