Dr. Ranjan Gupta, professor and chair of orthopaedic surgery in the UC Irvine School of Medicine, has won the Sterling Bunnell Award from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. The award is the most prestigious in the field and is given to a young American clinician who has made significant advances in the field of hand surgery. With the award, Gupta plans to travel to Europe and Asia to give lectures, participate in conferences and learn and share new surgical techniques. Gupta, 38, is also active in research and is currently working with a $1.7 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health to help find a cure for carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic nerve-compression injuries.