International Visiting Professor Program

The ASSH Visiting Professor Program is designed to support veteran hand surgery educators to travel and participate in educational visits to developing countries or lower-middle income regions. Trips are designed around a national hand conference in the country, in conjunction with pre- or post- conference visits to smaller teaching sites in the country.  Visiting professors may be asked to present educational lectures, provide surgical consultations, participate in patient evaluations, and perform surgeries (dependent on host country regulations).  

The purpose of these educational trips is to engage, teach, and interact with hand surgeons outside of the United States.  Our focus is on elevating and enhancing the hand surgery specialty and developing new relationships within the global hand surgery community.  

The ASSH will fund up to six educational visits each calendar year (covering cost of airfare, visa fees and travel insurance).  Professors should plan on a minimum of seven working days, inclusive of travel time, in the host country.

Interested hosts must submit a detailed application and commit to covering the cost for housing accommodations, meals and local ground transportation for the Visiting Professor during his or her stay. Any additional expenses are the responsibility of the visiting professor. 

The ASSH will solicit qualified Visiting Professors and help match professors to hosts based on availability and expertise to best meet both professor and host expectations.  

Online applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, creating a pool of visiting professor candidates.  Please apply now to be considered for any existing and/or future opportunities!

Independent Funding Available in 2019
The ASSH invites members that have an existing relationship with a prospective host country to apply for independent funding for a future educational trip to that country.  All host/professor requirements as outlined on this page must be met to be considered. To apply, submit your application online. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and early submission is encouraged.


Neil F. Jones, MD


David T. Netscher, MD

Additional professors and hosts to be determined.

Be considered for a future trip.  Apply as a candidate Visiting Professor.  Apply online.

Have an existing relationship with a host country?  Apply for funding.


Steven L. Moran, MD

John J. Faillace, MD

2017 Visiting Professors

Jesse B. Jupiter, MD

Roy A. Meals, MD

2016 Visiting Professors

Vincent R. Hentz, MD
South Africa & Sri Lanka

Amy L. Ladd, MD
Chile & Egypt 

2015 Visiting Professors 

John T. Capo, MD
Colombia & Philippines

Donald H. Lalonde, MD 
Georgia & Indonesia 

2014 Visiting Professors 

Terry R. Light, MD 
India & Bangladesh 

Marwan A. Wehbe, MD
Ecuador & Bolivia