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Stay Current In Pediatric Surgery: Annual Update Course 2016

Aired on 8.11.2016
Stay Current In Pediatric Surgery: Annual Update Course 2016

What an event! Come and join us to watch (or re-watch) the discussions that took place. This was the the Fourth Annual "Pediatric Surgery Update Course" virtual symposium. The full day symposium was designed to give an update each year on the contemporary management of common problems in pediatric surgery. This year's event was 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 was the the Fourth Annual "Pediatric Surgery Update Course" virtual symposium. This full day symposium was designed to give an update each year on the contemporary management of common problems in pediatric surgery. This course brought together the world leaders in pediatric surgery from key institutions in the field. The rapid fire discussion format discussed 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.

George Holcomb, MD

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

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.

Karen Diefenbach, MD

Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH

Additional Faculty

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.

Jason Frischer, MD

Director, Colorectal Center

Jorge Godoy, MD

Child Surgeon (Pediatric Surgeon) Las Condes Clinic and Hospital San Juan de Dios, Santiago, Chile

Kurt Heiss, MD

Dr. Heiss is the medical director, surgical quality, pediatric surgeon and Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Jeffrey Ponsky, MD

Jeffrey L. Ponsky joined The Cleveland Clinic as the Director of Endoscopic Surgery and was their first Executive Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center.  In 2005 he assumed the Oliver H. Payne Professorship and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Case Western University School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland.  Dr. Ponsky served as Surgeon-in-Chief at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Currently, after a 9.5 year hiatus, he has returned to the Cleveland Clinic as a senior staff surgeon in both GI and General Surgery. In addition, he holds a half time leadership appointment in the Office of Patient Experience. 

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

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.

Avraham Schlager, MD

Avi recently joined the Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Surgery Dept.  He attended medical school at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY and completed his pediatric surgery fellowship from Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Carlos Segura, MD

Pediatric Surgeon Hospital San Bartolomé
Professor of Pediatric Surgery Universidad de San Martín de Porres
Lima, Perú

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.

Michele Ugazzi, MD

Pediatric & Thoracic Surgeon , Laparoscopic and Thoracoscopic surgery . Metropolitan Hospital and Hospital of the Valleys Quito - Ecuador Professor of Pediatric Surgery at San Francisco University of Quito. Ecuador Author and Editor of "Bases de Pediatría Critica " and "Bases de Neumologia Pediátrica"


8:00 am - 8:15 am
8:15 am - 8:45 am
Session 1
Management of biliary stone disease
8:45 am - 9:15 am
What's New Potpourri
9:15 am - 9:45 am
Update on appendicitis
9:45 am - 10:15 am
Recurrent and complicated congenital diaphragmatic hernia
10:15 am - 10:30 am
10:30 am - 10:40 am
10:40 am - 11:10 am
Session 2
Recurrent and complicated tracheoesophageal fistula
11:10 am - 11:40 am
Current Thoughts about Esophageal Mobilization When Performing a Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication
11:40 am - 12:10 pm
Recurrent and complicated gastroesophageal reflux disease and re-do fundoplication
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Session 3
Management of ulcerative colitis and familial adenomatous polyposis
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Pediatric thyroid disorders
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Closing remarks

Topics Covered

  • Disaster redo Fundoplication
  • Disaster Tracheo-esophageal Fistula
  • Difficult or Recurrent CDH controversies
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Hydrocele Controversies-Pro and Con Debate
  • Ulcerative Colitis/FAP
  • Liver Tumors
  • Pectus Controversies
  • Brief Presentation
  • Trauma Verification
  • Non-operative appendicitis


1. Identify the diagnostic modalities for various surgical conditions
2. Utilize newer accepted treatment techniques for common pediatric surgical conditions
3. List methods to improve surgical outcome and healing time for pediatric surgical patients