APSA Committees

APSA Committees carry out a number of different critical functions for the association. To learn more about a specific committee, click on the name below. APSA members who are logged onto the site will also see committee chair contact information.

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The mission of the Cancer Committee is to educate the APSA membership on the current approaches to the treatment of children with cancer, as directed by the Children's Oncology Group (COG), and to update the membership on new COG protocols and changes to existing ones. The mission also includes informing the membership of recent advances in pediatric oncology, both clinical and basic science. The primary vehicles for accomplishing this mission of education are the APSA newsletter, the APSA-COG website link, the COG session at the annual APSA meeting and the quadrennial pediatric surgical oncology conference held together with our international colleagues in the International Society of Pediatric Surgical Oncology (IPSO) at the Spring APSA meeting.

Cancer Committee Literature Reviews

The Cancer Committee prepares quarterly literature reviews for APSA members which provide an overview of recent cancer research pertinent to all pediatric surgeons. The selections are compiled by members of the Cancer Committee, but as a group, they are not endorsing the results of these studies as definitive practice. Continuing medical education maintenance of certification self-assessment credit for the literature reviews is available through APSA's ExPERT CME Program. View the Cancer Committee Literature Reviews.

Handbooks for Cancer Surgery

Available to APSA members only, each handbook identifies APSA members who have extensive knowledge with this disease process and contains a one-minute review (to refresh just before an operation), staging materials, surgical management and other necessary information on this cancer. These handbooks are provided by the APSA Cancer Committee, and will be periodically updated to provide current standards of care for treatment. These handbooks are not meant to replace involvement with Children's Oncology Group protocols, and continued participation in COG activities is strongly encouraged. View the handbooks on liver tumors, neuroblastoma, renal tumors and rhabdomyosarcoma.


Max R. Langham - Liaison
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Roshni A. Dasgupta - Chair
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Med Ctr
Peter F. Ehrlich - Vice Chair
Univ of Michigan
Shahab F. Abdessalam - Member
Children's Hosp & Med Ctr of Omaha
Jennifer H. Aldrink - Member
Nationwide Children's Hospital OSU College of Med
Mary T. Austin - Member
Univ of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Reto M. Baertschiger - Member
Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD)
Jennifer L. Bruny - Member
Children's Hospital Colorado
Emily R. Christison-Lagay - Member
Yale School of Med
Christa N. Grant - Member
Penn State Children's Hospital, Hershey Medical Center
Timothy B. Lautz - Member
Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Marcus M. Malek - Member
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Stephanie F. Polites - Member
Daniel S. Rhee - Member
Johns Hopkins
David A. Rodeberg - Member
East Carolina Univ Dept of Surgery
Rebecca Stark - Member
UC Davis Medical Center/Shriners Hospital
Elisabeth T. Tracy - Member
Duke University Medical Center
Alicia M. Waters - Member
University of Alabama
Rebecka L. Meyers - Ex Officio
Primary Children's Hospital