The New York Society for Surgery of the Hand was organized in the early 1960’s when a small group of surgeons met for dinner to develop professional contact among like-minded individuals in an informal social setting. As such it was the first regional hand surgery society of its kind and was the prototype for other groups across the country. It has grown to its present size of over 120 members and still embodies the purpose of the founding members in promoting camaraderie and exchange of knowledge amongst hand surgeons. Article II of the Society’s Constitution states its purpose, its mission statement,
Towards this purpose the Society has four dinner meetings yearly, sponsors an annual Hand Surgery Review Course given in the Fall before the In-Service examination, and hosts a Spring Residents and Fellows Conference to encourage research projects in development.