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Evaluation and Management of Hirschsprung's Disease

Aired on 2.04.2015
Evaluation and Management of Hirschsprung's Disease CME

This course is designed to provide physicians and primary care givers with an approach to working with and managing patients with Hirschsprung Disease. Topics will address fundamentals, technical tips and tricks for improving surgical techniques and post operative management.

Hosted by the Peña Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the course is directed by internationally renowned surgeons Alberto Peña, M.D., and Andrea Bischoff, M.D. This event will be broadcast live to a virtual audience from Cincinnati, Ohio.

This is an interactive live virtual course that combines best-practice strategies and education through case studies, panel discussion and lectures. This live broadcast will allow interactive exchanges with expert panelists through live chat, polling the audience and phone in questions and answer sessions throughout the show.

Can't make the date? This broadcast will be archived for viewing later.



This course is designed for pediatric surgeons, pediatritians and gastroenterologists, primary care physicians as well as pediatric nurses, residents and fellows who are interested in the learning the fundamentals, tips and tricks in techniques and the most recent developments in Hirschsprung management.

  • PC-based attendees: Windows® 2000 or Newer with speakers.
  • Google Chrome recommended. Internet Explorer 8.0 or greater, Safari 6.0 or greater, or Firefox 22.0 or greater Adobe Flash Player 11.0 or greater
  • Lesser than minimum requirements will result in dropped audio, video or both.

Directors & Faculty


Andrea Bischoff, MD

Andrea Bischoff is a pediatric surgeon for the Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She earned her medical degree at University of Brasilia – Brasilia, Brazil. Her general surgery residency and pediatric surgical fellowship were completed at Brasilia University Hospital - Brasilia, Brazil.

Alberto Peña, MD

Founding Director, Colorectal Center Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery. Since 1982 until the present, Dr. Peña has been traveling all over the world, lecturing and operating on children affected by this particular malformation. At the present time, Dr. Peña dedicates 80 percent of his time to the treatment of anorectal problems in children. Seventy percent of the patients operated on by Dr. Peña at Cincinnati Children's come from other states and from all over the world.

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

Margaret H. Collins, MD

Pathologist, Professor, UC Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Belinda Hsi Dickie, MD, PhD

Belinda Hsi Dickie, MD, PhD, is the surgical director of the Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Center since July 2013. She is also the director of the Vascular Anomalies Fellowship. Dr. Dickie is an assistant professor with the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Jason Frischer, MD

Director, Colorectal Center

Raj Kapur, MD, PhD

Professor, Pathology, University of Washington, Staff Pathologist, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Steven Kraus, MD

Chief, Radiography and Fluoroscopy. Radiologist, Department of Radiology. Associate Professor, UC Department of Radiology. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Rodrigo Ozelame, MD

Pediatric Radiologist at Hospital Infantil Joana de Gusmão, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Miguel Reyes-Mugica, MD

Chief of Pathology and Director of Laboratories, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA.

Risto Rintala, MD, PhD

Professor of Paediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital, Helsinki University Central Hospital

Luis de la Torre, MD

Founding Director, Colorectal Center for Children. Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA.


8:00 am - 8:10 am

8:10 am - 8:30 am
Quiz on History of Hirschsprung Disease!

8:30 am - 9:00 am
Pathology on Hirschsprung Disease

9:00 am - 9:30 am
Contrast Enema on Hirschsprung Disease

9:30 am - 9:40 am
9:40 am - 11:30 am
Surgical procedures on Hirschsprung disease and Total Colonic Aganglionosis

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm
12:20 pm - 12:35 pm
Long Term Follow Up

12:35 pm - 2:30 pm
Complications Post Pull Through

2:20 pm - 2:30 pm
Closing Remarks

Topics Covered

History of Hirschsprung disease
Pathology of Hirschsprung disease
Contrast Enema in Hischsprung disease
Surgical Procedures for Hirschsprung Disease and Total Colonic Aganglionosis
Long-term Follow Up
Complications Post Pull Through



1.     Describe the history of Hirschsprung disease.
2.     Recognize the pathology of Hirschsprung disease.
3.     Discuss use of contrast enema in Hischsprung disease.
4.     Explain the surgical procedures for Hirschsprung Disease and Total Colonic Aganglionosis.
5.     Review long-term Follow Up of Hirschsprung disease.
6.     Identify complications post pull through in Hischsprung disease.

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