Experts from Cincinnati Children’s with collaboration from Seattle Children’s and Riley Children’s will discuss the multi-disciplinary care of patients with Spina Bifida. The goal of the session is to provide pediatric providers with the highest quality learning opportunities that are designed to advance physician competence, enhance practice performance, promote patient safety, and improve patient outcomes in the population served.
Dr. VanderBrink is a pediatric urologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. His career goal is to help children with congenital conditions that affect the urinary tract to achieve the best possible outcomes. This can mean different things to different families and he takes pride in listening to each individual family’s concerns while formulating a treatment plan. His main goals are to preserve kidney function, work towards urinary control and provide opportunities to become independent for their chronic condition. Dr. VanderBrink’s specialties include reconstructive lower urinary tract surgery; neurogenic bladder; and spina bifida.
Dr. Woodward an attending pediatrician in the division of adolescent medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. His clinical interests are in the transition from pediatric to adult health care and the care of adolescents and young adults with chronic conditions of children childhood.
Dr. Bierbrauer is a Faculty Neurosurgeon, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Dr. Bierbrauer’s special areas of interest include spina bifida and all other types of spinal dysraphism, (tethering of the spinal cord), and the evaluation of congenital disorders of the central nervous system. She is a member of the Cincinnati Fetal Center's team of subspecialists and directs the neurosurgical evaluation of children enrolled in the comprehensive Spina Bifida Clinic at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Dr. Bolger is the Associate Program Director of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/Pediatrics Combined Residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Her Clinical expertise includes neuromuscular disorders, myelomeningocele; cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, and spasticity management.
Dr. Brei is member of the Developmental Pediatrics Team at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He received the Hydrocephalus award from the International Federation for Spina Bifida. Dr. Brei is an alumnus of Cincinnati Children’s having completed his fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics there. His clinical interests include spina bifida, cerebral palsy and complex disabilities.
Shelly King is the director of the Children’s Continence Center at Riley Children’s Hospital, where she and her colleagues perform state-of-the-art evaluations and education for children with all types of incontinence. She developed a post-operative care program for patients that she teaches to young doctors and nurses all over the country. She also created a pre-operative plan that explains reconstructive surgery to children and their parents and helps kids feel less anxious about the procedure.
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. Stevenson is a Faculty Neurosurgeon in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Dr. Stevenson brings expertise in selective dorsal rhizotomy as a treatment for spasticity, which, when added to implantation of baclofen pumps and medical therapy, allows for a wide range of treatment options for patients with spasticity from cerebral palsy or spinal cord injury. He is a member of a multidisciplinary team of specialists that includes neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as physical and occupational therapies that offers comprehensive care for children with spasticity.
Dr. Tamai is the Director of the Physician Assistant Program in the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Dr. Tamai’s clinical interests include Legg-Calve-Perthes, hip dysplasia and other pediatric and adolescent hip disorders, clubfeet and other pediatric foot disorders and pediatric fractures. He is the co-author of the chapter entitled “Spina Bifida: The Management of Extremity Deformities in Myelominingocele” in Spina Bifida – Management and Outcome. Ozek MM (Ed.). New York, NY: Springer Milan Berlin Heidelberg, 2008.
In Utero Repair of Myelomeningocele
Rational Approach to workup for spinal cord retethering in patients with Myelomeningocele
Clubfoot Therapeutic Options in Patients with Myelomeningocele
National Spina Bifida Patient Registry Urologic and Renal Protocol for the Newborn and Young Child
Treatment Options for Social Fecal Continence in the Myelomeningocele Patient
Care Coordination in a Multidisciplinary Spina Bifida Clinic – How can we make this work?
Strategies for Successful Transition of Pediatric Myelomeningocele Patient to Adult Care
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Cincinnati Children’s designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.