To master the art of hand surgery, highly specialized education and training is necessary. Most hand surgeons will have had initial experience in general, orthopedic or plastic surgery, before getting further specialized training in hand surgery.

The Relationship Committee of FESSH is your permanent connection with the other scientific societies in Europe, such as EFORT (orthopedic) and ESPRAS (plastic), where we support the recognition of our specialty and coordinate further training and education in hand surgery.

We also promote the importance and value of our specialty within member countries and UEMS, the European Union of Medical Specialists, where hand surgery is currently recognized as an “added qualification”.

Quality assurance of educational events is of the highest importance, and jointly with our colleagues from the FESSH Congress Committee, we supervise the accreditation of meetings and courses and set the rules for FESSH endorsement of them.

FESSH is also looking outside of Europe, and we connect with national hand societies from all over the world, with one main goal in mind, continuously learning from each other to improve the care we give to our patients.



Frederik Verstreken



Nicole Schmelzer-Schmied

Aurelio Portincasa

Alex Lluch

Radek Kebrle