The Hand Trauma Committee (HTC) of the FESSH is dedicated exclusively to Hand Trauma and Hand Trauma Prevention.
The HTC will oversee a sub-committee for the Prevention of Hand Injuries.
The goal of the HTC is to improve standards of care for Emergency Hand Trauma in Europe.
In order to achieve this goal, the HTC will be responsible for the ongoing strategy for the European Emergency Hand Trauma Network and the Accreditation Process for participating Centers and Units.
- Collect data from participating centers and units
- Define the standards for delivery of Emergency Hand Trauma Services
- Set the Inclusion Criteria for the European Emergency Hand Trauma Network and the Accreditation process
- Analyze the data so that differences and similarities between the European Countries can be identified and discussed
The HTC will encourage the participation and collaboration of all countries to join a European Emergency Network of Hand Trauma Centers and Units
The European Emergency Hand Trauma Network
It is recognized that emergency Hand Trauma Services are delivered by many well qualified Hand Trauma Surgeons who do not necessarily work in hospitals with 24 hour dedicated emergency hand surgery teams or access to microsurgical techniques.
The proposed Network will exist for the purposes of collaboration in audit, research, teaching and training. The accreditation process will recognize those Centers and Units delivering services to the highest standards.
A Center or a Unit can apply to be accredited as part of the network following the criteria defined by the Hand Trauma Committee and accepted by the FESSH Council.
The HTC National Representatives and the board of each National Hand Society will be responsible for the accuracy of the provided data.
The recognition of Accredited Hand Trauma Centers and Units will be the responsibility of the HTC.
A validation of the centers will be undertaken by members of the committee and one HTC National representative.
In order to build a real European cooperation through this network, two “national representatives” for each FESSH country will be appointed by the boards of each National Hand Surgery Society. To be eligible, these surgeons must have some spare time and to be enthusiastic and young enough to deal effectively with Hand Trauma.
Members of the Hand Trauma Committee: Piotr Czarnecki (Poland), Zoe Dailiana (Greece), Igor Golubev (Russia), Peter Houpt (Netherland), Ruth Lester (UK), Marcos Sanmartín Fernandez (Spain), Kai Megerle (Germany)
Members of the Hand Trauma Prevention sub-committee chaired by Martin Leixnering (Austria), Tufan Kaleli (Turkey), Anna De Leo (UK)
Meet the committee members
Pierluigi Tos, MD, PhD is the chair of FESSH Hand Trauma Committee. He is the head of the Hand Surgery and Reconstructive Microsurgery Unit at the Orthopaedic University Hospital Gaetano Pini – CTO in Milan, Italy; specialized both in Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery. Dr Tos is former president of the Italian Society for Microsurgery (SIM) and the European delegate for this Society at the European Federation of Societies for Microsurgery (EFSM). He is currently involved in the board of the Italian Society for Surgery of the Hand (SICM) as international delegate for the IFSSH. His main field of research is nerve repair and regeneration from basic science to clinical application and reconstructive microsurgery.
Marcos Sanmartín FernandezMarcos Sanmartín Fernandez, MD, works as a Hand Surgeon at the Povisa Hospital in Vigo, Spain. He is an Orthopedic Surgeon trained at the Hand Surgery Department from Santa Casa of São Paulo Hospital, Brazil, and at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. His current main fields of interest are wrist and tendon surgery.
Ruth LesterRuth Lester MB.ChB., FRCS., has been a Consultant Plastic Surgeon in Birmingham since 1988. For the last 18 years she has worked exclusively in the Childrens Hospital in Birmingham, mainly in the field of Childrens Hand Surgery. Miss Lester was elected to the Council of the British Society of Surgery of the Hand in 2011 and initiated a national project to improve the service provision for the management of Adult and Childrens Hand Trauma.
Peter Houpt, MD PhD is a plastic surgeon mainly dealing with hand surgery. He held positions in the national society. He works in the largest general hospital in the Netherlands. Working together with 6 plastic surgeons and 7 residents in training. His main interest are trauma, wrist surgery and arthroplasties.
Zoe DailianaZoe Dailiana, MD PhD, is member of FESSH Hand Trauma Committee. She is a specialist trained Hand Surgeon, and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Thessalia, in Larissa, Greece. Dr Dailiana is the past President of the Hellenic Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. Her main fields of interest are peripheral nerve surgery, upper extremity nonunions/skeletal defects reconstruction and basic science on bone/periosteal flaps, GFs and BMPs.
Igor GolubevIgor Golubev, MD, PhD. He is a head of Microsurgery and Hand Trauma Department in National Medical Research Centre of Traumatology and Orthopaedic named after N.N. Priorov. He is specialised both in Orthopaedics and Plastic surgery. Present Chairman of the Board of the Russian Hand Surgery Society. Member of ASSH, EWAS. His main field of the interest is wrist trauma and vascularised bone transfer.
Piotr CzarneckiPiotr Czarnecki, MD, PhD is a member and national delegate of FESSH Hand Trauma Committee. He is working in Traumatology, Orthopaedics and Hand Surgery Department at Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland, specialized in orthopaedics and trauma surgery. Dr Czarnecki is present chief of Hand Surgery Section at Polish Orthopaedics and Traumatology Society and President Elect and FESSH National Delegate for Polish Society for Surgery of the Hand. He is also a member of FESSH Examination Committee. His main field of research and clinical practice is secondary postraumatic reconstruction and degenerative disorders.
Anna de LeoMs Anna De Leo, fellow of European Board of Plastic Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgery, and of the International school in Microsurgery, is a Consultant at London Welbeck Hospital, London United Kingdom. Ms De Leo is leading the “Prevention Wave” since 2012 when she collaborate with WHO prevention office and a prevention campaign format was spread in Italy by the SICM(Italian Society for Surgery of the Hand). She is working with RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents). BAPRAS (British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons) choose her as spokeperson for the successful Media UK call on the use of door stoppers. Currently working with the Hand Trauma Committee BSSH ( British Society for Surgery of the Hand ) prevention group. Her main interest are Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery of the upper limb and breast.