President’s Message

1st August, 2019.

It has been a great honour to be the president of this vibrant association. APWA is a progressive group of surgeons and therapists who have a great time learning more about the wrist, and how to solve its mysteries. As PC says, we are the “wrist lovers”.

Toshi Nakamura organised a wonderful 4th Annual Congress in Narita. Toshi is the President Elect of APWA and is in the process of creating the new 2019-21 Executive. The new blood will help evolve APWA to the next level. If you want to be more involved with APWA, please contact Toshi. Toshi has also been the editor of JWS, which continues to be our premiere wrist journal. I am pleased to announce that APWA is now an Affiliated partner of JWS. This will be stated on the JWS cover, contents page and online. Financial APWA members will receive a 25% discount on JWS subscriptions.

European Wrist Arthroscopy Society (EWAS) has changed its name to International Wrist Arthroscopy Society (IWAS). The inaugural president of the new IWAS is Dr Eva-Maria Baur, who is one of our invited speakers for the Seoul Meeting in November 2019. One of her stated missions is to support and advance wrist surgery, including women surgeons and therapists. She will lead a breakfast discussion group at the Seoul meeting. This is an ideal forum for our women members to discuss the issues that are important to them.

Wendong XU has led the Conference Committee, which has put together a platform for the planning and organisation of the meetings. I am pleased to see so many attending our great meetings. Congratulations to Wendong Xu as President Elect for the new IWAS.

The 5th Annual Congress is in Seoul, South Korea. It is shaping up to be a fantastic event. Thank you to Joo-Yup Lee for his great organisational skills. We look forward to seeing everyone in Seoul 8 -10 Nov 2019. Submit abstracts now to be able to present in Seoul.     

Other congresses include:

6th Annual Congress – Singapore in 2020, Convenor Andrew Chin

7th Annual Congress is in Shanghai in 2021, Convenor Wendong Xu

8th Annual Congress is to be announced in Seoul, please contact Wendong Xu, if you would like to host this meeting.

Jeff Ecker has been the Chair of the Education Committee. He has been instrumental in supporting the Congress Chair’s in providing quality academic programs.

Abhijeet Wahegaonkar has been well supported by Margaret Fok in making the website a portal for our members. Contact Abhijeet to add photos or information to

Wing Lim Tse has been chairman of the travelling fellowship committee. The 2019 Travelling Fellows application are open now, contact Gloria for more details. All of the travelling fellows have added to our meetings with new ideas but their biggest contribution has been the way they have supported the development of the society, and are becoming the new leaders in wrist surgery.

Shanlin Chen, as Secretary General is working to ensure that we gain new members. As Treasurer, James Wan has had some challenges with the current international financial environment, but with the added support of PT Chan we will advance through some of these difficulties.

Clara Wong has put together a great APWA newsletter, which has helped spread the APWA philosophy.

I feel we are moving forward, with new initiatives coming, such as the “Young Fellows Committee” and the “Therapist Committee”. Speak to Toshi, if you want to be involved. 

We all have valued from the support of PC Ho, as our Foundation President. His experience and supportive leadership continue to be greatly valued. Gloria has been the APWA Secretariat, and continues to support us all, in our endeavour of grow our society. Please contact Gloria for any information about APWA. It could be about the 5th Annual Congress in Seoul, the APWA Travelling fellowship or bidding for the 2022 meeting.

I feel that our young society continues to evolve, and we all learn from each other. I look forward to seeing all of the APWA members in Seoul in Nov 2019.

Greg Bain

APWA President 2017 – 19

Greg Bain

President’s Foreword

We are all so fortunate to have had PC Ho create such a wonderful Wrist Association. I feel very honoured to be the second APWA President. We have a strong and committed Executive Board and Sub-committees, comprising of passionate and experienced colleagues of diverse national background. Please help us continue to build on PC’s legacy, and really make APWA an association that we can all be proud of. Together we can fulfil our mission, which is to promote and advance the concept, knowledge and practice of the surgery for disorders of the wrist.

– Greg Bain, APWA President 2017 -19

Our Founding President’s Vision

We believe as time goes on, wrist surgery will get even more exciting and fascinating. Imagine that arthroscopy becomes bread and butter for everyone, minimal invasive surgery is the norm for all, wrists no longer need to be fused, cartilage can regrow, ligament can heal predictably. We believe that with our conjoint effort and enthusiasm, all these will no longer be dreams one day.

– PC Ho, Founding President 2015-17

Greg Bain, PC Ho

  • Gather and Excel

    At last, wrist enthusiasts in the Asia Pacific area have a niche to gather, to exchange and to excel!

    The Asia Pacific Wrist Association (or APWA in brief) was proudly established on 11 April 2015 when 21 determined wrist experts from 10 countries and cities in the Asia Pacific region met at the Prince of Wales Hospital of Hong Kong to discuss and endorse the formation of the Association, a long time dream behind many of this group of dedicated workers and researchers in wrist surgery and therapy.  I was lucky enough to have got acquainted with them through our collaboration and education work in this area over the last two decades. We all witness the tremendous outburst in interest and output on this field, and the growing fraternity among the communities, especially in the last 5-10 years. However there is still considerable mismatch between the availability of competent wrist surgeons and therapists, and the patients in need due to the vast area and population we serve, and the extreme diversity of culture, language, social structure and medical system within the Asia Pacific area. Never in our history the desire and determination to make positive progress and advancement in this area is more intense than at the present moment.  This need and concern drive us to form a professional association of our own without hesitation.

  • Activities

    Membership application is now open. To encourage participation and collaboration, membership of the Association is on individual basis. Many activities are already on the plot: annual scientific congress, comprehensive review courses, travelling fellowship and training programme, research grant provision, joint center research project, joint registry and data base on specific diseases of interest, young investigator awards, educational media production, website, case discussion forum, publications and even journal. Both arthroscopists and non-arthroscopists are welcome and membership is not confined to surgeons. Therapist, nurses, rehabilitationist, radiologist, biomedical engineer, information technologist, anatomist, basic scientist etc. are all welcome, as long as they “love” the wrist and find the wrist enthralling!

Aims and Objectives of APWA

The aims and objectives of APWA are as follows:

  1. To encourage the clinical application of wrist surgery and other diagnostic and therapeutic methods;
  2. To facilitate exchange of clinical and scientific information, to advance knowledge, concept and clinical skill in the field of wrist disorders and wrist surgery;
  3. To promote research and collaboration in the fields of wrist disorders and wrist surgery among the various Asia-Pacific countries and area; and
  4. To bring together doctors and other medical professionals specializing or with special interest in the aforementioned fields through organizing conferences, educational and training courses, traveling fellowship programmes, and other related scientific activities.

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