AO Trauma Hand NA Internet Live Master Class Series

Benefit from the experiences and missteps of AO experts as they discuss specific cases and procedures

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The AO Trauma Hand NA Master Class Series will help surgeons understand the indications, surgical technical steps, pros and cons, surgical pearls and pitfalls, and possible complications regarding certain cases and procedures. We expect learners and patients to benefit from the experiences and missteps of the masters. 

Each biweekly session will be conducted by eminent hand surgeons who have mastered the art of that session’s procedure(s). Most sessions will include participation by one of our hand therapy faculty who will provide perspectives on the postoperative therapeutic management of these cases. A review of literature most relevant to the session’s topic will also be included in the presentations. 

Sessions will occur on the first and third Thursday of each month starting in October 2021 and ending in April 2022. The penultimate Master Class will feature a session with the partner nation of the AO NA Hand Education Committee – India. The final session will culminate in an international round table, which will include several international hand surgeons, each of whom will be discussing one surgical trick.

Sessions are recorded and uploaded to the Hand Master Class Series playlist on AO Trauma Hand NA's YouTube.


Directly provided by AO North America.

  • Learning objectives
    Upon completion of this event, participants will be able to
    Identify radiographic indications for surgical procedures discussed
    Identify and understand clinical criteria required for the indications of the procedures
    Define appropriate surgical anatomy and surgical steps in the execution of the procedures
    Recognize possible pitfalls and develop strategies to avoid them and methodology to deal with them should they arise
    Review pertinent literature regarding the procedures being discussed and their outcomes

  • Who should attend

    Orthopedic, plastic, and general surgeons—as well as trainees—actively involved in the treatment of patients with disorders of the upper limb and post traumatic reconstruction. Hand therapists will also benefit from knowledge of surgical procedures and therapeutic nuances discussed by hand therapy faculty.

Event calendar

Event topic Date Recording
Session I: Distal Radius Malunion - When and How to Correct? Oct 7 2021 Watch
Session II: Phalangeal / Metacarpal Malunion Oct 21 2021 Watch
Session III: Assessment and Management of the Unstable DRUJ Nov 4 2021 Watch
Session IV: Flexor Tendon Repair in Zone II Nov 18 2021 Watch
Session V: Scaphoid Fractures and Non-Union: Controversies and Technical Challenges Dec 2 2021 Watch
Session VI: Hemi-Hamate Replacement Arthroplasty Dec 16 2021 Watch
Session VII: My Three Most Common and Successful Nerve Transfers Jan 6 2022 Watch
Session VIII: Functioning Gracilis Transfer Jan 20 2022 Watch
Session VIIII: Soft Tissue Coverage in the Upper Extremity Feb 3 2022 Watch
Session X: Applications of Wide Awake Surgery in the Hand Feb 17 2022 -
Session XI: Complex Forearm Fracture Fixation Techniques
Mar 3 2022 Watch
Session XII: Partner Nation: Technical Pearls in Digital and Major Replantations Mar 17 2022 Watch
Session XIII: International Round Table Apr 7 2022 Watch


*Eastern Time (GMT-4:00)

Course chair

Chaitanya Mudgal, MD, MS (Ortho), MCh

<p>Harvard Medical School</p><p>Massachusetts General Hospital</p>


  • Terry Axelrod, MD, MSc, FRCSC
  • Anil Bhat, MS (Ortho), DNB (Ortho)
  • Paul Binhammer, MSc, MD, FRCSC
  • Christina Boulton, MD
  • Jay Bridgeman, MD, DDS
  • Kanur Gopinath, MPT
  • Ruby Grewal, MD, MSc, FRCS(C) Ortho
  • Amit Gupta, MD, FRCS
  • Sonu Jain, MD
  • Donald Lalonde, MD
  • Jeffrey Lawton, MD
  • Susan Mackinnon, MD
  • Christine Novak, PT, PhD
  • Nicholas Pulos, MD
  • Peter Rhee, DO, MS (Ortho)
  • Marco Rizzo, MD
  • S. Raja Sabapathy, MS(Gen), MCh, DNB(Plastic), DSc(Hon), FAMS, FRCSEd(Hon), FRCSGlas(Hon)
  • Milan Stevanovic MD, PhD