Paul Manske’s numerous contributions in the field of congenital upper-extremity differences have improved our understanding and our ability to care for children with these birth anomalies. His numerous manuscripts helped to establish more effective classifications (radial deficiency, ulnar deficiency, central deficiency, and hypoplastic thumb) and surgical techniques (for cerebral palsy, hypoplastic thumb, and radial deficiency, among others).
In an effort to honor Dr Manske and his commitment to the congenital hand surgery discipline, it is our pleasure to annually announce a winner of the Paul R. Manske Award for the best upper-extremity congenital research manuscript published. The Pediatric Hand Study Group and a group of former fellows of Dr Manske are behind the award, both philosophically and financially. The winner chosen is felt to have the most impact and relevance for the field of children’s hand surgery and the care of patients with congenital hand anomalies. The Manske Award includes an honorarium.