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Stay Current in Pediatric Surgery: Annual Update Course 2017

Aired on 8.10.2017
Stay Current in Pediatric Surgery: Annual Update Course 2017 CME
The Stay Current in Pediatric Surgery: Annual Update Course, an online or on-site, interactive GlobalCastMD event, is coming up on August 10th, 2017.

The full day symposium is designed to give an update each year on the contemporary management of common problems in pediatric surgery.

This course will highlight what's new in pediatric surgery that you NEED TO KNOW!

Several ways to Participate:

August 9: Participate in a lap hernia course (on site or virtual).

August 10: Attend the Stay Current in Pediatric Surgery course (on-site or virtual).

If you would like to travel to Akron, OH for any of the 3 days, please email: Reserve ahead of time for special room rates!


The full day symposium is designed to give an update each year on the contemporary management of common problems in pediatric surgery, highlighting new trends that should change your practice.

Directors & Faculty


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.

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.

Additional Faculty

Sophia Abdulhai, MD

Sophia Abdulhai is currently performing a two-year pediatric surgery research fellowship at Akron Children’s Hospital, where she is focusing on outcomes research and innovations. She obtained her medical degree at George Washington University in Washington, DC and is a general surgery resident at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.

John Clark, MD

Dr. John Clark specializes in diagnosing and treating heart rhythm disorders in children and teens. He is nationally renowned for using cardiac ablation without radiation to cure abnormal heart rhythms. In fact, Akron Children's average X-ray time for cardiac ablations is less than 2 minutes versus the national average of less than 40 minutes. Because of his expertise, Dr. Clark draws patients from across the United States, and fellow pediatric cardiologists come to Akron Children's to learn his techniques. He has been a speaker at multiple cardiology and medical conferences, as well as featured in a number of local, regional and national media outlets.

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

Reinaldo Garcia-Naviero, MD

Director of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, Ohio.  Dr. Garcia had been director of the pediatric endoscopy unit at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital since 2011 and assistant professor of pediatric gastroenterology at Case Western Reserve University since 2005.  Following medical school at Javeriana University in Colombia, Dr. Garcia completed his pediatrics residency at Hospital Episcopal San Lucas in Puerto Rico and his pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at Louisiana State University in New Orleans.

Ian Glenn, MD

Research fellow at Akron Children's Hospital in Akron, OH.

David Krpata, MD

Dr. Krpata was born in New York, but later moved to Arizona where he completed undergraduate and medical school. He moved to Cleveland after medical school to complete surgical residency. Following residency, he joined the Cleveland Clinic for fellowship training in Abdominal Wall Reconstruction. He currently practices general surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus with a clinical and research focus on abdominal wall reconstruction, hernia mesh-related complications and chronic groin pain after hernia surgery.

Abdulraouf Lamoshi, MD

Research Fellow at Akron Children's Hospital.
​After three academic and two clinical postgraduate degrees, and eight years of clinical practice including five years in the pediatric surgery field, he decided to pursue his career in this sub-specialty as general pediatric surgeon with inclination toward pediatric-trauma and colorectal surgery. As pediatric trauma occurs worldwide and is becoming an increasing global health problem and the complexity of the colorectal problems. He is looking forward to gain more experience, face more challenges, and be a productive pediatric surgeon. Moreover, clinical research plays a fundamental role of health care professionals. He is working to assess the effect of a proposed intervention in reducing morbidity and improving quality of life of his patients.

David Lanning, MD

Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics Co-Surgeon-in-Chief, Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU.
Dr. Lanning completed his general surgical training in 2002 after having obtained his M.D. and Ph.D, all at VCU. After completing his pediatric surgery fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, he returned to VCU and joined the faculty in 2004. He currently practices General and Thoracic Pediatric Surgery as an associate professor of Surgery and Pediatrics in the Department of Surgery. Robotic experience: Dr. Lanning was the first surgeon at VCU to perform a surgery using the da Vinci robotic system, assisted by Dr. Claudio Oiticica, and the first pediatric surgeon to use the system in Virginia. The successful surgery was performed in April 2008, on a 17-year-old pediatric patient who had significant gastroesophageal reflux with esophagitis as well as hiatal hernia. Dr. Lanning has gone on to be a robotic proctor for most of the VCU surgeons and continues to advance minimally invasive surgical techniques for children in central Virginia.

Aaron Lipskar, MD

Dr. Lipskar received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy with a minor in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Dr. Lipskar then went on to earn a Doctor of Medicine (AOA) from Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Lipskar completed a residency in General Surgery at Mount Sinai. During his residency, he completed a two-year basic science Research Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at the North Shore-LIJ Health System, where he studied the anti-angiogenic effects of rapamycin in pediatric solid tumors. Dr. Lipskar returned to Mount Sinai to complete his residency training in General Surgery, and subsequently completed a two-year Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

David M. Notrica, MD, FACS, FAAP

Dr. David M. Notrica has been practicing pediatric surgery in Phoenix for the past 15 years.  He received his M.D. from Emory University School of Medicine and completed his general surgery training at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals in Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Notrica obtained his fellowship in pediatric surgery at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX. Dr. Notrica established Arizona’s only ACS verified Level I Trauma Center for pediatric patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in 2008 and continues to serve as its Trauma Medical Director.  He is co-director of the joint Chest Wall program at Mayo Clinic-Arizona and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He has served as the President of the Medical Staff and Chief of Surgery at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  

Raymond Onders, MD

Director, Adult Minimally Invasive Surgery, UH Case Medical Center, Interim Division Chief, General and Gastrointestinal Surgery, UH Case Medical Center, Professor, Surgery, CWRU School of Medicine

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.

Mike Rubin, MD

Chairman, Department of Radiology.
​Dr. Michael Rubin is a radiologist in Akron, Ohio and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Akron Children's Hospital and Akron General Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

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

Christian Streck, MD

Dr. Christian Streck graduated from Duke University in 1994 with a BS in biology and an AB in history. He received his medical degree from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 1999. He completed general surgery residency in Memphis, Tennessee in 2006. This included a research fellowship studying children's cancer at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He completed pediatric surgery fellowship at LeBonhuer Children's Hospital in Memphis in 2008. He is currently board certified in general and pediatric surgery. Dr. Streck is an associate professor of surgery and pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is currently the pediatric trauma medical director and the general surgery residency program director.


8:15 am - 8:45 am
Solid Organ Injury Management
8:45 am - 9:15 am
Who needs a CT scan for blunt abdominal trauma?
9:15 am - 9:45 am
New Concepts in Radiology
9:45 am - 10:15 am
Perforated Appendicitis: When to scan for an abscess
10:15 am - 10:45 am
10:45 am - 11:15 am
Cardiac Symathectomy

11:15 am - 11:45 am
Diaphragm Pacing
11:45 am - 12:15 pm
Gastric Stimulation

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Esophageal Disconnect
12:45 pm - 1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Novel Therapies in Pilondal Disease
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Thoracoscopic Lobectomy Play by Play
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Controversies in CDH and ECMO Management
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Five Must-Know Presentations from JPS
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Five Must-Know APSA Outcomes Committee Review Papers
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Topics Covered

  • Mesh selection in abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Is there finally a way to treat pilonidal disease?
  • Thoracoscopic lobectomy play-by-play
  • Esophageal disconnect instead of re-do Nissen?
  • CT scan for airway foreign body?
  • New recommendations for solid organ injury management
  • When to scan for an abscess in perforated appendicitis
  • Gastric stimulation for gastroparesis
  • Cardiac sympathectomy for ventricular arrhythmias
  • New algorithm for abdominal trauma imaging
  • Diaphragm pacing


1. Identify the diagnosis and management of various surgical conditions.
2. Describe newer surgical techniques for common pediatric surgical conditions.
3. Describe methods to improve surgical outcomes for pediatric surgical patients.

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 6.5 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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