6th Annual Pittsburgh Hand Conference

Pittsburgh, PA US
October 19, 2019

This year’s conference will focus on hand injuries/complications and how they can be avoided or overcome.

Target Audience

Conference will bring together surgeons, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants and students to share experiences and evidence for handling the complications and techniques used once complications have arisen.


Learning Objectives

Participants will:

• Learn treatment techniques and rationale to most effectively treat patients with upper extremity dysfunction that may have not responded well to traditional treatment methods.

• Develop an interdisciplinary understanding of upper extremity injuries by utilizing a team approach.

• Summarize potential complications of hand injuries and identify principles to avoid complications as well as best management of complications when they arise.

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 6.75 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/19/2019 - 7:00am EDT
Event ends: 
10/19/2019 - 3:30pm EDT

7:00 – 7:30 Breakfast and Registration

7:30- 7:50 Complications of Distal Radius Fractures - Dr. Andrea Lese

7:50- 8:10 Failed Flexor Tendon Surgery with imaging - Dr. John Fowler

8:10 – 8:30 Complications for Carpal Tunnel Surgery - Dr. Robert Goitz

8:30 – 8:50 When Elbow fractures don’t cooperate - Dr. Thomas Hughes

8:50 – 9:10 Ulnar Nerve Complications - Dr. Robert Kaufmann

9:10- 9:30 Complications for Amputations: What’s left? - Angelique Gallion/Brian Waryck

9:30 – 10:00 Case Presentations/Panel Discussion - Dr. Mark Baratz

10:00 – 10:15 BREAK

10:15 – 10:35 Trigger Finger Conundrums -Terry Taylor

10:35 – 11:30 Challenging Case Presentations - Fellows

Moderator Dr. Mark Baratz

11:30 – 12:00 Panel Discussions - Fogg, Holsen, Martin Dr. Mark Baratz

12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH

1:00 – 1:15 Failed Nerve Repairs - Dr. John Taras

1:15 – 1:30 Failed Soft Tissue Coverage - Dr. Alexander Spiess

1:30 – 3:00 Hands on Stations

1. Kinesio taping for Edema: Cook, Strahler, Wholey

2. Kinesio taping for the Upper Extremity: Loeffler, Spaid, Voegler

3. Functional Training for Prosthetics: Driscoll, Phillips, Shoemaker

4. Dupuytrens Management: Kish, Murray

Prostectic Options Gallion, Kamelin, Oschwald, Waryck

5. Orthoses Fabrication - Jacobs, Taylor, Van Hulton

3:00 – 3:30 Fingerbowl Q&A Session - Dr. Mark Baratz

3:30 Adjournment

UPMC Biomedical Science Tower
200 Lothrop Street
Room 120
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
United States

Program Faculty

Physician Faculty:

Mark Baratz, MD - Chair

Clinical Professor and Vice Chairman

Director Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Orthopedic Specialists - UPMC

John Fowler, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics

Hand and Upper Extremity University of Pittsburgh Physicians

Robert Goitz, MD

Professor of Orthopaedics, Plastic Surgery, and Bioengineering

Chief, Hand, Upper Extremity, and Microsurgery University of Pittsburgh Physicians

Thomas Hughes, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Andrea Lese, MD

Assistant Professor,

J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital

Robert Kaufmann, MD

Associate Professor Department of Orthopedics, University of Pittsburgh Physicians

Alexander Spiess, MD

Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery

Department of Plastic Surgery University of Pittsburgh Physicians

John Taras, MD

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Division of Hand Surgery, West Virginia University

UPMC Fellows:

Emily Abbott, DO

Travis Boyd, MD

Dann Laudermilch, MD

Hannah Lee, MD

Timothy Luchetti, MD

Dimitrios Papadopoulos, MD

Maharsh Patel, MD

Leigh Anne Tu, MD

Matthew Welsh, MD

Therapist Faculty:

Edward Cook, MOT, OTR/L

Megan Driscoll, MOT, OTR/L

Georgette Fogg, OTR/L, CHT

Suzanne Holsen, OTR/L, CHT

Bruce Jacobs, OTR/L

Anna Kamelin, OTR/L

Sara Kish, OTR/L

Jackie Loeffler, OTR/L, CHT

Alyssa Ligato, MOTR/L

Dennis A. Martin, OTR/L, CHT

Megan Murray, OTR/L, CHT

Lauren Oschwald, MOTR/L

Alyssa Phillips, MOT, OTR/L

P. Gregory Savolskis, MOTR/L, CHT--Co Chair

Jodi Seftchick, MOT, OTR/L, CHT – Chair

Maria Shoemaker, OTR/L

Cindy Spaid, OTR/L

Ralph Strahler, MS, OTR/L, CHT, CLT-LANA

Terry Taylor, OTR/L, CHT

Randy Van Hulten, OTR/L

Jacqueline Voegler, OTR/L, CHT

Patrick Wholey, OTR/L, CHT

Additional Faculty:

Angelique Gallion

Brian Waryck, CP, LP


All individuals in a position to control the content of this education activity are required to discuss all relevant financial relationships with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients.

The following relevant financial relationships were disclosed:

Mark Baratz, MD

Grant/Research Support: Elsevier

Consultant: Elizur, Integra

CE Speakers Bureau: Integra

Alex Spiess, MD

Consultant: Axogen, Renerva

John Taras, MD

Other: Owner/President Union Surgical

No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

Available Credit

  • 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 6.75 Attendance
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Please contact Jodi Seftchick at 267-973-4794.