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Current Concepts and Controversies In Pediatric Surgery Annual Update 2014

Aired on 9.17.2014
Current Concepts and Controversies In Pediatric Surgery Annual Update 2014
The archived recording is available. Unlike the usual GlobalCasts that focus on one topic for a full day, this 2nd annual symposium format is a rapid-fire discussion of key topics, concepts and controversies in the contemporary management of pediatric surgery. This virtual, live and interactive event is designed to provide pediatric surgeons with an update on key concepts relevant to clinical decision-making. As always, the format will be discussion and case presentations by key opinion leaders around the world with audience and faculty interaction, discussion, polling and debate.

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This course will bring together the world leaders in pediatric surgery from key institutions in the field.  This rapid fire discussion format will disucss relevant topics, concepts and controversies in the contemporary mangement of pediatric surgery.  We will feature world experts in their respective fields as they discuss, disagree and come to a consensus on the optimal decision making and treatments for various conditions.

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.

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.

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.

Additional Faculty

Ure Benno, MD

Professor and Head of Department of Pediatric Surgery, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover. Hannover, Germany.

Nicholas Bruns, M.D.

Pediatric Surgery Research Fellow, Akron Children's Hospital.

General Surgery Resident. Cleveland Clinic, OH

Matthew Clifton, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Program Director, Pediatric Surgery Residency, Emory University School of Medicine, Surgical Director for ECMO, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Atlanta, Georgia.

Arnold G. Coran, MD

Professor Emeritus of Surgery, University of Michigan Health System. Ann Arbor, Michigan.

John Crow, MD

Chairman, Department of Surgery, Akron Children's Hospital. Professor of Clinical Surgery at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). Akron, Ohio.

Aaron Garrison, MD

Dr. Garrison is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric and Thoracic Surgery at CCHMC. He is the Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship. His clinical interests include congenital colorectal and esophageal disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, and minimally invasive surgery.

Jay Grosfeld, MD

Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Surgery, Riley Children's Hospital. Indianapolis, Indiana.

Saleem Islam, MD, MPH

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.

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.

Mark McCollum, M.D.

Pediatric and Burn Surgeon, Director of Trauma, Akron Children's Hospital. Akron, Ohio

Dan Ostlie, MD

Professor, Chairman, Division of Pediatric Surgery, American Family Children's Hospital, University,Madison, WI

Samir Pandya, MD

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

Robert Parry, M.D.

Director of Pediatric Surgery, Akron Children's Hospital, Associate Professor of Surgery at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), Akron, Ohio.

Steve Rothenberg, MD

Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Denver, Colorado. Professor of Surgery at Columbia University, New York, New York He was a founder and past president of the International Pediatric Endosurgical Group (IPEG), SAGES, Telementoring Task Force Member

Shawn Safford, MD

Surgeon-in-chief, Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital
Associate Professor of Surgery, Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine. Roanoke, VA

Shawn St. Peter, MD

Shawn D. St. Peter, MD, has been on staff in the Department of Surgery at Children’s Mercy Kansas City since 2006. He is currently Senior Vice President, the Surgeon-in-Chief, and the Associate Program Director of the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program at Children's Mercy, where he is also the Director of the Center for Prospective Trials. He holds the Thomas Holder and Keith Ashcraft Endowed Chair of Surgical Research.

Steven Stylianos, M.D.

Rudolph N Schullinger Professor of Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, Surgeon-in-Chief, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. New York, NY.

Philipp Szavay, M.D.

Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Head of Department of Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital Lucerne, Zurich, Switzerland.

Brad Warner, MD

Jessie L. Ternberg, MD., PhD Distinguished Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief, St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Abdalla Zarroug, MD

Pediatric Surgeon, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.


9:00 am - 9:10 am

9:10 am - 9:35 am
Esophageal Atresia
9:35 am - 10:00 am
10:00 am - 10:25 am
Vascular Access
10:25 am - 10:50 am
Lung Lesions
10:50 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 11:25 am
Indications for Fundoplication
11:25 am - 11:50 am
11:50 am - 12:15 pm
12:15 pm - 12:40 pm
Abdominal Pain
12:40 pm - 1:10 pm
1:10 pm - 1:35 pm
Groin Controversies
1:35 pm - 2:00 pm
2:00 pm - 2:25 pm
Pilonidal Cyst

2:25 pm - 2:50 pm
Biliary Atresia

2:50 pm - 3:15 pm
C-spine Evaluation
3:15 pm - 3:40 pm
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
3:40 pm - 3:45 pm
Closing Remarks

Topics Covered

  • Pancreatic Injuries
  • Hepatoblastoma
  • Indications for Fundoplication
  • Vascular Access
  • Neuroblastoma and other Adrenal Tumors
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Empyema/Pneumothorax
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Circumcision
  • Groin Controversies
  • Congenital Lung Lesions
  • Esophageal Atresia


  1. Recognize various treatment options for pancreatic injuries and diagnostic nuances.
  2. Apply knowledge of hepatoblastoma to improve early recognition and management.
  3. State the indications for fundoplication.
  4. Apply principals of surgery to neuroblastoma and adrenal tumors.
  5. Describe techniques options for vascular access.
  6. Review biliary atresia treatment options.
  7. Describe current management of inflammatory bowel diseases
  8. Define how to treat empyema

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