2019 VACTERL Network conference speakers

Anorectal Malformations Speaker – Charles D. Vinocur, MD

Director, Colorectal Center, Division of Pediatric General Surgery, Department of Surgery at AI DuPont Hospital for Children

Dr. Vinocur is an advisor for Pull-Thru Network Support Group on anorectal malformations and bowel management and is on the executive committee of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.

Urology Speaker – Ernesto T. Figueroa, MD

Division Chief, Division of Pediatric Urology, Department of Surgery at AI DuPont Hospital for Children

Dr. Figueroa is experienced in dealing with children with urological issues as a result of imperforated anus, the repair of complex congenital urinary tract malformations and the management of urinary dysfunction.

Orthopedics Speaker – Peter G. Gabos, MD

Department of Orthopedics

 Dr. Peter Gabos is an internationally-recognized pediatric orthopedic surgeon specializing in complex spinal disorders and scoliosis. He is Co-Director of Nemours’ Spine and Scoliosis Center and a Core Member of the Chest Wall and Spine Deformity Study Group, as well as a guest lecturer and the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, editorials and reviews.

Group Facilitator: Liz Weber

Massachusetts General Hospital CPE Resident and VACTERL adult

Liz specializes in helping people connect with each other during stressful times. She’s excited to help us get to know one another this weekend!

Medical PTSD: The Panel

Dr. Michelle Flaum Hall, Ed.D., LPCC-S – Partner at Hawthorne Integrative.

Dr. Hall has published several articles on medical trauma and interprofessional education. She is also a strong advocate for integrating mental health professionals into treatment teams to enhance the patient experience and improve patient care, and has developed protocols to help clinicians improve the quality of care they provide to patients who experience medical trauma.

Dr Scott Hall, Ph.D. LPCC-S, partner at Hawthorne Integrative.

He is the co-author of Managing the Psychological Impact of Medical Trauma: A Guide for Mental Health and Health Care Professionals (Springer Publishing), as well as numerous articles on medical trauma, PTSD, positive psychology and therapeutic communication.

Research Speaker: Kelly A. Hogan, Ph.D., M.S., M.E.S.

Research Fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Nutrition and Metabolism (directed by Eduardo Chini, M.D., Ph.D. at the Mayo Clinic)

Dr. Hogan is a molecular toxicologist. She has completed fellowships in Placental Toxicology and Stem and Progenitor Cell Biology and is currently working with Dr. Eduardo Chini in the fields of metabolism, nutrition, obesity, pharmacology, cancer and aging, and kidney disease. She will be presenting on their findings regarding VACTERL Association in ongoing research. Her publications span across the fields of toxicology, endocrinology, cancer cell signaling, experimental obstetrics, adult stem cell biology, and health disparities policy.