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This full day symposium was designed to give an annual update of the contemporary management of common problems in pediatric surgery. This course highlights what's new in pediatric surgery that you NEED TO KNOW!



Marjorie Arca, MD
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaulkee, WI

Dr. Arca is surgical director, critical care, at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She also serves as professor of surgery, pediatric surgery and pediatrics, at the Medical College of Wisconsin, as well as assistant director for both its surgical critical care training program and pediatric surgery training program. Dr. Arca completed medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and residency at the University of Michigan. She completed fellowships in surgical critical care and pediatric surgery at the University of Michigan, as well as a fellowship in advanced laparoscopic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Arca is also the ACS NSQIP® Pediatric Surgeon Champion at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Additionally, she is chair of outcomes committee, vice chair/incoming chair of education committee, and vice chair of critical care committee for the American Pediatric Surgical Association.

Jose Campos, MD
Chilean Society of Pediatric Surgery

38yo, born in santiago de Chile, medical and surgical studies at Pontificia universidad católica de Chile, pediatric surgery fellowship at melbourne and sydney. Currently staff at Dr. Sotero del Rio Hospital, with special interest in teaching, MIS, oncology and thoracic surgery. Also head of the Innovation Comittee at the Chilean Society of Pediatric Surgery, leading a group of volunteers who identify and promote the best ped surg articles each month and other projects. Hobbies: family, photography, coffee, cycling and succulents.

Roshni Dasgupta, MD

Roshni Dasgupta, MD, MPH, is a pediatric surgeon. She is a professor with the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine. Dr. Dasgupta obtained her medical degree at the University of Toronto. She finished her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard Medical School. She completed a Rhodes scholarship at the University of Oxford in Oxford England, followed by a Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. She also completed her Master of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her clinical interests are in surgical oncology and vascular anomalies.

Dr. Dasgupta is the current chair of the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) Cancer Committee, Pediatric Surgical Oncology Research Collaborative, as well as the chair on the American Academy for Pediatrics (AAP). Delivery of Surgical Care Committee. She has a significant interest in Quality Improvement and is the American College of Surgery National Surgery Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) Surgical Champion. She is the surgical director of the Vascular Anomalies Clinic, as well as surgical director of Quality Improvement for Pediatric Surgery.

Ciro Esposito, Chief, Pediatric Surgery
Federico II University of Naples, Italy

Prof. Ciro Esposito is Surgeon-in-Chief and Director of the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Naples Federico II (Italy). Surgical residency at the Timone Children Hospital, University of Marseille (France). He is Honorary Member of French Academy of Surgery (Paris). His research activities include applications of Augmented Reality (AR), Artificial intelligence (AI) and Telementoring in Pediatric MIS; Robotic Surgery, Endourology and new techniques in minimal invasive surgery. Ciro Esposito is reviewer of a variety of surgical peer-reviewed journals and Editors of 10 Books of Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric MIS. Past President of European Society of Pediatric Endoscopic Surgery (ESPES), and chairman of the IPEG membership committee from 2017. He is the Director of MIS and Robotic Pediatric Courses at University of Naples (Italy) since 2006. He is lecturer and expert in Pediatric MIS a IRCAD/EITS of Strasbourg (France) since 1996.

Victor F. Garcia, MD, FACS, FAAP
Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

Founding Director, Trauma Services,Professor, UC Department of Surgery Victor Garcia, MD, graduated from West Point, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, studied pediatric surgery under C. Everett Koop, and was Walter Reed’s chief of General/Pediatric Surgery. Vic founded Children’s Trauma Center and led the effort to establish the country’s first Pediatric Weight Loss Surgery Center.  For his ongoing work to eliminate childhood health and social disparities, he has received numerous awards and commendations to include the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award and the National Jefferson Award. Vic has an uncompromising belief in the power of systems thinking and stakeholder engagement to solve society’s most intractable problems.

Rod Gerardo, MD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

Dr. Rod Gerardo Pediatric Surgical Innovation Fellow at the Ponsky Lab at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and a General Surgery Resident in the Department of Surgery at Wright State University. He also obtained his medical degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. His interest include digital education and technology along with social media.

Mac Harmon, MD
Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo New York

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.

Shinjiro Hirose, MD
UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco CA

Pediatric Surgeon and Assistant Professor of Surgery at UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, California.

George Holcomb, MD
Children’s Mercy, Kansas City

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

Meera Kotagal, MD, MPH
Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

Dr. Kotagal joined Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2016 as a pediatric surgery fellow and completed that training in 2018. In November 2018, she joined CCHMC as a full-time faculty member. Her interests include pediatric colorectal surgery, pediatric surgical oncology, and pediatric trauma. Dr. Kotagal has a long-standing interest and experience in global surgery and joins Cincinnati Children’s as the director of the Pediatric Surgery Global Health Program.

Todd Ponsky, MD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Akron Children's Hospital, Ohio

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.

Rebecca Rentea, MD
Children's Mercy Kansas City

Rebecca M. Rentea, MD is an assistant professor, pediatric surgeon, and director of the pediatric surgical Comprehensive Colorectal Center at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her general surgery residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She performed her pediatric surgery fellowship at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri followed by a pediatric colorectal and pelvic reconstruction surgery fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital at the Ohio State University- Columbus, Ohio. She has a background in clinical and translational research as well as a masters in health outcomes research from Northwestern. Her focus is on pediatric colorectal and pelvic reconstruction pediatric surgery and outcomes research.

Robert Ricca, MD
Milwaukee, WI

Robert Ricca is a pediatric surgeon at Prisma Health Upstate in Greenville, SC. He completed his pediatric surgery fellowship at Seattle Children's Hospital and a critical care fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. He recently retired from the Navy after over 20 years of service where he served in numerous leadership positions. His area of interest in research is disparity of surgical care and provision of pediatric surgical care to rural and underserved areas.

Steve Rothenberg, MD
Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Denver CO

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

Bethany Slater, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine

Bethany Slater, MD, is a pediatric surgeon who provides care to children of all ages who suffer from a wide spectrum of conditions, including congenital malformations, anorectal malformations and pediatric cancers. She has extensive training and experience using minimally invasive surgical techniques, which treats patients using a smaller incision that decreases post-surgical pain and speeds recovery.

Dr. Slater strives to provide compassionate care using evidence-based treatments. She works with a multidisciplinary team to ensure children receive personalized, complete approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of their conditions.

Shawn St. Peter, MD
Children's Mercy, Kansas City MO

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.

Veronica Sullins, MD
UCLA Health Pediatric Surgery DTLA

Dr. Veronica Sullins earned her BS degree in biology at Stanford University while playing soccer for the United States Youth and Women's National Teams. After finishing her professional soccer career, Dr. Sullins earned her MD at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. She completed her general surgery residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and trained in pediatric surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, specializing in minimally invasive surgery for infants and children, anorectal malformations and Hirschsprung disease, repair of chest wall deformities, pediatric surgical oncology and neonatal surgical care.

Justin Wagner, MD

Dr. Wagner earned his B.A. with honors in Human Development at the University of Chicago and is an AOA graduate of the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. He completed his residency in General Surgery at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and his fellowship in Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Children's Hospital and Medical Center of Omaha. Dr. Wagner is certified in Surgery and Pediatric Surgery by the American Board of Surgery.

​Dr. Wagner's research interests are in domestic and international surgical education, technological innovation in surgical training, and engineering novel treatments for aganglionic and dysganglionic conditions of the gastrointestinal tract.

Mark Wulkan, MD, FAAP
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta GA

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.

Daniel von Allmen, MD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

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.


9:00 am - 9:05 am
Event Welcome
Todd Ponsky, MD
9:05 am - 9:25 am
Update Course 2020: Review of Last Year's Important Topics
Todd Ponsky, MD
Rod Gerardo, MD
9:25 am - 9:40 am
Top Publications in Non-Ped Surg Journals
9:40 am - 11:10 am
APSA PDC Updates
11:10 am - 11:25 am
Morning Break
11:25 am - 12:25 pm
Updates in Pectus
George Holcomb, MD
Shawn St. Peter, MD
Victor F. Garcia, MD, FACS, FAAP
Shinjiro Hirose, MD
12:25 pm - 12:55 pm
12:55 pm - 1:25 pm
DEI - Concordance and Post Op Complications Studies
Meera Kotagal, MD, MPH
1:25 pm - 1:55 pm
Peds Colorectal Consortium Conclusions
1:55 pm - 2:15 pm
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Afternoon Break
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
ICG In Ped Surg
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Thoracotomy vs VATS for Osteo Mets
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Magnet Therapy for Esophageal Atresia
Mac Harmon, MD
Daniel von Allmen, MD
Steve Rothenberg, MD
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Conclusion and Q&A