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7th Annual Pediatric Surgery Update Course - Stay Current in Pediatric Surgery 2019

8:30 AM EDT
7th Annual Pediatric Surgery Update Course - Stay Current in Pediatric Surgery 2019CME

This FREE event is entirely online and brings together the sharpest minds in pediatric surgery. This includes you!  We will enable the ability for the audience to ask questions and appear on camera if they choose, for the first time. Together we can make this the most unique and enjoyable pediatric surgery event of the year. The full day symposium is designed to give an update each year on the contemporary management of common problems in pediatric surgery.  This course will highlight what's new in pediatric surgery that you NEED TO KNOW!


Directors & Faculty


Mac Harmon, MD
Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo New York

In January 2014, Carroll McWilliams (Mac) Harmon, MD, PhD, was appointed Surgeon-in-Chief at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB),  Professor of Surgery at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York and  Program Director or the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. 

Todd Ponsky, MD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Akron Children's Hospital, Ohio

Dr. Ponsky is a Professor of Surgery, and the Director of Clinical Growth and Transformation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, He is also a consultant pediatric surgeon at Akron Children’s Hospital. 

Mark Wulkan, MD, FAAP
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta GA

Surgeon-in-Chief, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. 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.

George Holcomb, MD
Children’s Mercy, Kansas City

Whit Holcomb is Surgeon-in Chief and Director of the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Daniel Von Allmen, MD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

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.

Additional Faculty

Elizabeth Beierle, MD
Children's of Alabama

Dr. Beierle is a Pediatric Surgeon at Children’s of Alabama focused in surgical oncology, neonatal surgery, burn and trauma care Research: Dr. Beierle's research interest lies in the study of pediatric solid tumors, specifically the signal transduction pathways involved in neuroblastoma.

Deborah F. Billmire, MD
Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health

Dr. Deborah Billmire is a general surgeon in Indianapolis, Indiana and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Indiana University Health Medical Center and Indiana University Health North Hospital. She received her medical degree from University of Michigan Medical School and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

​Alejandra M. Casar Berazaluce, MD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital; Cincinnati, OH

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. 

Alexander Gibbons, MD
Akron Children's Hospital; Akron, OH

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.

Rachel E. Hanke, MD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital; Cincinnati, OH

Dr. Hanke is a Pediatric Surgical Innovation Fellow in the Ponsky Lab at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, as well as a categorical resident at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey General Surgery Program in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She 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.

Saleem Islam, MD, MPH
University of Florida College of Medicine

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.

Meera Kotagal, MD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

​Dr. Kotagal joined Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2016 as a pediatric surgery fellow and completed that training in 2018. In November 2018, she joined CCHMC as a full-time faculty member. Her interests include pediatric colorectal surgery, pediatric surgical oncology, and pediatric trauma. Dr. Kotagal has a long-standing interest and experience in global surgery and joins Cincinnati Children’s as the director of the Pediatric Surgery Global Health Program.


Steven L. Lee, MD, FACS, FAAP
UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Steven Lee is Professor of Clinical Surgery and Pediatrics as well as Chief of Pediatric Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Lee is a leader in the field of pediatric surgery, specifically both locally and nationally. Dr. Lee is also an accomplished researcher whose extramurally funded research efforts are focused on esophageal and intestinal reconstruction as well as appendicitis. He recently completed one of the largest prospective studies in the U.S. looking at managing acute appendicitis with antibiotics alone. This work has led to his research group to be invited to participate in a multi-institutional prospective, randomized trial of antibiotics alone versus surgery for the management of acute appendicitis. Recently his research has focused on activities to outcomes related research. This research looks at outcomes and cost across different hospital settings as well as disparities in surgical care.

Frederick J. Rescorla, MD
Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Frederick J. Rescorla, MD is a practicing Pediatric Surgeon in Indianapolis, IN. Dr. Rescorla graduated from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health in 1981 and has been in practice for 38 years. He completed a residency at Clarian Health Partners. He currently practices at Riley Hospital for Children and is affiliated with Riley Hospital for Children. Dr. Rescorla is board certified in Surgery. He is one of 7 doctors at Indiana University Health Hospital who specialize in General Surgery.

Steve Rothenberg, MD
Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Denver CO

Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Denver, Colorado. Professor of Surgery at Columbia University, New York, New York He was a founder and past president of the International Pediatric Endosurgical Group (IPEG), SAGES, Telementoring Task Force Member

Julie Sroga-Rios, MD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati OH

Julie M. Sroga-Rios, MD, joined the Comprehensive Fertility Care and Preservation Program in 2018 at CCHMC.  She has been a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati since 2012 after completing a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She graduated from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton and was a resident at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus. Dr. Sroga-Rios is an Associate Professor at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine, an active member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Sroga-Rios shares her time between CCHMC and the University of Cincinnati with a focus on fertility preservation and oncofertility.


8:30 am - 8:35 am
Todd Ponsky, MD
8:35 am - 9:05 am
Battery ingestion and Intussusception early DC
Daniel Von Allmen, MD
9:05 am - 9:15 am
Non-Op Appendicitis and Irrigation
George Holcomb, MD
9:15 am - 9:35 am
Management of fractured broviac during removal and Bowel Preps
Mark Wulkan, MD, FAAP
9:35 am - 10:15 am
Opioid overuse
Mac Harmon, MD
10:15 am - 10:35 pm
Q & A Session
10:35 pm - 10:50 am
10:50 am - 1:00 pm
New Ideas in Pediatric Surgery you MUST know!
Saleem Islam, MD, MPH
Steven L. Lee, MD, FACS, FAAP
Elizabeth Beierle, MD
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
1:30 pm - 1:40 pm
Onco-Fertility Ovarian Salvage
Julie Sroga-Rios, MD
1:40 pm - 2:10 pm
Cervical Spine Clearance in Trauma
Meera Kotagal, MD
2:10 pm - 2:40 pm
Pediatric airway foreign bodies
Mac Harmon, MD
2:40 pm - 3:00 pm
Q & A Session
3:00 pm - 3:10 pm
Closing Remarks


  • Representation 
  • Germ Cell Tumor Cases
  • Intussusception
  • Battery Ingestion
  • Line Complications
  • Oncofertility
  • C-Spine
  • Umbilical Access
  • Opioids
  • Meconium Plug
  • Appendicitis Irrigation


1.      Identify the diagnosis and management of various surgical conditions.
2.      Describe newer surgical techniques for common pediatric surgical conditions.
3.      Describe methods to improve surgical outcomes for pediatric surgical patients.

Accreditation Statement

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: This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.