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Annual Pediatric Surgery Update Course 2015

Aired on 10.21.2015
Annual Pediatric Surgery Update Course 2015 CME
This is the the Third Annual “Pediatric Surgery Update Course" virtual symposium. This full day symposium is designed to give an update each year on the contemporary management of common problems in pediatric surgery. This year's event will be hosted by Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City, Children's Hospital of Atlanta, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, and Akron Children's Hospital.


This is the the Third Annual “Pediatric Surgery Update Course" virtual symposium. This full day symposium is designed to give an update each year on the contemporary management of common problems in pediatric surgery. This course will bring together the world leaders in pediatric surgery from key institutions in the field. This rapid fire discussion format will discuss relevant topics, concepts and controversies in the contemporary management of pediatric surgery.

Directors & Faculty


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.

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.

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.

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.

George Holcomb, MD

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

Additional Faculty

Kenneth Azarow, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P.

Surgeon-in-Chief for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Kenneth Scott Azarow joined the Doernbecher Surgical Team in 2013 after five years in Omaha, Nebraska following a distinguished 25 year career in the United States Army. His first assignment after his Pediatric Surgery Fellowship was to Madigan Army Medical Center. His progression at Madigan has taken him to the positions of Director of the General Surgery Residency Training Program and Chief of the Department of Surgery which he held at the time of his retirement from the Army. While in Omaha he developed and initiated the Pediatric Surgery Training Program at the University of Nebraska. His entire professional career has been dedicated to training surgeons so that they can take care of the next generation of children.

Belinda Hsi Dickie, MD, PhD

Belinda Hsi Dickie, MD, PhD, is the surgical director of the Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Center since July 2013. She is also the director of the Vascular Anomalies Fellowship. Dr. Dickie is an assistant professor with the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Jason Frischer, MD

Director, Colorectal Center

Andrea Hayes Jordan, MD

Associate Professor in both the Department of Pediatric Surgery at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and in Surgical Oncology and Pediatrics at the University of Texas, Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

Louis Marmon, MD, PhD

Pediatric Surgeon, Children’s National Medical Center. Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, George Washington University School of Medicine. Washington, D.C.

Samir Pandya, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Children's and Women's Physicians of Westchester, Hawthorne, NY.

David Rothstein, MD, MS

Attending Pediatric Surgeon at the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Associate Professor of Surgery at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Leader of Pediatric Surgery Quality and Patient Safety at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.  Dr. Rothstein is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Surgeons. He also belongs to the American Pediatric Surgical Association, the International Surgical Society, the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery and the Children’s Oncology Group.

Anthony Sandler, MD

Senior Vice President, and Chief of Surgery, Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Center for Surgical Care and The Diane and Norman Bernstein Professor of Pediatric Surgery, George Washington University. Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC

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


9:00 am - 10:30 am
Session 1
Vascular malformations, Airway and esophageal foreign bodies, Intussusception, Meckel's diverticulum, Pilonidal disease, Soft tissue abscess

10:30 am - 10:40 am
10:40 am - 12:00 pm
Session 2
Gastoesophageal reflux, Pectus deformities, Appendicitis, Ovarian teratoma, Ovarian torsion, Soft tissue sarcoma

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Session 3
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia, Malrotation / volvulus, Meconium ileus, Solid organ injury, Hirschsprung disease, Imperforate anus, Rectal prolapse, Breast masses, Cryptorchidism, Lumps and bumps

2:00 pm - 2:10 pm
2:10 pm - 3:30 pm
Session 4
Biliary atresia, Chylothorax/chylous ascites, Inflammatory bowel disease, Spontaneous pneumothorax, Bilateral Wilm's tumor, Complex gastroschisis, Complex ileal atresia, Long gap esophageal atresia, Mediastinal masses, Recurrent tracheoesopheageal fistula

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Topics Covered

Core Topics
  • Vascular malformations - Dr. Dickie
  • GERD (indications, patients with neuro or cardiac comorbidities) - Dr. Harmon 
  • Pectus deformities - Dr. Holcomb
  • Airway and esophageal foreign bodies - Dr. Rothstein
  • Biliary atresia - Dr. Tiao
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia - Dr. Wulkan
Rapid Fire Topics 
  • Malrotation / volvulus - Dr. Azarow
  • Meconium ileus (operative indications and technique) - Dr. Azarow
  • Solid organ injury (early discharge) - Dr. Azarow
  • Hirschsprung disease - Dr. Frischer
  • Imperforate anus - Dr. Frischer
  • Rectal prolapse - Dr. Frischer
  • Ovarian teratoma - Dr. Hayes-Jordan
  • Ovarian torsion - Dr. Hayes-Jordan
  • Soft tissue sarcoma - Dr. Hayes-Jordan
  • Breast masses - Dr. Marmon
  • Cryptorchidism - Dr. Marmon 
  • Lumps and bumps (i.e. dermoid cyst of face, lymphadenopathy) - Dr. Marmon
  • Chylothorax/chylous ascites - Dr. Pandya
  • Inflammatory bowel disease - Dr. Pandya
  • Spontaneous pneumothorax - Dr. Pandya
  • Intussusception - Dr. Ponsky 
  • Meckel's diverticulum - Dr. Ponsky 
  • Pilonidal disease - Dr. Ponsky
  • Soft tissue abscess - Dr. Ponsky
  • Bilateral Wilm's tumor - Dr. Sandler
  • Complex gastroschisis - Dr. Sandler
  • Complex ileal atresia - Dr. Sandler 
  • Long gap esophageal atresia - Dr. von Allmen
  • Mediastinal masses - Dr. von Allmen
  • Recurrent tracheoesopheageal fistula - Dr. von Allmen 


1. Define the treatment algorithm for vascular malformations.
2. Describe the workup and management of potential airway or esophageal foreign bodies.
3. Define the indications for gastroesophageal reflux in patients with complex comorbidities
4. Describe surgical options for pectus carinatum and pectus excavatum.
5. Review treatment options and outcomes for congenital diaphragmatic hernia.
6. Describe the diagnosis, surgical treatment, and postoperative management of biliary atresia.
7. Review the treatment of commonly encountered pediatric surgical diseases including appendicitis, ovarian torsion, Meckel's diverticulum, and soft tissue abscess.
8. Describe the treatment for a variety of complicated congenital anomalies including imperforate anus, gastroschisis, tracheoeosphageal fistula, and ileal atresia.

Disclosures and Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) through the joint providership of Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron and GlobalCastMD. The Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the OSMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.
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