50th Anniversary Meeting

Keynote Presenters


International Lecture
Friday, May 4, 2018 | 8:30  8:45 a.m.

Miliard Derbew, MD

Pediatric Surgery in Eastern Africa: Unmet Needs

President, College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa; Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Prof. Miliard Derbew is a professor of pediatrics surgery at the College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University. He is also a principal investigator for Medical Education Partnership Initiative Junior Faculty project for Ethiopia, MEPI-JF. Since 2015, he is the president of College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA). He was the principal investigator of Medical Education Partnership (MEPI) project, a five years project which was a consortium of four medical schools in Ethiopia and five universities in the United States, focused on building institutional capacity.

Derbew has served as Chief Executive Director (with a rank of Vice President) in the College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University (2010- 2011) and was the Dean of the School of Medicine from 2007- 2010. He has also served as President of the Surgical Society of Ethiopia and a Vice president of COSECSA.

Derbew has published more than 50 peer reviewed scientific articles on reputable journals and has made more than 25 presentations at different international conferences. 

He graduated from medical school and specialized in surgery from the School of Medicine, Addis Ababa University and served his fellowship in pediatrics surgery at Tel Aviv University and University of Toronton Sickkids Hospital. Derbew is a founding fellow of the COSECSA and fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Jay and Margie Grosfeld Lecture

Friday, May 4, 2018 | 8:45 – 9:15 a.m.

Paul FarmerPaul E. Farmer, MD, PhD

Watering the Desert: Addressing Surgical Disparities in an Age of Austerity

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

Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world's poorest people. He is a founding director of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that since 1987 has provided direct health care services and undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Farmer began his lifelong commitment to Haiti in 1983 while still a student, working with dispossessed farmers in Haiti’s Central Plateau. Starting with a one-building clinic in the village of Cange, Partners In Health’s project in Haiti has grown to a multi-service health complex that includes a primary school, an infirmary, a surgery wing, a training program for health outreach workers, a 104-bed hospital, a women’s clinic and a pediatric care facility. Over the past twenty-five years, PIH has expanded operations to twelve sites throughout Haiti and ten additional countries around the globe. The work has become a model for health care for poor communities worldwide; Farmer and his colleagues in the U.S. and abroad have pioneered novel community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings.

Farmer holds an MD and PhD from Harvard University, where he is the Kolokotrones University Professor and the chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; he is also chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. Additionally, Farmer serves as the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti.
Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. His most recent books are In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez, Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction, and To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation. Other titles include Haiti After the Earthquake, Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader, Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor, The Uses of Haiti, Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues, and AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame. Tracy Kidder's book Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World, chronicles the development of Farmer's work in Haiti and beyond.
He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association, the Outstanding International Physician (Nathan Davis) Award from the American Medical Association, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and, with his PIH colleagues, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Presidential Address
Friday, May 4, 2018 | 11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m.

Henri FordHenri R. Ford, MD, MHA

APSA and the Quest for Significance: Addressing Health Disparities at Home and on the Global Scene

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

Henri R. Ford, MD, is vice president and chief of surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), vice dean of Medical Education, professor and vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Surgery and at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. He is a member of the executive committee of the board of trustees of CHLA and a member of the board of directors of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group.

He is also a member of the Executive Leadership Team and the medical executive committee of CHLA.  As surgeon-in-chief and vice president for Surgical and Perioperative Services, he oversees the entire perioperative services area at CHLA. Under his leadership, CHLA has developed a robust, state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgery program.
As a professor in the Department of Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine, he serves as an important role model for young physicians and medical students. As the vice dean for Medical Education at the Keck School, Ford advances the medical school’s educational mission by promoting excellence in medical education as one of its highest priorities. Ford led a very successful accreditation visit for the MD program, which resulted in the maximum eight-year, full accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the best results achieved since a 10-year accreditation was granted in 1981. Ford’s current priorities include strengthening research opportunities for medical students and developing new sources of funding for medical student scholarships.

Ford has demonstrated “…truly exceptional leadership…” in pediatric surgery and has conducted the definitive studies on pediatric trauma in the United States. His investigative studies have generated new insights into the pathogenesis of necrotizing enterocolitis, the most common and the most lethal disorder affecting the gastrointestinal tract of newborn infants. He is the author of more than 450 publications, book chapters, invited manuscripts, abstracts and presentations. Ford’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, the National Trauma Registry for Children and the American College of Surgeons.

Ford serves on a variety of boards of directors, editorial boards and councils and has been active on many local and national professional and scientific committees. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatrics and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is a member of numerous other professional and scientific societies and has received numerous prestigious honors and awards including the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Ford received his bachelor’s degree in public and international affairs, cum laude, from Princeton University in 1980 and his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1984. He received his MHA (Master of Health Administration) degree from the School of Policy, Planning and Development of the University of Southern California in 2009. Ford did his internship (1984-85) and residency (1985-87;1989-91) in general surgery at New York Hospital Cornell Medical College. He completed a research fellowship in immunology (1987-89) in the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and a clinical fellowship (1991-93) in pediatric surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Robert E. Gross Lecture
Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

Tracy C. Grikscheit, MD

Stem Cells for Babies and their Surgeons: the Future is Now

Associate Professor of Surgery, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA USA

Tracy C. Grikscheit, MD, is a tenured associate professor of surgery at the University of Southern California, as well as an attending surgeon at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and later earned her MD from the Columbia College of Physicians.

Grikscheit completed her training in general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. During that time she worked with Joseph P. Vacanti in the Laboratory for Tissue Engineering and Organ Fabrication. Her research, centering on engineered solutions for congenital and acquired intestinal deficits, has been reported in numerous peer-review journals and national and international presentations. Her work was featured on the front page of the New York Times in 2012.

Grikscheit completed her surgical training with a pediatric surgery fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center before joining CHLA and is a clinical attending surgeon of pediatric surgery as well as a funded primary investigator at the Saban Research Institute, continuing her work in tissue engineering and the role of organ-specific and iPS stem cells in organ regeneration and replacement.

Journal of Pediatric Surgery Lecture
Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 11:30 a.m.  Noon

Stylianos_web.jpgSteven Stylianos, MD

To Save a Child’s Spleen: 50 Years from Toronto to ATOMAC

Surgeon-in-Chief, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, New York, NY USA

Steven Stylianos, MD, is the Rudolph N. Schullinger Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Columbia University. He serves as the Surgeon-in-Chief of the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Previously, Stylianos served as the Chief of Pediatric Surgery and Associate Surgeon-in-Chief at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center from 2011-2013 and at Miami Children’s Hospital from 2005-2011.

A graduate of Rutgers University and the New York University School of Medicine, Stylianos completed his general surgical training at Columbia–Presbyterian Medical Center. He subsequently spent two years as the Trauma Fellow at the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute in Boston and then completed his formal pediatric surgery training at Boston Children’s Hospital. Stylianos joined the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Children’s Hospital of New York in 1992. He organized and directed the 50-member team of physicians and nurses who separated conjoined twins in 1993, 1995 and 2000. These conjoined twins separations attracted the attention of the national media, including "Dateline NBC", "CBS 48 Hours" and "Fox News".
Stylianos has served as APSA's Chair of the Trauma Committee (1997–2002) and authored the APSA position paper supporting all measures to reduce the toll of firearm violence in children. He also served as the Co-Principal Investigator of the U.S. Department of Health, Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s grant to APSA “Partnership for Development and Dissemination of Outcomes Measures for Injured Children.”
Currently, Stylianos is a site verification officer of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and recently served as a consultant on the Pediatric Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the new Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports, Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery and served on the Executive Board as a founding member of the Pediatric Trauma Society. Stylianos was recently named to the Board of Governance of ColumbiaDoctors and named a Samberg Family Scholar in Children’s Health. He recently received the prestigious American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association’s 2016 Champions Award and the American Trauma Society’s 2016 NY State Trauma Medical Director of Distinction.