IFSSH Pioneers of Hand Surgery

Traditionally during the Congresses of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand, a number of "Pioneers of Hand Surgery" are acknowledged. This is a long standing custom which dates back to the 3rd Congress in Tokyo held in 1986.

To date, 142 physicians have been designated the prestigious title of "Pioneer of Hand Surgery".

The enormous contribution of the Pioneers to Hand Surgery will influence many generations of Hand Surgeons to come. Ultimately of course, their accomplishments will benefit countless patients far into the future. The IFSSH Membership therefore, expresses its sincere appreciation and gratitude to our Pioneers for enriching our passion, Hand Surgery.

To be nominated as a Pioneer, the person must be at least 70 years of age or deceased, must be a recognized leader in hand surgery and have contributed significantly to the development of Hand Surgery nationally and/or internationally.

The Secretary-General will call for nominations from member societies at least nine months before the date of the Congress. Nominations should be received in writing and include :
  • a summary of the reasons for recommendation from the national society (one page maximum).
  • the nominee's curriculum vitae (abbreviated - three pages maximum).
  • the nominee's photograph.
Please note that the nomination must come from your society, not from an individual. Nominations must be received by the secretariat at least six months before the Congress date. The IFSSH Nominating Committee will assess the recommendations and advise the IFSSH Executive Committee of its decision.

Full details of the process are available on the IFSSH website - www.ifssh.info/pioneers.html.


Pioneers of Hand Surgery

Pioneers honoured at the Third International Congress : Tokyo, Japan, 1986


Tamikazu Amoko
Joesph H. Boyes
Paul W. Brand
Martin A. Entin
Mario Gonzales-Ulloa
Marc Iselin
Johan M.F. Landsmeer
J. William Littler
Erik Moberg
Benjamin Rank
H. Graham Stack
Sidney Sunderland
Raoul Tubiana
Kauko J Vainio
Claude Verdan




Pioneers honoured at the Fifth International Congress: Paris, France, 1992


Robert E. Carroll
Nils Carstam
Raymond M. Curtis
Adrian E. Flatt
Benjamin Fowler
J. Leonard Goldner
Luis Gomez Correa
Harold E. Kleinert
Douglas W. Lamb
Jeno Manninger
Daniel C. Riordan
Kauko Solonen
Kenya Tsuge



Pioneers honoured at the Sixth International Congress: Helsinki, Finland, 1995

Paul Woodrow Brown
Henry M. Brummer
Harry J Buncke
Ridvan Ege
James M. Hunter
John Ivor Pulsford James
Lee W. Milford
Ezio Morelli
George E Omer Jr.
George S. Phalen
Alfred B. Swanson
Tatsuya Tajima
Christopher B. Wynn Parry
Eduardo A Zancolli
Jacques Michon
Bernard McC. O'Brien
Alipio Pernet



Pioneers honoured at the Seventh International Congress: Vancouver, Canada, 1998

Donal N. Brooks
Giorgio Brunelli
Dieter Buck-Gramcko
Douglas Andrew Campbell Reid
Mack L. Clayton
James Harold Dobyns
Wael Mansour Fahmy
Geoffrey Raymond Fisk
Ramon Isales
Ivan B. Matev
Robert Malcolm MacFarlane
Hanno Millesi
James F. Murray
Boleslaw Nagay
Miguel Vargas Busquets



Pioneers honoured at the Eighth International Congress: Istanbul, Turkey, 2001


Valentin Grigore Aburel
Paola Bedeschi
Harold Bolton
F. Merih Eroglu
Anastasios Giannikas
Jamal Gousheh
Stewart H. Harrison
Isidor Kessler
Brij Bhushan Joshi
Ronald L Linscheid
Takayuki Miura
Robert Henry Cradock Robins
Harilaos T. Sakellarides
Richard J. Smith
Joerg Boehler





Pioneers honoured at the Ninth International Congress : Budapest, Hungary 2004


Tadao Kojima
Antal Renner
Martin Singer
Ramaswami Venkataswami
Albrecht Wilhelm
Yutaka Yabe
Yasuo Yamauchi



Pioneers honoured at the 10th International Congress : Sydney, Australia 2007

Nicholas Barton (United Kingdom)
Andre Boonzaier (South Africa)
W. Bruce Conolly ( Australia)
Jan Haftek (Poland)
John Hueston (Australia)
Adalbert Kapandji (France)
Wladyslaw Manikowski (Poland)
Shojaeddin Sheikholeslamzadeh (Iran)
William Souter (United Kingdom)
Hariharan Srinivasan (India)
Susumu Tamai (Japan)
Yasuo Ueba (Japan)
James Urbaniak (USA)




Pioneers honoured at the 11th International Congress: Seoul, Korea, 2010

Alessandro Caroli (Italian Society for Surgery of the Hand)
André Chamay (Swiss Society for Surgery of the Hand)
John Cobbett (British Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Richard G. Eaton (American Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Joel Engel (Israeli Society for Surgery of the Hand)
David P. Green (American Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Basil Helal (British Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Yoshikazu Ikuta (Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Seiichi Ishii (Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Eung-Shick Kang (Korean Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Ik-Dong Kim (Korean Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Young Ho Lee (Korean Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Ralph Manktelow (MANUS Canada)
Renzo Mantero (Italian Society for Surgery of the Hand)
José Cantero Martinez (Spanish Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Viktor E. Meyer (Swiss Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Alfredo Quintana Montero (Spanish Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Edward A. Nalebuff (American Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Santos Palazzi Coll (Spanish Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Fernando Enriquez de Salamanca Lorente (Spanish Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Antonio De Santolo Ricciardelli (Venezuela Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Morton Spinner (American Society for Surgery of the Hand)
James W. Strickland (American Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Philip Sykes (British Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Julio Taleisnik (American Society for Surgery of the Hand)
E.F. Shaw Wilgis (American Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Virchel E. Wood (American Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Elvin G. Zook (American Association for Hand Surgery)




Pioneers honoured at the 12th International Congress: Delhi, India, 2013

Muneaki Abe (Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Yves Allieu (French Society for Surgery of the Hand)
José Manuel Antuña Zapico (Spanish Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Higinio Ayala Palacios (Spanish Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Robert Beckenbaugh (American Association for Hand Surgery)
Pesi B Chacha (Singapore Society for Surgery of the Hand)
David Evans (British Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Alan Freeland (American Association for Hand Surgery)
Ayan Gulgonen (Turkish Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Ulrich Lanz (German Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Ping Chung (PC) Leung (Hong Kong Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Graham Lister (British Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Ryogo Nakamura (Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Dinkar Palande (Indian Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Arlindo Pardini (Brazilian Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Robert WH Pho (Singapore Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Hildegunde Piza-Katzer (Austrian Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Philippe Saffar (French Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Panayotis Soucacos (Hellenic Society for Surgery of the Hand)