2018 Annual Meeting

May 3-6, 2018
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
Palm Desert, CA USA

The 844 attendees to APSA 2018 represented the spectrum of pediatric surgery career levels and practice environments. The overall theme of global diversities and health disparities in pediatric surgery received unique interpretations from the keynote presenters. Two hands-on courses were available this year, the Pediatric Ultrasound Course and Essentials of Surgical Critical Care Course. The meeting ended with the fourth annual Town Hall and discussion on the APSA Strategic Plan; the Children’s Surgery Verification Program; the APSA logo finalists and the issue of pediatric firearm injuries.

Education Day, which focused on endocrine topics, followed by a systematic review of pilonidal disease and surgical management of undescended testes was well regarded, as were the scientific sessions.

View the 2018 winners of APSA various awards for excellence here.

Keynote Speakers
  • Presidential Address: Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, 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
  • International Lecture: Miliard Derbew, MD, President, College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa; Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • Journal of Pediatric Surgery Lecture: Steven Stylianos, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, New York, NY USA
  • Robert E. Gross Lecture: Tracy C. Grikscheit, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA USA
  • Jay & Margie Grosfeld Lecture: Paul E. Farmer, MD, PhD, 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
Annual meeting attendees have access to the meeting presentations. Most sessions provide the presentation slides. The keynote presentations include audio synced with the slides, and you can view the full videos from the Video Session.
  • Log on to the APSA website, then go to the Membership navigation tab, then the Membership link in the dropdown.
  • Choose My Communities from the right navigation pane
  • Then scroll down the page and you'll see a list of communities to which you have access. Click "APSA 2018 Annual Meeting"
  • Click on Media in the right navigation pane, and click on a link to view the presentation.
Claiming CME and MOC CME Credits for APSA 2018

2018 Attendance CME
Access CME Platform Here. Use your regular APSA passcodes.
A maximum of 22 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

2018 MOC CME
Access MOC CME Platform Here. Use your regular APSA passcodes.
A maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for Part 2 of the American Board of Surgery Maintenance of Certification. 

​When offered, for each session please choose either attendance or self-assessment credit.