4th Annual Center for Children's Surgery Research Symposium

February 19, 2021

Through specific lectures and discussion across the spectrum of basic science, translational, outcomes, and quality improvement research, the goal of the conference is for participants to enhance their fund of knowledge and practical research strategies to better care for their patients.

This year's Research Symposium will be hosted virtually. Instructions to participate will be provided to registered particpants.

Target Audience

Pediatric and adult surgeons, research specialists, registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, and interested care providers in surgical research disciplines.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the activity, participants should be able to identify the advances in:
•    Clinical outcomes research with the wide spectrum of surgical disciplines.
•    Basic science research with the wide spectrum of surgical disciplines.
•    Translational science research with the wide spectrum of surgical disciplines.
•    Quality improvement research with the wide spectrum of surgical disciplines.
•    Multidisciplinary team science research with the wide spectrum of surgical disciplines.


Additional Information

Course Contact: 
Claudia Mata, MPH Program Coordinator | Research in Outcomes for Children’s Surgery (ROCS) Center for Children’s Surgery Phone: (720) 777-0798, claudia.mata@cuanschutz.edu
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 4.25 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
02/19/2021 - 8:00am MST
Event ends: 
02/19/2021 - 2:45pm MST

CCS Research Symposium Schedule
Friday, February 19, 2021

8:00 AM – 8:10 AM        Opening Remarks
Duncan Wilcox, MBBS, MD
Director, Center for Children’s Surgery
Chair, Pediatric Urology
Professor, Pediatric Urology

8:10 AM – 9:30 AM    Outcomes Podium Session - Moderators:  Norman Friedman, MD & Jennifer Jung, MD

Chris Derderian, MD: Adolescent Blunt Solid Organ Injury: Differences in Management Strategies and Outcomes between Pediatric and Adult Trauma Centers
Kaitlyn Tholen, BS: Olfactory Testing to Improve COVID-19 Screening in School Children
Kylie Shaw, MD: Pediatric Fracture Patterns During COVID
Eniola Ogundipe, BS: Predictors of Success in Improving Renal Hypertension in Children Undergoing Nephrectomy
Rosella Bissonnette, MD: Evaluation of an Ovarian Mass Pathway for Pediatric and Adolescent Patients with Adnexal Masses
Kaitlyn Tholen, BS: Tonsillectomy and Hematologic Malignancy: Should Tonsils be Sent for Routine Pathology?
Carly Farr, MS: Treatment of Ruptured and Hemorrhagic Intracranial Arachnoid Cysts with Temporary Subdural Drainage
Whitney Hovater, BS: Activity Specific Differences in Patients Returning to Sports Following Primary Hip Arthroscopy

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM        Break

9:45 AM – 10:35 AM     Basic/Translational Science Podium Session - Moderators:  Todd Hankinson, MD & Kyle Rove, MD
Nao Iguchi, PhD: Sexual Dimorphic Impacts of Systemic Vincristine on Lower Urinary Tract Function in Juvenile Mice
Michal Schäfer, PhD: High Degree Neo-Aortic Tapering Post Norwood Procedure is Associated with Abnormal Flow Conduction and Elevated Flow Mediated Energy Loss
Oscar Chatain, BSc, MSc: Cyst Fluid Mediated Cytokine Activation May Promote Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition in Pediatric Adamantinomatous Craniopharyngioma 
Miguel Flore-Bellver, PhD: Potential Biomarkers in Human Retinal Pigment Epithelium-Derived Exomes
N. Valeska Halstead, MD, MPH: Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Randomized Controlled Trial of NSAID Prior to Ureteral Stent Removal in a Pediatric Population
Patricia Yoon, MD: Novel Variants in Hearing Loss Genes and Inner Ear Malformations in a Multi-Ethnic Cohort of U.S. Patients with Cochlear Implants

10:35 AM – 11:25 AM     Team Science/QI Podium Session - Moderators:  Andrea Bischoff, MD & Vijaya Vemulakonda, MD, JD

Rachael Martino, BA: Use of an Organized Perioperative Protocol to Decrease Surgical Time, Blood Loss, and Radiation Exposure During a Periacetabular Osteotomy
Laura Evers, RN, BSN: Cardiac Inpatient Neurodevelopment Care Optimization
Norman Friedman, MD: The Quest for a DISE Protocol
Kristen Vossler, BS: Ulnar Epiphysiodesis: Success of the Index Procedure
Ann Kulungowski, MD: A Challenging Diagnosis: PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome Presenting as Isolated Soft Tissue Vascular Anomalies

11:25 AM – 12:15 PM    Poster Session – (non-CE)

12:15 PM – 12:30 PM    Lunch Break

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM     Pediatric Grand Rounds - Keynote Address
Disparities in Surgical Healthcare for Pediatric Patients
Andre Dick, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Department of Surgery - Transplant
Seattle Children’s Hospital
University of Washington Medical Center

Please note: Pediatric Ground Rounds provides 1 hour of CME credit. Zoom link will be provided to registrants to participate. Completion of the Grand Rounds evaluation is required to obtain an additional 1 hour of CME credit.
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM     Panel: Recruiting & Retaining Diverse Faculty Members to an Academic Surgical Department
Moderators:  Allyson Alexander, MD PhD & Emily McCourt, MD

Panelists:     Andre Dick, MD, MPH
        Brandi Freeman, MD
        Michael Puente Jr, MD
        Kia Washington, MD
        Duncan Wilcox, MD

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM    Closing Remarks and Award Announcements. Evaluation and Adjourn


Children's Hospital Colorado
Aurora, CO 80045
United States
+1 (720) 777-2700

Children's Hospital Colorado will host the symposium virtually.


Visit our Children's Hospital Colorado website for additional information.


Guest Faculty
Andre Dick, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Department of Surgery - Transplant
Seattle Children’s Hospital
University of Washington Medical Center

Local Faculty
See program for Children's Hospital Colorado Faculty




Children’s Hospital Colorado is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Children’s Hospital Colorado designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Upon completion of the evaluation, a general certificate of attendance is available to all other care providers.

Available Credit

  • 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 4.25 Attendance


Please login or register to take this course.

Register for the symposium.

Participate as an active learner.

Complete the evaluation to obtain Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit.

Cancellation Policy

The Planning Committee reserves the right to alter the agenda or cancel the conference in the event of an unforeseen circumstance, or if the minimum registration is not attained by February 5, 2021

Required Hardware/software

Computer with audio and/or video.

Internet Connection.