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The APFSSH 2023 Scientific Programme Committee is pleased to announce the following speakers for the 13th APFSSH, 9th APFSHT, and 8th APWA Congress.
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Regarded as the ‘Father’ of Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery in Singapore, Emeritus Professor Pho performed the first thumb replantation in 1977. He established the Department of Hand Reconstructive Microsurgery at the National University Hospital in 1991, and since then has been a mentor to two generations of hand surgeons in Singapore. An analytical and versatile surgeon, he is well known internationally for his expertise in the area of musculoskeletal oncology and the concept of biological limb reconstruction, in particular for live fibula transfer. He is a keen teacher, always encouraging trainees to be deeply analytical in clinical work as well as in reviewing literature as well as a mentor to many consultant surgeons, sharing his vast amount of surgical experience and know-how.
Tunku Sara Ahmad is a Malaysian Hand and Microsurgeon. She is now retired but continues some practice, teaching, research and admin.
She was the 1st Woman Orthopaedic Surgeon and President of the Orthopaedic Association in her country and a pioneer and Past President in the Malaysian Society for Surgery of the Hand. She chaired the Orthopaedic Department at the University of Malaya, Malaysia’s first Medical School, for 14 years.
She loves music, song and dance and diverse groups of friends and relatives, and struggles to be as green as she can, while running a household with nonagenarian parents.
Invited APFSHT Speakers
Alison Taylor graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 1990, from Sydney University, Australia. She has worked in and out of the US for over 30+years and obtained her CHT in 2001. Since that time Alison has presented at 7ASHT Conferences, multiple state ASHT/OT and International conferences in Australia, UK and Italy.
She became a Kinesio Taping Instructor in 2011 and actively lectures throughout the USA and internationally on UE and LE taping. Alison presented on Tennis Elbow at the International Kinesio Taping symposium in 2017/2021 and was published in the Kinesio “Advanced Healing Magazine” as well as the JHT in 2021.
Alison is a guest lecturer for the OT programs at Texas Women’s University (Denton) and LSU (Shreveport), teaching Kinesio Taping and Splinting, and is developing protocols for tennis elbow, elbow fractures and radial nerve impairment.
Peggy Boineau, OTR, MOT, BCPR, CHT graduated from Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, USA, with a Master of Occupational Therapy and has specialized in clinical care of patients with orthopedic upper extremity injuries for 30+ years. She served as President of the American Society of Hand Therapists in 2010 and is the current President of the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (IFSHT). She has served on the Executive Committee of the IFSHT since 2013. She has extensive experience as a hand therapy lecturer on a local, national, and international level. She earned Board Certification in Physical Rehabilitation (BCPR) from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in 2015. She established the AOTA approved Houston Methodist Hand Therapy Fellowship in 2012 and coordinated the fellowship for 9 years. Peggy considers one of her greatest accomplishments in her career to be the training of hand therapy fellows and facilitating their development as evidence-based practitioners and future leaders in the specialty of hand therapy. Peggy has worked for the Houston Methodist Health System for 13 years and currently works as a certified hand therapist for Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world. Peggy’s special interests include rehabilitation of the shoulder and post operative management of distal radius fracture. Peggy enjoys travelling and she loves educating therapists and promoting the specialty of hand therapy around the world.
Aviva Wolff, EdD, OT, CHT is an occupational therapist, clinician-scientist with experience working with performing artists and individuals with upper extremity musculoskeletal injuries. She consults for the Julliard School, and runs the upper extremity clinical movement analysis programs and biomechanics research at the Leon Root, MD Motion Analysis Laboratory at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
Her research interest is in the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal occupational overuse injuries. Dr. Wolff has served in leadership capacities in multiple professional organizations, and has published multiple papers and book chapters. She is currently President-Elect of the American Hand Therapy Society.
Sarah G. Ewald is an occupational therapist and Swiss and European certified Hand Therapist, practicing as a clinician at City Handtherapie in Zurich, Switzerland. Since 1994, she has been teaching continuing education courses for therapists. At the post-graduate level, she teaches in the certificate of advanced studies in Hand Therapy programs at universities in Switzerland, Sweden, and Austria. As a member of the EFSHT education Committee for ten years and the Swiss Hand Rehabilitation education committee for nine years, she contributed to developing hand therapy certification in Switzerland and Europe. In addition, she served in various offices as a member of the IFSHT executive committee for 15 years, also serving as President of IFSHT from 2013-2016. In 2022, she received the IFSHT Lifetime achievement award for contributions to hand therapy.