History / Dirstine Lecture

The Seattle Hand Surgery Group® had its beginning when Dr. Morris J. Dirstine returned from World War II. As a general surgeon, he had been put in charge of a hand surgery unit in Europe; the hand trauma cases he encountered led to his keen interest in this field. He returned to Seattle after the war and began a practice devoted to hand surgery. He was a pioneer in this specialty in Seattle and helped foster its growth and advancement. He died in 1983 and is still remembered fondly for his kindness and compassion towards patients and his willingness to teach others.

We honor Dr. Dirstine annually with the Dirstine Lectureship.  Started in 1993 by Emeritus Drs. Almquist and Sack, Seattle Hand Surgery Group took over sponsorship in 2001.  Pacific NW Hand Surgeons and Hand Therapists are welcomed annually to attend the lecture series.

2020 Dirstine Lecture – Due to COVID-19 the Dirstine Lecture has been cancelled for this year.


**The Dirstine Lecture is solely sponsored by the owners of Seattle Hand Surgery Group, P.C.   The lectureship is a private event that is not open to vendors.  Please note that all generous offers of sponsorship are respectfully declined.

Past Dirstine Lecturers

1993      Richard I. Burton, M.D., University of Rochester
1994      Ronald L. Linscheid, M.D., Mayo Clinic
1995      Peter J. Stern, M.D., University of Cincinnati
1996     Julio Taleisnik, M.D., University of California, Irvine
1997      Andrew K. Palmer, M.D., SUNY Health Science Center
1998      James R. Urbaniak, M.D., Duke University Medical Center
1999      E.G. Shaw Wilgis, M.D., Curtis National Hand Center, Baltimore
2000     Edward E. Almquist, M.D., Seattle Hand Surgery Group
2001      James W. Strickland, M.D., Indiana University School of Medicine
2002     Hill Hastings II, M.D., Indiana Hand Center
2003     David P. Green, M.D., University of Texas Health Science Center
2004     Andrew Weiland, M.D., Hospital for Special Surgery, N.Y.
2005     Diego Fernandez, M.D., Lindenhof Hospital, Bern
2006     Brian Adams, M.D., University of Iowa Medical Center
2007     Arnold-Peter C. Weiss, M.D., Brown Medical School
2008    Alexander Y. Shin, M.D., Mayo Clinic
2009    Robert N. Hotchkiss, M.D., Hospital for Special Surgery, N.Y.
2010     James Chang, M.D., Stanford University Medical Center
2011     David Ruch, M.D., Duke University Medical Center
2012     Prosper Benhaim, M.D., UCLA Medical Center
2013     Edward Diao, M.D., California Pacific Medical Center
2014     Thomas J. Fischer, M.D., Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center
2015     Mark E. Baratz, M.D., University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
2016     Jorge L. Orbay, M.D., Miami Hand & Upper Extremity Institute
2017     Jennifer Moriatis Wolf, University of Chicago
2018     Philip Blazer, M.D., Brigham & Women’s Hospital
2019     Glenn Gaston, M.D., OrthoCarolina Hand Center
2020    Cancelled due to COVID-19 Pandemic