Ventricular Septal Defects

As one of the most common congenital cardiac anomalies managed by pediatric cardiac teams, VSD’s often may present a challenge in optimal management.  Our team of experts will discuss pathophysiology, diagnostic studies, indications and timing of surgery, surgical management; along with the technical challenges/considerations of repairing each of the different anatomic variants of ventricular septal defects: perimembranous, conoventricular, supracristal (subpulmonary), inlet (atrioventricular canal type), and muscular.


Lawrence Greiten, MD
Sophia Tyrer, Pre-Med

Assistant Professor in Division of Congenital Cardiac Surgery
Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)

Lawrence Greiten, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Congenital Cardiac Surgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Dr. Greiten received his undergraduate degree from Kansas Wesleyan University and his medical degree from the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine. He completed both his General Surgery training and Cardiovascular and General Thoracic Surgery fellowship at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, where he also earned a Masters in Biomedical Sciences, Clinical and Translational Science. He did an advanced Fellowship in Congenital Cardiac Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Keck Medical School at the University of Southern California.

Research Intern
Arkansas Children’s Research Institution / University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Sophia is a Pre-Medical Track student that recently graduated with a traditional BA-Biology degree and a minor in Medical Humanities. She is always seeking to expand her knowledge and gain exposure to pediatric research in hopes of bettering herself as an aspiring physician and continuing research in the future.

Christian M Eisenring, ACNP-BC
Brian Reemtsen, M.D.

CVOR Surgical Assistant Chief
Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Over 28 years of adult and congenital heart surgery experience. I have helped develop a minimally invasive and robotic surgery program at UCLA. In addition, I have been involved with Ex-Vivo heart and lung preservation trials and several drug trials.

Professor, Department of Surgery / Director, Heart Institute
UAMS College of Medicine / Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Brian Reemtsen, M.D. is a Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He is also Director of the Heart Institute at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and his medical degree from New York Medical College. He completed his internship and residency at UCLA School of Medicine. He then completed fellowships at the University of Washington, as well as the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, England.

Dr. Dala Zakaria

Pediatric Cardiologist
Arkansas Children’s Hospital

After completion of her formal training, Dala Zakaria, M.D., joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2013, practicing at Arkansas Children’s. Her primary clinical interests are transesophageal and fetal echocardiography, and advanced imaging, including 3D. Dr. Zakaria performs and interprets transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiograms in our outpatient, inpatient and telemedicine programs. She is an integral part of the Fetal Echocardiography program, providing fetal echocardiogram interpretation and consultation.

Management of VPD in 22q Deletion Syndrome

This seminar will review the pathophysiology, assessment, and surgical management of velopharyngeal dysfunction in children with 22q deletion syndrome.


Richard E. Kirschner, M.D., F.A.C.S, F.A.A.P.

Chief, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery / Director, Cleft Lip and Palate Center
Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH

Richard E. Kirschner, M.D., F.A.C.S, F.A.A.P. is Robert and Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation Endowed Chair, Chief of the Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Director of the Cleft Lip and Palate Center, and Co-Director of the 22q Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  He serves as Professor of Surgery and Senior Vice Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.  Dr. Kirschner served as President of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association in 2016.  He is co-editor of Comprehensive Cleft Care, now in its second edition, and of the upcoming publication Cleft Palate and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction.  He is co-founder of Casa Azul America, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to providing education to professionals and care to underprivileged children with cleft lip and palate in Latin America and of Magical Moments Foundation, a wish granting charitable organization dedicated to serving children with facial differences.

How to Rotate and Advance a Lip

This seminar will review the history and surgical technique of the Millard rotation-advancement unilateral cleft lip repair.  Nuances of the technique designed to optimize outcomes will be discussed and will be illustrated in photographic and video format.


Richard E. Kirschner, M.D., F.A.C.S, F.A.A.P.

Chief, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery / Director, Cleft Lip and Palate Center
Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH

Richard E. Kirschner, M.D., F.A.C.S, F.A.A.P. is Robert and Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation Endowed Chair, Chief of the Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Director of the Cleft Lip and Palate Center, and Co-Director of the 22q Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  He serves as Professor of Surgery and Senior Vice Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.  Dr. Kirschner served as President of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association in 2016.  He is co-editor of Comprehensive Cleft Care, now in its second edition, and of the upcoming publication Cleft Palate and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction.  He is co-founder of Casa Azul America, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to providing education to professionals and care to underprivileged children with cleft lip and palate in Latin America and of Magical Moments Foundation, a wish granting charitable organization dedicated to serving children with facial differences.

Selection and Optimal Irreversible Electroporation Technique in Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma

In this session our panelists will discuss:
– Optimal induction-based therapy in Stage 3 pancreatic adenocarcinoma
– Optimal pre-operative planning for patients undergoing IRE technique
– Optimal intra-operative IRE technique in pancreatic adenocarcinoma


Robert C.G. Martin, II, MD, PhD, FACS

Director of Division of Surgical Oncology
University of Louisville

Robert C. G. Martin, II, M.D. PhD, is The Sam and Lolita Weakley Endowed Chair in Surgical Oncology, The Director of the Division of Surgical Oncology, faculty member of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, and a Professor in the Department of Surgery. He was appointed to the University of Louisville in 2002 as an Assistant Professor and achieved Professor of Surgery in 2011. Dr. Martin received his M.D. from the University of Louisville School of Medicine (1995), his surgical oncology training and hepato-pancreatico-biliary training from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (2002), and his PhD from the Department of Pharmacology and Toxiciology (2008) at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Martin’s clinical interests are focused on the multi-disciplinary care and surgical management of patients with upper GI malignancies, including esophageal, gastric, duodenal, liver, biliary, and pancreatic cancers.

Three Stage Management of the Single Ventricle

In this session our team of experts will discuss the three stages of single ventricle palliation including the Norwood procedure, the bidirectional Glenn shunt and the Fontan procedure.  Included in this webinar will be single ventricle pathophysiology, diagnostic studies/imaging, indications and contraindications for palliation, timing of surgical intervention, and overview of surgical goals and associated mortality.


Lawrence Greiten, MD
Sophia Tyrer, Pre-Med

Assistant Professor in Division of Congenital Cardiac Surgery
Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)

Lawrence Greiten, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Congenital Cardiac Surgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Dr. Greiten received his undergraduate degree from Kansas Wesleyan University and his medical degree from the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine. He completed both his General Surgery training and Cardiovascular and General Thoracic Surgery fellowship at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, where he also earned a Masters in Biomedical Sciences, Clinical and Translational Science. He did an advanced Fellowship in Congenital Cardiac Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Keck Medical School at the University of Southern California.

Research Intern
Arkansas Children’s Research Institution / University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Sophia is a Pre-Medical Track student that recently graduated with a traditional BA-Biology degree and a minor in Medical Humanities. She is always seeking to expand her knowledge and gain exposure to pediatric research in hopes of bettering herself as an aspiring physician and continuing research in the future.

Christian M Eisenring, ACNP-BC
Brian Reemtsen, M.D.

CVOR Surgical Assistant Chief
Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Over 28 years of adult and congenital heart surgery experience. I have helped develop a minimally invasive and robotic surgery program at UCLA. In addition, I have been involved with Ex-Vivo heart and lung preservation trials and several drug trials.

Professor, Department of Surgery / Director, Heart Institute
UAMS College of Medicine / Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Brian Reemtsen, M.D. is a Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He is also Director of the Heart Institute at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and his medical degree from New York Medical College. He completed his internship and residency at UCLA School of Medicine. He then completed fellowships at the University of Washington, as well as the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, England.

Dr. Dala Zakaria

Pediatric Cardiologist
Arkansas Children’s Hospital

After completion of her formal training, Dala Zakaria, M.D., joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2013, practicing at Arkansas Children’s. Her primary clinical interests are transesophageal and fetal echocardiography, and advanced imaging, including 3D. Dr. Zakaria performs and interprets transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiograms in our outpatient, inpatient and telemedicine programs. She is an integral part of the Fetal Echocardiography program, providing fetal echocardiogram interpretation and consultation.

Salivary Interactive Case Study

Submit your own cases to be reviewed by our Salivary Surgery Experts, Dr. Rohan Walvekar and Dr. Barry Schaitkin. Cases will be selected prior to the session and those selected will be notified. Our experts, joined by guest panelists, will review the case details, provide their perspective, and go over alternative methods to consider when presented with a similar case.

If you feel uncomfortable submitting patient information, you can just bring the information to the session and present it directly to the experts. Here is what you need to have prepared when you join the webinar:
• Short patient history – medical and surgical
• Findings from images or scans – the actual images and scans are helpful too
• Any kind of operative images or videos that can help showcase the problem
• A question to pose to the expert panel



Rohan R. Walvekar, MD
Barry M. Schaitkin, MD

Assistant Professor in Head Neck Surgery
University of Pittsburgh/VA Medical Center

Rohan R. Walvekar, MD, earned his doctoral degree from the University of Mumbai. After graduating in 1998, he completed a residency in Otolaryngology and Head Neck Surgery at the TN Medical College & BYL Nair Charitable Hospital, Mumbai, India, with triple honors. Subsequently, he completed two head neck surgery fellowships, and trained at at the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, which is India’s most prestigious cancer institute. After completing an Advanced Head Neck Oncologic Surgery fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, he became an Assistant Professor in Head Neck Surgery within the Department of Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh/VA Medical Center, prior to joining the LSU Health Sciences Center in July 2008. His clinical interests are head neck surgery and salivary endoscopy. His research interests include evaluating prognostic markers and clinical outcomes of head and neck cancer therapy and treatment of salivary gland disorders.

Professor of Otolaryngology
UPMC Pittsburgh

Dr. Schaitkin specializes in the treatment of inflammatory and neoplastic conditions of the salivary glands. He practices at UPMC in the Department of Otolaryngology and is affiliated with UPMC branches all across the city of Pittsburgh. He completed his medical degree and residency at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.

Cleft Primary and Revision Rhinoplasty: Tips and Tricks

Tune in for the latest in our series on Cleft Surgery featuring Dr. Raj Vyas from UC Irvine and Dr. Usama Hamdan with the Global Smile Foundation. The discussion will focus on making sure that attendees know proper procedures as well as common complications and how to avoid them.


Dr. Larry Hartzell

Larry Hartzell, MD FAAP is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He is the Director of the Pediatric Otolaryngology fellowship. Dr Hartzell also has been the Cleft Team Director in Arkansas since 2012. He is passionate about international humanitarian mission work and dedicates much of his research efforts to cleft surgical and clinical care as well as velopharyngeal insufficiency. Dr Hartzell is actively involved in multiple academic societies and organizations including the AAO-HNS and ACPA.

Steven Goudy MD, MBA, FACS

Dr. Goudy is a professor at Emory University School of Medicine and the director of the division of otolaryngology at Children’s Healthcare in Atlanta. Dr. Goudy’s clinical job involves repair of craniofacial malformations including cleft lip, cleft palate, and Pierre Robin sequence, and he also participates in head and neck tumor resection and reconstruction.

Usama S. Hamdan, MD, FICS

Dr. Hamdan is President and Co-Founder of Global Smile Foundation, a 501C3 Boston-based non-profit foundation that provides comprehensive and integrated pro bono cleft care for underserved patients throughout the world. He has been involved with outreach cleft programs for over three decades. Dr. Hamdan is an Otolaryngologist/Facial Plastic Surgeon with former university appointments at Harvard Medical School, Tufts University School of Medicine and Boston University School of Medicine. For his philanthropic service to the people of Ecuador, he was awarded the Knighthood, “Al Merito Atahualpa” En El Grado De Caballero, by the President of Ecuador in March 2005. He received Honorary Professorship at Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo, School of Medicine, in Ecuador on March 5, 2015 for his contributions in the field of Cleft Lip and Palate.

Raj M. Vyas, MD, FACS

Dr. Vyas obtained his BS from Stanford and his MD from UCLA before completing integrated plastic surgery residency at Harvard and a fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery at NYU. He is an active clinician, scientist and educator with over 200 peer-reviewed publications and presentations, 20 book chapters, dozens of invited lectures, and multiple NIH and foundational grants. Dr. Vyas is passionate about advancing knowledge and skill for cleft care worldwide, partnering with Global Smile Foundation as both a clinician and Director of Research.

Dr. Kamlesh Patel

After completing a pediatric craniofacial fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, he joined the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis 2011. He is Director of Craniofacial and Medical Director of the Operating Rooms at Saint Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH). He treats patients with craniosynostosis or other craniofacial abnormalities (congenital or traumatic). He obtained a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation in May 2017 at Washington University to advance his ability to perform high quality clinical research and this program allows him to take advantage of the tremendous resources available for faculty and residents. His research focus is in craniofacial with particular interest in craniosynostosis and cleft lip and palate.

David M. Yates, DMD, MD, FACS

Dr. David Yates MD, DMD, FACS is passionate about serving children with Cranial and Facial deformities and Cleft Lip and Palate. He is a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and was recently awarded the inaugural “Physician of the Year” award by El Paso Children’s Hospital. He is the Division Chief of Cranial and Facial Surgery at El Paso Children’s Hospital and has been critical in bringing complex craniofacial surgery to the region. In addition to being a partner with High Desert Oral and Facial Surgery, he directs the craniofacial clinic at El Paso Children’s Hospital and the craniofacial clinic at Providence Memorial Hospital. He has also been integral in starting a clinic for children with Cleft Lip and Palate in Juarez, Mexico at the Hospital De La Familia (FEMAP). He is now happily settled with his wife and four kids serving the greater El Paso/Las Cruces/Juarez region.

What is Otolaryngology: More than Tonsils and Boogers

Come learn more about the jobs of Otolaryngologists (also known as ENT doctors!). We will discuss the breadth and depth of what ENT doctors cover with case descriptions. Medical students and residents of different levels will be on a panel to answer questions about the journey to and through Otolaryngology residency.


Dr. Sara Yang

Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery / Resident Physician, PGY 5
Loyola University Medical Center

Dr Yang grew up in the arid and desert like climate of Eastern Washington before spending four years in rainy Seattle during her undergrad years, majoring in Neurobiology at the University of Washington. She then moved to sunny Southern California to complete her medical education at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. She is currently finishing her chief year of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, enjoying both life in the Windy City and surviving the cold winters. She recently matched to fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University in Facial Plastics and Reconstruction with Dr. Wax to specialize in microvascular reconstruction of complex head and neck defects. She is excited to return to the west coast and explore all the nature that Oregon has to offer.

Steven Goicoechea, MD

Resident physician
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Steven is originally from San Diego, CA and attended the University of Notre Dame where he studied anthropology. He then earned a master’s degree at Boston University and completed a year of service with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in Yakima, WA. Steven recently graduated from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and will be starting otolaryngology residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Alice Su, BS

Medical Student
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Alice is originally from San Jose, CA and attended UC Berkeley where she studied Molecular and Cell Biology as well as Nutrition. She is starting her fourth year at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, and preparing to apply for otolaryngology residency.

Morgan Sandelski, MD

Resident
Loyola University Medical Center Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Department

Dr. Sandelski grew up in Northwest Indiana, leaving the state for undergrad at the University of Michigan, and returning for medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. She is in her second year at Loyola for ENT residency. She is undecided for plans after residency, with current interests in head and neck oncology and facial plastics and reconstruction.

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