2008 - 2009 - Francisco DEL PINAL (Spain)
Dr. Francisco del Piñal Matorras
Born in Santander, northern Spain, in 1960, Dr. Francisco del Piñal is considered one of the world’s best hand surgeons. His contributions in the fields of microsurgical toe to hand transfer or arthroscopic surgery techniques on wrist fractures are endorsed and used internationally.
After an intense professional experience in Australia and the United States, he returned to his homeland in 1992 to found the Instituto de Cirugía Plástica y de la Mano (Institute of Plastic and Hand Surgery), who runs today along with the Unit of Hand-Wrist and Plastic-Reconstructive Surgery at the Hospital Mutua Montañesa.
Del Piñal was Secretary General of the European Wrist Arthroscopy Association (EWAS) till 2014, where he currently chairs its Advisory Council. His career is marked by numerous awards and notable participations in medical events with global reach. Del Piñal has been principal guest professor at the Curtis National Hand Center of the University of Baltimore (USA) and the first Spanish surgeon to take part in the Annual Meeting of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association. He has also occupied the honorary chair Harold E. Joseph E. Kleinert-Kutz of the University of Louisville (USA).