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

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Child Health News J E 4
Eleven Children's National surgeons and physicians participate in specialized academic panels

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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.

About Children's National Health SystemChildren's National Health System, based in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation's children since 1870. Children's National is ranked in the top 20 in every specialty evaluated by U.S. News & World Report; one of only four children's hospitals in the nation to earn this distinction. Designated a Leapfrog Group Top Hospital and a two-time recipient of Magnet® status, this pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers. Home to the Children's Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children's National is one of the nation's top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. 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. For more information, visit, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About The Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical InnovationThe Sheikh Zayed Institute, a part of Children's National, redefines what is possible in pediatric surgery through innovative, integrated research development. Institute physicians, scientists, and engineers purse a shared goal to make pediatric surgery more precise, less invasive, and pain free for children in the national capital region, across the country, and around the world. For more information, visit

About WOFAPSThe World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons, the WOFAPS, as it is widely known, was founded in 1974 and has grown to be the world representative body of National Pediatric Surgical Associations with a current membership of more than 100 countries. The WOFAPS' mission to improve the surgical care of the world's children has been embodied in the Declaration of Pediatric Surgery in Kyoto in 2001. For more information, visit


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SOURCE Children's National Health System



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