Conference Welcome

Thank you for making the 2017  Pediatric Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction Conference a great success! Save the date for this year – October 10-13, 2018!

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is a great honor for Nationwide Children’s Hospital to host the 5th Annual Pediatric Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction Conference in Conjunction With the 5th 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 October 2018!

Marc Levitt, 2018 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.

Program – 2018 Coming soon!

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(ARM): Newborn
Panelists: Jason Frischer, Steven Kraus, Marc Levitt, Payam Saadai & Donald Shaul

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

8 AM – 6 PM | Consortium Meeting
Moderators: Rashaun Geter & Richard Wood

8:45 – 9:00 AM | Break

9:00 – 10:30 AM | Anorectal Malformation: Definitive Surgery
Panelists: Greg Bates, Aaron Garrison, Marc Levitt, Benjamin Thompson, Thomas Wester & Chris Westgarth-Taylor

  • Radiology for surgical planning
  • Preoperative considerations
  • Male ARM technique
  • Female 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
Panelists: Greg Bates, Marc Levitt, Maria Marcela Bailez, Risto Rintala & Thomas Wester

  • 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
Panelists: Megan Fuller, Timothy Lee, Marc Levitt, Vinay Prasad & Benjamin Thompson

  • 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
Panelists: Kaveer Chatoorgoon, Jason Frischer, Megan Fuller, Timothy Lee & Marc Levitt

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

4:30 – 5:15 PM | Scientific Session #1
Moderators:Casey Calkins & Stuart Hosie

  • Interesting case
  • Tip or trick
  • A memorable complication
  • To re-do to not to re-do
  • Greatest colorectal nursing challenge

5:15 – 6:00 PM | Video Demonstration of Operative Techniques
Moderators: Carlos Reck & Alejandra Vilanova Sanchez

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 & AMT

6:30 – 9:00 PM | Nursing Dinner
3M Speaker

7:00 – 7:30 AM | Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:30 – 9:30 AM | PEDIATRIC SURGERY: Anorectal Malformation: Advanced
Moderators: Richard Wood & Donald Shaul
Panelists: Ivo de Blaauw, Belinda Dickie, Wouter F. J. Feitz, Alessandra Gasior, Geri Hewitt, Maria Marcela Bailez & Paul Merguerian

  • 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

Concurrent Sessions:


9:45- 11:00 AM | OR Demonstration

9:45 – 11:00 AM | GI/ Motility Session
Moderators: Des Yacob & Jose Garza
Panelists: Lusine Abartsumyan, Karen Diefenbach, Carlo Di Lorenzo, Peter Lu, Karla Vaz, Richard Wood

11:00AM- 1:00PM | LUNCH & PLENARY SESSION: Continence- The Soiling Patient
Moderators: Onnalisa Nash & Kaleigh Peters
Panelists: Lusine Ambartsumyan, Kathleen Hoff, Hollie Filce, Michael Rollins & Sarah Zobell

1:00 – 1:15 AM | Break

Breakout Sessions (15 min breaks in between)

1:15 – 2:00 PM | Management of Neurogenic Bladder
Moderators: Kristina Booth, Daniel DaJusta, Rama Jayanthi & Margarett Shnorhavorian

2:15 – 3:00 PM | Supportive Care: Stomas, Wounds, Rashes, Catheters, Diet
Moderators: Megan Durham, Pim Sloots, Jonathan Sutcliffe, Andrea Wagner & NCH Wound Ostomy Nurse

3:15 – 4:00 PM | How to Develop an Integrated Center
Moderators: Jeff Avansino, Celia Cretolle & Victoria Lane

4:15 – 5:00 PM | Familial Polyposis
Moderator: Steve Erdman & Michael Rollins


Course Director: Karen Diefenbach
Moderators: Marc Levitt, Maris Marcela Bailez, Belinda Dickie, Megan Fuller, Aaron Garison, Jacob Langer, Dominic Papandria, Payam Saadal, Alejandra Vilanova Sanchez & Richard Wood

  • 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) Learning Skills and “Learning How to Teach”
Course Director: Karen Diefenbach
Moderators: Marc Michalsky, Alessandra Gasior & Rebecca Rentea

  • Suturing And Knot- Tying
  • Stapling Technique
  • Endoloop Technique
  • Robotic Technique

5:00 – 5:15 PM | Break

5:15 – 6:00 PM | Pediatric Surgery Colorectal Tips & Tricks
Moderators: Rebecca Rentea & Alejandra Vilanova Sanchez

5:15 – 6:00 PM | GI/Motility Hands On Lab
Moderators: Peter Lu & Karla Vaz
Panelists: Roberta Chaney, Charmaign Albright, Denis Howe, Des Yacob, Jose Garza, Lusine Ambartsumyan

  • Anorectal manometry
  • Colonic manometry


7:30 – 7:35 AM | Welcome
Moderator: Julie Choueiki

7:35 – 7:45 AM | Patient Story
Moderator: Chelsea Mullins

7:45 – 8:30 AM | ARM: Basics
Moderator: Meghan Fisher

8:30 – 9:30 AM | ARM: Advanced Management
Moderator: Onnalisa Nash
Panelists: Kristina Booth, Meghan Fisher, Kathleen Hoff & Ben Thompson

9:30 – 9:45 AM | Break

9:45 – 10:15 AM | HD: Basics
Moderator: Marissa Condon

10:15- 11:00 AM | HD: Advanced Management
Moderator: Kaleigh Peters
Panelists: Kimberly Colapinto, Marissa Condon, Ben Thompson, Andrea Wagner & Sarah Zobell

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

1:00 – 1:15 PM | Break

1:15 – 2:15 PM | Functional Constipation
Moderators: Laura Brubaker & Stacie Leeper

2:15 – 3:15 PM | Psychosocial Approach to Care
Moderator: Charae Williams
Panelists: Ashley Curcio & Katrina Hall

3:15 – 3:30 PM | Break

3:30 – 4:00 PM | Sacral Nerve Stimulation
Moderator: Stephanie Vyrostek

4:00 – 4:30 PM | Neurosurgery
Moderator: Renee Carpenter Wells             

4:30 – 6:00 PM | Program Development: Challenges to Growth
Moderator: Julie Choueiki              
Panelists: Meghan Fisher, Ann Hoffman, Julie Gerberick, Nicole Jenkins, Stephanie Vyrostek, Andrea Wagner & NCH Wound Ostomy Team RN

Course Day 2 Concludes: Optional Hospital Tours

6:15 – 8:00 PM | Evening Reception Event
Toast by Gail Besner

7:00 – 7:20 AM | Check-in and Continental Breakfast

7:20 – 7:30 AM | Welcome and Presentation of the Teitlebaum Lecturer – Ivo de Blaauw
Moderator: Larry Moss

7:30 – 8:30 AM | PLENARY SESSION: Daniel H. Teitlebaum Memorial Lectureship
Innovation Session – Technology to Enhance Patient and Parent Engagement
Moderator: Kelly Kelleher
Panelists: Megan Durham, Hollie Filce, Chelsea Mullins, Lauren Popson, Alicia Shoemaker & David Stukus

Concurrent General Sessions:

8:30 – 9:15 AM | Scientific Session #2
Moderators: Ivo de Blaauw & Belinda Dickie
              • Interesting case
              • Tip or trick                                                              • A memorable complication
              • To re-do or not to re-do
              • Greatest colorectal nursing challenge

Moderator: Carlo Di Lorenzo
Panelists: Cheryl Gariepy, Jose Garza, Karla Vaz & Kent Williams

9:15 – 9:30 AM | Break

Breakout Sessions: (15 min breaks in between)

9:30 – 10:15 AM | Parent/Patient Associations & Transitional Care
Moderators: Celia Cretolle, Hollie Filce, Alessandra Gasior & Michael Rollins

10:30 – 11:15 AM | MIS and Robotics in Colorectal Surgery
Moderators: Daniel DaJusta, Belinda Dickie, Marc Michalsky & Richard Wood

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM | Bowel Management Motility Cases
Moderators: Kim Osbourne, Karla Vaz & Desale Yacob


8:30 – 10:00 AM | Bowel Management Program
Moderators: Connie Mantel, Leah Moore & Stephanie Vyrostek

10:00 – 11:00 AM | Urology Case Studies, Urodynamics, and GYN
Moderator: Kristina Booth
Panelists: Ashley Bober, Andria Haynes & Chelsea Mullins

Concurrent Sessions:

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM | Nursing Lab
Moderator: Stephanie Vyrostek
1. Rectal & Antegrade Enemas – Moderators: Marissa Condon & Erin Shann

2. Anal Dilations – Moderators: Abbey Ballard & Laura Brubaker

3. Irrigations – Moderators: Cassie do Carmo & Leah Moore
4. Clean Intermittent Catheterization – Moderator: Meghan Fisher & Andria Haynes
5. Skin & Ostomy Care- Moderators: Jackie Cronau, Brenda Ruth, Danielle Sabol & Jennie Hoffman
6. Fluoroscopy – Moderator: Katrina Abram
7. Psychosocial – Moderators: Ashley Curcio, Katrina Hall & Charae Williams

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM | APN Round Table
Moderators: Kristina Booth, Stacie Leeper , Onnalisa Nash, Kaleigh Peters & Andrea Wagner                                                                                     • Role Development
             • Billing & Coding
• Procedures

             • Publications
             • Prescriptive Authorities out of State

12:15 – 12:45 PM | Lunch

12:45 – 1:45 PM | Motility
Moderators: Carlo Di Lorenzo & Richard Wood
Panelists: Casey Calkins, Jose Garza, Peter Lu & Desale Yacob
      • Motility for functional constipation
• Surgical adjuncts to fecal incontinence
– Colon resection
– Antegrade enema
– Ileostomy
– Sacral nerve stimulation

1:45 – 3:00 PM | Advanced Hirschsprung Disease: Post pull through problems
Moderators: Jacob Langer & Marc Levitt
Panelists: Jeffrey Avansino, Kamran Badizadegan, Allan Goldstein & Jonathan Sutcliffe
           • Soiling after an HD pull-through
• Obstructive problems after an HD pull-through

3:00 – 3:15 PM | Break

3:15 – 4:30 PM | PLENARY SESSION: Scientific Session 3
Moderators: Martin Lacher & Christopher Westgarth-Taylor
• Interesting case
• Tip or trick
• A memorable complication
• To re-do or not to re-do
• Greatest colorectal nursing challenge

4:30 PM | Course Officially Concludes


Course Director: Karen Diefenbach
Moderators: Marc Levitt, Maria Marcela Bailez, Belinda Dickie, Megan Fuller, Aaron Garison & Dominic Papandria

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



Conference Moderators

Colorectal/Pediatric Surgery Moderators:
* Indicates organizing committee

Jeffrey Avansino*Seattle, USA
Megan DurhamAtlanta , USA
Jacob LangerToronto, Canada
Carlos ReckVienna, Austria
Payam SaadaiSacramento, USA
Richard WoodColumbus, USA
Casey CalkinsMilwaukee, USA
Megan FullerOmaha, USA
Timothy LeeHouston, USA
Rebecca RenteaKansas City, USA
Donald ShaulLos Angeles, USA
Belinda DickieBoston, USA
Alessandra GasiorColumbus, USA
Marc Levitt*Columbus, USA
Michael Rollins, IISalt Lake City, USA
Caitlin SmithSeattle, USA
Karen Diefenbach*Columbus, USA
Sebastian KingMelbourne, AUS
Marc MichalskyColumbus, USA
Steve RothenbergDenver, USA
Alejandra Vilanova Sanchez*Columbus, USA

GI/Motility Moderators:

Neetu BaliColumbus, USA
Kent WilliamsColumbus, USA
Carlo Di Lorenzo*Columbus, USA
Desale YacobColumbus, USA
Peter LuColumbus, USA
Karla VazColumbus, USA

Urology Moderators:

Paul AustinHouston, USA
Molly FuchsColumbus, USA
Mark CainIndianapolis, USA
Rama JayanthiColumbus, USA
Christina ChingColumbus, USA
Paul Merguerian*Seattle, USA
Daniel DaJusta*Columbus, USA
Margarett ShnorhavorianSeattle, USA

Gynecology Moderators:

Anne-Marie Amies OelschlagerSeattle, USA
Kate McCrackenColumbus, USA
Lesley BreechCincinnati, USA
Jennifer DietrichHouston, USA
Geri HewittColumbus, USA

Radiology Moderators:

David Gregory BatesColumbus, USA
Steven KrausCincinnati, USA
Benjamin ThompsonColumbus, USA

Nursing Moderators:

Cheryl BaxterColumbus, USA
Julie Choueiki*Columbus, USA
Cassie do CarmoColumbus, USA
Julie GerberickColumbus, USA
Jenny KreissSeattle, USA
Onnalisa NashColumbus, USA
Erin ShannColumbus, USA
Andrea WagnerColumbus, USA
Kristina BoothColumbus, USA
Kimberly ColapintoToronto, Canada
Sarah DriesbachColumbus, USA
Andria HaynesColumbus, USA
Stacie LeeperColumbus, USA
Lindsay ReillyColumbus, USA
Jenny StevensSeattle, USA
Pooja ZahoraColumbus, USA
Laura BrubakerColumbus, USA
Marissa CondonColumbus, USA
Meghan FisherColumbus, USA
Kathleen HoffAtlanta, USA
Connie MantelSeattle, USA
Brenda RuthColumbus, USA
Casey TrimbleColumbus, USA
Julie ZipfelColumbus, USA
Renee Carpenter WellsColumbus, USA
Jackie CronauColumbus, USA
Danielle GeorgeColumbus, USA
Jennie HoffmanColumbus, USA
Leah MooreColumbus, USA
Danielle SabolColumbus, USA
Stephanie Vyrostek*Columbus, USA
Sarah ZobellSalt Lake City, USA

Psychosocial Moderators:

Bonnie GourleyColumbus, USA
Bonnie GourleyColumbus, USA
Katrina HallColumbus, USA
Charae KeysColumbus, USA

Pathology Moderators:

Kamran BadizadeganColumbus, USA

Patients/Family Moderators:

Hollie Filce
Lori Parker
Audrey Goedert
Michelle Love
Chelsey Mullins


Daniel Teitelbaum, MD, our dear friend and colleague passed away on August 17, 2016, after a long struggle with a brain tumor. Dan completed his undergraduate studies at Northwestern University, and his medical degree at The Ohio State College of Medicine. He trained in general surgery and pediatric surgery at OSU and Columbus Children’s Hospital. He then joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1992 and remained there throughout his career. He performed a wide range of general pediatric surgery with a particular interest in disorders of sexual development, short bowel syndrome, and pediatric colorectal problems. As a researcher, his primary focus was parenteral nutrition and short bowel syndrome. Dr. Teitelbaum had over 250 peer-reviewed publications and was continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for 17 years. He served as the President of the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), teaching and promoting optimal nutrition for individuals around the world.

Dan also served as the pediatric surgery training program director, and had immeasurable contributions to the careers of dozens of pediatric surgeons, general surgery residents, and other trainees. For his many years of passionate work in the area of teaching and mentorship he received the coveted American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Surgery, Salzberg Award.
Dr. Teitelbaum was a proud husband and father. He was married for 29 years to his wife, Mindy Teitelbaum, with whom he had three daughters: Hannah, Abigail, and Rachel. Dr. Teitelbaum was well known as a wonderful clinician, a devoted teacher, a brilliant researcher, and a kind human being. He was a man of great wisdom and intuition who cared for the most complicated of patients with devotion and unique medical and surgical skill. Everything that he did professionally was for the patient, for the trainee, for the field of pediatric surgery, or for society. He was an extraordinary physician/scientist whose contributions as a surgeon affected the lives of thousands of patients and their families and whose legacy will forever impact the care of children.
As a faculty member of the NCH Colorectal Course, a founding member of the International Pediatric Colorectal Consortium and as an OSU student, resident and fellow, we thought it fitting given his passion for colorectal care, to honor his memory here at NCH by establishing a yearly lectureship, attached to the Colorectal Course.
A scholarship in memory of Dr. Teitelbaum will be used to help trainees and faculty from the developing world participate in this course each year.

Conference Exhibitor and Sponsor Information Coming Soon!

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 2018 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.

Submission Deadline: August 17, 2018

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
    • Greatest Colorectal Nursing Challenge

Abstract Submission:

Preferred Style of Presentation

Session Submission

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


Nationwide Children’s is offering international scholarships to the 5th 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 for international attendees.

  • 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 by August 17, 2018:

  • 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 are due by August 17 to Vickie.Leonhardt@NationwideChildrens.orgWinners will be notified via email by August 31, 2018. 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Attn: Vickie Leonhardt
700 Children’s Drive | Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: (614) 722-0449 Fax: (614) 355-6229

Travel & Accomodations

About the Hotel

Click here to make your hotel reservation.

Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square

Rooms are available at the Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square at a discounted rate of $165 USD + tax for Single or Double Occupancy. In order to receive this discounted rate, room reservations must be made no later than 5:00 pm EST Friday, September 14, 2018.

Click here to make your hotel reservation.

The Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square is in the heart of Ohio’s capital, conveniently located near all of the things to do in Columbus.

Featuring a full-service Starbucks, an upscale fitness center and an exclusive Sheraton Club Lounge with spectacular views, you’ll enjoy exploring Columbus including the German Village neighborhood, Arena District and more.

Getting to Columbus

John Glenn Columbus International Airport, located just 15 minutes from the Sheraton, is served by 10 airlines and their regional affiliates, providing 350 daily arrivals and departures serving 35 destinations on a non-stop basis and hundreds of additional cities on a direct or connecting basis. Major carriers include AirTran, Air Canada Express, American, American, Delta, Southwest, United and US Airways. All ground transportation may be accessed via the terminal walkway or baggage claim levels.

From John Glenn Columbus International Airport, the best mode of transportation is via taxi readily available 24-hours a day at the cab stand outside baggage claim. The 15-minute ride should run around $25 inclusive. The hotel does not have an airport shuttle.

Columbus also offers Uber car services as well as a number of private scheduled sedan services including Cardinal Transportation.

About Columbus

Things to Do in Columbus

Wherever you're staying in Columbus, you're going to have a great trip.

Things to Do in Columbus

Learn More About Columbus

Links to see what other organizations have to share about Columbus.

Learn More About Columbus

Make it Columbus

Experience Columbus through the eyes of a first-time visitor and convention attendee.

Make it Columbus

Local Restaurants

Café Brioso | $
The Carvery | $
Tip Top Kitchen and Cocktails | $
Due Amici | $$
Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus | $$
Mitchell’s Steakhouse | $$$$

Download More Information

Find out more information on restaurants and local Downtown Columbus attractions by downloading maps and more directly to your device.

Contact Information