2012 Annual Meeting Overview

APSA 2012 Annual Meeting – San Antonio
APSA-IPSO Symposium

APSA 43rd Annual Meeting, May 20-23, 2012
IPSO Symposium, May 19-20, 2012
JW Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa
San Antonio, TX USA

Download the 2012 Meeting Program.
View the slide presentations. (Accessible by attendees and members only).

San Antonio offered their famous Texas hospitality to nearly 750 attendees of the APSA-IPSO Symposium and APSA 43rd Annual Meeting. Attendees came from 25 different countries, creating an international forum to gain new perspectives and discuss the current research and techniques in pediatric surgery. This year’s lineup featured 49 scientific presentations, 8 innovation presentations, 6 video presentations and 33 poster presentations.

Meeting highlights included:

APSA-IPSO Symposium. This quadrennial pediatric surgical oncology forum was the perfect start to our time in San Antonio. More than 240 participants attended sessions on neuroblastoma, liver, tumors and metastatic disease, cancer abstracts and “Spectacular/Challenging” cases.

Keynote Speakers.

Jay and Margie Grosfeld Lecture
M. James Kaufman, PhD, National Association of Children's Hospitals, Alexandria, VA, USA
"Health Care Reform – The Impact on Children"

Robert E. Gross Lecture
Daniel M. Green, MD, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, USA
"The Evolution of Treatment for Wilms' Tumor"

International Guest Lecture
Benno M. Ure, MD, Kinderchirurgische Klinik, Hannover, Germany
"Enthusiasm, Evidence and Ethics: the Triple E of Minimally Invasive Pediatric Surgery"

Journal of Pediatric Surgery Lecture
Brad W. Warner, MD, St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO, USA
"Adaptation: Paradigm for an Academic Career and the Gut"

Presidential Address
Robert C. Shamberger, MD, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, USA
"Cooperative Group Trials in Pediatric Oncology: The Surgeon's Role"

Education Day. This year Education Day started off with the APSA-IPSO Symposium, followed by a billing and coding update co-presented with the American Pediatric Surgical Managers Association, a basic science update and the Jay and Margie Grosfeld Lecture from M. James Kaufman, PhD.
Innovation Session. Attendees got a snapshot of the cutting-edge developments being pursued in the field.

Award Winners. View the winners of this year’s Posters of Distinction Awards, M. Judah Folkman Memorial Awards and the Sheikh Zayed Institute Award for Innovation in Pediatric Surgery.

Pediatric Case Debates and Controversies. This session included the presentation of a number of pediatric general surgery cases that have some degree of controversy in their evaluation and management. The audience was able to participate in the session by answering questions embedded throughout the case presentations via an interactive audience response system (ARS) that provided instant group feedback. In addition, the audience had the opportunity to openly discuss the cases.

Annual Charity Fundraiser. A record $1,696 was raised through the dedicated determination of this year’s companion group. The donation will allow a family to stay more than 65 nights at one of the three Ronald McDonald Houses owned by Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Antonio, this year’s charity beneficiary.