Our History

The First annual Cherry Blossom Seminar was held on April 2-4, 1982 at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. under the Chairmanship of Charles H. Epps, Jr., M.D. and M.Mike Malek, M.D. The first seminar was designed for the beginner Arthroscopist and included didactic lectures and hands on interactive workshops. The seminar was sponsored by Depuy with Howard University providing the CME accreditation. An international faculty was invited and provided an outstanding educational experience for over two hundred and fifty participants.

The Cherry Blossom Seminar over the past 38 years has evolved in format and now incorporates multiple sponsors. It now caters to a wider range of health fields including not just physicians, fellows and residents but nurses, PAs, PTs and ATC’s. Our principle idea is to provide the best educational experience for those seeking higher levels of knowledge and expertise in Arthroscopy, Arthroplasty and Sports Medicine. Since the inception we have conducted 39 seminars in the past 38 years and have assisted in arthroscopy, arthroscopic surgery and related surgery education of over 4500 orthopaedic surgeons, fellows and residents. At the present time the Cherry Blossom Seminar is the longest running independent Arthroscopy/ Arthroplasty seminar in the world.

  • During the last five years we have joined forces with military colleagues to provide up to date educational experience to our military orthopaedic surgeons and residents .M. Mike Malek, M.D. / Jeffrey S. Abrams, M.D. /Jonathan F. Dickens, M.D. serving as co-chairmen.
  • The 38th Annual Cherry Blossom Seminar will be held March 28-30, 2019 at the MGM Resort National Harbor.
  • This course is projected to offer a maximum of 23 AMA PRA Category 1Credit(s) TM
  • We are looking forward to another outstanding educational experience and celebrating our 38th year of providing Arthroscopy and Arthroplasty education.