Daniel S. Bash MS, OTR/L, CHT
Daniel Bash works for Virtua in Motion, the outpatient rehabilitation department of Virtua Hospital located in Southern New Jersey. His caseload consists mainly of orthopedic hand and arm injuries, but also includes rheumatic and neurologic patients. He has a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and is a Certified Hand Therapist.
Dan has 22 years of experience. After graduating from Temple University in Philadelphia, Dan started working as an occupational therapist in 1993. His first job was with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA for 3 months until he was transferred to their Spinal Cord Injury Center affiliate, Magee Rehab Hospital, also located in Philadelphia, PA. He worked on the Spinal Cord Injury team for 2 years and gained an interest in treating hands during this time. Two years later, he started working in hand therapy at Cooper University Hospital, a level 1 Trauma Center located in Camden, NJ. During this time, he was exposed to all facets of hand therapy and surgery through mentorship of an experienced hand therapist and several hand surgeons, where the caseload primarily consisted of orthopedic trauma. After working 3 years in this position, he passed the HTCC exam earning the designation of CHT.
Dan has a 16 year history of volunteering for HTC C. In 1999, he was selected to be an item writer for HTCC. He served for 2 years in this position, after which, he then served on the HTCC examination committee for several years. In 2007, he volunteered as an HTCC item writer mentor, which is a role he still enjoys the privilege of performing. During his time at Cooper Hospital, he contributed to research, publications, and local and national presentations. As an army reservist, he also deployed to Iraq in 2005 through 2006, where in his free time, he would assist physicians and therapists with triage and treatment of hand injuries of soldiers, coalition forces and the local Iraqi population. In 2013, Dan took a position at Virtua in Motion where he presently practices as a hand therapist.
Dan also volunteered for ASHT as a Practice Committee member in 2010. In 2011, he became the Practice Committee Vice-Director, and in 2012 through 2013 he assumed the role of the Practice Division Director, overseeing the practice, business and international committees. During this time, he contributed to projects such as the ASHT scope of practice, position papers, ASHT literature, educational materials and web site content regarding orthoses and L codes, business management and patient education. He also promoted the increased involvement of ASHT with the international community of hand therapists.