Conference Welcome

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is a great honor for Nationwide Children’s Hospital to host the 4th Annual Pediatric Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction Conference in Conjunction With the 10th Annual European Pediatric and Pelvic Reconstruction Congress, 1st Annual International Colorectal Symposium and 4th Annual Colorectal Nursing Conference in Columbus OH, USA.

As in years past, this event will gather numerous experts from all over Europe, North America and throughout the world in a friendly atmosphere that allows fruitful and exciting discussions and exchanges on new approaches to the complete care of the colon, rectum and pelvis in children.

As a unique occasion to share knowledge, experiences, projects and ideas, our meeting will provide plenary sessions, interactive workshops and live surgery broadcasts, for attendees at both basic and experienced levels. Satellite meetings for patients’ associations and the Pediatric Colorectal & Pelvic Learning Consortium are also planned. In addition to interactive panel discussion with leaders in the field, there will be scientific presentations selected from submitted abstracts, both in oral as well as in poster format. Investigators are encouraged to submit innovative abstracts for presentation.

We look forward to welcoming you to Columbus, Ohio, USA in November 2017!

Marc Levitt, 2017 Conference Chair


Conference Objectives

  • Exclusively focus on interventional and surgical reconstructive approaches to treatment of children with complex colorectal, motility, and pelvic reconstruction problems.
  • Translate learning into practice through observation and discussion of live surgical cases.
  • Actively engage and enhance participant learning case presentations.


7:00 – 7:25 AM | Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:25 – 7:30 AM | Welcome and Introduction – ARM and HD: Essentials Course

7:30 – 8:45 AM | Anorectal Malformation: Newborn

Moderator: Richard Wood

  • Newborn perineal exam
  • Newborn radiologic evaluation
  • Predicting continence
  • Newborn management and surgical interventions

8:45 – 9:00 AM | Break

9:00 – 10:30 AM | Anorectal Malformation: Definitive Surgery

Moderator: Marc Levitt

  • Radiology for surgical planning
  • Preoperative considerations
  • Male ARM technique
  • Early Postoperative considerations

10:30 – 12:30 PM | OR Demonstration

12:30 – 1:15 PM | Lunch

1:15 – 2:30 PM | Anorectal Malformations: Long Term Postoperative Concerns

Moderator: Marc Levitt

  • Concerns in the first few months after surgery
  • Evaluation of the patient not doing well after their repair

2:30 – 3:00 PM | Break

3:00 – 3:45 PM | Hirschsprung Disease(HD): Newborn

Moderator: Richard Wood

  • Newborn evaluation
  • Radiology for surgical planning
  • Pathology for diagnosis
  • Preoperative considerations
  • What to do when irrigations are not working

3:45 – 4:30 PM | Hirschsprung Disease: Definitive Surgery

Moderator: Marc Levitt

  • Surgery for HD
  • Special anatomic situations
  • Total colonic HD

4:30 – 5:15 PM | Scientific Session #1

Moderators: Stuart Hosie & Ivo de Blaauw

  • Interesting case
  • Tip or trick
  • A memorable complication
  • To re-do to not to re-do
  • Colorectal nursing dilemma or solution

5:15 – 6:00 PM | Video Demonstration of Operative Techniques

Course Day 1 Concludes: Dinner on your own

6:30 – 9:00 PM | Fellows Dinner: How to Give a Great Presentation (invitation only)
Ruth Milligan, Articulation’s lead Executive Speech Coach

6:30 – 9:00 PM | Nursing Dinner

7:00 – 7:25 AM | Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:25 – 7:30 AM | Welcome and Introduction

Concurrent Sessions:


7:30 – 9:30 AM | PEDIATRIC SURGERY: Anorectal Malformations: Advanced

Moderators: Richard Wood & Donald Shaul

  • Cloacal Repair
  • Urologic & Gynecologic Concerns
  • Long Term Concerns including: After colostomy closure
  • Long term complications
  • Reasons for reoperations
  • Transitioning care to adult providers

9:30 – 9:45 AM | Break

9:45 – 11:00 AM | OR Demonstration


9:30 – 9:45 AM | Break

9:45 – 11:00 AM | GI/Motility Session- Intestinal Failure- TBD

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Lunch & PLENARY SESSION: The Soiling Patient

Moderators: Onnalisa Nash & Kaleigh Peters

  • Medical evaluation & treatment for true incontinence
  • Medical evaluation and treatment for functional constipation
  • Quality of life and burden of treatment
  • Psychological aspects
  • Surgical adjuncts to fecal incontinence: Colon resection
  • Integrate enema
  • Ileostomy
  • Sacral nerve stimulation

1:00 – 1:15 PM | Break

Concurrent General Sessions 1:15-5:00PM:

Choose times for 4 of 5 workshops: (15 min breaks in between)


1:15 – 2:00 PM | Choose 1 session:

Management of Neurogenic Bladder
Moderators: Daniel DaJusta & Krista Booth

Supportive Care: Stomas, Wounds, Rashes, Catheters, Diet
Moderator: Andrea Wagner

How to Develop an Integrated Center
Moderators: Marc Levitt, Jeff Avansino & Sabine Sarnacki

Short Bowel Syndrome
Moderator: Jane Balint

Familial Polyposis
Moderator: Steve Erdman

2:15 – 3:00 PM | Choose 1 session:

Management of Neurogenic Bladder

Supportive Care: Stomas, Wounds, Rashes, Catheters, Diet

How to Develop and Integrated Center

Short Bowel Syndrome

Familial Polyposis

3:15 – 4:00 PM | Choose 1 session:

Management of Neurogenic Bladder

Supportive Care: Stomas, Wounds, Rashes, Catheters, Diet

How to Develop and Integrated Center

Short Bowel Syndrome

Familial Polyposis

4:15 – 5:00 PM | Choose 1 session:

Management of Neurogenic Bladder

Supportive Care: Stomas, Wounds, Rashes, Catheters, Diet

How to Develop and Integrated Center

Short Bowel Syndrome

Familial Polyposis

1:15 – 4:45 PM | PEDIATRIC SURGERY HANDS ON LAB (Limited to ACGME Fellows)

Moderators: Karen Diefenback, Marc Michalsky, Daniel DaJusta, Richard Wood, Marc Levitt

  • Transanal Pull Through
  • Laparoscopic Colon Resection
  • Laparoscopic Colostomy
  • Malone Appendicostomy
  • Malone Neoappendicostomy

1:15 – 4:45 PM | MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY CRITICAL SKILLS COURSE (Inanimate Lab – Open) Learning Skills and “Learning How to Teach”


  • Laparoscopic Skills Training
  • Suturing And Knot- Tying
  • Stapling Technique
  • Endoloop Technique
  • Robotic Technique

5:00 – 5:15 PM | Break

Concurrent General Sessions:

5:15 – 6:00 PM | Pediatric Surgery Colorectal Tips & Tricks

Moderator: Marc Levitt

5:15 – 6:00 AM | GI/Motility Hands On Lab

Moderators: Carlo Di Lorenzo & Desale Yacob

  • Anorectal manometry
  • Colonic manometry


7:30- 7:35 AM | Welcome

Moderator: Julie Choueiki

7:35- 8:30 AM | ARM: Basics


8:30- 9:30 AM | ARM: Advanced Management

9:30- 9:45 AM | Break

9:45- 10:15 AM | HD: Basics

10:15- 11:00 AM | HD: Advanced Management

11:00- 1:00 PM | LUNCH & PLENARY SESSION: Continence- The Soiling Patient

1:00- 1:15 PM | Break

1:15 – 2:15 PM | Functional Constipation

2:15 – 3:15 PM | Urology Case studies, Urodynamics, and GYN

3:15 – 3:30 PM | Break

3:30 – 4:00 PM | Sacral Nerve Stimulation

4:00 – 4:30 PM | Neurosurgery

4:30 – 6:00 PM | Program Development: Changes to Growth

Course Day 2 Concludes: Optional Hospital Tours

6:30 – 8:00 PM | Evening Reception Event

7:00 – 7:30 AM | Check-in and Continental Breakfast

Concurrent General Sessions:


7:30 – 8:15 AM | Scientific Session #2

8:15 – 9:15 AM | Plenary Session: Innovation Session

9:15 – 9:30 AM | Break

9:30 – 10:15 AM | Choose 1 session

10:30 – 11:15 AM| Choose 1 session 

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM | Choose 1 session


7:30 – 9:00 AM | Urology case studies and urodynamics

9:00 – 10:30 AM | Sacral nerve stimulation – Will it change the future of continence?

10:30 – 10:45 AM | Break

10:45 – 11:45 AM | Ostomy care and complications

11:45 – 12:15 PM | Nursing Lab

12:15 – 12:45 PM | Lunch

12:45 – 1:45 PM | Motility

1:45 – 3:00 PM | Advanced Hirschsprung disease: Post pull through problems

3:00 – 3:15 PM | Break

3:15 – 4:30 PM | PLENARY SESSION: Abstract presentations: Scientific Session 3

4:30 PM | Course Officially Concludes





Conference Moderators

Colorectal/Pediatric Surgery Moderators:
* Indicates organizing committee

Jeffrey Avansino*Seattle, USA
Celia CretolleParis, France
Megan DurhamAtlanta , USA
Alessandra GasiorColumbus, USA
Martin Lacher* Leipzig, Germany
Marc Levitt*Columbus, USA
Dominic PapandriaColumbus, USA
Michael Rollins, IISalt Lake City, USA
Pim SlootsRotterdam, the Netherlands
Richard WoodColumbus, USA
Maria Marcela Bailez
Ivo de Blaauw*Nijmegen, Netherlands
Jason FrischerCincinnati , USA
Allan GoldsteinBoston , USA
Victoria Lane Leeds, UK
Marc MichalskyColumbus, USA
Carlos ReckColumbus, USA
Payam SaadaiSacramento, USA
Jonathan Sutcliffe*Leeds, United Kingdom
Gail BesnerColumbus, USA
Belinda DickieBoston, USA
Megan FullerOmaha, USA
Sabine GrasshoffFrankfurt, Germany
Jacob LangerToronto, Canada
R. Lawrence MossColumbus, USA
Rebecca RenteaKansas City, USA
Sabine Sarnacki*Paris, France
Thomas WesterStockholm, Sweden
Casey CalkinsMilwaukee, USA
Karen Diefenbach*Columbus, USA
Aaron Garrison Akron, USA
Stuart HosieMunich, Germany
Timothy LeeHouston, USA
Benedict NwomehColumbus, USA
Risto RintalaHelsinki, Findland
Donald ShaulLos Angeles, USA
Chris Westgarth-TaylorJohannesburg, South Africa

GI/Motility Moderators:

Lusine AmbartsumyanSeattle, USA
Jennifer DotsonColumbus, USA
Peter LuColumbus, USA
Desale YacobColumbus, USA
Brendan BoyleColumbus, USA
Steven ErdmanColumbus, USA
Miguel SapsColumbus, USA
Wallace CrandallColumbus, USA
Cheryl GariepyColumbus, USA
Karla VazColumbus, USA
Carlo Di Lorenzo*Columbus, USA
Jose GarzaAtlanta, USA
Kent WilliamsColumbus, USA

Urology Moderators:

Wouter F.J. Feitz*Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Daniel DaJusta*Columbus, USA
Paul Merguerian*Seattle, USA
Molly FuchsColumbus, USA
Margarett ShnorhavorianSeattle, USA
Rama JayanthiColumbus, USA

Gynecology Moderators:

Geri HewittColumbus, USA
Katherine McCrackenColumbus, USA

Radiology Moderators:

David Gregory BatesColumbus, USA
Benjamin ThompsonColumbus, USA

Nursing Moderators:

Charmaign AlbrightColumbus, USA
Renee Carpenter WellsColumbus, USA
Jackie CronauColumbus, USA
Katrina HallColumbus, USA
Connie MantelSeattle, USA
Brenda RuthColumbus, USA
Abbey BallardColumbus, USA
Roberta ChaneyColumbus, USA
Ashley CurcioColumbus, USA
Julie Choueiki*Columbus, USA
Onnalisa NashColumbus, USA
Jennifer SmithColumbus, USA
Andrea WagnerColumbus, USA
Ashley BoberColumbus, USA
Denise HoweColumbus, USA
Julie ChoueikiColumbus, USA
Meghan FisherColumbus, USA
Kim OsborneColumbus, USA
Danielle SabolColumbus, USA
Sarah ZobellSalt Lake City, USA
Kristina BoothColumbus, USA
Kimberly ColapintoToronto, Canada
Julie GerberickColumbus, USA
Nicole JenkinsColumbus, USA
Kaleigh PetersColumbus, USA
Stephanie Vyrostek*Columbus, USA

Psychosocial Moderators:

Kristine CrevistonColumbus, USA
Giulia DisnanParis, France
Charae WilliamsColumbus, USA

Pathology Moderators:

Kamran BadizadeganColumbus, USA
Vinay PrasadNashville, USA

Technology & Patient Experience Moderators:

Kelly KelleherColumbus, USA
David StukusColumbus, USA
Ashley HodgeColumbus, USA
Alicia ShoemakerColumbus, USA

Patient and/or Parent Moderators:

Chelsea MullinsColumbus, USA
Lori Parker

Patient and/or Parent Moderators:

Ruth Milligan

Conference Exhibitor and Sponsor Information


Submission of Abstracts

  • Abstracts must be submitted via this Website only. Abstracts submitted via fax, e-mail or CD-R will not be accepted.
  • Abstracts will be selected by the 2017 Organizing Committee. Abstracts will be selected on the basis of academic integrity, overall quality, originality and relevance for clinical practice.
  • Accepted abstracts will be published and distributed at the Meeting.
  • Abstracts must be original and must not have been published or presented at any other conference prior to this Meeting.
  • Presenters of selected abstracts will be responsible for their own travel expenses as well as registration to the conference.
  • Abstracts must be received by the announced deadline. Abstracts received after the deadline may not be considered.


  • Make abstract title in all upper case
    The title should be brief, indicating the nature of the investigation.
  • Omit degrees, titles, and appointments of authors
    The first author listed should be the presenter at the Meeting.
  • Indicate the city and country of origin of the study
  • Indicate your preferred style of presentation as follows:

    • Podium (Oral)
    • Digital Poster
    • Either podium or digital poster
  • Organize the body of the abstract as follows:

    • A brief statement of the purpose of the study;
    • A statement of the method(s) of investigation;
    • A summary of the results presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusions;
    • The conclusions reached.
      (It is not acceptable to state “The results will be discussed.”)
  • Use standard abbreviations
    Place unusual abbreviations in parentheses after the full word for the first time it appears. Please keep abbreviated terms to a minimum.
  • Use non-proprietary (generic) names for drugs.
  • Make your abstract concise – it is limited to 300 words.


Share your expertise in the form of an abstract in one of the following categories:

    • Interesting Case
    • Tip or Trick
    • Memorable Complication
    • To Re-do or Not to Re-do
    • Nursing Dilemma or Solution

Online Submission

Deadline for Submission is October 3rd, 2017

All Fields are Required

Preferred Style of Presentation

Session Submission

I am aware that abstracts submitted for this Symposium will be published.


Nationwide Children’s is offering three scholarships to the 4th Annual Pediatric Colorectal & Pelvic Reconstruction Conference. This scholarship will be a $1,000 stipend to be used toward registration and travel costs for the event.


  • Physician or nurse who is fully licensed and as applicable boarded in specialty in their home country Teaching responsibilities
  • Physicians must have academic appointment at a university or teaching hospital. Nurses must document significant teaching responsibilities
  • Letter of support from home institution verifying desire to establish colorectal center with this individual in leadership role

Interested applicants must submit the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement (no more than 500 words) detailing interest and experience in colorectal and pelvic reconstruction
  • Letter of support from home institution

All applications must be submitted by October 10, 2017 to:

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Attn: Laura Lehman

700 Children’s Drive | Columbus, OH 43205


Phone: +1 (614) 355-0682      Fax: +1 (614) 355-0670

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