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Pediatric Surgery Tricks of the Trade and Difficult Cases: Innovative Solutions to Common Problems 2013

Aired on 12.18.2013
Pediatric Surgery Tricks of the Trade and Difficult Cases: Innovative Solutions to Common Problems 2013
Utilizing the unique format and technology of all our GlobalCastMD events, this symposium will allow pediatric surgeons from around the world to present their own difficult cases and/or innovative technical tricks to key opinion leaders and colleagues around the world. The course will devote time for interactive discussion of difficult cases. Following each presentation there will be an open forum among the participants and faculty panelists. This will be our third event which highlights tips and tricks and we expect it to be the best!


This pediatric surgery web symposium will be directed towards pediatric surgeons from around the world who have an interest in presenting and/or discussing some of the newest innovative techniques or therapies in pediatric surgery. 

Directors & Faculty


Robert Parry, M.D.

Director of Pediatric Surgery, Akron Children's Hospital, Associate Professor of Surgery at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), Akron, Ohio.

Jacob Langer, M.D.

Professor of Surgery at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

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.

Additional Faculty

Suad Abul, M.D.

Consultant Pediatric Surgeon, Head of Pediatrics and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Ibn Sina Hospital, Sabah medical area, Kuwait.

Geoffrey Blair, M.D.

Pediatric Surgeon, British Columbia Children's Hospital, Clinical Professor, Director, Department of Surgery, Undergraduate Surgical Education Program, University of British Columbia. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Cathy Burnweit, M.D.

Chief of the Department of Pediatric Surgery and Training Director for the newly-accredited Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at Miami Children’s Hospital. Associate Professor, FIU School of Medicine.

Sherif Emil, M.D.

Director of the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, Associate Chair for Education and Departmental Citizenship in the Department of Pediatric Surgery, and Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Surgery, and Pediatrics at McGill University. Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Jose Prince, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Hofstra NS-LIJ School of Medicine. Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center, New Hyde Park, New York.

Atsuyuki Yamataka, M.D., Ph.D

Yama is the Professor/Head of the Pediatric Surgery Department, and the Director of the Perinatal Medical Support Centre at Juntendo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan. He is also the Visiting Co-Professor of the Department of Gastrointestinal and Pediatric Surgery at Tokyo Medical University.

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.


9:00 am - 9:10 am
9:10 am - 1:00 pm
Tricks of The Trade
9:10 am - 9:25 am

A Simplified Method for Refeeding Succus Entericus (Oliver Soldes, MD, Akron, OH)
9:25 am - 9:50 am
Laparoscopic Surgery for Male Imperforate Anus with Rectourethral Fistula
How to dissect the fistula to prevent post operative cyst formation due to residual fistual.
9:50 am - 10:05 am
Knacks for the Thorascopic Repair of TEF
10:05 am - 10:15 am
10:15 am - 10:30 am
New Duhamel
Laparoscopic Trans-rectal Rectosigmoidectomy (Cristobal Abello, MD, Atlantico, Colombia)
10:30 am - 10:55 am
Approach and component separation for suture closure and underlay mesh reinforcement of giant omphaloceles (Cristobal Abello, MD, Atlantico, Colombia)
10:55 am - 11:20 am
Laparoscopic Epigastric Herniorrhaphy
(Cristobal Abello, Atlantico, Colombia)
11:20 am - 11:30 am
11:30 am - 11:45 am
Supine Positioning for Bilateral VATS
(Nick Bruns, Cleveland, Ohio and Mark McCollum, Akron, Ohio)
11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Thoracoscopic-Assisted Partial Rib Resection
(Dafydd Davies, MD and Jack Langer, MD, Toronto, Canada)
12:00 pm - 12:15 pm
Laparoscopic Hernia with Peritoneal Injury
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm
Primary Anastomosis for Bowel Perforation in Necrotizing Enterocolitis
(Amadeo Zanotti, MD, Asuncion, Paraguay)
12:30 pm - 12:45 pm
Appendix Removal Using an Endoloop Above the Ligation of the Appendix Stump
(Guilherme Peterson, MD, Brazil)
12:45 pm - 12:00 pm
Indwelling Balloon Catheter for Refractory Esophageal Stenosis
1:00 pm - 1:15 pm
1:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Neonatal Gastric Necrosis
1:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Colonic Perforation
Complication of Percutaneous Drainage of Appendiceal Abscess ( Luis Mauricio Figueroa, MD and Jaime Martinez, MD, Risaralda, Colombia)
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Ultrashort Segment Hirschsprungs
(Kristine Thayer, MD, Rockton, Illinois)
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Total Colonic Aganglionosis Associated with Malrotation and Multiple Congential Bands
(Sahned Jaafar, MD, and Halal Barwari, MD Duhok, Iraq)
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Closing Remarks
More video submissions of Tricks of the Trade will be viewed time permitting!
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
1:10 pm - 2:30 pm
Difficult Cases

Topics Covered

Cool Tricks

  • Stoma Refeeding
  • Imperforate Anus
  • TEF
  • Duhamel
  • Giant Omphalacele
  • Epigastric Herniorrhaphy
  • Bilateral VATS
  • Partial Rib Resection
  • Lap Hernia
  • NEC
  • Appendectomy
  • Esophageal Strictures

Difficult Cases

  • Neonatal Gastric Necrosis
  • Ultrashort Segment Hirschsprung's 
  • Colonic Perforation: Complication of percutaneous drainage of appendiceal abcess
  • Total Agnaglionosis associated with malrotation and multiple congential bands


1. Describe a dissection laparoscopic surgery technique for male imperforate anus with rectourethral fistula to prevent postoperative cyst formation due to residual fistula. 

2. Identify a technique to remove the appendix during laparoscopy.

3. Restate supine positioning techniques for bilateral VATS

4. Summarize an approach and component separation for suture closure and underlay mesh reinforcement of giant omphaloceles.

5. Apply a custom tailored approach to neonatal gastric necrosis

6. Determine next steps in a difficult case of ultra short segment Hirshsprung’s.


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. 

The Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

This activity provides self assessment credits toward Part 2 of the ABS MOC Program.

This event is produced by Akron Children's Hospital.