Thank you for your interest in the Northern California Shoulder and Elbow Course. We are pleased to be able to bring a world class educational opportunity  to the area and help develop interest and expertise in shoulder and elbow surgery.

  For our 2019 focus on shoulder arthroplasty, we have assembled a master faculty panel from centers of excellence throughout the country. They have

decades of combined experience and have helped shape the very concepts we will be discussing. Each faculty member is a dynamic, engaging expert in the field with a proven record of prioritizing medical education. Our participants will have the unique opportunity to engage with them directly for an unparalleled experience.

  Again, we appreciate your interest and hope you join us this year in Sacramento!

Hafiz F. Kassam, MD, FRCS(C)

Welcome from the Program Chair


   Dr. Blaine has a broad range of experience in academic, clinical, research and administrative roles at leading academic institutions. Prior to joining Orthopedic Associates in 2018, he worked at Yale where he served as the Interim Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, as well as Chief of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. He also was the team physician for Yale Athletics.

  Dr. Blaine currently performs the highest volume of shoulder replacement operations in Connecticut and has an excellent reputation for quality outcomes in these surgeries. He has received numerous postgraduate honors and teaching awards, and has been recognized as one of the "Best Doctors in America". He is widely published and recently founded and serves as Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Arthroplasty.

 Theodore A. Blaine, MD 

 Dr. Theodore Blaine is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in orthopedics. He completed his medical school training at UCONN, his post-doctoral training at Brown and Yale, and an orthopedic surgery residency and fellowship in orthopedic research at the University of Rochester. He went on to complete a fellowship in Shoulder and Elbow/Sports Medicine at Columbia University and served as a visiting fellow in Elbow Surgery at the Mayo Clinic.


 Tom R. Norris, MD 

  Dr. Norris is on the Board of Directors for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, and as the Co-Director for the San Francisco Shoulder, Elbow & Hand Clinic Fellowship¸ he trains two orthopaedic surgeons each year in surgery of the shoulder. He has also published numerous books and articles and teaches instructional courses throughout the world.

   Dr. Norris was raised in Texas and attended Princeton University for his undergraduate education. He received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY. After an internship at San Francisco General Hospital, Dr. Norris returned to New York for his orthopaedic surgery residency at New York Orthopaedic Hospital, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. After a fellowship in hand surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, and a microvascular fellowship with Dr. Jack W. Tupper in Oakland, CA, he once again returned to New York for further training in shoulder and elbow surgery with Dr. Charles Neer, II, a pioneer of the subspecialty.

   Dr. Norris is a board-certified Orthopaedic Surgeon and an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Shoulder and Elbow Society, and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. 

  Dr. Tom Norris is a world renowned shoulder surgeon with sub-specialty interest in total shoulder replacements. Dr. Norris joined the San Francisco Shoulder, Elbow & Hand Clinic in 1978. He is a founding member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES), and served as the organization’s president in 2001. He has been the Head Physician Consultant for Tornier, Orthopaedic Extremity Specialists, where he has contributed substantially to evolving the design of the reverse total shoulder replacement prosthesis.


 Mark A. Mighell, MD 

 Dr. Mark A. Mighell is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and he serves his profession as a national board examiner. He specializes in the treatment of injuries and disorders of the shoulder and elbow, and, having been trained in an American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons fellowship, he now trains three fellows each year. 


  Additionally, Dr. Mighell treats patients using advanced surgical techniques including elbow arthroscopy, reverse total shoulder replacement, and shoulder reconstruction.

 Prior to joining Florida Orthopaedic Institute in 2001, Dr. Mighell served on active duty in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center for seven years, and as Medical Director for the United States Navy during the previous four years receiving a Navy Commendation for duties performed. He is an active member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon and has received the “Best Doctors In America” award annually since 2007.

  Multi-lingual in English, Spanish, French, Russian, and German, Dr. Mighell has authored dozens of publications and has delivered numerous poster and oral presentations relating to his medical expertise. His outreach activities include acting as Team Physician to the Plant High School athletic departments, as well as mentoring college students who are interested in studying medicine.

 Dr. Mighell enjoys spending his free time boating with his wife and three children. He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.


 Samer S. Hasan, MD, PhD 

​  Samer S. Hasan, MD, PhD is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and shoulder and elbow specialist. Dr. Hasan is the Clinical Director for the Mercy Health / Cincinnati SportsMedicine and Orthopaedic Center. He is also Chief of Surgery and of Orthopaedics at the Jewish Hospital / Mercy Health in Cincinnati, Ohio.


 Dr. Hasan received his MD and PhD in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University. He completed his orthopaedic residency at Rush University in Chicago followed by shoulder and elbow fellowships at the University of Washington in Seattle and at the Texas Orthopaedic Hospital in Houston.

  Since 2000, Dr. Hasan has been in practice at Cincinnati SportsMedicine and Orthopaedic Center. He holds a CAQ in sports medicine and is a Fellow of the AAOS and member of ASES, AANA, AOSSM, and ORS.  


  Dr. Hasan is on the editorial board of Arthroscopy and of Orthopedics Today and is an Elite Reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He has authored nearly 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has been an invited speaker on 4 continents. He recently co-edited a 20 chapter online AAOS course on Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty and previously co-edited an AAOS monograph on Disorders of the Proximal Biceps Tendon.


  Dr. Hasan’s clinical interests include shoulder replacement surgery, arthroscopic treatment of large and massive rotator cuff tears, operative treatment of shoulder instability as well as the treatment of shoulder arthritis in young patients.


 David Kovacevic, MD 

  Dr. Kovacevic is the head team physician for Columbia University Rugby and a consultant for New Orleans Gold Rugby Club and Yale University Rugby. His personal mission is to provide compassionate, quality, world class care to adults, adolescents, and athletes at all levels who sustain injuries of the shoulder, elbow, and knee.


   Dr. Kovacevic currently holds the K08 clinician-scientist research career development award from the National Institutes of Health for the investigation of “Inflammation in rotator cuff tear and repair”. He has a strong interest in biologic augmentation of tendon-to-bone healing and the prevention of rotator cuff muscle “fatty atrophy”. His translational research work aligns well with his clinical research interests. He co-leads the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Massive Rotator Cuff Tear Research Group, an international multi-center collaboration, which has been tasked with improving our understanding, treatment, and management in patients with massive rotator cuff tears. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters, and given more than 30 scientific presentations at national meetings.

   Dr. David Kovacevic is a shoulder, elbow and sports medicine surgeon who cares for athletes at all levels and across all age groups. He is the chief of shoulder, elbow, and sports medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University. He specializes in the treatment of arthritic conditions of the shoulder and elbow, complex shoulder instability, rotator cuff injuries, shoulder and elbow fractures, ACL and meniscal injuries, advanced arthroscopy for sports-related injuries of the shoulder, elbow, and knee, and complex shoulder and elbow reconstruction. 


 John G. Costouros, MD, FACS 

  Dr. Costouros is past president of the UCSF Leroy C. Abbott Orthopaedic Society, the Northern California Orthopaedic Society, and the Northern California Chapter of the Western Orthopaedic Association. He is also a member of the society of American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the European Society of Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, ISAKOS, and the Western Orthopaedic Association. His research is focused on clinical outcomes following traditional and reverse shoulder joint replacement, stemless shoulder arthroplasty, novel arthroscopic techniques, and modulation of arthritis at the molecular level.  Finally, he has been involved in multiple FDA clinical trials and the design of multiple shoulder arthroplasty devices.

  Dr. John G. Costouros is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University. His entire career has been focused on the comprehensive treatment of shoulder disorders.  He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He has a certificate of added qualification (CAQ) in sports medicine.  Dr. Costouros attended Stanford University for his undergraduate studies, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for medical school and residency, and completed shoulder fellowships at Harvard Medical School and the University of Zurich, Switzerland with JP Warner and Christian Gerber.


  In addition, Dr. Singh is an Associate Professor at UC San Diego and serves as a clinical lead of the Shoulder Research Workgroup. With a background in molecular biology and a grasp of current clinical concepts, he adds a patient-oriented context to the scientific questions. This group has elucidated the deleterious biomechanical, histological, physiological and genetic changes that follow rotator cuff tear with the goal of improving patient outcomes for this common condition.

 Anshuman Singh, MD 

  Dr. Singh practices at Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, serving as a tertiary referral for complex upper extremity issues for a large population. His clinical expertise comprises the spectrum of shoulder and elbow procedures from arthroscopy, arthroplasty, reconstruction, and tendon transfer.

  As an active participant in a shoulder arthroplasty registry, Dr. Singh seeks to research and institutionalize best practices for shoulder care in a large population.


 Christopher O. Bayne, MD 

  Christopher Bayne, M.D. is an Orthopedic Surgeon and Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA. He obtained his Medical Degree at Harvard University in Boston, MA and completed his Orthopedic Surgery training at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. He completed a fellowship in Hand, Upper Extremity, and Microvascular Surgery at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.


  Clinically, he has a special interest in hand and upper extremity trauma, brachial

plexus injury, and shoulder and elbow arthroplasty. He is passionate about education and is actively involved in the UC Davis Orthopedic Residency and Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship programs.


 Hafiz F. Kassam, MD, FRCS(C) 

  Dr. Kassam has published numerous original scientific articles, technique guides and instructional videos. He has presented his work on both the national and international stage. He sits on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Arthroplasty (JSEA) and peer-reviews for The Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (JSES), Shoulder & Elbow (S & E) as well as the British Medical Journal (BMJ). He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Canadian Orthopedic Association as well as a candidate member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Society. He is an invited member of the Mayo Clinic "Teach the Teachers" elbow group and the ASES Massive Rotator Cuff Tear Research Group. ​

  An avid sportsman himself and having competed internationally as a ranked middleweight boxer, Dr. Kassam is dedicated to providing volunteer athletic care. He is a ringside physician for USA Boxing and head team physician for several local high schools in the North Valley community. 

  Dr. Kassam has extensive experience in complex shoulder and elbow surgery, sports injuries and traumatic orthopedic reconstruction. After completing his residency at the University of Toronto, he received his shoulder and elbow fellowship training at both Yale University and the Bone and Joint Institute. He is currently an upper extremity specialist in Northern California with the Sutter North Medical Group and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at California Northstate University, where he is helping to develop innovative undergraduate  educational models and interest in orthopedics.​

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