The Nancy Geers award entitles the recipient to a lifetime membership in The Texas Society for Hand Therapy as well as complimentary attendance at annual education conferences. In honor of Nancy Geers’ dedication in promoting our profession, an honorarium was established in 2002 by Kim Granhaug OTR, CHT to recognize those who promote hand therapy as she did. The award is given every other year.
Who was Nancy Geers?
She was an inspirational person and role model for those who were blessed to know her and those who know of her legacy. Nancy Geers was dedicated and proud of her profession. Her actions spoke for themselves. Nancy was born March 6, 1952 in Midland, Texas and died April 21, 2000 after a long illness.
Nancy had many notable accomplishments in the field of hand therapy and promoted our field with a great passion. She received a B.S. in 1975 from Texas Woman’s University. She was an officer in several campus and professional organizations and was a member of the Delta Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon. In 1997, she was a guest lecturer for Texas Tech School of Occupational Therapy and was nominated to the Ethics Committee of ASHT. She served on the board for our Texas Society for Hand Therapy previously named Texas State Chapter of ASHT as Historian. During her time as the historian she put together an incredible history of our chapter and designed the first chapter logo with “TEXASHT” woven within the state of Texas.
In 1982, Nancy opened her own hand clinic in Longview, Texas. However, a year later, she was involved in a serious car accident and spent several months recovering in Midland, Texas. After her recovery she worked with Hospice of Midland for a period of time. She reopened a successful hand practice that she closed in 1996 because of her failing health. In 1999, she conducted a 13 week seminar on fibromyalgia. She further developed support groups for individuals with fibromyalgia in Midland and Odessa, Texas. At the time of her death in 2000, she worked as a consultant for Healthsouth.
● To be nominated by the TSHT members during the annual educational conference.
● Cannot hold an Active membership of TSHT. Active members are CHTs (OT or PT).
● Can hold an Affiliate membership (can be OT, PT, OTA, PTA, MD, or other professional in a related field who has worked with hand therapist)
● Can hold a Partner Circle Membership (men, women, hospitals, or businesses that share the common interest of supporting the advancement of hand therapy).
● A physician, vendor or a professional in a related field who has worked with Hand Therapists to better and promote the Hand Therapy Profession.
Previous Nancy Geers Recipients:
Upon graduating from Baylor University in 2003 with a B.B.A. in Marketing, Heath headed north from Waco and moved to Dallas. After investing his twenties in multiple industries to include Office Equipment, Automotive, Medical Recruiting, and Real Estate, he met an inspirational amputee in 2011 which led him to his current field, Prosthetics. For the past seven years, he has served as a Patient Relationship Manager for Arm Dynamics, a nationally recognized upper extremity prosthetic rehabilitation provider.
Author Studs Turkel famously said, “People are not looking for a job, they are looking for a calling.” As a Patient Relationship Manager, Heath has found what he considers a passionate calling. He is an enthusiastic, positive force who walks into a room with calm and genuine compassion and a laser-like focus on the human being. “I am far from just trying to provide a service or sell a product. I am standing with a person who has likely experienced the most traumatic day of their life. I am there to provide comfort, encouragement and hope.”
During his time in the Prosthetics Industry, Heath has worked with over 150 hand surgeons and hand therapists to engage in care of hundreds of amputees. Behind every amputee there is a story. These are amazing stories of turning tragedy into triumph, stories of amazing human courage. Whether it’s in a jungle village in Haiti or an intensive care unit at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Heath has enjoyed becoming such a crucial part of an amputee’s journey towards regaining hope. In his spare time, he has served overseas volunteering with mission work in countries including Brazil, Haiti, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Kazakhstan.
Anil Dutta, M.D. 2017
Dr. Dutta is a specialist in shoulder and elbow conditions. He holds the rank of Associate Professor in the UTHSCA Department of Orthopedics Surgery. Dr. Dutta is also the Corley Distinguished Professor in Orthopedics. He has a special interest in the development of global exchange of orthopedic knowledge and has traveled to multiple countries as well as hosted many international fellows. Dr. Dutta has authored peer renewed articles and multiple book chapters and developed orthopedic devices.
Christopher Miskovsky, M.D. 2015
Dr. Miskovsky is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery with a Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand. He earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honors society. Dr. Miskovsky completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, which has been named the top Orthopaedic program for several years by U.S. News and World Report. He then completed a hand fellowship at the Philadelphia Hand Center, Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
Dr. Miskovsky has published several papers in leading medical journals and has presented research papers at medical meetings throughout the United States. He has instructed surgeons across the country on distal radius fracture care. Dr. Miskovsky was elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America®. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the Texas Medical Association and the Dallas County Medical Society. After 15 years in practice in Corpus Christi, Dr. Miskovsky and his family chose to relocate to the Dallas area. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two young daughters as well as playing golf and running. Dr. Miskovsky has a special interest in endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery as well as distal radius fractures.
Phillip Sizer graduated in 1985 from the University of Texas, Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He received a MEd. in exercise science from Texas Tech University in 1993. He received a PhD with an emphasis in motor control from Texas Tech University in 2002. Along with working in an outpatient orthopedic clinic, Dr. Sizer is a Professor and the Program Director of the Doctorate of Science (ScD) Program in Physical Therapy, as well as the Director of the Clinical Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. Additionally, he is an active member of the faculty of the PhD Program in Rehabilitation Sciences and the Pain Fellowship in the Department of Anesthesiology at the same institution. He has taught in over 285IAOM-US courses and conference lectures in the United States and Europe.
David T. Netscher, M.D., B.Ch. 2011
Listed as one of the best doctors in the nation in the field of hand surgery and plastic surgery, David T. Netscher, M.D., is section chief of Plastic Surgery at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Reconstructive procedures correct defects on the face or body. These include traumatic injuries like those from car accidents or burns, or the aftermath of disease like rebuilding a woman’s breast after surgery for breast cancer. Netscher (above left) recalls one case, “Our reconstructive surgeons rebuilt a veteran’s face and jaw after a gunshot accident. Without this surgery, he would not have been able to live a normal life.” Netscher is also a clinical professor, Division of Plastic Surgery; assistant professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology & Communicative Sciences; and associate professor, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Thomas C. DiLiberti, M.D. 2009
Dr. DiLiberti is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the hand, wrist, and elbow in adults and children. His areas of focus include fractures, sports injuries, tendinitis, arthritis, and nerve compression syndromes such as carpal tunnel syndrome. After completing his undergraduate studies at Stanford University, Dr. Diliberti graduated from medical school. He then completed his orthopedic residency at Baylor College of Medicine. In 1997, he completed his hand and microvascular surgery fellowship at the University of California in San Diego. Dr. Diliberti also holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in hand surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Further associations include American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and he holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in hand surgery. He has been named a “Best Doctor in Dallas” in D magazine.
David Hildreth, MD 2007
Dr. David Hildreth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth). Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Dr. Hildreth specializes in Hand and Upper Extremity surgery with an emphasis in treating disorders of the hand, wrist, and elbow. His special interests include carpal tunnel syndrome/median nerve compression neuropathy, as well as trauma and disorders to the hand, wrist and elbow. Dr. Hildreth treats patients in their late teens and older. He prefers to take a conservative approach to treatment and serves as a coach, teacher, and friend to his patients as he helps them resume their normal activities. Dr. Hildreth is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.
Bubba Klostermann, OT, CEAS II 2005
Bubba Klosterman is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist II with 38 years experience in Work Injury Rehab and Employers Services. He graduated from UT Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas in 1976. He worked at West Texas Rehab Center in Abilene, Texas from 1976 to 1990. He was in private practice in Abilene from 1990-2008 and rejoined the WTRC team in May 2008 as Occupational Health and Adult Therapy Director. He has served on many workgroups and committees with Texas Department of Insurance, the Division of Workers’ Compensation, and Texas Health and Human Services Commission (Medicaid). Bubba is currently the Director of Adult Services/Occupational Health at West Texas Rehabilitation Center in Abilene, Texas. He was named Texas Occupational Therapist of the Year in 1998 and was given the Distinguished Service Award in 2003, 2006, and 2009. He was presented the Nancy Greers Honorary Membership by Texas Chapter of ASHT in 2005 and in 2006 was presented the TWU Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award. He also is actively involved in State and National legislation dealing with Occupational and Physical Therapy. He consults with rehab clinics and employers regarding management of medical and employer-related services with an emphasis on injury prevention, documentation, and regulatory changes regarding coding/billing. He is a member of Texas Occupational Therapy Association, American Occupational Therapy Association, American Society of Hand Therapy, and Texas Society for Hand Therapy.
David M. Lichtman In 1998, following a distinguished career in Navy medicine and as professor of hand and upper extremity at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Rear Admiral David M. Lichtman, MC, USN (Ret) joined the staff at John Peter Smith Hospital as Chairman of Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of the Fort Worth Affiliated Hospitals Orthopedic Residency Program. In 2006 he was named Chairman of Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Lichtman was born in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. He interned at the University of Minnesota Hospitals. His first tour of duty in the U. S. Navy was as a flight surgeon with carrier Air Wing 3 at N.A.S. Oceana and aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga. He then did his orthopedic residency at Naval Hospital Oakland and a fellowship in hand surgery with James N. Wilson, MD in San Diego. After serving three years as head of the Hand Surgery Service at Naval Hospital Bethesda, Dr. Lichtman was appointed Chief of Orthopedics at Naval Hospital Oakland in 1977. While there, he established and directed the U. S. Navy/Sterling Bunnell Hand Surgery Fellowship. In 1984, Dr. Lichtman was reassigned to Naval Hospital Bethesda as Chairman, Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of their residency program. In January 1987, Dr. Lichtman was notified of his selection to the rank of Rear Admiral. In addition to his administrative duties as Commanding Officer of Naval Hospital Oakland and subsequently, the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, RADM Lichtman has been equally dedicated to academic and clinical medicine. An internationally recognized expert in upper extremity surgery, Dr. Lichtman has written and lectured extensively on hand and wrist problems. In 1987, he published a widely distributed textbook entitled, “The Wrist and Its Disorders.” The second edition, including CD ROM “multimedia” version, is currently in production.
Dr. Lichtman’s military awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal , the Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Medal (two awards), Humanitarian Service Medal, Expert Rifleman Medal and Expert Pistol Medal. He is a past president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (2006), past president of the Society of Military Consultants to the Armed Forces (2004) and a current delegate to the American Medical Association. He is a current member of the Orthopedic Residency Review Committee of the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and an oral examiner for the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.
David P. Green, M.D. 2002
A native Texan, Dr. Green grew up in El Paso, but went to New York City for his orthopaedic and hand surgery training. In 1970, he joined the full time faculty of the Department of Orthopaedics at the Medical School in San Antonio. For eight years he was the Coordinator of Resident Training, serving also as Chief of the Hand Surgery Service. While at the medical school, Dr. Green co-authored, with Dr. Charles A. Rockwood, a two volume textbook on fractures that is now in its 7th edition and is the standard reference book on this subject. It is used in all orthopaedic residency training programs throughout the country. In 1978, he left the medical school and became the first surgeon in San Antonio to devote his practice entirely to hand and upper extremity surgery. Dr. Green has a special interest and extensive experience in treating athletic injuries of the hand and wrist. He was team physician for the Clark High School football team, and continues to treat high school and college athletes from the San Antonio area and surrounding communities. He is the hand surgery consultant for the San Antonio Spurs, and has treated numerous professional athletes, including members of the Dallas Cowboys, major league baseball players, world class gymnasts, elite polo players, professional rodeo cowboys, and golfers on the PGA tour. Dr. Green has edited a comprehensive textbook entitled Operative Hand Surgery (now in its 6th edition), which is used not only throughout the entire United States, but by hand surgeons in virtually every country in the world. Because of this book, Dr. Green has an international reputation in hand surgery and has been invited as a guest speaker to many foreign countries. He is also a past president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and in 1997 was named the Distinguished Alumnus of his own residency training program, The New York Orthopaedic Hospital. In 2010 he was among a dozen hand surgeons from around the world to be named a “Pioneer in Hand Surgery” by the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (www.ifssh.org).