Dear WOFAPS Attendee,
It is my great privilege to welcome all interested pediatric surgeons to attend the 6th World Congress of Pediatric Surgery, to be held in Doha, Qatar, Nov 1-3, 2019. The Congress will be the crowning achievement as we complete the opening of Sidra Medicine. We have prepared an exciting program, which aims to cover both the most cutting edge advances in pediatric surgical care, as well as tackling the problem of how to deliver optimal care in resource-challenged settings.
The program is arranged around a comprehensive discussion of the ‘classical’ problems in pediatric surgery. For each of these topics, we will explore: 1. The current state of knowledge about the pathophysiology of the disease; 2. Updates on the optimal care and any controversies, from a higher income health care perspective; 3. Updates and the optimal care in a resource-constrained environment; and 4. Dealing with the complications of our surgical care (which interestingly seem to be the same, all over the world).
There is an extensive program around urological surgery, which has been organized by Professor Pippi Salle. We have organized multiple focused symposia within the congress, including the second combined meeting with the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery coordinated by Dr. Kokila Lakhoo, and combined sessions with the International Society of Pediatric Surgical Oncology International, coordinated by Professor Jörg Fuchs. There will be sessions on advanced MIS surgical techniques and Robotic Surgery. We aim to provide a broad platform for discussion and participation from surgeons around the world. We anticipate more than 600 presentations by participants, including oral, video and poster walks. Selected abstracts will be eligible for publication in a special volume of Pediatric Surgery International. We are planning a number of pre and post congress courses, including workshops sponsored by the Middle East Chapter of the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG) mentored by Dr. Sameh Shehata and Steve Rothberg; advanced Colorectal Surgery mentored by Dr. Mark Levitt; ECMO and advanced ventilator techniques mentored by Ron Hirschl. We will offer multiple workshops on advanced urological technique, mentored by Professor Pippi Salle. There will be a workshop on Surgical Oncology techniques, with an emphasis on working in low and middle income settings. Further, we will host a dedicated program for Pediatric Surgical Nurses, including bowel management techniques, care of short bowel patients, stomas and central lines.
Aside from this concentrated offering of educational opportunities, we will be delighted to introduce our guests to Doha and Qatar, including the lovely harbor, and the inviting desert (the weather in November will be perfect for outdoor activities). We will be coordinating special tours including the authentic old market of the “Souq Waqif”, the many art and cultural exhibitions, and ‘sneak peaks’ of the magnificent stadiums being completed for the World Cup of 2022. All in all, it will be a fantastic learning and cultural experience. Please plan to join us!!
Dr. David Sigalet
Chief of Clinical Operations, Sidra Medicine