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Childhood and Adolescent Obesity 2014

Aired on 3.19.2014
Childhood and Adolescent Obesity 2014
This course will review the basics of managing overweight and obese children focusing on interventions easily implemented in the primary care office as well as disease and co-morbidity management.  We will also cover the most up to date information on bariatric surgery. Directed by Stephanie Walsh, M.D., Mark Wulkan, M.D. Christopher Bolling, M.D. and Todd Ponsky, M.D., this truly interactive world broadcast will have brief presentations from world leaders in the field followed by discussion of controversial issues and will allow the viewers to join in the discussions and debates.  


This course will be broadcast live via the intrenet and will feature key opinion leaders review the basics of managing overweight and obese children focusing on interventions easily implemented in the primary care office as well as disease and co-morbidity management. These topics will be reviewed in the form of engaging panel discussions, case presentations and lively debate. 

Audience participation will be encouraged with live chat, polling the audience and phone in question and answer sessions throughout the show.

This course is designed to provide primary care providers to improve competence in providing quality interventions and counseling for obesity beyond screening and referral. Other health care professional with an interest in prevention and management of childhood and adolescent obesity will also gain significant knowledge.

The minimum system requirements to attend this live web symposium include:
  • PC-based attendees: Windows® 2000 or Newer with speakers.
  • Google Chrome recommended. Internet Explorer 8.0 or greater, Safari 6.0 or greater, or Firefox 22.0 or greater Adobe Flash Player 11.0 or greater
  • Lesser than minimum requirements will result in dropped audio, video or both.

Directors & Faculty


Stephanie Walsh, MD, FAAP

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery, Emory University, Medical Director of Child Wellness at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

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.

Christopher F. Bolling, MD, FAAP

Chair of the Section of Obesity, Volunteer Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Private Practice, Pediatric Associates, Kentucky

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

Stephen Cook

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Dual trained in Pediatric and Internal Medicine, Golisano Children's Hospital at the University Rochester Medical Center. Rochester, NY

Susan Eppley

Parenting coach and founder of Parent Coach Atlanta, credentialed educator, and speaker on topics related to raising healthy, happy children. Atlanta, Georgia.

Tom Inge, MD, FAAP

Dr. Tom Inge is a professor and chair of pediatric surgery and Children’s Hospital of Colorado. In addition to his role as division head for pediatric surgery, in 2017 he established the section of adolescent bariatric surgery integrating a surgical treatment option into existing obesity treatment program for adolescents with severe and other special forms of obesity at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado. He has authored or co-authored over 140 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and provided over 120 invited lectures for national and international professional groups. Dr. Inge has served as a consultant to the NIH and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He has also served in leadership positions on numerous committees and task forces for surgical and pediatric professional organizations including ASMBS, TOS, AAP, and APSA.

Susan Johnson

Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Director, Nutrition Training Grant, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. Denver, Colorado.

Marc Michalsky, M.D., FAAP

Dr. Marc Michalsky is Professor of Clinical Surgery and Pediatrics at The Ohio State University, College of Medicine where he serves as the Surgical Director for The Center for Healthy Weight & Nutrition and Director, Center for Robotic Surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Under Dr. Michalsky’s leadership the center’s Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program has become both nationally and internationally recognized for its clinical excellence related to surgical outcomes a well as its long standing participation in the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) study; an ongoing multicenter NIH-funded observational study designed to investigate the long-term safety and efficacy of severely obese adolescents undergoing surgical weight loss. In August 2015, the bariatric surgery program at Nationwide Children’s earned distinction as the first freestanding pediatric center in the U.S. to be awarded clinical national accreditation as part of the American College of Surgeons’ - Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). Dr. Michalsky has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on clinical outcomes related to bariatric surgical intervention in the adolescent population and has served in leadership positions on various national organization committees including the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, American Pediatric Surgical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Surgeons.   

Gary Montgomery, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine. Georgia Pediatric Pulmonology Associates, Medical Director, Sleep Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Atlanta, GA.

Andrew Muir, MD

Bernard Marcus Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University, Chief of Endocrinology, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Atlanta, GA

Robert Murray

Professor in the Department of Human Nutrition at Ohio State University. Columbus, OH.

Stephen Pont, MD, FAAP

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; Medical Director, Texas Center for the Prevention of Childhood Obesity; Medical Director, Austin ISD Student Health Services, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas. Austin, Texas.

Robert Schwartz, MD

Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at Wake Forest School of Medicine, Endorcinologist at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Winston-Salem, NC.

Stavra Xanthakos

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Co-director, Cincinnati Children’s Steatohepatitis Center, Medical Director of the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens. Cincinnati, OH.


8:45 am - 9:00 am
Welcome and Introduction

9:00 am - 9:10 am
Motivational Interviewing: A Strategy for Change Talk

9:10 am - 10:00 am
Motivational Interviewing: Panel Discussion & Case Presentations

10:00 am - 10:10 am

10:10 am - 11:00 am
Parenting: Panel Discussion & Case Presentations

11:00 am - 11:10 am
11:10 am - 11:20 am
Early Childhood Interventions

11:20 am - 12:10 pm
Early Childhood Interventions: Panel Discussion & Case Presentations

12:10 pm - 12:20 pm
Sleep: What is the Association?
12:20 pm - 1:10 pm
Sleep: Panel Discussion & Case Presentations
1:10 pm - 1:40 pm
1:40 pm - 1:50 pm

1:50 pm - 2:40 pm
Co-Morbidities: Panel Discussion & Case Presentations

2:40 pm - 2:50 pm
Role of the Primary Care Provider in Bariatric Surgery (Wulkan)
Indications for Surgery (Inge)
Bariatric Surgery Operations (Michalsky)

2:50 pm - 3:40 pm
Surgery: Panel Discussion & Case Presentations

3:40 pm - 4:00 pm
Conclusions and Closing Remarks

Topics Covered

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Parenting
  • Sleep
  • Co-morbidities
  • Surgery


1. Classify helpful and harmful interactions between patient and provider to develop motivational interviewing skills.
2. Describe how to help parents build skills, tactics, and strategies, to address modifiable family practices in early childhood. 
3. Recognize how to better identify and work up the overweight adolescent.
4. Diagnosing and treating co morbidities and prevent worsening illness.
5. Identify indications, options for surgical management of the adolescent.

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