International Guest Society

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand welcomes the Brazilian Society for Hand Surgery (Sociedade Brasileira de Cirurgia da Mão) as the 2014 International Guest Hand Society.  The Guest Society program offers the opportunity for Annual Meeting attendees to exchange scientific ideas and increase knowledge of Brazilian research, techniques, and progress in the hand and upper extremity community.  As the honoree, the Brazil Society will be acknowledged in the Opening Ceremony and will be recognized as the guest of honor at the International Reception.  Review the full list of Guest Society Benefits to learn more.

The Sociedade Brasileira de Cirurgia da Mão (Brazilian Society of Hand Surgery) was founded in Rio de Janeiro on June 17th, 1959. In 1966, during the American Meeting for Hand Surgery in Chicago, SBCM, represented by Dr. Alipio Pernet, participated on the foundation of the International Federation of Societies for Hand Surgery. Dr. Pernet was appointed to the committees of Impairment Evaluation, Nomenclature, and Tumor. The first Brazilian Meeting for Hand Surgery was held in 1967, in São Paulo. For several years, world experts in Hand Surgery participated in the Brazilian Meeting, such as Drs. Pulvertaft, Boyes, Wakefield, Tubiana, Kleinert, Bora, Swanson, Barton, Omer, Burkhalter, Gilbert, Steichen, Taleisnik, McFarlane, Manske, Green, Jupiter, Kozin and Osterman.

In 1985, SBCM moved its headquarters to the City of São Paulo.  In 2014, the SBCM completes 55 years of existence. We are currently just over 500 members, distributed throughout Brazil. Each year, we conducted a National Meetings and at least one course in each of the 6 regional subareas. There are 23 certified hand surgery training centers across Brazil.

The board of directors include:
President: Giana Giostri
Vice President: Luis Koiti Kimura
General Secretary: Carlos Henrique Fernandes
Adjunt Secretary: Henrique de Barros Neto
Treasurer: Antonio Carlos Costa


Brazil Society E-Posters
As a part of our International Guest Hand Society program, the ASSH will feature a special electronic poster or “e-poster” section online, highlighting scientific contributions from Brazil researchers and authors.  The ASSH will provide dedicated e-poster viewing stations throughout the convention space for attendees to view posters onsite during the meeting.  

There are many benefits to offering e-posters over the traditional print posters, including:

  • Availability. E-posters are available online before, during, and after the Annual Meeting, giving authors the opportunity to have their posters viewed across the world.
  • Access. E-posters can be archived and referenced for years to come.
  • Multimedia. E-posters allow authors to incorporate multimedia, such as video, into their presentation, making content more interactive and engaging. 
  • Savings. E-posters eliminate the need for the expensive printing, shipping, and set-up of a print poster on site.

The deadline to submit an abstract was April 11, 2014.  Please review the abstract submission website for details.  

Registration & U.S. Travel Requirements
Members of the Brazil Society for Hand Surgery are eligible for a registration discount.  Email for your discount code before registering.

International attendees should also review travel requirements for entering the U.S., if needed.

The ASSH is excited to announce for the second year we are offering the International Bring a Young Surgeon program.  Learn how you can sponsor a trainee for a free registration attend the Annual Meeting. More info

International Guest Society Ambassador Program
New! Interested in being paired with a Brazilian attendee as part of the international ambassador program?  Expand your network and join our welcoming committee.  All international attendees and ambassadors will be invited to a special orientation on Thursday, September 18 as well as the International Reception of Friday, September 19.  Ambassadors will help make introductions, be available to answer questions about the ASSH, and offer a friendly hand to help our guests navigate the Annual Meeting.  Sign up by checking the box on your Annual Meeting registration form or email us at  

Note: All Brazil Hand Surgery Society registrants will receive more information later this summer about how to be matched with an ambassador.

Learn more about the Sociedade Brasileira de Cirurgia da Mão.

Guest Society Past Honorees include:

2013 Australia Australian Hand Surgery Society
Download 2013 IGHS Poster Abstract Book
2012 Korea Korean Society for Surgery of the Hand
2011 U.K. British Society for Surgery of the Hand
2010 Sweden Swedish Society for Surgery of the Hand
2009 China Chinese Hand Surgery Society
2008 France Societe Francaise de Chirugie de la Main
2007 Japan Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand
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