Diane Atkins is an internationally recognized occupational therapist specializing in upper limb amputee rehabilitation for the past 40 years. She has worked with over 2000 children and adults with amputations and has lectured extensively throughout the US and abroad in areas relating to the evaluation, treatment, training and functional outcomes of individuals with unilateral and bilateral upper limb loss. Within a research project, she has also compared functional outcomes of patients with hand transplantation and prosthetic fitting. Diane is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She has been involved in several grants and research activities sponsored by the National Institute of Health(NIH), the Veterans Administration and NASA. In advance of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, she was asked by the United States Surgeon General to present several courses for the clinical rehabilitation teams at Walter Reed and Brooke Army Medical Centers regarding the management and care of soldiers who had sustained upper limb loss. Diane is the co-editor and author of 2 text books relating to the comprehensive management of children and adults with upper extremity amputation, and has written several journal articles as well. She is a Fellow in the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics and Honorary Member in the American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics. Diane is currently a consultant with Touch Bionics. Additionally, Diane is the amputee /prosthetics consultant for Paradigm, the largest catastrophic case management company in the United States.