Keynote Presenters

Journal of Pediatric Surgery Lecture/Presidential Address
Friday, May 5, 2017 | 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

"Audacious Goals 2.0: The Global Initiative in Children’s Surgery"

Diana L. FarmerDiana L. Farmer, MD

Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, Surgeon‐in‐Chief, UC Davis Children’s Hospital, UC Davis Health, Sacramento, CA USA
Farmer, APSA’s current President, is most well known for her role as a Principal Investigator on the $22 million NIH funded Management of Myelomeningocele Study (MOMS Trial), the results of which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Her laboratory also made the seminal discovery that hindbrain herniation could be ameliorated by prenatal repair in fetal sheep model. Farmer has been the recipient of numerous awards, has published 125 manuscripts and 23 book chapters, has delivered 118 invited lectures as well as 57 international and national presentations, and has mentored more than 30 MD and PhD students in her lab.

Robert E. Gross Lecture
Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

"Out of Africa: Insights from a Prospective Pediatric Surgery Database"

Stephen W. BicklerStephen W. Bickler, MD, DTM&H, FAAP, FACS

Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Rady Children’s Hospital - University of California, San Diego CA USA
Prior to joining the University of California, San Diego, Bickler was the Consultant Pediatric Surgeon at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Banjul, The Gambia (West Africa) where he was the recipient of a Denis Burkitt fellowship to study the epidemiology of pediatric surgical diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. He has served as a consultant for the World Health Organization on surgery in low-income countries and has published extensively on strategies for improving the surgical care in settings of limited resources. Bickler has served as author and editor for various books and journals and was a Co-Principle investigator on a six-year NIH funded project to improve surgical care in rural areas of Mozambique.  His research interests include surgical epidemiology, financing of surgical care in settings of limited resources and the origins of non-communicable diseases.

Jay and Margie Grosfeld Lecture
Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 11:30 a.m. –12:15 p.m.

"A Model for Humanitarian Outreach in Today's World"

James O'NeillJames A. O’Neill, Jr., MD

JC Foshee Distinguished Professor and Chairman Emeritus, Section of Surgical Sciences, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Medical Center, Nashville, TN USA
O’Neill currently sees patients, teaches and does research, much now related to global initiatives. His principal research interests have been trauma and burns, neonatal physiology and nutrition, oncology, biliary disorders, conjoined twins, vascular disorders and workforce issues. He led Pediatric Surgery at LSU, Vanderbilt and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania as the CE Koop Professor and Surgeon-in-Chief (1981-95). O’Neill is a member of 33 professional societies with numerous leadership positions including APSA President (1988-1989), Chairman of the Section on Surgery of the AAP and President of the Southern Surgical Association. He serves on numerous editorial boards and has more than 330 publications. He has received many honors including the Ladd Medal and the Salzberg Mentorship Award from the AAP. He has been involved in part-time humanitarian activities since 1972 in Central and South America, Africa and China, the latter with Project Hope for six years.