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!




Elizabeth Beierle, MD
Children's of Alabama

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
Cincinnati children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati OH

As a pediatric gastroenterologist and researcher, I strive to provide the best possible care to children with liver disease and to discover new diagnostic tests and new treatments to improve their outcomes. I believe that every child deserves personalized care

Alexander Bondoc, MD
Cincinnati children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati OH

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
University of Calgary, Alberta Canada

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
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. 

Robert Cusick, MD
Children's Hospital & Medical Center Omaha, Omaha Nebraska

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
Kings College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London

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, FACS
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Durham currently serves as Medical Director of the Pelvic and Anorectal Care Program and Surgical Director of the Intestinal Rehabilitation Program. She spearheaded the development of the Pelvic and Anorectal Care Program, which provides multidisciplinary, long-term care to children with genitourinary and gastrointestinal conditions resulting from congenital pelvic and anorectal anomalies. It is one of the only programs of its kind in the Southeast.

Jason Fraser, MD
Children's Mercy, Kansas City, KS

Director, General Surgery Residency Program; Program Director of the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship; Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

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.

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.

Miguel Guelfand
Gonzalez Cortez Children’s Hospital Santiago, Chile

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

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. 

Kurt Heiss, MD
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

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
University of Arizona Health Sciences, Tucson, AZ

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

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.

Eunice Huang, MD, MS, FACS, FAAP
Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Memphis, TN

Dr. Huang attended college at Yale University in New Haven. She completed her general surgery residency at the Los Angeles County and University of Southern California Medical Center, then at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center she completed her fellowship at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. After her fellowship, she accepted a position as assistant professor of surgery at UTHSC.

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.

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

Erik Skarsgard, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FAAP
British Columbia Children’s Hospital Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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
Children's Mercy, Kansas City MO

Dr. Shawn St. Peter was born in Kellogg, Idaho on February 21, 1972.  Professor of Surgery in the Department of Pediatric Surgery at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine  Dr. St. Peter is the author of over 270 peer-reviewed publications and 20 book chapters and is the associate editor of Ashcraft’s Pediatric Surgery (Sixth Edition).  His focus is on pediatric surgery, minimally invasive surgery, clinical research and resource utilization.

Greg M. Tiao, MD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati OH

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
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.

Atsuyuki Yamataka, M.D., Ph.D
Juntendo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

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
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