2014 Annual Meeting Overview

APSA 2014 Annual Meeting – Phoenix, AZ

APSA 45th Annual Meeting
May 29 - June 1, 2014
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Phoenix, AZ USA

Anticipation for the 2014 APSA Annual Meeting began early with a record number of abstracts submitted for consideration. The APSA Program Committee, with input from the Innovation Committee, read through 394 submissions - nearly 100 more abstracts than the previous year. Phoenix welcomed 792 attendees, who explored the depth and breadth of the pediatric surgery field with more than 100 scientific sessions including video, poster and innovation presentations.

New in 2014.

  • The inaugural Robert E. Gross Award for Excellence in Pediatric Research and Treatment was given to Bradley M. Rodgers, MD, University of Virginia Medical Center and APSA President 2003-2004, to honor his enduring contributions to the development of pediatric laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery.
  • The first Quality Award for Value in Surgery was given to two recipients, Jason W. Nielsen, MD, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus Ohio, and Kathy Schall, MD, Primary Children's Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Professor Jacques Marescaux was unable to be in Phoenix to present the International Guest Lecture, thus APSA had its first live streaming keynote presentation.
  • We offered a pre-meeting Ultrasound Course from the American College of Surgeons
Keynote Speakers.
  • International Guest Lecture: Professor Jacques Marescaux, IRCAD / IHU Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
  • Robert E. Gross Lecture: Diana L. Farmer, MD, University of California, Davis Children's Hospital, Sacramento, CA USA
  • Jay and Margie Grosfeld Lecture: Gail E. Besner, MD, Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH USA
  • Journal of Pediatric Surgery Lecture: Eric A. Rose, MD, Mt. Sinai Medical Center / SIGA Technologies / MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, Inc. / Life Sciences, New York, NY USA
  • Presidential Address: Thomas M. Krummel, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine / Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, Palo Alto CA USA
Education Day. The meeting kicked off with a well-received session on surgical care, followed by sessions on surgeon wellness and innovation and the the poster sessions. The day ended with many reunions at the Welcome Reception, which also featured an appearance by Ronald McDonald and some reptile visitors to amuse the children and adults alike. View the PowerPoint presentations.

Endosurgical Simulation Courses. These hands-on learning opportunities were back this year with a variety of  technical skills simulators and instructors experienced in minimally invasive techniques.

Special Sessions. The APSMA ICD-10 Coding session, Outcomes and Clinical Trials Committee Systematic Reviews, COG Updates and the Case Debates and Controversies sessions rounded out the educational opportunities.

Ronald McDonald House Charities© Phoenix. Attendees donated $2,081 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities© Phoenix, the recipient of the annual fundraiser. RMHC Phoenix offers two settings – the Roanoke House and the Cambridge House –  for loved ones to remain together as a family in an environment of comfort, compassion, strength and support while their child is undergoing medical treatment. In addition, their RMHC Phoenix Scholarship Program benefitted 91 Arizona senior high school students in 2013. The funds raised will cover the expenses for 138 nights in one of the houses.