Twenty-sixth Annual Duke Hand Club James R. Urbaniak Visiting Professor, Scott H. Kozin, MD


From May 23-25, 2016, we were delighted and honored to have Scott H. Kozin, MD, Chief of Staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, join us as the Twenty-sixth Annual Duke Hand Club James R. Urbaniak Visiting Professor. He gave two talks: “Pediatric Tendon Transfers” and “Pediatric Nerve Injuries.”

Scott Kozin graduated from Duke University in 1982 with a degree in computer science. He received his medical degree from at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, and subsequently completed his orthopaedic residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center. He completed a hand and microvascular surgery fellowship in 1992 at the Mayo Clinic. In 2000, he devoted his practice and research to pediatric and congenital disorders of the hand and upper extremity at the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia.

Since that time, Dr. Kozin has been an advocate for improving the lives of children via research, education, and patient care. He is currently Chief of Staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia. He has published over 100 peer reviewed papers, on a wide range of topics including birth/obstetrical brachial plexus palsy, spinal cord injury and congenital differences. Dr. Kozin received the distinguished Weiland Metal by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) in 2010, which honors a hand surgeon/scientist who has contributed a body of research that advances the field.

Dr. Kozin was president of the ASSH in 2014. During his tenure, he developed the Touching Hands Project (THP) to foster hand care around the globe with a focus on developing and under-served countries. The THP mission statement reads “Creating opportunities for hand specialists to give back their knowledge and expertise to the global community.” The augural mission to Haiti occurred in 2014 and additional missions to other countries are scheduled for 2015 and beyond. The THP program has created opportunities for two of our current fellows and many Duke staff through two trips to Honduras, and we are excited for our com-bined connection with THP.

Dr. Kozin is a devoted husband to his wife Louise and a wonderful father to his two children, Bryan and Samantha. During his leisure time, he enjoys travel, food, and mountain biking.

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