It is with deep gratitude and respect that the Physicians of the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center congratulate their colleague William B. Kleinman on the reception of the Lee Osterman Teaching Award. The Osterman award is granted to only one member of the ASSH (American Society for Surgery of the Hand). The recipient is a member who has dedicated his or her career to the advancement of the Surgery of the Hand education. The recipient is deemed to have demonstrated excellence in educating students, resident and fellows, as well as other Hand Surgeons. During the course of his career Dr. Kleinman has trained thousands in his specialty. He has been in the practice of hand and upper extremity surgery at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center since the completion of his post-residency Fellowship training in 1978. He earned his doctorate degree in medicine from Cornell University/New York Hospital in New York City in 1972. He completed a two-year general surgery residency at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver in 1974, followed by a return to New York City to complete his three-year residency training in orthopaedic surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in 1977. His formal one-year Fellowship training in Hand Surgery was also completed at Columbia-Presbyterian, under the tutelage of his legendary mentor, Dr. Robert E. Carroll. Dr. Kleinman’s training in microvascular reconstruction followed at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina.
He is a full Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Much of his work at the I.U. Medical Center throughout his career has been in children with hand and upper extremity birth defects. Services have been provided through the Congenital Hand Deformities Clinic at the Riley Children’s Hospital, where he served as founder and director from 1978 to 1995.
The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center has provided excellence in care of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder for over 45 years. Their world class team treats simple conditions to complex/traumatic injuries. With teaching requests worldwide, and patients coming from around the globe, the physicians at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center stand ready to offer compassionate care and excellent surgical outcomes.