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Pediatric Colorectal Controversies

Aired on 4.11.2012
Pediatric Colorectal Controversies CME

Half day symposium, led by worldwide opinion leaders highlighting new concepts and controversies in pediatric colorectal anomalies. This symposium will address common controversies that pediatric surgeons face day to day in the treatment of pediatric colorectal problems. The format of the course will be case presentations followed by panel and participant discussion. 


Directors & Faculty


Alberto Peña, MD

Founding Director, Colorectal Center Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery. Since 1982 until the present, Dr. Peña has been traveling all over the world, lecturing and operating on children affected by this particular malformation. At the present time, Dr. Peña dedicates 80 percent of his time to the treatment of anorectal problems in children. Seventy percent of the patients operated on by Dr. Peña at Cincinnati Children's come from other states and from all over the world.

Marc A. Levitt, MD

Surgical Director for the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction, Program Director for the Pediatric Colorectal Fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Dr. Levitt has published over 120 manuscripts and 60 book chapters, and has delivered over 300 national/international and 100 local/regional presentations of his work. He has been an invited visiting professor all over the world. Dr. Levitt has trained numerous clinical fellows, research fellows and students in his career. He has directed numerous colorectal training courses attended by established surgeons and surgical trainees from all over the world. He dedicates much of his free time to mission trips around the world where he trains surgeons in his complex surgical techniques.
Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH.

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.

Additional Faculty

Marcela Bailez, MD

Head of Surgical DepartmentJ P Garrahan Children's Hospital Buenos Aires, Argentina

Long Li, MD

Professor, Department of Pediatric Surgery The Capital Institute of Pediatrics Beijing, China

Paola Midrio, MD

Attending, Pediatric Surgical Division University of PaduaPadua, Italy

Sabine Sarnacki, MD, PhD

Pediatric Surgeon, Coordinator of the National Rare Disease Reference Center for Pelvic and AnoRectal Malformation (MAREP)Paris, France

Nguyen Thanh Liem, MD, PhD

Professor of Pediatric Surgery Director, National Hospital of Pediatrics (NHP) Director, Research Institute for Child Health (RICH)Hanoi, Vietnam

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.

Luis de la Torre, MD

Founding Director, Colorectal Center for Children. Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA.

Ivo deBlaauw, MD

Assistant Professor, Pediatric Surgeon Erasmus MC-Sphia Children's Hospital Rotterdam, The Netherlands


8:00 am - 8:10 am
Session I: Anorectal Malformations (ARM)

8:10 am - 9:30 am
Panel Discussion & Case Presentations

9:30 am - 9:40 am
9:40 am - 9:45 am
Hirschsprung's Disease (HD)

9:45 am - 11:10 am
Panel Discussion & Case Presentations

11:10 am - 11:20 am
11:20 am - 11:25 am
Session III: Idiopathic Constipation/Fecal Incontinence

11:25 am - 12:50 pm
Panel Discussion & Case Presentations

12:50 pm - 1:00 pm

Topics Covered

Anorectal Malformations (ARM)

Hirschsprung's Disease (HD)

Idiopathic Constipation/Fecal Incontinence



  • Describe the appropriate surgical techniques used for the most frequent types of ARM.

  • Discuss post-operative management of ARM.

  • Discuss the diagnosis and treatment of Hirschsprung’s disease.

  • Identify various treatments in a bowel management program.

  • Discuss the management of ideopathic constipation.

  • Discuss the management of post HD pull- through problems.