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Advanced Practice Providers Pediatric Surgery Update

Aired on 2.05.2014
Advanced Practice Providers Pediatric Surgery Update

Join us for an innovative virtual symposium presented by GlobalCastMD, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Seattle Children's Hospital that will be broadcast live via the Internet.  

This live video broadcast and global discussion is produced by Akron Children's Hospital and will feature distinguished advanced practice providers address the current evidence based management of the common pediatric surgical conditions to a global audience from over 60 countries on all seven continents in the form of engaging panel discussions, case presentations and lively debate. Audience participation is enhanced with live chat, polling the audience along with phone in questions and answer sessions throughout the show. 


This activity is designed to provide advanced practice providers with cutting edge information to improve competence in the diagnosis and management in pediatric general surgery conditions to improve outcomes for their patients. Other health care professionals with an interest in pediatric surgery will also gain significant knowledge.

Criteria for successful completion includes attending the entire event, a score of 75% on post test and completion of evaluation form.

Directors & Faculty


Jennifer Kreiss

Jenny Kreiss has been a nurse practitioner with the division of Pediatric Surgery at Seattle Children’s since 1996. She enjoys the wide diversity of general surgery challenges, with special interests in Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine and enteral feeding tubes. Jenny served as President of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association in 2011-2012 and currently chairs the APSNA International interest group.


Donna Nowicki has been a Nurse Practitioner with the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles since 1990. Her responsibilities include the clinical management of pediatric general surgery patients, both in the inpatient and outpatient settings.

Additional Faculty

Melanie Brzozka Howard

Physician Assistant, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA.

Beverly Bynum Haynes, RN, MSN

Ms. Bynum is the Bariatric coordinator and obesity research nurse in the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Children’s of Alabama. She works primarily with adolescents and children diagnosed with obesity as well as their families.

Monping Chiang, RN(EC), MS, FNP

Monping Chiang is a pediatric nurse practitioner working at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. She’s been working in the Division of General and Thoracic Surgery for the past 8 years and specializing in the Foregut population. Her main surgical populations are working with kids and families with Tracheo Esophageal Fistula and Esophageal Atresia & Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. She is involved with education for nursing and medical trainees. She has a clinical appointment with the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. She is the Chair for the Canadian Pediatric Surgical Nurses Interest Group (CaPSNIG).

Latisha DeYoung

Latisha is a nurse practitioner at Miller Children's Hospital Los Angeles in the Division of Pediatric Surgery. Los Angeles, CA

Anna Frabotta

Anna Frabotta began her nursing career at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital as an RN in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit before moving to the Emergency Department. She is in a co-lead APP role in the Department of Pediatric Surgery.

Catherine J. Goodhue, MN, RN, CPNP-PC

Ms. Goodhue is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and has more than 25 years of pediatric nursing experience. She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including the surgical ward, Emergency Department, out-patient hospital clinic, and a school district. Currently she is the Research Program Manager in the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and also coordinates an NIH-funded cholestatic liver disease grant. She has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level including advanced pathophysiology, pediatric assessment, and primary care of the young family. She has lectured at many conferences, locally, regionally, and nationally. She serves on local and national committees for the National Association for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Ms. Goodhue has published over 15 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 8 book chapters on various pediatric topics.

Kimberly Haus McIltrot, DNP, CPNP, CWOCN

Ms. Haus has been a pediatric nurse for 24 years and a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for 17 years. Currently she works at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Pediatric General Surgery as well as the certified Wound ostomy Continence Nurse and consulted on pediatric wounds and ostomies for the past 15 years. Prior to this, she was an Army Nurse. She received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Johns Hopkins University in 2010. Her research interests include chest wall deformities.

Cindy Kerr

Ms. Kerr is a certified nurse practitioner at Children's Hospital of Boston with the Division of Interventional Radiology. Her primary clinical practice focuses on care of patients with vascular anomalies. She previously worked with the Department of General Surgery at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia and Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Lori Luken

Lori has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for 14 years. She has worked 8 years in pediatric general surgery. She currently is the co lead for the APP group at Akron Children's Hospital. Akron, OH

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.

Karen Rodriguez

Karen has been a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for close to 20 years. Fifteen of those years dedicating her practice to the care of Pediatric Surgical patient's and their families. She started her career at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, and for the past three years she has been the Coordinator of Pediatric Surgical Care Services for the Southern California Region of Kaiser Permanente's Health Care System. Los Angeles, CA.

Joyce Slusher, MSN

Ms. Slusher has 35 years of experience as a pediatric nurse with the last 7 years spent as a nurse practitioner for the General & Thoracic Surgery Department at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Her past and present experience includes caring for pediatric patients with surgical needs ranging from uncomplicated short stay procedures to complex organ transplant recipients or pre and post-op patients with complex medical/surgical conditions. She is a Co-author of a chapter in the third edition of Nursing Care of the Pediatric Surgical Patient (copyright 2013).

Erin Spera, RN, MSN,CPNP-PC

Ms. Spera is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and has worked in the Vascular Anomalies Center at Children's Hospital for Boston for 7 years. Her practice focuses on patients of all ages with vascular tumors and vascular malformations. She is also an assistant professor in the graduate nursing school at Northeastern University.

Marybeth Sylvias, MS, FNP-BC

Mary Beth holds a Master's degree in nursing administration with post-graduate certification as a family nurse practitioner. Her nursing career has ranged from positions in neonatal intensive care and obstetrics to management positions in maternal-child nursing and nursing systems. As a family nurse practitioner since 1995, her experience has been in college health, family practice, and pediatric primary care. Since 2004, Mary Beth has held positions at Children’s Hospital Boston as a nurse practitioner in Interventional Radiology and, currently, in the Vascular Anomalies Center.


11:00 am - 11:05 am

11:05 am - 11:25 am
Vascular Anomalies: An Introduction to Classification and Coordination of Care

11:25 am - 11:50 am
Panel Discussion & Case Presentations
11:50 am - 12:10 pm
Abdominal Wall Defects
12:10 pm - 12:35 pm
Panel Discussion & Case Presentations
12:35 pm - 12:45 pm
12:45 pm - 1:05 pm
Biliary Atresia: Where are we now?
1:05 pm - 1:30 pm
Panel Discussion & Case Presentations
1:30 pm - 1:50 pm
An Update on Chest Wall Anomalies and their Treatment
1:50 pm - 2:15 pm
Panel Discussion & Case Presentations
2:15 pm - 2:25 pm
2:25 pm - 2:45 pm
Compassionate care of the child affected by obesity: Improving your practice
2:45 pm - 3:10 pm
Panel Discussion & Case Presentations
3:10 pm - 3:30 pm
ABCD's of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
3:30 pm - 3:55 pm
Panel Discussion & Case Presentations
3:55 pm - 4:00 pm
Conclusions and Closing Remarks

Topics Covered

  • Vascular Anomalies
  • Abdominal Wall Defects
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Chest Wall Anomalies
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia



  • Utilize the classification system for vascular anomalies in making diagnosis.
  • Discuss a model for interdisciplinary perioperative care for patients with vascular anomalies, combining both the inpatient and outpatient perspectives
  • Describe pertinent pre-operative nursing care for neonates with an abdominal wall defect.
  • Summarize immediate post-operative nursing management for neonates following repair for gastroschisis.
  • Explain biliary atresia
  • Determine the diagnostic workup for biliary atresia
  • Describe current management and treatment of the infant with biliary atresia
  • Identify 3 chest wall anomalies and the common treatment for each.
  • Recognize personal bias related to the treatment of children affected by obesity
  • Identify barriers to the compassionate care of children affected by obesity in  the clinical  setting
  • Review pathophysiology and causes of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH)
  • Debate common management and surgical options for CDH
  • Restate management and follow up care involved with patients and families with CDH

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