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8th Annual Pediatric Surgery Update Course - Stay Current in Pediatric Surgery 2020

Aired on 8.07.2020
8th Annual Pediatric Surgery Update Course - Stay Current in Pediatric Surgery 2020


This full day symposium was designed to give an annual update of the contemporary management of common problems in pediatric surgery. This course highlights what's new in pediatric surgery that you NEED TO KNOW!



Elizabeth Beierle, MD

Dr. Elizabeth Beierle is a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and holds the Charles D. McCrary Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery. She continues to have an active, funded research laboratory focusing on pediatric solid tumors and cell signaling, and has published extensively on this topic.

Jorge Bezerra, MD

Dr. Bezerra is the Director of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and holds the Balistreri Chair of Pediatric Hepatology. He is the Principal Investigator of NIH awards to study mechanisms of biliary atresia using predictive analytics and biliary organoids to design new diagnostics and treatments for the disease.

Alexander Bondoc, MD

Dr. Bondoc is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. In addition to his role as a Pediatric General Surgeon, he also specializes in the care of children with end-stage renal and hepatic disease and abdominal transplant surgery. Dr. Bondoc’s laboratory research interests include developing xenograft models of hepatoblastoma and hepatocellular carcinoma as well as studying the molecular pathogenesis of hepatoblastoma.

Mary Brindle, MD, MPH

Dr. Brindle previously served as the Director of the EQuIS Research Platform at Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. She is Scientific Director of the Alberta Surgery Strategic Clinical Network, helping to develop and evaluate strategies to improve surgical quality and access in Alberta. Dr. Brindle is a leader within the International ERAS Society.

​Alejandra M. Casar Berazaluce, MD

Dr. Casar Berazaluce is a Pediatric Surgical Innovation Fellow at the Ponsky Lab at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and a Categorical General Surgery Resident at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She obtained her medical degree from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Monterrey, Mexico. Her interests include pediatric surgery, global surgery, reconstructive surgery, burns, community health, quality of care, process optimization, and medical education. 

Robert Cusick, MD

Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery. Medical School: University of Nebraska College of Medicine Residency: General Surgery, University of Cincinnati Medical Center Fellowship: Childrens Hospital Boston Fellowship: Pediatric Surgery, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Mark Davenport, ChM, FRCS, FRCPS

Since 2008 he has been honored with a Professorial Chair in Paediatric Surgery from Kings College, University of London. He has been the UK editor of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery and was elected President of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons (BAPS) for 2016-18.

Megan Durham, MD

Dr. Megan Durham is a pediatric surgeon at Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in Atlanta, GA. She has been the medical director of the Pediatric Anorectal Care Program (PARC) at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta since its inception in 2014. She has been on the Executive Committee of the Pediatric Colorectal and Learning Pelvic Learning Consortium (PCPLC) since 2016. Her other special clinical interests include pediatric surgical oncology and pediatric intestinal failure.

Jason Fraser, MD

Jason D. Fraser, MD, FACS, FAAP is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. He is currently the Surgical Director of the Bariatric Surgery Program, and the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program Director. Dr. Fraser received his undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Philosophy from St. John’s University in Minnesota and attended medical school at Creighton University. Dr. Fraser completed his general surgery residency at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and both a research fellowship and pediatric surgery fellowship at Children’s Mercy Kansas City.

Victor F. Garcia, MD, FACS, FAAP

Founding Director, Trauma Services,Professor, UC Department of Surgery Victor Garcia, MD, graduated from West Point, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, studied pediatric surgery under C. Everett Koop, and was Walter Reed’s chief of General/Pediatric Surgery. Vic founded Children’s Trauma Center and led the effort to establish the country’s first Pediatric Weight Loss Surgery Center.  For his ongoing work to eliminate childhood health and social disparities, he has received numerous awards and commendations to include the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award and the National Jefferson Award. Vic has an uncompromising belief in the power of systems thinking and stakeholder engagement to solve society’s most intractable problems.

Alexander Gibbons, MD

Dr. Gibbons is a clinical research fellow at Akron Children's Hospital and a General Surgery resident at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He obtained his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 2016.

Miguel Guelfand

Assistant Professor of Pediatric Surgery Chief of Neonatal Surgery University of Chile Exequiel Gonzalez Cortez Children’s Hospital Santiago, Chile

Rachel E. Hanke, MD

Dr. Hanke obtained her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology with specialization in Health Promotion from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. She subsequently earned her medical degree at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Her research interests include pediatric surgery, medical and patient education, global surgery, interdisciplinary professionalism development, and minimally invasive surgery.

Mac Harmon, MD

Mac Harmon, MD, PhD is Surgeon in Chief and Medical Director of Pediatric General & Thoracic Surgery at John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, Chief of Surgery for Kaleida Health, the John E. Fisher Professor of Surgery and the Division Chief of Pediatric Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, Program Director of the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program, and Director of the Pediatric Surgery Research Laboratory.

Kurt Heiss, MD

Dr. Heiss is the medical director, surgical quality, pediatric surgeon and Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Marion Henry, MD, MPH, FACS, FAAP

Clinical Associate Professor. Pediatric Surgery. Joint Appointment (Surgery)

George Holcomb, MD

Whit Holcomb is professor emeritus at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Eunice Huang, MD, MS, FACS, FAAP

Dr. Eunice Huang is a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, in Memphis, TN. She is the Associate Division Chief of Pediatric Surgery and the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program Director, as well as the Chief Research Biomedical Informatics Officer at the Children’s Foundation Research Institute. Dr. Huang’s clinical research interests include care of patients with Anorectal Malformation, Hirschsprung’s Disease and Intestinal Failure.

Saleem Islam, MD, MPH

Saleem Islam, M.D., M.P.H., a professor and chief of pediatric surgery in the University of Florida College of Medicine, was recently appointed to the UF Society of Teaching Scholars. Additionally, Dr. Islam was recently elected to AAP Section on Surgery Executive Committee.

Erika Newman, MD

Assistant Professor and Edith Briskin Emerging Scholar, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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.

Beth Rymeski, DO

Dr. Rymeski is a Pediatric Surgeon, in the Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She earned her medical degree in 2005 from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine, and went on to complete her general surgery residency at the Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware. Dr. Rymeski completed fellowship programs at Cincinnati Children’s in vascular anomalies and fetal surgery, ECMO, and Pediatric Surgery. Her interests include colorectal, general pediatric, minimally invasive, and neonatal surgery.

Erik Skarsgard, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FAAP

Erik Skarsgard is the Surgeon in Chief at BC Children’s Hospital and Professor of Surgery at the University of British Columbia. Erik is the founding Principal Investigator of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research-funded Canadian Pediatric Surgery Network (CAPSNet), which targets knowledge mobilization and the establishment of best practices for gastroschisis and CDH.

Shawn St. Peter, MD

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.

Greg M. Tiao, MD

Richard and Geralyn Azizkhan Chair in Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Director, Liver Transplantation, Associate Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship, Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery, UC Department of Pediatrics

Mark Wulkan, MD, FAAP

Akron Children's Hospital Bruce F. Rothmann, M.D. Chair in Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Wulkan is a pioneer in pediatric advanced minimally invasive surgery with a strong interest in neonatal and thoracic lesions. After initiating the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center at Children’s in 2003, he oversaw its growth into one of the most high volume pediatric minimally invasive programs in the country. Additionally, he performed Children’s first lap-band procedure to treat adolescent obesity in 2007, was one of the first surgeons in Georgia to perform single-site incision surgery on pediatric patients for routine surgeries in 2009, and performed the first laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy for adolescent obesity in the Southeast in 2010.

Atsuyuki Yamataka, M.D., Ph.D

Yama is the Professor/Head of the Pediatric Surgery Department, and the Director of the Perinatal Medical Support Centre at Juntendo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan. He is also the Visiting Co-Professor of the Department of Gastrointestinal and Pediatric Surgery at Tokyo Medical University.

Daniel von Allmen, MD

Dr. von Allmen is the Senior Vice President of Surgical Services and Surgeon-in-Chief at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Additionally, Dr. von Allmen holds the Lester W. Martin Chair of Pediatric Surgery. His special clinical interests include pediatric surgical oncology, pediatric inflammatory bowel disease, esophageal disorders, surgical innovation and surgical robotics. He has been a long term participant in the Surgical Section of the Children's Oncology group, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America and the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group.


8:00 am - 8:10 am
Event Welcome
8:10 am - 8:40 am
Biliary Atresia - Clinical Practice Updates

8:40 am - 9:00 am
Top Themes From The Stay Current App

9:00 am - 10:00 am
PDC 2020 Practice Gaps

10:00 am - 10:15 am
Morning Break
10:15 am - 11:00 am
Colorectal - Clinical Practice Updates

11:00 am - 11:30 am
Gastroschisis - Clinical Practice Updates

11:30 am - 12:00 pm
ERAS - Clinical Practice Updates

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Social Determinants Of Health

1:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Afternoon Break
1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Complications and Beyond
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Topics Covered

  • CDH management protocols
  • DSD- gonadectomy, who and when
  • IBD new medical mgmt
  • Neonatal lap complications
  • TEG
  • Long-term Esophageal atresia F/U
  • Obesity- periop mgmt. for non-bariatric operations
  • Spontaneous pneumothorax management
  • NACHRI guidelines for peritoneal dialysis and vascular access
  • Trauma- ATLS guideline changes