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The Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation Hosts the First North American World Congress of the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons

Eleven Children’s National surgeons and physicians participate in specialized academic panels October 10, 2016

Washington, DC– For the first time in North America, pediatric surgeons, physicians, and scientists  from across the world are gathering in the nation’s capital for the World Congress of the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons (WOFAPS) hosted by The Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Health System. The 5th World Congress runs from October 8 through October 11 following the theme of “re-imagining children’s surgery through global innovation and integration.”

Destination DC, the lead organization that manages and markets Washington, DC as a premier global convention and special events destination, has estimated the economic impact of WOFAPS on the city to be upwards of $2.1 million, based on the location and nearly 800 attendees from hospitals and universities around the world who have registered to attend the week-long Congress.

The 5th World Congress includes many scientific and research plenary sessions by pediatric surgical experts from around the world including 11 Children’s National surgeons and physicians. This elite group of expert panelists will cover topics that include:

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery: The Current State of Endoscopic and Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery;
  • The Current Standards of Management and Controversies in Pediatric Tumors: Neuroblastoma and Wilms Tumor;
  • Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy Techniques for Pediatric Achalasia: Approach, Techniques and Setting Up Programs; and
  • Hot Topics in Pediatric Urology: Controversies and Advances.

Children’s is giving enormous financial consideration to attendees from developing countries as well as students and nurses to make this educational opportunity available to as many people as possible.

Contact: Hani Ukayli at 202-476-4500


About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn intensive care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels.

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