Monday 13th May 2013
Time: 1.00-2.00pm (tea/coffee available from 12.40pm)
Kennedy Lecture Theatre, UCL Institute of Child Health.
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Changes during a life time in Paediatric Surgery
Part of the Otto Wolff Lecture series 2013
Professor Lewis Spitz
Emeritus Nuffield Professor of Paediatric Surgery, UCL Institute of Child Health
The lecture will highlight changes which have occurred during a career extending from 1970 to 2004. Prenatal diagnosis which was virtually non-existent is now well developed with fetal surgery coming of age. Ultrasound, CT, MRI, PET scans were unheard of while radiological intervention has now taken over a large number of surgical procedures. Anaesthesia and ITU have made surgery safer and pain management is now an important aspect of postop. care. Emergency surgery was considered mandatory for conditions such as congenital diaphragmatic hernia, oesophageal atresia and myelomeningocoele whereas nowadays very few conditions require emergency intervention. The outcome for children with malignant tumours has improved dramatically with accurate imaging and preoperative chemo-and radiotherapy. Minimal invasive surgery is now standard for many conditions, resulting in improved cosmesis and more rapid recovery.
Professor Lewis Spitz was Nuffield Professor of Paediatric Surgery, Institute of Child Health & Great Ormond Street Hospital, London between 1979 and 2004. He is internationally recognised for management of conjoined twins, esophageal atresia / replacement and pancreatic and liver tumours. He was President of BAPS 1997-98; President of the Paeditric Section, RSM (2007/08), and Honorary M.D.s - Sheffield University and Witwatersrand, S Africa.
Medals: Sulamaa(Scand Assoc), James Spence(RCPCH), Hunterian(RCSEng), Clement Price Thomas (RCSEng), Denis Browne(BAPS), Rehbein(DGFK), Rehbein(EUPSA), Ladd (Amer.Acad.Ped.)
Honorary Fellowships - CMSA, RCSI, FAAP, ICH UCL, Amer. College of Surgeons.
Editor (with A Coran) Operative Pediatric Surgery Ed.,5th,6th,7th ; Great Ormond Street Handbook of Paediatrics; Paediatric Surgical Diagnosis. He has written 412 peer review papers and 98 book chapters.