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The Moberg Lecture

Every SSSH-meeting since 1975 there has been held an honorary lecture in remembrance of Erik Moberg who in 1951 founded the “Nordic Hand Club”, that later was renamed to the Scandinavian Society for Surgery of the Hand, SSSH.

Lecturers are invited by the scientific board of the hosting nation and should be well known colleagues from around the world who has made a significant contribution to the handsurgical field. 

See the list of Moberg speakers here:

SSH Young researcher award

SSSH will grant a young researcher from each member region with some extra attention and a free registration to the conference.
The candidates shall have submitted a scientific abstract to the meeting and be in their early clinical career and shall not yet have finished their thesis.
The scientific committee of the meeting have selected the following winners of the award:
Joona Ikonen, Finland
Iveta Beinarovica, Latvia
Henrik Alfort, Sweden

Please check out their presentations/posters.

Speakers from outside SSSH

We thank Stiftelsen Börje Gabrielssons Minnesfond for making it possible to invite lecturers from outside SSSH.

Moberg Lecturer
Steven Hovius

Steven Hovius MD, PhD, Prof Em. Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery, Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Professor dr. S.E.R. Hovius currently works as a certified plastic and hand surgeon at Radboud University Medical Centre Nijmegen and at the Xpert Clinic Hand and Wrist Centre Rotterdam. For more than 20 years, he has been head of the department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery at the Erasmus University Medical Centre Rotterdam. Professor Hovius has published more than 300 articles, 30 book chapters, and has been editor of 3 books. In additional to his academic accomplishments, he is passionate about teaching and sharing his knowledge as he has supervised 60 PhD theses and was the founder of the Skills lab at the Erasmus University Medical Center.

Invited Lecturers
Joy MacDermid

Dr. Joy MacDermid is a physical therapist, hand therapist, and epidemiologist. She holds a CIHR Chair in Gender, Work and Health, as well as the Dr. James Roth Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Measurement and Knowledge Translation. She is a Professor at Western University’s School of Physical Therapy and McMaster University’s School of Rehabilitation Science. Her research projects address clinical questions related to enhancing prevention, assessment and management of musculoskeletal disorders and related work disability.

She is the editor for Journal of Hand Therapy. She is engaged in ORS-International Fracture Repair, Outcomes Committee. American Society for Surgery of the Hand, ICHOM outcome measurement core sets development and International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health Hand Core Set. 

Geert Buijze

Geert Alexander Buijze, MD, PhD

After studies at Leiden University, he received the Toptalent Grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to perform research at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston and at the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam. Upon completion of his Orthopaedic Residency, he pursued as IWAS Fellow training in wrist arthroscopy in Hong Kong, FESSH Travel Fellow training in microsurgery in Rome, and as Hand Surgery Fellow in Montpellier, France. He’s now Consultant Hand and Upper Limb Surgeon at Clinique Générale in Annecy, France and remains appointed as academic postdoc researcher passionate about evidence-based medicine; on his way to publish his second EBM book in hand surgery.

Sarah Ewald

Sarah Ewald Bsc OTR, MA, Swiss & European Certified Hand Therapist 

Sarah Ewald has a private practice centrally located in Zurich, Switzerland with four hand therapists.
She is coordinator and instructor in Certificate of Advanced Studies in Hand Therapy at the Zürich University of Appplied Sciences. She is also IFSHT immediate Past President 2016-2019.

Paul De Buck

Paul De Buck has been working since 2008 as practical assistant and lector of Hand Therapy at the University of Ghent, Bachelor and Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy. He is senior hand therapist (MSc. PT) at the Hand Rehabilitation Center in Terneuzen and Goes, the Netherlands, (HPRN) since 2010.

He was elected secretary of the European Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy in 2012, and still holds that position.

His biggest clinical interests are the treatment of wrist problems and peripheral nerve compression syndromes, incorporation the whole upper quadrant and the application of evidence into the practice.

Alexander Y. Shin

Professor Alexander Y. Shin. 

Dr Alexander Shin is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic.
He is well known for his broad expertise in many fields of hand surgery including microsurgery, wrist surgery, complex trauma and brachial plexus injuries. He has also a deep interest in preclinical studies focusing on nerve regeneration and stem cells.
Dr Shin is a highly appreciated lecturer and teacher which is recognized by the 2020 Berger Excellence in Teaching Award, Teacher of the Year, from the Mayo Clinic.

Dr Shins participation is sponsored by TriMed

Speakers from SSSH
Marianne Arner

Marianne Arner, MD, PhD, Professor

Marianne Arner is a senior consultant in hand surgery with long clinical experience, presently working in Stockholm. She is the registry manager of the Swedish national health care registry for hand surgery, HAKIR, since the start in 2010.

Why do we need a national quality registry for hand surgery?

Challenges and opportunities when implementing a system for systematic follow-up of treatment results will be presented. How can we better include patient experiences and encourage participation from all medical professions in improvement work in our specialty? Present status, as well as future perspectives for HAKIR will be presented. 

Michel Boeckstyn

Michel Boeckstyns, MD, PhD.

Medical studies at the Free University of Brussels and at the University of Copenhagen.
Currently consultant hand surgeon at Capio Private Hospital in Hellerup, Denmark, and senior scientific collaborator at Gentofte-Herlev University Hospital, Copenhagen.

Editor at The Journal of Hand Surgery, European volume and assistant editor at the Journal of Wrist Surgery. President of the SSSH congress in Copenhagen 1996 and of the FESSH congress in Copenhagen 2018