Join Us for a Robust and Enhanced SPPM Third Annual Meeting Program in Colorado Springs

By Yuan-Chi Lin, MD, MPH
Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

2016 Meeting ProgramThe Third Annual Meeting of the Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine (SPPM) will be held at the Broadmoor in Colorado Spring on March 31, 2016.

This meeting embraces the current emerging scientific research and presents up-to-date clinical investigations in pediatric pain medicine. The conference features Mechanisms in Acute Pain, Pediatric Regional Anesthesia, Integrative Medicine in Pediatric Pain and Enhancing Skills in Chronic Pediatric Pain Management.

We are very fortunate to have nationally and internationally distinguished faculty participating in this exceptional event.  Dr. Kanwaljeet  J. S. (“Sunny”) Anand, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care at Stanford University School of Medicine, will address “Neonatal Pain.” Dr. Tony L. Yaksh, Professor of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology, University California San Diego, will lecture on “Biology of Acute and Persistent Inflammatory Pain States.”

The 2016 meeting emphasizes the considerations for clinical application and safety issues related to pediatric regional anesthesia. Dr. Sophie Pestieau, Children’s National Health System, Washington, D.C., will present “Navigating Coagulopathies in Pediatric Regional Anesthesia.” Dr. Alan Bielsky, Director of Regional Anesthesia, Children's Hospital Colorado and Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, will discuss his clinical experience with “Regional Anesthesia in Pediatric Trauma.” Dr. Arjunan Ganesh, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, will update the audience on “Safety in Pediatric Regional Anesthesia.”

Back by popular demand, we will feature a pro and con debate. The theme of this section is “Usage of Clonidine in Pediatric Pain Medicine.” This lively discussion will feature the always entertaining Dr. Stephen Hays, Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Dr. Karen Boretsky, Associate in Perioperative Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital; Harvard Medical School. Bring your questions, comments and suggestions. Be ready to engage and contribute.

Integrative Medicine plays a major role in pediatric pain management. For this session we have dynamic speakers from the multidisciplinary specialties that form the complement of pediatric pain management. Dr. Kathleen Lemanek, PhD, Pediatric Psychologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine will discuss the role of “Meditation and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies”; Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, artist and Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford will address “Arts in Healing”; and Dr. Brenda Golianu, Associate Professor at Stanford, will lecture on “A Holistic Approach to Pediatric Pain Management.”

Ongoing work in discovery and understanding the complex landscape of pain management provides an opportunity to enhance our knowledge and skills in delivering care for pediatric patients with chronic pain. Dr. Tony L. Yaksh, a world expert in developing our contemporary understanding in basic science of chronic pain, will guide us through the current knowledge in “Neuropathic Pain.” Dr. Nancy L. Glass, Director of Chronic and Palliative Pain Service at Texas Children's Hospital, Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology at Baylor College of Medicine, will discuss an extremely important aspect of holistic care for our patients, “Optimizing the Patient-Doctor Relationship in Pediatric Pain Practice.”

The 2016 SPPM annual meeting program also has a new feature; a poster discussion session, in addition to eight excellent Problem Based Learning Discussions. The day will conclude with plenty of special workshops including “Creating the Ideal Pediatric Pain Management Service”, “Clinician Wellness and Fostering Resilience - The Essential Building Blocks”, “Acupuncture for Pediatric Peri-operative Anesthesia and Pain Management Workshop” and “Advanced Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia.”

The SPPM Education Committee has been working tirelessly to organize this excellent educational program. We look forward to seeing you at the SPPM Third Annual Meeting on March 31, 2016 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

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