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Object Number 2012.003.013
Object Name Certificate
Title Honorary professorship certificate
Scope & Content Certificate of Honorary Professorship in Orthopedic Surgery bestowed on Sterling Bunnell by La Universidad Nacional de Mexico, August 27, 1945.
Dates of Creation August 27, 1945
Creator La Universidad Nacional de Mexico
Collection Bunnell, Sterling
Subjects Covered Honorary Professorship
Exhibit Label Title Early Pioneers: Sterling Bunnell, MD
Exhibit Label Text Dr. Sterling Bunnell (1882-1957) has been called "The Father of Hand Surgery." He completed his undergraduate degree in 1904 at the University of California and received his medical degree in 1908 from the University of California at San Francisco.

The specialty of hand surgery developed during World War II. Battle-induced injuries required expertise from several surgical disciplines. Dr. Bunnell was chosen by the Surgeon General to lead the training programs. As a consultant to the U.S. Army, Dr. Bunnell travelled between the military hand centers and dedicated his career to educating hand surgeons. He was instrumental in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of approximately 20,000 hands of soldiers.

In 1944, using his experience, Dr. Bunnell wrote a textbook, Surgery of the Hand, which served as the premier reference for hand surgery for nearly 30 years. Dr. Bunnell always insisted that proper care of the upper extremity required a multidisciplinary approach. Many of the great pioneers in the field of hand surgery were influenced by the teachings of Dr. Bunnell.

In 1946, Dr. Bunnell and several of his trained surgeons founded the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). Dr. Bunnell served as the first ASSH President in 1946-1947.
Associated People Bunnell, Sterling
Keyword Search Terms Bunnell, Sterling
Honorary Professorship
Early Pioneers