AHTF 2022 Happy Hour with a Scholar

Friday, October 14th

6 pm – 6:40 pm: Check-in & Networking

6:45 pm: Honored Scholar Lecture

Washington Hilton — International Ballroom

Mark E Baratz, MD

  • Clinical Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Orthopaedics, UPMC 2013-present
  • Program Director, UPMC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Hand Fellowship 2015-present
  • Past President of AAHS

    When I Need You Most: Surgeon-therapist challenges when patients need more and a system gives less.

    Times are changing. Our system is strained and resources are being rationed. Surgeons and therapists are modifying priorities. However there needs to be a “line in the sand”: those situations where intensive care is necessary to preserve essential function. This lecture identifies those cases where providers of hand care have to rally to ensure uncompromising care.


    Better understand those diagnoses which are most challenging when it comes to pre- and post-operative rehabilitation.

    Three Learning Objectives:

    1. Financial constraints that face patients, physicians and therapists
    2. Diagnoses most likely to require intensive therapy
    3. Strategies to mitigate limitations on therapy due to financial constraints


    1. Napora JK, Demyanovich H, Mulliken A, Oslin K, Pensy R, Slobogean G, O’Toole RV, O’Hara N. Patients’ preferences for occupational therapy after upper extremity fractures: a discrete choice experiment. BMJ Open. 2020 Oct 14;10(10)

    2. Khan-Farooqi L, Pathare E. Evidence-Based Hand Therapy and Its Impact on Health Care Policy. Hand Clin. 2020 May;36(2):197-203.

    3. Buchanan H, van Niekerk L. Work transitions after serious hand injury: Current occupational therapy practice in a middle-income country. Aust Occup Ther J. 2021

    Past Scholar Honorees:


    2021 Susan Mackinnon, MD

    2020 Scott Kozin, MD

    2019 Lee Osterman, MA, FAOA

    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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