APSA 2018 Annual Meeting


The APSA Annual Meeting is the forum for discussions on the current – and future – state of pediatric surgery. It's an opportunity to share your work with experts in the field, create new collaborations and stay up to date on advances and trends. Educational and scientific sessions, poster presentations, plus special presentations and the exhibit hall will showcase the latest research, techniques and equipment.

View the final program book.

Advance online registration closed April 16. You can register on site in Palm Desert beginning Wednesday, May 2 at 3:00 p.m. There are also still spaces available for the Essentials of Surgical Critical Care Course, May 4, 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.

  • Get inspired by the keynote presenters. This year we are honored to welcome:
    • Paul E. Farmer, MD, PhD, Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair, Chief, Division of Global Health Equity, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard University Brigham and Women's Hospital; Co-Founder and Chief Strategist, Partners in Health, Boston, MA USA
    • Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, Senior Vice President and Surgeon-in-Chief; Children's Hospital Los Angeles; Vice Chair and Professor of Surgery, Vice Dean of Medical Education, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA USA
    • Tracy C. Grikscheit, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA USA
    • Steven Stylianos, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, New York, NY USA
    • Miliard Derbew, MD, President, College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa; Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • Education Day, May 3, starts off with a focus on endocrine topics from the APSA Education Committee, followed by a systematic review of pilonidal disease and surgical management of undescended testes from the APSA Outcomes and Evidence-based Practice Committee; Case Debates and Controversies; a joint session with the APSA Trauma Committee and APSNA; and wraps up with the Outcomes Committee session on current trends in translational, clinical and outcomes research.
  • Weigh in on APSA's new strategic goals and the future and direction of your Association and the profession at the Town Hall Meeting May 6.

Abstract Submission

We are no longer accepting abstract submissions for APSA 2018. The deadline was October 6. The corresponding author for each abstract was notified of the status of their abstracts via e-mail by December 15, 2017. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to notify the rest of the team. View the abstract presentation guidelines.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Manuscript Submission Period: February 15 to March 15, 2018
  • Early Registration Discount Deadline: March 2, 2018
  • Hotel Reservation Deadline: March 29, 2018
  • ‚ÄčAdvance Registration Deadline: April 16, 2018

Past and Future Meetings


The American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This live CME activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
APSA designates this live activity for 22 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™