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6th Annual Pediatric Surgery Update Course- Stay Current in Pediatric Surgery, 2018

Aired on 8.09.2018
6th Annual Pediatric Surgery Update Course- Stay Current in Pediatric Surgery, 2018 CME
This FREE event is entirely online and brings together the sharpest minds in pediatric surgery. This includes you!  We will enable the ability for the audience to ask questions and appear on camera if they choose, for the first time. Together we can make this the most unique and enjoyable pediatric surgery event of the year. The full day symposium is designed to give an update each year on the contemporary management of common problems in pediatric surgery.  This course will highlight what's new in pediatric surgery that you NEED TO KNOW!


Directors & Faculty


Mac Harmon, MD

Mac Harmon, MD, PhD is Surgeon in Chief and Medical Director of Pediatric General & Thoracic Surgery at John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, Chief of Surgery for Kaleida Health, the John E. Fisher Professor of Surgery and the Division Chief of Pediatric Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, Program Director of the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program, and Director of the Pediatric Surgery Research Laboratory.

George Holcomb, MD

Whit Holcomb is professor emeritus at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Todd Ponsky, MD

Todd Ponsky is currently Professor of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati and a pediatric surgeon at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Akron Children’s Hospital. He is the Director of Clinical Growth and Transformation at Cincinnati 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 was the first to perform and report single port surgery in children and modernized the methods of the laparoscopic pediatric hernia repair. He has published over 125 manuscripts, edited 3 textbooks, and authored over 30 book chapters. He has directed over 50 national/international courses and has given over 200 visiting lectureships. He is the Associate Editor for The Journal of Pediatric Surgery, and serves on three editorial boards. He is the immediate past president of the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG) and holds, or has held, leadership positions in the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the International Society for Pediatric Innovation (iSPI). He has won numerous faculty teaching awards. He is involved in both outcomes and animal research with a focus on inguinal hernia physiology, surgical telementoring, endoscopic repair techniques for pure esophageal atresia, and innovations in education. He founded GlobalcastMD and Stay Current in Surgery, both of which serve to democratize and internationalize medical knowledge and modernize the way we teach and learn surgery.

Daniel von Allmen, MD

Dr. von Allmen is the Senior Vice President of Surgical Services and Surgeon-in-Chief at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Additionally, Dr. von Allmen holds the Lester W. Martin Chair of Pediatric Surgery. His special clinical interests include pediatric surgical oncology, pediatric inflammatory bowel disease, esophageal disorders, surgical innovation and surgical robotics. He has been a long term participant in the Surgical Section of the Children's Oncology group, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America and the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group.

Mark Wulkan, MD, FAAP

Akron Children's Hospital Bruce F. Rothmann, M.D. Chair in Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Wulkan is a pioneer in pediatric advanced minimally invasive surgery with a strong interest in neonatal and thoracic lesions. After initiating the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center at Children’s in 2003, he oversaw its growth into one of the most high volume pediatric minimally invasive programs in the country. Additionally, he performed Children’s first lap-band procedure to treat adolescent obesity in 2007, was one of the first surgeons in Georgia to perform single-site incision surgery on pediatric patients for routine surgeries in 2009, and performed the first laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy for adolescent obesity in the Southeast in 2010.

Steve Rothenberg, MD

Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Denver, Colorado. Professor of Surgery at Columbia University, New York, New York He was a founder and past president of the International Pediatric Endosurgical Group (IPEG), SAGES, Telementoring Task Force Member

Additional Faculty

​Alejandra M. Casar Berazaluce, MD

Dr. Casar Berazaluce is a Pediatric Surgical Innovation Fellow at the Ponsky Lab at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and a Categorical General Surgery Resident at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She obtained her medical degree from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Monterrey, Mexico. Her interests include pediatric surgery, global surgery, reconstructive surgery, burns, community health, quality of care, process optimization, and medical education. 

Mark Davenport, ChM, FRCS, FRCPS

Since 2008 he has been honored with a Professorial Chair in Paediatric Surgery from Kings College, University of London. He has been the UK editor of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery and was elected President of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons (BAPS) for 2016-18.

Alexander Gibbons, MD

Dr. Gibbons is a clinical research fellow at Akron Children's Hospital and a General Surgery resident at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He obtained his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 2016.

Rachel E. Hanke, MD

Dr. Hanke obtained her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology with specialization in Health Promotion from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. She subsequently earned her medical degree at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Her research interests include pediatric surgery, medical and patient education, global surgery, interdisciplinary professionalism development, and minimally invasive surgery.

Ronald Bruce Hirschl, MD

Ronald B. Hirschl, M.D., is the Arnold G. Coran Professor of Surgery and Head of the Section of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Michigan. He trained in Pediatric Surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and joined the staff at the University of Michigan in 1991. Dr. Hirschl is board certified in General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care and has his Master's in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis. His research and clinical areas of interest and expertise are in the management of respiratory failure, especially with extracorporeal support (ECLS, ECMO), the implantable artificial lung, and liquid ventilation with perfluorocarbons. He is a general Pediatric Surgeon with specific interests in chest surgery. Dr. Hirschl also has expertise in applied informatics and was the Chief Medical Information Officer for the University of Michigan Health System. He has served as the secretary of the American Pediatric Surgery Association (APSA) and is currently a Director on the American Board of Surgery and Chair of the Pediatric Surgery Board. He also is a member of the University of Michigan Health System Faculty Group Practice Board.

Russell Jennings, MD

Dr. Jennings is the Surgical Director of the Esophageal and Airway Treatment Center and an Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Craig Lillehei, MD

Dr. Craig Lillehei is a Senior Associate in the Department of Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in general surgery, pediatric surgery and surgical care. Dr. Lillehei graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1976. He completed his general surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. As such, he is very actively involved in the training of medical students, residents and fellows. He was the surgical director of both the kidney and lung transplant programs at Boston Children’s Hospital for many years. He also served as a trustee for the New England Organ Bank as the regional representative to the UNOS Board of Directors. He maintains an active clinical practice in pediatric thoracic and general surgery. His recent research projects have included the development of a risk-adjustment model for predicting mortality in non-cardiac neonatal surgery and methods to align family and team expectations around surgical consent.

Troy A Markel, MD

Dr Markel is an NIH funded surgeon scientist from Indianapolis, Indiana. His basic science research focuses on novel therapies for intestinal ischemia and necrotizing enterocolitis. His clinical research focuses on operating room infection prevention using a novel methodology of assessing environmental quality indicators. As a consultant for Onsite LLC, he provides medical and surgical insight into national and international projects that work to decrease surgical site infections.

David Powell, MD

Dr. David Powell, MD is a pediatric surgery specialist in Upper Marlboro, MD and has been practicing for 27 years. He graduated from Northwestern University The Feinberg School Of Medicine in 1984 and specializes in pediatric surgery.

Professor Giovanna Riccipetitoni

Prof. Riccipetitoni is currently the Director of the Department of Pediatric Surgical Specialities of Buzzi Children’s Hospital – ASST FatebeneFratelli-Sacco-Buzzi in Milan.  Moreover from 2006 to 2010 she was President of Comiteé for Guidelines in Research, Education and Assistance of the Universitary Hospital of Ferrara.  She has performed more than 15,000 surgical operations as first operator in all fields of pediatric surgery: thoracic surgery, gastroenterologic surgery, urology, oncologic surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery. She has developed a great experience in mininvasive surgery and she regularly performs this technique in many fields.  She is also currently the Assistant Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery since 2017 as well as Assistant Editor of the European Journal of Pediatric Surgery since 2016, and the Assistant Editor of Pediatric Surgery International since 2015. 

Charles L. Snyder, MD

Dr. Charles Snyder is a surgeon in Kansas City, Missouri and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Children's Mercy Kansas City and Children's Mercy South. He received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Kenneth Wong, MD, PhD, FRCSEd

Kenneth Wong, MD, PhD, FRCSEd, is a surgeon scientist at the University of Hong Kong. He received medical degree from University of Edinburgh and his Ph.D degree in immunology and post-doc training at Imperial College, University of London. He is currently Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery. He is a specialist paediatric and neonatal surgeon with main clinical interests in neonatal surgery, advanced laparoscopic/ robotic surgery, gastrointestinal and thoracic surgery. He helped set up the paediatric robotic surgery programme and also introduced single port surgery, bariatric surgery and thoracoscopic surgery in children in Hong Kong. He has been co-project leader in “Laparoscopic Workshops for Paedaitric Surgeons in China” since 2007.

David van der Zee, M.D.

Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Head of the Department of Peidatric Surgery at Wilhelmina Children's Hospital, University Medical Centre Utrecht, The Netherlands.


8:30 am - 3:10 pm

8:30 am - 8:35 am
8:35 am - 9:05 am
Posterior Tracheopexy
9:05 am - 9:15 am
Thoracoscopic TEF Repair, Is it really better than open?
9:15 am - 9:35 am
Tips and Tricks: Thoracoscopic Esophageal Atresia Repair
9:35 am - 10:15 am
Tips and Tricks: Long Gap Esophageal Atresia – How I Do It

10:15 am - 10:35 am
Q & A Session
10:35 am - 10:50 am
10:50 am - 1:00 pm
10 New Ideas in Pediatric Surgery you MUST know!

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
1:30 pm - 1:40 pm
Hat’s Off
1:40 pm - 2:10 pm
Pediatric ECMO

2:10 pm - 2:40 pm
Controversies in Diaphragmatic Hernia

2:40 pm - 3:00 pm
Q & A Session
3:00 pm - 3:10 pm
Closing Remarks

Topics Covered

* Top New Things We Need To Know in Pediatric Surgery from the APSA PDC
* ECMO for older children
* Posterior tracheopexy
* Surgical technique for thoracoscopic esophageal atresia repair
* Management of long gap esophageal atresia
* Management of diaphragmatic hernia
* Surgical OR attire


1.     Identify the diagnosis and management of various surgical conditions.
2.      Describe newer surgical techniques for common pediatric surgical conditions.
3.      Describe methods to improve surgical outcomes for pediatric surgical patients.
4.      Explain the technique of the thoracoscopic esophageal Atresia repair
5.      Identify options in the management of long gap, pure esophageal atresia
6.      List new ideas in the management of congenital diaphragmatic hernia repair.
7.      List new ideas relating to OR attire and minimizing particle spread in the operating room
8.      Describe the pros and cons of open vs minimally invasive esophageal atresia repair.
9.      Define the use of ECMO in older pediatric patients

Disclosures and Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) through the joint providership of Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron and GlobalCastMD. The Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the OSMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.