(DALLAS – March 20, 2012) – The World Symposium on Congenital Malformation of the Hand and Upper Limb will draw 200 physicians from across the globe to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) this week.
The who’s who of physicians presenting papers at the symposium, being held from Thursday, March 22, to Saturday, March 24, are traveling from Australia, Japan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, the Ukraine, Egypt, Russia, Singapore, Latvia, South Africa, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and many parts of the United States.
The doctors gather every three years to discuss the latest developments in diagnosis and treatment for hand and upper limb differences. The 2012 gathering is chaired by two of the world’s leading pediatric hand surgeons, Dr. Marybeth Ezaki, director of the Charles E. Seay, Jr. Hand Center at TSRHC, and Dr. Scott Oishi of the Hand Center staff.
“The doctors travel great distances to share the latest information about the science and treatment of children with congenital upper limb differences. There is a heavy emphasis on what these children can do and how we can help these children lead normal, productive lives,” Dr. Ezaki said.
Presentations will be made by surgeons, an orthotist, an ethicist, psychologists and therapists who all work with these children in a multidisciplinary approach.
A highlight of the symposium is a panel discussion at 11:30 a.m. Saturday that will feature former Texas Scottish Rite Hospital patients, including Desmond Blair, 25, a project manager and adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas at Dallas. They will give attendees a patient’s view of how their treatment was helpful, and will guide the attendees at the conference as to what the patients really need.
The Charles E. Seay, Jr. Hand Center treats children with all forms of upper limb problems, including congenital and genetic abnormalities, and those acquired by injury, or later developmental conditions such as cerebral palsy, tumors, arthritis, and burns. The Center is involved in research into the causes of some types of growth deformities, and into the best treatments for many of the unusual conditions. The Center also offers Fellowship level training for those who want to devote their practices to caring for these children.
Dr. Ezaki and Dr. Oishi will be available for interviews as the symposium opens Thursday morning as well as later in the conference. Desmond Blair and some of the physicians attending the symposium are also available for interviews. Photos will be provided on request.
Marybeth Ezaki, M.D., is director of the Charles E. Seay, Jr. Hand Center at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. She received her undergraduate degree from Yale College and her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Ezaki is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and the co-director of the hand surgery fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She was president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Dallas County Medical Society and a Senior Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Scott Oishi, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a pediatric orthopaedic hand surgeon at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. He attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Mass., and has been part of the TSRHC Hand Team for 15 years.
Desmond Blair, 25, was born without both of his hands. Through treatment and support at TSRHC and his sheer determination, Blair has become an artist and 3D animator. An art and technology graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, he is a project manager for the First Person Cultural Trainer Army Simulation project at UT Dallas and an adjunct faculty member.
About Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC):
TSRHC is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopaedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Admission is open to Texas children from birth up to 18 years of age. Patients receive treatment regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please call (214) 559-5000 or (800) 421-1121 or visit www.tsrhc.org.