DENVER, Colo. March 25, 2018 — Renowned pediatric surgeons from around the world gathered in Vail, Colo. Jan. 25- Jan. 27, 2018 for the 2018 International Symposium on Minimally Invasive Surgery in Infants and Children. Forty-five surgeons attended the seventh annual event, hosted by Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s with support from Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Nationwide Children’s and Stanford Children’s Health/Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. The goal of the Symposium is three-fold — to further doctors’ understanding of innovative minimally invasive surgical (MIS) procedures; engage in scholarly discussions of surgical techniques and approaches to advance the MIS practice; and identify simulation and model training tools participants can employ.

“This conference is a way to get the smartest people I know in the same room to have a lot of great discussions about how can we make pediatric surgery better?” said Dr. Steve Rothenberg, the chief of pediatric surgery at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children who founded the Symposium and has dedicated his career to improving patient outcomes by using minimally invasive techniques. “Our patients then benefit because we can learn from each other and improve what we do.”

Highlights from the intimate three-day conference included an inspiring presentation by Dr. Thomas Krummel from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. about Silicon Valley’s “secret sauce” — what it is about that area that fosters innovation.

Another high point included two presentations about fetal surgery to correct Myelomeningocele, the most serious form of spina bifida. Both Dr. Alan Flake of the Children’s Center for Fetal Research Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Dr. Denise Araujo Lapa, the coordinator of the Brazilian Fetal Network Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, spoke on the subject, which has been a hot topic of late.

“We’re committed to repairing this minimally invasively,” Dr. Rothenberg said. “By bringing the experts together, each of whom has a different take on it, we can discuss how to improve and adopt each other’s techniques. It’s an amazing opportunity.” Dr. Rothenberg’s partners, doctors Saundra Kay and Kristin Shipman also participated in the symposium, while Dr. Sarah Lai performed surgery on patients back in Denver. The surgeons have two main office locations at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL and Sky Ridge Medical Center. You can find more information on the practice at Rocky Mountain Kids Surgery

Dr. Edward Tagge, program director for Loma Linda University Pediatric Surgery Fellowship, called the symposium likely “the best meeting that I have been to in my career,” he said.

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Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL is a dedicated pediatric hospital and the anchor facility for HealthONE’s system of pediatric care. With more than 300 board-certified pediatric specialists and sub-specialists, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children provides the most complex care in the system.

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children has the largest Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the entire Rocky Mountain region. We have the most experienced high-risk maternal fetal program, a world-renowned specialized center for minimally invasive surgery for infants and children, and a nationally renowned institute for youth sports medicine, which includes a center, focused on concussion.

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children has two dedicated pediatric ER locations. The first is the flagship hospital at 20th and High Street in Denver, the second is Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Sky Ridge, located in Lone Tree. Our dedicated pediatric ERs staff only board-certified pediatric physicians 24/7. We strive to provide an “ouchless” experience for your child, offering pain-free IV starts and blood draws. Our wait times average 6 minutes or less.

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children system of pediatric care offers nine other pediatric care locations throughout the Denver metro area. When parents come together with the doctors, nurses and staff at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children we can make amazing things happen. We are #AmazingTogether!
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