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.
Dr. Brown is the Associate Director of Trauma Services at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and is Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She is Director and Co-Founder of the Buckle Up for Life program, a community-based motor vehicle injury prevention program addressing disparities in the Hispanic and African-American communities which is funded through a grant from Toyota. Her research interests lie in trauma and injury prevention.
Elizabeth “Beth” Edgerton is the Director for the Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health at the Maternal Child Health Bureau. Previously, she had served as Branch Chief for Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) and Injury Prevention within the Division. The Division is home to EMSC and the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network, Injury and Violence Prevention with focus on bullying prevention and safe sleep, Child Death Review, adolescent health which includes school-based health centers, oral health and Bright Futures. As an academician and program administrator, Dr. Edgerton has worked in the fields of EMSC, injury prevention and clinical preventive services throughout her career.
Dr. Edgerton trained at Harbor-ULCA Medical Center and completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship at UCLA. She was previously faculty at UCLA School of Medicine and at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Edgerton is a past Director of Clinical Prevention for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and most recently served as an attending physician in the Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC.
Dr. Fenton grew up in Salt Lake City and received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at the University of Utah. After receiving his Doctor of Medicine from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, he returned to Salt Lake City and completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Following his residency, Dr. Fenton moved to San Antonio, Texas where he practiced as a General Surgeon for the United States Air Force for the next four years. During this time he deployed on two separate occasions as the lead Trauma Surgeon, serving in both Afghanistan and the Philippines under Operation Enduring Freedom. After completing his fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, he returned to Salt Lake City to join the Department of Surgery at the University of Utah and practices at Primary Children’s Hospital where he serves as the Trauma Medical Director. Dr. Fenton is interested in resource utilization in trauma care as well as developing systems to coordinate and regionalize pediatric trauma care through telehealth services and outreach.
Program Manager, Trauma Services, Lynn Haas received her BSN from Ohio State University, MSN from the University of Cincinnati, followed by a PNP degree in 2001. Ms. Haas initiated the trauma program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in September 1989 as the trauma program manager and Cincinnati Children's became verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in 1993 with subsequent re-verifications every three years. Haas is actively involved in trauma system development at the local, state and national level and has held leadership positions within Society of Trauma Nurses, Ohio Society of Trauma Nurse Leaders, Ohio Trauma Committee and the Pediatric Trauma Society.
Dr. Todd Maxson is the Chief of the Trauma Program at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and a Professor of Surgery at UAMS. He also serves the State of Arkansas as the consultant on trauma for the Department of Health. He graduated from high school in Victoria, Texas, completed a biochemistry degree from Texas A&M University in 1986 and medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1990. He took a general surgical residency at the University of Arkansas from 1990 – 1996. Following training in Arkansas, he moved to Texas to complete pediatric surgical training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He was on faculty in Houston before moving to the University of Texas –Southwestern in Dallas to begin the trauma program at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. This program became the first level I pediatric trauma program in the southwest United States to be verified by the American College of Surgeons. He and members of his team from Dallas then moved to Austin, Texas to build the trauma service at the new Dell Children’s Medical Center, taking this facility to Level I status as well. He served for five years on the Governor’s Advisory Committee for the Texas trauma system and also worked for the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. He now serves the ACS as the pediatric trauma representative on two committees and serves on numerous other national trauma committees.
Director of the Trauma Center at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is a former President of the Pediatric Trauma Society and a past-chair of the Trauma Committee of the American Pediatric Surgical Association. Dr. Mooney has been active in the Verification Review Committee of the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma and has conducted research into variation in the management of injured children between adult and pediatric hospitals.
Dr. Naik-Mathuria is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and is the Trauma Medical Director at Texas Children’s Hospital, a level I pediatric trauma center. She completed her general surgery training at Baylor College of Medicine and pediatric surgery at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She returned to Baylor as a pediatric surgery faculty member in 2011 and concurrently completed a fellowhip in surgical critical care. After serving as the Associate Trauma Director for two years, she took over the position of Trauma Medical Director in 2013 from Dr. David Wesson. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg school of Public Health. Her research interests lie in pediatric pancreatic trauma, quality improvement, injury prevention, and global pediatric trauma.
Dr. David M. Notrica has been practicing pediatric surgery in Phoenix for the past 15 years. He received his M.D. from Emory University School of Medicine and completed his general surgery training at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Notrica obtained his fellowship in pediatric surgery at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX. Dr. Notrica established Arizona’s only ACS verified Level I Trauma Center for pediatric patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in 2008 and continues to serve as its Trauma Medical Director. He is co-director of the joint Chest Wall program at Mayo Clinic-Arizona and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He has served as the President of the Medical Staff and Chief of Surgery at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Benedict Nwomeh, MD, MPH is a pediatric surgeon and professor at the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. He is the fellowship director for the pediatric surgery training program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and associate director for the general surgery residency program at Wexner Medical Center. Among Dr. Nwomeh’s interests is training and surgical capacity building in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Dr. Nwomeh is currently Co-Chair of the Committee on Global Academic Surgery for Society of University Surgeons (SUS).
Dr. John Petty is a pediatric surgeon at Brenner Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC, where he serves as the director of the level 1 pediatric trauma center. He is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Wake Forest School of Medicine, with research interests in pediatric trauma care and antireflux surgery. He has been recognized for teaching excellence, and he is involved with student and resident training. He is active in professional organizations, including the Pediatric Trauma Society, where he is currently the chair of the guidelines committee and in the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), where he is currently the liaison to the Pediatric Trauma Society. He has been a core member of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma and has shared in the efforts of the institute from the very beginning. His care for sick and injured children is animated by his love for his three children and the patience of his wife.
Shawn D. St. Peter, MD, has been on staff in the Department of Surgery at Children’s Mercy Kansas City since 2006. He is currently Senior Vice President, the Surgeon-in-Chief, and the Associate Program Director of the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program at Children's Mercy, where he is also the Director of the Center for Prospective Trials. He holds the Thomas Holder and Keith Ashcraft Endowed Chair of Surgical Research.