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Frontiers in Upper Extremity Surgery

November 2, 2018 - November 3, 2018

Course Description

Through a mix of didactic presentations and interactive debates, the expert faculty for this live CME activity will update you on treatment options and outcomes for a variety of common and complex hand and upper extremity conditions. The first day of the meeting will be devoted to a hands-on cadaver lab where you will practice hand and wrist procedures that involve plating, internal bracing, and arthrodesis. Come to the meeting with the questions you need answered to advance your practice – you’ll have plenty of opportunities to engage with the faculty.

Target Audience

Orthopaedic  hand surgeons, general orthopaedic surgeons, fellows, residents, and other healthcare professionals whose scope of practice includes hand and upper extremity surgery.


Evaluate surgical and nonsurgical principles of managing common hand and upper extremity problems

Address common problems and complications associated with distal radius fractures

Implement enhanced management of fractures, Dupuytren and arthritis problems

Employ current trends and techniques in microsurgical and soft tissue reconstruction in the upper extremity

Apply current concepts for common disorders of hand and upper extremity

Develop strategies for the treatment of the shoulder, including: rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, and wrist fractures


Michael J. Garcia, MD, FAAOS
Hand & Wrist Surgeon
Florida Orthopaedic Institute
Tampa, FL

Jason Nydick, DO
Hand & Upper Extremity Surgeon
Florida Orthopaedic Institute
Tampa, FL



H. Brent Bamberger, DO
Program Director
Orthopedic Surgery Program
Kettering Health Network
Hand Center Southwestern Ohio
Dayton, OH

Philip Blazar, MD
Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Brandon Earp, MD
Chief of Orthopedic Surgery
Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital
Assistant Professor
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Asif M. Ilyas, MD, FACS
Program Director of Hand Surgery Fellowship
Rothman Institute Orthopaedics
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Thomas Jefferson University
Bryn Mawr, PA

Jorge Orbay, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon
Miami Hand & Upper Extremity Institute
Miami, FL

Nadir Paksima, DO, MPH
Chief of Orthopedic Surgery
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Associate Chief of Hand Service
NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases
New York, NY

Mark Rekant, MD
Associate Professor
Dept. Of Orthopaedic Surgery
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA

Blane Sessions, MD
Louisiana Hand to Shoulder Center, LLC
Covington, LA

Peter Tang, MD, MPH, FAOA
Center for Brachial Plexus and Nerve Injury
Associate Professor
Drexel University College of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA


PHYSICIANS: FORE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
FORE designates this live activity for a maximum of 13 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS: This course has been approved by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (CE Provider # 50-10002). FORE designates this live activity for a maximum of 13 CE Hours.

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS:  Florida Board of Physical Therapy has approved this activity for 13 CE hours. Accreditation of this course does not necessarily imply the FPTA supports the views of the presenters or the sponsors.

Supported By

A special thank you to this year’s supporting companies! Click here to download the Exhibitor Prospectus. For information about supporting this course, please contact Alex Ricketts.

AM Surgical
DePuy Synthes
MVP Orthopedics Inc / Arthrex
SEGWAY Orthopaedics
Zimmer Biomet
AM Surgical
DePuy Synthes
Endo Pharmaceuticals
MVP Orthopedics, Inc & Arthrex
Horizon Pharma
Mission Surgical Innovations
Skeletal Dynamics
TriMed, Inc
West Coast Brace & Limb

Friday Course & Bioskills Lab Location

Complimentary transportation will be provided to and from Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel



FIVE Labs is a new and innovative facility designed to educate the next generation of healthcare professionals and to foster creativity for the development of technologies for healthcare’s biggest challenges.

4115 W. Spruce St.
Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: 813-877-8096

Saturday Course Location & Accommodations

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

700 South Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-221-4900
Reservations: 888-789-3090
Online Reservations: https://book.passkey.com/go/FOREMeeting2018

Hotel Reservations

A small block of rooms have been reserved for November 2-4, 2018 at a special group rate starting at $189+hotel fees/taxes. Reservations must be made by October 12, 2018. To receive the group rate, please mention “Frontiers in Upper Extremity Surgery” when making the reservation by phone, or, click here.

Parking: Parking is valet only and is discounted to $20.00 per car for day parking, and  $28.00 per car for overnight parking (subject to change). Valet charges are the responsibility of participants.


Accommodations for Disabilities

Please notify the Continuing Medical Education Office, 4115 W Spruce St, Tampa, FL 33607 or call 813-877-8096 a minimum of ten working days in advance of the event if a reasonable accommodation for a disability is needed.

Events, activities and facilities of Foundation for Orthopaedic Research and Education are available without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, disability, age or veteran status as provided by the law and in accordance with FORE’s respect for personal dignity.



November 2, 2018
November 3, 2018


Tampa Marriott Hotel & Marina
700 South Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602 United States


Michael J. Garcia, MD
CME Updates