Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery, Emory University, Medical Director of Child Wellness at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia
Chief of Pediatric Surgery, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Surgeon-in-Chief, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia
Chair of the Section of Obesity, Volunteer Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Private Practice, Pediatric Associates, Kentucky
Todd Ponsky is currently Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Northeast Ohio Medical University and a Pediatric Surgeon at Akron Children’s Hospital. He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio from 1995-1999, Residency in General Surgery at The George Washington University in Washington, DC from 1999-2005, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC from 2005-2007, and an Advanced Minimally Invasive Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at The Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver, CO from 2007-2008. Dr. Ponsky has a particular interest in minimally invasive pediatric surgery. He was the first to perform and report single port surgery in children and modernized the methods of the laparoscopic pediatric hernia repair. He has written over 80 manuscripts, edited two textbooks, and authored over 20 book chapters. He has a strong focus on surgical education and virtual education and has directed over 50 national / international courses. He has won numerous teaching awards including “The Faculty Teaching Award” at Case Western Reserve University Department of Surgery in his first year as faculty. He served as associate program director for the Case Western Reserve General Surgery residency program. He is the Associate Editor for The Journal of Pediatric Surgery, reviewer for over 15 medical journals and is on four editorial boards. He is on the leadership of four national/international societies and has been program chair and is currently serving as secretary on the Executive Committee of The International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG). He is involved in both outcomes and animal research with a focus on inguinal hernia physiology, surgical telementoring, as well as endoscopic repair techniques for pure esophageal atresia. He has a wife, Diana and three daughters, Sasha, Josie, and Ella.
Dr. Tom Inge is a professor and chair of pediatric surgery and Children’s Hospital of Colorado. In addition to his role as division head for pediatric surgery, in 2017 he will establish the section of adolescent bariatric surgery integrating a surgical treatment option into existing obesity treatment program for adolescents with severe and other special forms of obesity at the of the Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Over his prior 16 years of tenure at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Dr. Inge gained extensive experience in advanced minimally invasive pediatric surgery, bariatric surgery, and clinical outcomes research. With continuous research funding from the NIH over the past decade, he has also been the principal investigator of the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery study (www.teen-labs.org), providing an evidence base defining the role of gastric surgery to treat adolescents with clinically severe obesity. He has authored or co-authored over 140 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and provided over 120 invited lectures for national and international professional groups. Tom is a member of the FDA’s Gastrointestinal and Urological Devices Committee, and has served as a consultant to the NIH and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He has also served in leadership positions on numerous committees and task forces for surgical and pediatric professional organizations including ASMBS, TOS, AAP, and APSA.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; Medical Director, Texas Center for the Prevention of Childhood Obesity; Medical Director, Austin ISD Student Health Services, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas. Austin, Texas.
Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at Wake Forest School of Medicine, Endorcinologist at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Winston-Salem, NC.
Parenting coach and founder of Parent Coach Atlanta, credentialed educator, and speaker on topics related to raising healthy, happy children. Atlanta, Georgia.
Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Director, Nutrition Training Grant, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. Denver, Colorado.
Professor in the Department of Human Nutrition at Ohio State University. Columbus, OH.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine. Georgia Pediatric Pulmonology Associates, Medical Director, Sleep Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Atlanta, GA.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Co-director, Cincinnati Children’s Steatohepatitis Center, Medical Director of the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens. Cincinnati, OH.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Dual trained in Pediatric and Internal Medicine, Golisano Children's Hospital at the University Rochester Medical Center. Rochester, NY
Dr. Marc Michalsky is a professor of clinical surgery and pediatrics at The Ohio State University, College of Medicine and the surgical director of the Center for Healthy Weight & Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Under Dr. Michalsky’s leadership the center’s Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program has become both nationally and internationally recognized for its clinical excellence a well as ongoing participation in the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) study; an ongoing multicenter NIH-funded observational study designed to explore the long-term safety and efficacy of adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery. In August, 2015, the bariatric program at Nationwide became the country’s first free-standing pediatric center to be awarded accreditation as part of the American College of Surgeons’ Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). On the national level, Dr. Michalsky has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on clinical outcomes related to bariatric surgery in the adolescent population and has served on various national organization committees including the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, American Pediatric Surgical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Surgeons.
Bernard Marcus Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University, Chief of Endocrinology, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Atlanta, GA