In Memoriam: J. Alex Haller, Jr.


We have lost another one of APSA's Founding Members and a past President, Dr. J. Alex Haller, Jr., who died June 13 surrounded by his family.

Haller was the Children's-Surgeon-in-Charge of Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1964 until 1997. He had a special focus on the treatment of congenital chest wall deformities, pediatric cardiothoracic surgery and systems of care for children with serious injuries. He established the regional trauma center for children at Johns Hopkins, the first such program of its kind in the United States, and also established one of the early pediatric surgery training programs. Haller was one of 24 pediatric surgeons who founded APSA via three organizing meetings in 1969. He was APSA President in 1986. Learn more about his accomplishments from the AAP Oral History Project interview between Haller and Dr. Kurt Newman.  See also the press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine.

The funeral will be held Saturday, June 23, 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 University Parkway, Baltimore, Maryland.

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In Memoriam - E. Thomas Boles, Jr.


Dr. Boles was a founding member of APSA. In 1969, he and Dr. Lucian Leape determined that pediatric surgery was sufficiently mature to have its own professional society. Within a year, they had organized a group of pediatric surgeons to create APSA.  Dr. Boles served as president of APSA in 1977Learn more about his accomplishments.

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New Surgical Oncology Resources


APSA's Cancer Committee has added a new page to the website intended to facilitate ready access to frequently used references for common pediatric malignancies. In addition, the Renal Tumors handbook has been updated and a Germ Cell Tumors handbook has been added. These resources are only available to APSA members. Bookmark this page for quick and easy access.
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APSA Supports ABS MOC Standards


APSA has issued a position statement supporting the Maintenance of Certification Standards of the American Board of Surgery. "The American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) fully embraces MOC and is strongly opposed to any legislation prohibiting MOC." Read the statement.
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In Memoriam - Samuel B. Rosser


Dr. Samuel Rosser died January 25, 2018, at the age of 83. He was a long-time APSA member and trained under Dr. Judson Randolph from 1970 – 1972. Read more about Rosser.
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In Memoriam - Aviva L. Katz


Aviva L. Katz, MD, died earlier this week. She was the director of the Consortium Ethics Program, corerFaculty in the Center for Bioethics and Health Law, and vice-chair of the Institutional Review Board at the University of Pittsburgh as well as the co-director of the Center of Advanced Fetal Diagnostics at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Nationally, she was the chair of the Committee on Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and past chair of APSA's Ethics and Advocacy and Family and Community Relations Committees. She was also active in the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, serving on multiple committees and task forces. Learn more about her accomplishments.
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In Memoriam: Dr. Eric W. Fonkalsrud


We are saddened by the loss of Dr. Eric Fonkalsrud, who was a Founding and Charter Member of APSA and APSA President 1989-1990. Learn more about his achievements.

A memorial service will be held at UCLA in June. 

Gifts can be made to the Eric W. Fonkalsrud, M.D. Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery at UCLA. Click here for more information.
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In Memoriam: Dr. Jay L. Grosfeld


APSA and pediatric surgery has lost one of its greatest leaders. Dr. Jay Grosfeld died October 18, 2016, at the age of 81.

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In Memoriam: Dr. Daniel Hays, APSA Charter Member


APSA Charter Member Dr. Daniel Hays passed away April 7, 2016, at the age of 97.  Hays was a renowned pediatric oncology specialist. Read the obituary.
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In Memoriam: Dr. Pieter de Vries, APSA Charter Member


Dr. Pieter de Vries, a pioneer of the field of pediatric surgery and a Charter Member of APSA, passed away March 26, 2016. Read his obituary.
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