October 13, 2005

David M. Lichtman, MD, chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at UNT Health Science Center and John Peter Smith Hospital, was elected the 60th president of the American society’s September annual meeting in San Antonio.

A graduate of the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Lichtman interned at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and completed a residency at Naval Hospital Oakland and a fellowship in hand surgery in San Diego. A retired rear admiral in the United States Navy, Dr. Lichtman served as the commanding officer of the Naval hospitals at Oakland and Bethesda.

Dr. Lichthman is the author of the widely-used textbook â??The Wrist and Its Disorders.â? He is immediate past president of the Society of Military Consultants to the Armed Forces and serves as a member of the Orthopedic Residency Review Committee of the American Council for Graduate Medical Education and an examiner for the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Dr. Lichtman currently resides in Fort Worth with his wife, Frances.

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. The ASSH began as a select group of only 35 founding members and now includes over 1,800 members from around the world.


Contact: Kay Colley 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail

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