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WOFAPS Web Meetings : Managing Complicated Hirschsprungs’ Disease

September 8, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Dear Colleagues,
Our next WOFAPS live web meeting is dedicated to pediatric colorectal surgery and will be on managing complicated Hirschsprungs’ Disease.
We will have Marc Levitt, Jeff Avansino, Desale Yacob, Richard Wood and Ivo de Blaaw as panelists.
Please note the date change as this meeting will take place on Tuesday 8th September.
Looking forward to seeing you online.

How to join the free web meeting:
DATE: 8 September 2015 (Tuesday)
Panelists: Marc Levitt, Richard Wood, Jeff Avansino, Desale Yacob and Ivo de Blaaw.

Time: South Africa 14:00 – London 13:00, New York 08:00, New Delhi 17:30, Columbus OH 07:00.

Managing Complicated Hirschsprungs’ Disease

1) Click on the link http://meeting.uct.ac.za/wofaps/

2) When you are prompted during logging in, please choose “Enter as a guest” and write your name and surname, then click enter room.

3) When next window opens, click “request entry” (Please note there may be a time difference in your country !! We will open the meeting website 30 minutes before for you to log in.Remember to test your connection before the meeting; details are below. You can convert the above times to your local time by clicking here.

Test your connection: http://meeting.uct.ac.za/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview

Dr. Marc Levitt
Director of the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction (CCPR) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the Ohio State University

Marc Levitt, MD, is the Surgical Director of the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction (CCPR) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the Ohio State University.  The CCPR aligns specialists within GI, Colorectal, Pediatric Surgery, Urology and Gynecology to create a comprehensive treatment program assisting children with these complex disorders. Dr. Levitt received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, a fellowship in Pediatric Colorectal Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and a Pediatric Surgery fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Dr. Levitt has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles and 60 book chapters, and has delivered over 400 national/international presentations of his work. He has been an invited visiting professor all over the world. Dr. Levitt has trained numerous clinical fellows, research fellows, nurses and students and has directed multiple colorectal surgery training courses attended by established surgeons and surgical trainees from all over the world. He dedicates much of his free time to mission trips to the developing world where he trains surgeons and nurses in complex colorectal techniques.

Jeffrey R. Avansino, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Washington. Attending pediatric surgeon Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Jeffrey R. Avansino, MD is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington and an attending pediatric surgeon in the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Avansino earned his medical degree from the University of Nevada, School of Medicine, in Reno in 1999 and completed his Residency at the University of Washington in 2006. From 2002 to 2004, he served as a Research Fellow at the VA Medical Center in Seattle studying intestinal stem cell transplantation. In 2008, he completed his fellowship training in pediatric surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Avansino is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery in adult general surgery and pediatric surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Pediatric Surgical Association.
His clinical interests include anorectal malformations and Hirschsprung’s disease, and he is the Director of the Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital. His research interests center on continuous process improvement and quality. Locally, he is the Medical Director of the Surgical Unit and President-Elect of the Medical Staff.

Desale Yacob, MD
Pediatric gastroenterologist Nationwide Children’s
Medical Director of the GI Motility Center
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Desale Yacob, MD, is an attending pediatric gastroenterologist at Nationwide Children’s and Medical Director of the GI Motility Center. He is also Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He attended the University of Virginia for both his undergraduate and medical education. After completing his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters in Norfolk Virginia he came to Columbus where he completed his pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at Nationwide Children’s. His clinical interests span all areas of pediatric gastroenterology including motility disorders and functional gastrointestinal disorders. As Medical Director of the Motility Center, he evaluates and helps take care of children referred from around the nation. He also has a special interest in endoscopic procedures. Dr. Yacob’s research interest is in the area of functional gastrointestinal disorders and neurogastrointestinal disorders. He is also a member of the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction. He is named among the “Best Doctors in America.”

Richard J. Wood, MD
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH

Richard Wood is a Pediatric Surgeon and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction in Columbus, OH. He trained in General Surgery in the United Kingdom and South Africa and completed Pediatric Surgery training at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. He subsequently completed a Pediatric Colorectal Fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. His areas of interest are complex pelvic reconstructive surgery and outcomes research in colorectal surgery.

Ivo de Blaauw was born in Amsterdam and studied medicin at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He first did a residency in surgery and tropical medicin and worked for Medicine sans Frontiere (MSF) at Mekele General Hospital in Ethiopia. After returning to the Netherlands he worked for 4 years in a laboratory to write a thesis on protein and amino acid metabolism in cancer at the Maastricht University. He continued his surgical career in Eindhoven, Maastricht and Nijmegen, where he started to work as pediatric surgeon at the Amalia Children’s Hospital-Radboudumc. For two years he worked temporarely at the Sophia Children’s Hospital in Rotterdam with a focus on pediatric colorectal surgery. Since 2014 he is the head of the pediatric surgical department of the Amalia Children’s Hospital-Radboudumc Nijmegen. The department is a nationallly recognized center of expertise for pediatric colorectal disesaeses, diafragmatic hernia’s, ECMO and vascular malformations.
His teaching career for the last 5 years includes several teaching courses for medical students (Erasmus MC University, Rotterdam and Radboud university medical center, Nijmegen), resident nurses, surgical residents. He is furthermore involved as active member of several international teaching courses for pediatric surgeons. These are focused on anorectal malformations and Hirschsprung’s Disease.

Besides his early research on amino acid and protein metabolism in the cancer, he now focuses his research on general pediatric surgery and specifically on pediatric colorectal diseases. His research is on the etiology of ARM and Hirschsprung’s disease and includes genetics on ARM and pathology on Hirschsprung’s Disease. Furthermore research is done on clinical outcome of these patients. The research is local, national and international. International he was (and is) involved in the European network for anorectal malformations (ARMnet.eu). Finally he is involved in research on the possibilities of tissue engineering for the pelvic floor and diaphragmatic hernia’s.
He has written more than 60 peer reviewed international papers and several book chapters in pediatric critical care medicine, traumatology and anorectal malformations. He is reviewer for more than 5 international magazines


September 8, 2015
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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