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APSA Supports Equal Access for Reproductive Health Services

APSA supports our colleagues who provide critical maternal and fetal care. All people, in consultation with their physician, should have equal access to the full range of reproductive health services, including abortion.

The American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) joins the many medical and surgical organizations in support of our colleagues who care for pregnant patients. As pediatric surgeons, we believe that pregnant patients should be allowed to decide what is in the best interests of their own health and the well-being of their family. We believe the patient-physician relationship is important and should remain private. We believe that equitable access to high quality and safe prenatal care, including reproductive services and abortion, should be prioritized regardless of economic or geographic status. 

Statement from the American Pediatric Surgical Association Board of Governors 

As pediatric trauma surgeons, when a call goes out about an injured child, we are ready. We gather our teams and we plan, prepare and wait in our trauma bays for the victim to arrive. We have trained for this, practiced it, and, unfortunately, lived these resuscitations over and over and over in emergency rooms across the United States. When the weapon used to perpetrate harm is an assault rifle, often the victim does not even make it alive to our doors. The injury inflicted by an assault rifle is so massive and widespread the victim dies at the scene.

In the massacre that happened in Uvalde, TX, the victims were 9 and 10 year old children, averaging about 60 pounds in weight. The damage and injuries that these children sustained were so extreme and widespread that their own parents could not recognize them. DNA samples from their parents were required to identify the children.

The American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) calls for a new federal Assault Weapons Ban on military-style firearms. During the decade of the previous ban, public mass shootings and deaths decreased. Although these mass shootings are a small percentage of overall gun deaths each year, they have been used to perpetrate mass shootings of children and adults in public places that should be safe such as schools, grocery stores, theaters and churches. These weapons have the capacity for rapid fire and large numbers of rounds between reloads which increases their lethality and the number of victims. They have been used in many locations including Newtown, San Bernardino, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, Parkland, and most recently in Uvalde, each incident killing more than a dozen people.

Pediatric Surgeons in the Media

Pediatric Surgeons on Gun Violence

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Dr. Bindi Naik-Mathuria, Baylor College of Medicine

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Dr. Patrick Bailey, American College of Surgeons

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Dr. Bindi Naik-Mathuria, Baylor College of Medicine

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Dr. Chethan Sathya, Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Northwell Health

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Gun Violence Education and Prevention

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APSA’s Firearm Advocacy for Membership

Firearm Advocacy for Our Membership Bindi Naik-Mathuria, MD, MPH,Peter Masiakos MD, andMarion Henry, MD, MPHon behalf of the APSA/AAP Advocacy CommitteeJune 2022 As the services and funerals of the victims of gun violence hold our sorrow and grief, we also mourn the...

APSA’s Statement on Assault Weapons Ban

Statement from the American Pediatric Surgical Association Board of Governors As pediatric trauma surgeons, when a call goes out about an injured child, we are ready. We gather our teams and we plan, prepare and wait in our trauma bays for the victim to arrive. We...

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Events Calendar

Resident/Student Session

This APSAsode is part of the extended 2021 annual meeting programming. Abstracts presented by medical students, followed by discussion with pediatric surgeons and helpful advice to students and residents interested in pursuing a career pediatric surgery.

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Meetings of Interest

APSA 2022 Annual Meeting

May 12-15, 2022
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ERAS Society Pediatrics – Virtual Meeting

June 17, 2022
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Continuing Education at Children’s Hospital Colorado

5th Annual Aspen Conference on Pediatric Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke

July 11-15, 2022
Snowmass Village, Colorado
https://www.aspenpedsstroke.com/

68th BAPS International Congress

July 13-15, 2022
Birmingham, UK
Abstract submission deadline – February 22, 2022
congress.baps.org.uk

Fetology Chicago: Practice & Discovery

Thursday, September 8th, 2022
7:30 am – 4:20 pm General Session | 4:30-6:30 pm Nursing Session

HYBRID EVENT – Virtual or In person at 303 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60611
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Contact: Allie Burke, Outreach Manager for Chicago Institute for Fetal Health, alburke@luriechildrens.org

WOFAPS 7th World Congress of Pediatric Surgery

October 12 – 15, 2022
Prague, Czech Republic
WOFAPS 2022