Koman Elected President of Hand Surgery Society

October 21, 2008

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – L. Andrew Koman, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been elected president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Founded in 1946, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand is the oldest and largest medical specialty society in the United States devoted entirely to continuing medical education related to hand surgery. The mission of the organization is to advance the science and practice of hand surgery through education, research and advocacy on behalf of patients and practitioners.

Koman, who has been on the faculty of Wake Forest University School of Medicine since 1981, is also a professor of pediatrics, the associate director for development and research for the Division of Surgical Sciences, and director of the Hand Fellowship Program. He received his medical degree from Duke University and completed an orthopaedic residency and a fellowship in hand and microsurgery at Duke University Medical Center.

Koman has been the recipient of the Kappa Delta Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery for his work on microcirculation, the Heune Award from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America in recognition of his work on cerebral palsy and congenital hand deformities, and the Established Investigator in Clinical Sciences Award from Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

He has written three books and more than 200 articles and book chapters and received numerous research grants and awards including an RO1 grant from the National Institutes of Health. His clinical practice includes specialization in hand and microsurgery and complex pediatric musculoskeletal disorders (congenital hands and cerebral palsy).

Koman has served as president of the Eastern Orthopaedic Association, the North Carolina Orthopaedic Society, the North Carolina Society for Surgery of the Hand, the Southern Orthopaedic Association and the Southeastern Hand Club, and the Piedmont Orthopaedic Society.


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Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Brenner Children’s Hospital, Wake Forest University Physicians, and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine and Piedmont Triad Research Park. The system comprises 1,154 acute care, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and has been ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report since 1993. Wake Forest Baptist is ranked 32nd in the nation by America’s Top Doctors for the number of its doctors considered best by their peers. The institution ranks in the top third in funding by the National Institutes of Health and fourth in the Southeast in revenues from its licensed intellectual property.

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