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Adolescent Obesity

Aired on 1.28.2013
Adolescent Obesity CME

This course will review the basics of Adolescent Obesity, the current treatment modalities, the possible complications and how they can be avoided, and most importantly, tips and tricks for managing this troubling trend.


This course will review the basics of managing the suspected obese adolescent and management of the disease and co-morbidities. Directed by Drs. Walsh, Wulkan and Ponsky, this truly interactive world broadcast will have brief presentations from world leaders in the field followed by heated debates of controversial issues and will allow the viewers to join in the discussions and debates.

Directors & Faculty


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.

Stephanie Walsh, MD, FAAP

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery, Emory University, Medical Director of Child Wellness at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

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.

Additional Faculty

Myriam Benedicata Vos

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and Research Director of Health4Life, Associate Faculty Member, Nutrition Health Sciences

Christopher F. Bolling, MD, FAAP

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

Michael Buchanan

Bill Dietz, MD

Director of the Division of Nutrition, Phyisical Activity & Obesity at the CDC

Ihuoi Eneli, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics; Medical Director at Nationwide Children's Hospital Center for Healthy Weight & Nutrition

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.

Tom Inge, MD, FAAP

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 established 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 Children’s Hospital of Colorado. 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. Dr. Inge 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.

Linda Kollar, CBN

Bariatric Clinical Director, Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens Nurse Practicioner, Division of Pediatric and Thoracic Surgery University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Michelle Levitt, MD


Marc Michalsky, MD

Associate Professor - Clinical

Cristiana Milone

Registered Dietitian

Evan P. Nadler, MD

Evan P. Nadler MD serves as Co-Director of the Children’s National Obesity Programs, and is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Weight Loss Surgery Program at Children’s National Health System.  He is also a tenured Associate Professor of Surgery, and Pediatrics, at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences and was one of the founding members of the Childhood Obesity Committee of the American Pediatric Surgery Association.   His research pursuits include obesity device development, bariatric surgery for monogenic forms of obesity, and adipocyte signaling via exosomes

Wendy Palmer, MD

Stephen Pont, MD, FAAP

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.


9:00 am - 9:10 am
9:10 am - 9:50 am
How to address Overweight & Obesity in Primary Care
Brief OverviewCasesExpert Panel DiscussionQ & A
9:50 am - 10:10 am
Impact of Bullying
Brief OverviewCaseExpert Panel DiscussionQ & A
10:10 am - 11:40 am
Work-up of the obese patient
Brief OverviewCasesExpert Panel DiscussionQ & A

11:40 am - 12:00 pm

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Co-morbidity management
Brief OverviewCasesExpert Panel DiscussionQ & A
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Brief OverviewCasesExpert Panel DiscussionQ & A
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Web based resources / Social media
2:30 pm - 2:40 pm

2:40 pm - 3:30 pm
Bariatric Surgery; Bypass; Sleeve; Band
Brief OverviewCasesExpert Panel DiscussionQ & A

3:30 pm - 4:50 pm
Live Surgery
4:50 pm - 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks




- Recognize how to better identify and work-up the overweight adolescent
- Recognize co-morbidities and quickly identify and prevent worsening illness
- Describe the nutritional and exercise goals at this growing age
- Identify indications, options for surgical management of the adolescent



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