The Committee aims to raise the profile of hand surgery in Europe through Social Media. Social Media is currently shaping our world, influencing the public, patients, medical colleagues and governments. We will also use this tool to improve internal connectivity and communication between surgeons, be that for training, education or research.

The committee will seek to establish a strong FESSH presence on platforms such as Twitter, FaceBook, Linked-In and Instagram. We will seek to work with enthusiastic surgeons across the continent.

We already have some representation from Italy, Portugal, Netherlands, Hungary, Poland, Belgium, Romania, Estonia and Israel. If you would like to join the committee or know more, please contact me at:


Zafar Naqui BDHS, EBHD, MSc (Hand Surgery)
committee chair

I am based at Salford Royal Hospital, part of the Manchester Hand Centre in the UK. My interests include wrist, arthroscopy and trauma. Manchester has a strong tradition in Hand Surgery and I had the good fortune to be trained by Gus McGrouther, John Stanley, Stewart Watson and Ian Trail.  We are 7 consultants providing an Ortho-Plastic service, which includes brachial plexus and congenital hand surgery. We are very passionate about education and training. We offer training positions to 4 senior hand fellows each year. Our consultants teach on the BSSH Instructional Courses in Hand Surgery and Cadaveric Masterclass Courses which are both held in Manchester.  We examine for both the EBHD and BSSH Hand Diploma. I have been examining as part of the EBHD committee since 2014. The Part 1 EBHD MCQ Exam is held at Salford Royal Hospital each year. Twitter: @zafnaqui; Insta: @zafnaqui


Mireia Esplugas, MD is the head of the Hand Surgery Unit at Hospital the Activamutua Hospital-Tarragona, Spain.
Specialized in Orthopaedic Surgery in 1995, she got the European Diploma for Hand Surgery in 2005 and she was awarded the Kaplan prize for anatomical excellence in 2015.
She is the actual President of the Organiazing Commitee of the Next Spanish Hand Surgery Society Congress 2019. Her main field of research is Carpal Biomechanics.



Constantinos Kritiotis (Cyprus/UK) was born in Athens, Greece on 02/04/1979. He graduated from the Medical School of the University of Athens and completed his training in Orthopaedic Surgery in the Cypriot Rotation in Nicosia and Limassol General Hospitals. He completed a fellowship in Hand and Peripheral Nerve Surgery under Dominic Power in Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham in 2012. Since September 2013 he has been working as a Consultant in the NHS (UK), initially in Royal Cornwall Hospital and then in Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. In 2014 he obtained the European Diploma in Hand Surgery. He currently practices in the Manchester Hand Centre in Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester, UK and in Iasis Private Hospital in Paphos, Cyprus. His superspecialist interests include tetraplegia hand surgery, surgery of the spastic hand and peripheral nerve surgery. He is the lead of Tetrahand Cyprus, the National Tetraplegia Hand Surgery Service for Cyprus which he started with Professor Jan Friden. His main research interests are wide awake hand surgery as well as tetraplegia hand surgery.

Egemen Ayhan is an Orthopaedic Hand surgeon working currently with Dr. Gursel Leblebicioglu in Ankara, Turkey. He is interested in wide awake hand surgery, evidence-based hand surgery, and hand trauma. After graduating as an orthopaedics and traumatology surgeon from Cerrahpasa medical faculty (Istanbul, Turkey), he completed his hand surgery fellowship in a FESSH accredited hand trauma center (Mersin University, Turkey) and trained in Paris with Christophe Mathoulin as a FESSH travel award awardee. He thinks that social media is the most straightforward approach to present various organizations and opportunities of FESSH: “We are all busy surgeons. The fastest, the easiest, and the cheapest way of interaction is social media. I believe in the synergy of SoMe team to raise the profile of hand surgery and to bring the passionate hand surgeons together.”


Viviána Maja Rosero MD. was trained at Semmelweis University in Budapest. She is working in the Traumatology and Hand Surgery Department at Merényi Gusztáv Hospital in Budapest, Hungary. She is specialised in Ortopedics – Trauma and Hand Surgery. She is member and national delegate of FESSH Social Media Committee. She is member of the board committee of the Hungarian Hand Surgery society. Her main field of interest are wrist and hand trauma, and degenerative disorders.



Dr. Justin Hasenecker, FEBHS, MD, PhD (Germany). Senior Consultant Hand Surgeon in the Department of Hand Surgery and Plastic Surgery (FESSH Trauma Center) in the Orthopedic Clinic Markgröningen (Max Haerle). Strong focus on complex Trauma and advanced reconstructive Hand Surgery including arthroscopic and Microsurgery. Fellow of the European Board of Hand Surgery and Boardmember of the german expert Panel on Hand Surgery (DGU, Hand Surgery Section). Full Member of the DGH (German Society for Hand Surgery). Specialized and trained in Orthopedic and Trauma Surgery in the University Clinic of Marburg (Steffen Ruchholtz, Susanne Fuchs-Winkelmann) and superspecialized in Hand Surgery in Bad Neustadt (Jörg v. Schoonhoven, Karl-Josef Prommersberger).
Guest Teacher in Hand Surgery in several Courses. Level 1 Instructor as Specialist in Musculosceletal Ultrasound of the DEGUM. ATLS-Instructor of the AUC (DGU).



Mark Smeulders MD, PhD works at Zuyderland Hospital, Heerlen, the Netherlands. He graduated in Human Movement Sciences in 1999, then he finished a PhD on biomechanics properties of spastic muscles in 2004. Specialized in plastic, reconstructive and hand surgery in 2016 he now focuses on hand surgery as his main specialty. He is a board member of the Dutch National Hand Surgery Society.
Enthusiastic about Social Media Professional Networking.





Nikolai Karpinski from St.Petersburg Russia started his handsurgical career in Nantes, France with the help of FESSH Travel Award in 2011. Since than he continued his education, travels and communication with the world of handsurgery. By the year 2019 Nikolai has been active in his private practice in St.Petersburg performing patient-friendly wide awake elective hand cases, as well as different types of wrist surgeries including arthroscopy, reconstruction and salvage procedures. Courses for orthotic fabrication are his side-project accompanying surgical activities, as there is a huge lack of therapists in Russia. In the field of social media Nikolai also has some achievements: YouTube channel, Instagram @karpinski_hand, Telegram chat Handclub, group Handclinic