Brandon S. Smetana, M.D. takes part in the ASSH Young Leaders Program

Brandon S. Smetana, M.D. was recently selected as one of only 15 distinguished hand surgeons in the country to take part in the ASSH Young Leaders Program in Chicago. The prestigious program, sponsored by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, gives enthusiastic and dedicated young surgeons the opportunity to develop leadership skills and increase their involvement in the society at the national level.  Members selected for this program participate in an active, ongoing discussion to identify key issues within the upper extremity profession and present their research and findings to the Council.

Issues discussed in this year’s Young Leader Program included topics ranging from developing methods to standardize educational curricula and skills for future hand surgeon trainees to pursuing initiatives to improve the efficiency and care for patients in the Emergency Department.

Dr. Smetana has become increasingly involved in numerous committees focusing on education since the conclusion of the program including initiatives to better define essential elements of hand fellowship training and to assist with the education of the next generation of hand surgeons through involvement in the AE Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference Committee and the Young Members Steering Committee. His involvement and ongoing commitment to advancing the field will continue the long standing tradition of the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center as we seek to provide the most up to date and cutting edge care to patients in our community.