David Ruch, MD, is a professor of orthopaedic surgery and an internationally recognized leader in hand surgery and orthopaedics. His research focuses on new treatments for wrist and elbow fractures, and he has been an innovator in the field, including the use of new technologies. His ability to repair small blood vessels has led to an interest in using bone grafts to treat avascular necrosis of the hip in younger patients. He was a key member of the team involved in the first-ever successful hand transplant in North Carolina. His contributions have been reported in over 235 peer-reviewed journals and over 40 book chapters. Dr. Ruch has served on the board of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Orthopaedic Association and is vice president of the American Association of Hand Surgery. He is an influential mentor to residents and fellows, and he has held leadership positions in numerous regional and national hand societies.