Live Events


8:00 AM EDT

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




​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. 

Victor F. Garcia, MD, FACS, FAAP
Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Erika Newman, MD
University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor MI

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

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

Director, Clinical Growth and Transformation; Pediatric Surgeon, Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati


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.

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.


8:00 am - 10:00 am
PDC Gaps
Review of 2019; overview of 2020
10:15 am - 12:15 pm
Clinical Practice Updates
Colorectal; Biliary Atresia; Gastroschisis; ERAS
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Social determinants of health
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Complications and beyond
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm


  • 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