UC Irvine's Dr. Neil Jones elected vice president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand

October 15, 2013

Neil Jones, MD, chief of hand surgery and professor in the UC Irvine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, was elected vice president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand at the society’s annual meeting in October.

A renowned hand surgeon, Jones is among the world’s foremost experts in the reconstruction of children's hand deformities with microsurgical toe-to-hand transfers and complex microsurgical reconstruction of the forearm, wrist, and hand.

After his year-long term as ASSH vice president, Jones will become president-elect next year and president in 2015.

Jones came to UC Irvine in 2008 from UCLA, where he had been chief of hand surgery for fifteen years, to become director of the UC Irvine Health Center for Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. He specializes in hand surgery and reconstructive microsurgery, with a major emphasis on nerve problems, tendon injuries, tendon transfers, arthritis, children’s hand deformities and microsurgical reconstruction of the upper extremity. His research has focused on limb transplantation and nerve transplantation, areas that may potentially lead to improved techniques for reconstruction of severe upper extremity injuries in the future.

Jones graduated from Trinity College, Oxford University and Oxford University Medical School in England. He trained in general surgery and orthopaedic surgery in England, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. After completing a further residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Michigan, he returned to England for a fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Royal London Hospital and St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London. He completed a second fellowship in orthopedic hand surgery and microsurgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He has previously served as president of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery in 2008-2009.


About the ASSH: The mission of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand is to advance the science and practice of hand surgery through education, research and advocacy on behalf of patients and practitioners. Founded in 1946, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand is the oldest medical specialty society in the United States devoted entirely to continuing medical education related to hand surgery.

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