2019 Happy Hour with a Scholar Recap

Publish Date: October 23, 2019

AHTF Board of Directors & A. Lee Osterman, MA, FAOA

Front Row, L->R: Barbara Winthrop, OTR, MA, CVE, CHT, FAOTA; Dorit Aaron, OTR, MA, CHT, FAOTA; April Cowan, OTR, OTD, CHT; A. Lee Osterman, MD, FAOA; Elaine Fess, OTD, MS, OTR, CHT, FAOTA; Karol S Young, OTD, OTR/L, CHT; Caroline W Stegink Jansen, PT, PhD, CHT; Michael Epstein, MD;
Back Row, L->R: Gary Solomon, MBA, MS, OTR/L, CHT; Greg Pitts, OTD, OTR/L, CHT; James W King, OTR, PhD, CHT

As the American Hand Therapy Foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary, we are grateful to our Co-Sponsors, Partners of AHTF, guests and colleagues who supported the AHTF’s 2019 “Happy Hour With a Scholar”!

With almost 250 hand therapists, co-sponsors and guests attending the event, the American Hand Therapy Foundation celebrated its 2019 “Happy Hour With a Scholar” at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Ballroom during the ASHT Annual Meeting. A. Lee Osterman, MD, FAOA was the AHTF’s honored scholar who gave an interesting, historical and scientific lecture on “The Magic of the Placebo: The Role of the Placebo in Medicine, Surgery and Therapy”.

The event, which is the largest AHTF fundraising event raised supports patient outcomes by promoting evidence-based practice through funding clinical and scientific research and education. The AHTF’s vision is for all evaluation and treatment methods in hand and upper extremity therapy to be based on well documented evidence.

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Dr. Osterman said,

“I’ve always believed that the best hand surgeon breathes because of the hand therapist, which is a partnership I’ve always cherished and believe is very important.”

He went on to say,

“the placebo effect has held my interest since my early years as a young surgeon. The placebo effect is that effect on the patient, with the nonspecific, psychological or psychophysiological therapeutic effect produced by the placebo. Great strides have been made in hand surgery and therapy in the last 30 years, from arm & finger replantation, improved nerve repair & transfers, free flaps, improved tendon repairs zone II, how to stabilize the distal radius, and learn how to look into small joints. Yet with these many superb technical accomplishments, if we can harness the placebo effect we will see decreased post-operative pain in the patients we are treating. Every injury that we see is associated with depression, if in fact you harness the placebo effect you can lessen depression and frustration that are inevitable and improve functional outcomes…….Maybe it’s the magic of the placebo that impacts great results.”

Dr. Osterman highlighted how the placebo has been used throughout medical history, demonstrated in scientific studies, as well as analogies with Disney cartoon favorites. The overwhelming success of Dr. Osterman’s lecture was acknowledged with a standing ovation.

Watch Dr. Osterman’s 2019 Scholar Lecture

In honor of the American Hand Therapy Foundation’s 30th Birthday celebration, the AHTF Board of Directors is proud to share a video production of Dr. Osterman’s 2019 Scholar Lecture for the purpose to advance the AHTF’s educational and philanthropic goals. Below is a link (for a limited time) to “The Magic of the Placebo: The Role of the Placebo in Medicine, Surgery and Therapy”, for those of you unable to attend.

We hope you enjoyed Dr. Osterman’s lecture. In order for the AHTF to continue to provide funding for scientific research and education that supports patient outcomes by promoting evidence-based practice, we welcome your donation!

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Thank You to The AHTF 2019 “Happy Hour With a Scholar” Co-Sponsors

Diamond Sponsors
Aaron & Winthrop Hand Therapy Services
Hand Therapy Association – California

Gold Sponsors
Curtis National Hand Center
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS)
Houston Methodist Sugarland Hand Therapy Fellowship
North Coast Medical, Inc.

Silver Sponsors
American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS)
South Carolina Hand Therapy Association

Bronze Sponsors
American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)
Georgia Hand & Upper Extremity Special Interest Group
Hand Therapy Certification Commission
Jim & Beverly King
Journal of Hand Therapy 

Patron Sponsors
Ross Evans, OTR/L, CHT
Fairview Hand Therapy Fellowship
Elaine Ewing Fess, OTD, OTR, FAOTA,CHT
Hand Rehabilitation Foundation
Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center
Select Physical Therapy/Nova Care
Terri Skirven, OTR/L, CHT
Texas Society for Hand Therapy

“Partner” of AHTF
Dorit Aaron, OTR, MA, CHT, FAOTA
Jeanine Beasley, EdD, OTR,CHT, FAOTA
Donna Breger Stanton, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
April Cowan, OTR, OTD, CHT
Steven Cuypers, President & CEO ORIFT
Missy Donnell, OTR, CHT
Michael Epstein, MD
Lynn Festa, OTR, CHT, CDWF
Lynnlee Fullenwider, OTR/L, CHT
Maureen Hardy, PT, MS, CHT
Stacy Hite, PT, DPT, MS, CHT
Kendyl Brock Hunter, OTR/L, CHT
Cindy Ivy, OTD, OTR/L, MEd, CHT
Linda Klein, OTR, CHT
Joy MacDermid, PT, PhD
Kim McVeigh, MBA, OTR/L, CHT
Sue Michlovitz, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Greg Pitts, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
Gary Solomon, MBA, MS, OTR/L, CHT
Karol Spraggs-Young, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
Caroline W Stegink-Jansen, PT, PhD, CHT
William Walsh, MBA, MHA, OTR/L, CHT
Barbara Winthrop, OTR, MA, CVE, CHT, FAOTA
Terri Wolfe, OTR/L, CHT
Aviva Wolff, EdD, OT, CHT

Special Thanks to ASHT

Past Scholar Honorees:


2018 Joy MacDermid, BSc, BScPT, MSc, PhD

2017 Roy Meals, MD

2016 Sue Blackmore, MS, OTR/L, CHT, COMT, UL

2015 Peter Amadio, MD & Nancy Cannon, OTR, CHT

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