Dr. Abu-El-Haija is a pediatric Gastroenterologist, faculty at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati. She is the Medical Director of the Pancreas Care Center, a unique pediatric center dedicated to the care of children with pancreatic disorders. Dr. Abu-El-Haija is the Principle Investigator on multiple studies in pancreatic disorders in children, including the pancreatits registry in Cincinnati. Her main interests are in pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, genetics and biomarker studies.
Dr. Nathan is a pediatric general, thoracic and transplant surgeon at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati. He is the Surgical Director of the Pancreas Care Center, leading the Center’s surgical interventions for children with pancreatic disorders, including total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation (TPIAT). He is site Principle Investigator for a multicenter collaborative prospective study of TPIAT for chronic pancreatitis and recurrent acute pancreatitis. He is also Surgical Director of the Kidney and Intestinal Transplant Programs at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Deborah Elder, MD is a pediatric Endocrinologist, faculty at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati. She is the Endocrinology Director of the Pancreas Care Center. Dr. Elder’s clinical and research interests involve insulin secretion and beta cell function of children with pancreatic disorders, Cystic Fibrosis and Type 2 Diabetes.
Dr. Kenneth R. Godschneider is the Director of the Pain Management Center and is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Anesthesia at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is internationally known for his expertise in pain management in children and young adults.
Tom K. Lin, MD, is a pediatric gastroenterologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where he is the Director of Endoscopy for the Pancreas Care Center and the Co-endoscopy Director for the Division of Gastroenterology. His clinical interests include pediatric pancreaticobiliary disorders and therapeutic endoscopy. He completed his pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH, followed by an adult advanced endoscopy fellowship in ERCP at Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC.
Dr. Palermo is a pediatric gastroenterologist specializing in pancreatic disorders at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is Associate Director of the Pancreas Care Center and Medical Leader of the Total Pancreatectomy and Islet Autotransplant (TPIAT) Program. Dr. Palermo is a collaborator on three multicenter studies of recurrent and chronic pancreatitis as well as a Cystic Fibrosis Therapeutics grant to study in vitro assessment of CFTR function from human derived enteroids.
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.
Dr. Smith is an adult gastroenterologist and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. He is the Medical Director of Therapeutic ERCP and Program Director for Advanced Endoscopy fellowship training at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He completed fellowship training in Advanced ERCP at Indiana University and has over 20 years of experience in performing pediatric ERCP procedures. His clinical interests include general gastroenterology, medical pancreatology, and therapeutic endoscopy.
Dr. Andrew Trout is an Assistant Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics with dual certification in Pediatric Radiology and Nuclear Medicine. Dr. Trout subspecializes in abdominal imaging and is the lead radiologist for the Cincinnati Children’s multidisciplinary clinical pancreas conference. Dr. Trout has published, given national lectures, and has active research on the role secretin in imaging and assessment of the pediatric pancreas.
· Review and analyze the health of pancreatitis in children.
· Define acute, acute recurrent and chronic pancreatitis in pediatrics.
· Discuss updates in the management of pancreatitis and its complications in children.
· Review the role of endoscopic pancreatic function testing, Endoscopic Retrograde
· Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), and Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) in the management of pediatric pancreatic disorders.
· Discuss the indications and outcomes of Total Pancreatectomy with Islet Autotransplantation (TPIAT) in children.