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Young European Hand Surgeons

Dear Members,

I am incredibly excited to officially begin my first term as President of YEHS despite the difficult times we are in. I’m following on from the leadership of our amazing outgoing President, Inga Besmens with whom I’ve worked with since YEHS‘s inception in 2017.

As past-Secretary, I connected with FESSH to build relationships, collaborate on events and create awareness and understanding for our goals. Moreover, I tried to welcome new members to spread our ideas, offer help and support and latterly I helped with Social Media creating a strong relationship with the FESSH Social Media committee as part of that committee also.

As incoming President, my goal is to keep promoting the values and aims of YEHS and grow it. We will aim to expand the committee in order to look for new ideas, collaborations and strengthen the community involvement. Each member of the board and committee will have a specific area of focus, and each will bring a diversity of thought, talent and passion to the YEHS mission.

After the recent on-line election we can reveal the new YEHS board:

Vice President: Inga Besmens
Secretary and Head of educational/fellowship committee: Camillo Fulchignoni
Head of Congress scientific advisory committee: Alessandro Crosio
Head of Social Media and communication committee: Elisabeth Haas

I’m certain that we will work together as one team to empower and improve YEHS. We will encourage and support the membership throughout the year to engage, give feedback, and add their voice to our initiatives.

I am honored to lead and work with such an amazing team. But nothing we do would have been possible without the strong will of Dr. Maurizio Calcagni to help found YEHS and pledge FESSH’s support during the initial years.

In the next two years of my mandate, I hope we can continue to serve the evolving needs of this community and find new resources in this uncertain and volatile time.

I look forward to do my best as your new YEHS president.

Thank you,

Letizia Marenghi

YEHS board elections are coming up – these are your candidates….

Pick your candidates and stay tuned for more infos on the voting process.

See candidates info in this Dropbox folder

Dear Everyone,

This has been a challenging time for all of us but as life goes on and things are (hopefully) getting better we don't want to forget that YEHS will need to vote on a new executive board. We want you to be part of this either by running for a position or by voting.

As you know YEHS' goals are to

  • facilitate networking between young hand surgeons across Europe
  • help FESSH to
    • improve hand surgery training in Europe
    • enable knowledge transfer between surgeons and institutions (e.g. traveling fellowships etc.)
    • promote research opportunities
    • install training courses, e-learnings, webinars
  • represent interests of trainees in hand surgery

We are a part of FESSH

I will step down as president this season and recommend Letizia Marenghi who has been Secretary up until now and has been doing a fantastic job for president of YEHS.

We will also be looking for a new Secretary and Head of Education/ Fellowship Committee, a new Head of Social Media and Communications Committee and a new head for the Congress Scientific Advisory Committee.

Please let us know if you are interested in joining us by sending an email to info@yehs.eu

See you all soon (at least virtually ;)


Dear Colleagues,

It is such a pleasure to welcome you all to our new website.

As you may know YEHS – Young European Hand Surgeons was founded with the support of Dr. Maurizio Calcagni, the current FESSH Secretary General, at the annual FESSH conference in Budapest in 2017.

Our goal is facilitate networking between young hand surgeons across Europe and to help FESSH to improve hand surgery training in Europe, to enable knowledge transfer between surgeons and institutions (e.g. traveling fellowships etc.), to promote research opportunities and to install training courses etc

And of course we are also here to represent the interests of trainees in hand surgery in Europe, your interests.

Find out more about who we are and what we have been up to, and check back regularly as this site is still work in progress…

We are looking forward to working together with all of you to make hand surgery training in Europe the best there is.

Kind regards,

Inga Besmens


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Executive Board members

Letizia Marenghi

Clinica Orthopedica
Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria
Via gramsci 14
43126 Parma

Inga Besmens

Division of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery
University Hospital of Zurich
Raemistrasse 100
8091 Zurich

Head of Social Media and Communications Committee
Elisabeth Haas

Department of Hand, Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery
Pettenkoferstr. 8a, 80336 Munich

Head of Advisory Scientific Congress Committee
Alessandro Crosio

Chirurgia della mano e Microchirurgia ricostruttiva
ASST Gaetano Pini-CTO
Via Gaetano Pini 9, 20122, Milano

Secretary and Head of Education/Fellowship Committee
Camillo Fulchignoni

Ortopedia e chirurgia della mano
Policlinico Gemelli
Via della Pineta Sacchetti 217, 00168, Roma

Standing Committees

Strategy Committee

Responsible for reviewing and advising on the long-term objectives and strategy of the association including all legal aspects.

Congress Scientific Advisory Committee

Responsible to provide appropriate advice to the Executive Board and the General Assembly regarding all scientific activities of the YEHS at the FESSH congress in alignment with the respective FESSH conference president/ planning committee.

Education/ Fellowship Committee

The Committee shall submit opinions to the Executive Board and to the General Assembly on all aspects relating to education, training and promotion of hand surgery and the exchange of knowledge e.g. through fellowships across Europe.

Social Media and Communications Committee

Responsible for maintaining the association's social media presence (e.g. Facebook page) and planning and managing all internal and external communications activities, this includes the regular (at least quarterly) distribution of the electronic "YEHS Newsletter" to all members and the Advisory Board.

Past presidents


Inga Besmens (Switzerland)


1st IFSSH Triathlon – let us entertain you!

At the 14th IFSSH Congress in Berlin we wanted to offer a more active “social event”. Therefor due to our Vice president’s hobby of triathlon we decided to organize a fun triathlon with a sightseeing effect in the capital city.

We were surprised how many sporty hand surgeons signed up in advance for the event. Unfortunately, we had to limit the number of participants on 25 this first time for organizational reasons….

People from all over the world registered for the fun race and due to perfect weather everyone reached the finish line. Swim start was in the south of Berlin in a rather small lake named “Krumme Lanke”. 600 meters open water swim had to be overcome without wetsuit – due to a25degree water temperature. After swim exit the athletes were transported to an indoor cycling center and had to spin 20k there. Of course time was taken for all three disciplines. Afterwards cabs were ordered to take the sporty surgeons to the city center (Tiergarten) for the final run of 5k with view to the Brandenburg Gate at the finishline. The “After race party” with alcohol free german beer and Bananas in the Tiergarten was the end of a great active day with a lot of happy faces.

And the winner Nikolay Karpinsky (35 years old) from Russia was so kind to write a short report in his view:

Triathlon is like handsurgery: you should be good in different disciplines and combine your skills. It can be fast as sprint distances and long as ironman, so as handsurgery from carpal tunnel to free femoral osteochondral graft.
Triathlon is always a challenge, so is every case a surgeon does. Everyone may see your results at the end and your photos with ironman medal, but very few know about your training and learning to achive this goals.

I was very happy when I realised that i am not the only triathlete in the field. Elli did a great job to organise the event, it was true fan and competition.

This year in Berlin I failed to pass The Exam, at least I won the triathlon. See you next year in Bazel, i can pass to the new winner my tri-medal and change to FESSH-diploma :)

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