Surgery of the hand is the field of medicine that includes the
investigation, preservation, and restoration by medical, surgical, and
rehabilitative means of all structures of the upper extremity directly
affecting the form and function of the hand and wrist.
The ABS intends the certificate in surgery of the hand for only
those surgeons who, by virtue of additional training, practice
characteristics reflecting a major commitment to surgery of the hand,
and through contributions to this field, have demonstrated
qualifications in hand surgery that deserve special recognition.