Nash Naam earns international recognition

Dr. Nash Naam receives the Pioneer of Hand Surgery award from IFSSH president Dr. Szabo.

Nash Naam of Effingham has earned international recognition as a “Pioneer of Hand Surgery.”

The International Federation for Societies for Surgery of the Hand is an international organization that is dedicated to promoting hand surgery across the world. It holds an international meeting every three years. This year the meeting was in Berlin, Germany.

Every three years the IFSSH awards some prominent hand surgeons around the world who “have made a significant contribution to Hand Surgery nationally and internationally and who have made specific, outstanding international contributions to promote hand surgery," with its prestigious “Pioneer of Hand Surgery” award. This year, 37 hand surgeons from 19 countries have been chosen as Pioneers of Hand Surgery.

Since its inception in 1966, this award has been given to 205 hand surgeons, including this year's honorees, from 43 countries. Naam is the only one from a town of less than 100,000 population.

"This honor signifies that even in small towns physicians can aspire to make contributions nationally and internationally," Naam said. "It also signifies that the International hand surgery community does not differentiate between surgeons in big cities compared to small towns. What is important is the actual contribution to the development and promotion of hand surgery on national and international levels.

"This award would not have been possible without the limitless support and encouragement of my lovely wife, Elene Awad, and my wonderful partners, Dr. Stewart and Dr. Sasso."