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Pediatric Oncology: Current Concepts and Controversies 2012

Aired on 9.27.2012
Pediatric Oncology: Current Concepts and Controversies 2012 CME


This half day symposium will provide an interactive overview of current concepts and controversies related to the workup and treatment of Wilms’ tumor and neuroblastoma. These symposiums will mostly consist of difficult case presentations and interactive discussions relating to the associated controversies. Focus will be placed on surgical options for resection, initial diagnostic modalities and the role of surgery and type in recurrence treatment. 

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.

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.

Peter Ehrlich, MD

Dr. Ehrlich is board certified in Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Ehrlich's is recognized as a world expert in the treatment of children with Wilms and Renal tumors. Dr. Ehrlich is the chair of Surgery for Renal tumors and Hodgkin's lymphoma for the National Institute of Health Children's Oncology Group. Dr. Ehrlich also serves as Director of Pediatric Trauma at CS Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan and Co lead of the Pediatric Colorectal Program. Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Additional Faculty

Denis Cozzi, MD

Consultant Pediatric Surgery, University of Rome, Italy.

Andrew Davidoff, MD

Pediatric Surgeon at St. Jude Children's Research HospitalSt. Jude Endowed Chair in Surgical ResearchDivision Chief, General Pediatric SurgeryDirector, Surgical Research. Memphis, Tennessee.

Fernado Ferrer, MD

Director of the Division of Pediatric Urology, surgeon-in-chief at Connecticut Children's Medical Center and vice chairman of the Department of Surgery at UConn Health Center. Hartford, Connecticut

Jorg Fuchs, MD

University Hospital Hoppe-Seyler StrasseTuebingen, Germany

James Geiger, MD

Professor of Surgery and Executive Director, Medical Innovation Center, University of Michigan Health System. Ann Arbor, Michigan.

James Geller, MD

Medical Director, Kidney and Liver Tumors ProgramCo-Medical Director, Retinoblastoma ProgramAssociate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio

Jan Godzinski, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery, Dept of Pediatric Surgery, Marciniak Hospital, Wroclaw, Poland.

Tom Hamilton, MD

Assistant in SurgeryChief of Division, Pediatric Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine. Boston, Massachusetts.

Andrea Hayes Jordan, MD

Associate Professor in both the Department of Pediatric Surgery at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and in Surgical Oncology and Pediatrics at the University of Texas, Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

Hugo Heij, MD

Professor of Paediatric Surgery and HeadPaediatric Surgical Centre of AmsterdamEmma Children's Hospital AMC and VU University Medical CentreAmsterdam, The Netherlands

Fredric Hoffer, MD

Professor of Radiology, University of Washington. Seattle, Washington

Kara Kelley, MD

Medical Director of The Integrative Therapies Program for Children with Cancer. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center, Children's Hospital of New York- Presbyterian, New York, New York.

Steven Kuerbitz, MD

Director Divisional Research, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, Ohio

Michael La Quaglia, MD

Chief, Pediatric Surgical Service; Joseph H. Burchenal Chair in Pediatrics. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York.

Rebecka Meyers, M.D.

Pediatric Surgery, Primary Children’s Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

Erika Newman, MD

Assistant Professor and Edith Briskin Emerging Scholar, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Jed Nuchtern, MD

Co-Director of Neuroblastoma Research GroupSurgical Co-Investigator, Pediatric Oncology Group Professor of Pediatrics Professor of Surgery, Texas Children's Clinical Care Center. Houston, Texas

David Rodenberg, MD

Internal Medicine, OSF Healthcare System, Pioria, Illinois

Robert Shamberger, MD

Robert Shamberger received his MD from Harvard Medical School. He completed an internship and residency in surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Children's Hospital Boston and a surgical oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, Bathesda, MD.


9:00 am - 9:10 am
Wilms Tumor
9:10 am - 9:40 am
Panel Discussion
Partial Nephrectomy Panel: Indications, Techniques, Timing, Is it worth it?

9:40 am - 10:10 am
Panel Discussion
Lymph Node Dissection: Degree of dissection, how many, CT help, what you biopsy and what you see on CT

10:10 am - 10:30 am
Panel Discussion
Open versus Percutaneous Biopsy

10:30 am - 10:45 am
10:45 am - 10:55 am
10:55 am - 11:25 am
Panel Discussion
Aggressive surgery, Adjunvant therapy at Surgery

11:25 am - 11:55 am
Panel Discussion
Timing of Surgery, Role of surgery relapse

11:55 am - 12:15 pm
Panel Discussion
Promising Therapies

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm
12:30 pm - 12:40 pm
General Topics
12:40 pm - 1:10 pm
Panel Discussion
Role of metastectomy in pediatric solid tumors
1:10 pm - 1:40 pm
Panel Discussion
Regionalization on oncology care

1:40 pm - 2:10 pm
Panel Discussion
The adolescent: Which protocols and which type of center (AYA)

2:10 pm - 2:40 pm
Panel Discussion & Case Presentations
Difficult Case Presentations
2:40 pm - 3:00 pm

Topics Covered

Wilm's Tumor

Partial Nephrectomy

Lymph node dissection

Open versus Percutaneous Biopsy


Aggressive surgery

Adjunvant therapy at surgery

Timing of Surgery

Role of surgery relapse

Promising Therapies

Role of Mastectomy in pediatric solid tumors

Regionalization of oncology care 


  1. The participants will learn how to better diagnose and obtain confirming pathology of Wilms’ tumor using open vs. percutaneous methods of biopsy. Indications and advantages/disadvantages of partial nephrectomy will be outlined. Participants will understand the methods and technique of lymph node dissection.

  2. Participants will recognize the differences between the need for aggressive surgery and adjuvent therapies. They will also understand the optimal timing of surgery and its role in the management of relapse. Promising new therapies will be explored.

  3. Participants will learn the role of metastectomy in pediatric solid tumors as well as regionalization of oncology care. AYA protocols will be discussed and participants will understand their use in adolescents. 

Disclosures and Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas, Elements & Policies of the Ohio State Medical Association through the joint sponsorship of Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron and GlobalCastMD. Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the OSMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.