The next meetings of the Duke Hand Club:


Date: September 30, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
The Four Seasons Hotel Austin
East Lawn
98 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, TX
Event: Duke Hand Club Reception at the ASSH Meeting

Date: October 29-November 3, 2016
Place: Llao Llao Hotel and Resort in Patagonia near San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
Contact: Dr. David Ruch, Duke Hand Club President

We invite you to join us at the 9th Triennial Meeting of the Duke Hand Club to be held in Argentina immediately following the 2016 IFSSH meeting in Buenos Aires.  The DHC meeting will take place at The Llao Llao Hotel & Resort (a member of The Leading Hotels in the World) in San Carlos de Bariloche, Patagonia ( ) with arrival on Saturday, October 29, 2016 and departure on Thursday, November 3, 2016.

The meeting will be spectacular with a scientific program dedicated to expanding our knowledge, including sessions on Shoulder, Elbow and Congenital as well as new ideas in Hand and Microsurgery. This year, we will have dedicated panels led by experts in their fields who will be organizing mini-symposia as well as free papers. As always, the meeting will provide an opportunity to become reacquainted socially in one of the most beautiful locations in the world.

For those of you who have not experienced the unique combination of the highest level of academic papers combined with an energetic social schedule that the Duke Hand Club meeting offers, we strongly encourage you to attend this meeting. We know you will enjoy the camaraderie and flare that our meetings have become known for.

IT IS NOW TIME TO REGISTER FOR THE MEETING AND MAKE YOUR ROOM RESERVATIONS (how-to below). You may also want to book your travel if you haven’t already.  (For those of you planning first to attend the IFSSH meeting in Buenos Aires, those hotel and meeting details are completely separate from the DHC hotel and meeting: for details please refer to the IFSSH website.

Again as we did with the last meeting, we are working with Paul and Holley Broughton of BSPEC, Inc., ( to coordinate the accommodations, meeting and extracurricular events.

ARRIVAL for most will be on Saturday, October 29.  Please book your flights to arrive at the San Carlos de Bariloche airport (BRC), if possible Saturday afternoon. We can arrange your hotel transfers from the Bariloche airport (BRC) to Llao Llao and place those charges on your room account.  To that end, please email your airline information to Paul Broughton ( as soon as you have it.

We have arranged a very special rate at Llao Llao Resort of $299/night plus 21% VAT, single or double occupancy (inclusive of breakfast) for the nights of October 29th through November 2nd, and 3 days prior to and after the DHC Meeting, based on availability. TO MAKE YOUR ROOM RESERVATION: Please email Paul Broughton ( ASAP with your arrival and departure dates to secure a room at the special rate in our room block.

The REGISTRATION FEE for the meeting is $1400 for the member and $500 for the spouse, for a total of $1900 per couple.

Included in the registration fee are the following:

  • Dinners on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday evenings
  • Scenic guided boat tour and lunch on Monday
  • Transportation to group events and to dinner Tuesday evening
  • Spouse activities during morning meetings
  • Resort activities that don’t charge an additional fee
  • Meeting spaces and beverages during meetings
  • (Full buffet breakfasts–in a separate DHC dining room–included every morning with your room rate.)

What is not included in registration fee:

  • Cost of hotel room(s)
  • Lunches during the meeting except for Monday on the boat
  • Cost of Tuesday night’s dinner (diners will pay for their meals at the restaurant, with the exception of Il Gabbiano which can be charged to your room)
  • Golf, spa treatments, rentals, excursions that include an additional fee
  • Transfers to/from BRC airport (we will make the arrangements and charge the fee to your room)

Please contact Dave Ruch (, Susan Ruch (, or Paul Broughton ( for a registration form and with any questions or for more details.  We look forward to another fabulous, memorable meeting with many enthusiastic veterans as well as first-timers already signed up! We hope to see you there.



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