SSHS was incorporated in 1982 with Professor Robert Pho as its founding president. Originally formed as a forum for networking between orthopaedic and plastic surgeons with special interest in Hand Surgery, it has expanded its role to education of surgeons and therapists from Singapore and the region with regular lectures and courses on its calendar.
Hand Surgery is an independent specialty in Singapore since 1997 with a dedicated training curriculum that encompass robust orthopaedic and reconstructive microsurgical exposure. In the current ACGME based system, trainees spend two years in various surgical and medical specialties early in their training to broaden their perspective, and the final four years of their residency in hand surgery at three accredited training centres: National University Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.
The Hand Surgery Community
Our international hand surgery affiliates are the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH) and Asia Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (APFSSH). Our therapy section is affiliated with the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (IFSHT).
SSHS holds an annual scientific meeting in the first quarter of the year, and quarterly case seminars at various institutions and private practices. Dinner lectures by visiting experts are held regularly.