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Pancreas Care Updates 2020

Aired on 12.01.2020
Pancreas Care Updates 2020

During our event, course directors Dr. Maisam A. Abu-El-Haija, MD, MS; Jaimie D. Nathan, MD lead a panel of celebrated faculty in providing an overview of updates in pancreas care.

There was only CME credit available for the live event. 


The Pancreas Care Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital provides focused, multidisciplinary care for children with pancreatic disorders. Our team is led by pediatric gastroenterologists and pediatric surgeons and also includes physicians from the pain management, endocrinology, oncology, and radiology departments. These experts work closely with the center’s genetics counselors, pain psychologists, dietitians, nurses and social workers to address patient needs.

Directors & Faculty


Maisam Abu-El-Haija, MD

Dr. Abu-El-Haija is a pediatric Gastroenterologist, faculty at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati. She is the Medical Director of the Pancreas Care Center, a unique pediatric center dedicated to the care of children with pancreatic disorders. Dr. Abu-El-Haija is the Principle Investigator on multiple studies in pancreatic disorders in children, including the pancreatits registry in Cincinnati. Her main interests are in pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, genetics and biomarker studies. 

Jaimie Nathan, MD

Dr. Nathan is a pediatric general, thoracic and transplant surgeon at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati.  He is the Surgical Director of the Pancreas Care Center, leading the Center’s surgical interventions for children with pancreatic disorders, including total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation (TPIAT).  He is site Principle Investigator for a multicenter collaborative prospective study of TPIAT for chronic pancreatitis and recurrent acute pancreatitis.  He is also Surgical Director of the Kidney and Intestinal Transplant Programs at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Andrew Trout, M.D.

Dr. Andrew Trout is an Assistant Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics with dual certification in Pediatric Radiology and Nuclear Medicine. Dr. Trout subspecializes in abdominal imaging and is the lead radiologist for the Cincinnati Children’s multidisciplinary clinical pancreas conference. Dr. Trout has published, given national lectures, and has active research on the role secretin in imaging and assessment of the pediatric pancreas.

Tom Lin, MD

Tom K. Lin, MD, is a pediatric gastroenterologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where he is the Director of Endoscopy for the Pancreas Care Center and the Co-endoscopy Director for the Division of Gastroenterology.  His clinical interests include pediatric pancreaticobiliary disorders and therapeutic endoscopy.  He completed his pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH, followed by an adult advanced endoscopy fellowship in ERCP at Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC.  

David S. Vitale, MD

Dr. Vitale completed a combined adult and pediatric residency in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and initially joined the Cincinnati Children's Gastroenterology Department as a clinical fellow in 2015. He went on to complete an adult advanced endoscopy fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was trained in the care of patients with complex pancreas, biliary and other gastrointestinal disease. His training included endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), double balloon enteroscopy (DBE) and endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), among other advanced techniques. As a member of the Pancreas Care Center, Dr. Vitale utilizes these advanced techniques and training in the care of children with pancreatitis, biliary disease and other gastrointestinal disease requiring endotherapy.

Additional 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.


1:00 pm - 1:05 pm
Opening Remarks

1:05 pm - 1:45 pm
Updates in medical management of chronic pancreatitis

1:45 pm - 1:50 pm
1:50 pm - 2:30 pm
The role of ERCP and EUS in chronic pancreatitis

2:30 pm - 2:35 pm
2:35 pm - 3:15 pm
Total pancreatectomy with Islet autotransplantation in children

Topics Covered

In support of improving patient care, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

CME: Cincinnati Children’s designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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