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A Message from the President

Winter Message

The sights, sounds, and aromas of the holiday season have always engendered in me a sense of warmth, peace, and joy. It is a time to be with family and loved ones, filling rooms with laughter, food, and “gifting.” As a child, it often felt as though there were moments when the intense anticipation made my world stand still in suspended animation. These memories remain indelibly etched in my spirit as we approach the holidays and the end of the year. If only for a fleeting moment, I rekindle these feelings of holiday bliss and do my best to share it with others.

As we embrace the spirit of the season in our own unique traditions, I hope we can all cradle the spirits of joy, peace, and serenity that will empower us to continue our service with humility in the bright horizon of the New Year. As my grandmother would recite to me in my youth, a now popular African proverb, “If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together.” I am personally grateful to you all individually as practitioners and collectively as teams and committees for allowing us to go both fast and far as an organization built upon community.

Our warmest wishes to you and your families during this wonderful season of hope and the birth of a New Year.

Edward “Ed” M. Barksdale, Jr., MD
APSA President and the Board of Governors

American Pediatric Surgical Association

More than 1,600 members strong, the American Pediatric Surgical Association is dedicated to saving lifetimes. APSA helps patients and families every day by:

Thank you to those APSA members that have contributed to the APSA Sustainability Fund

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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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5th Annual Aspen Conference on Pediatric Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke

July 11-15, 2022
Snowmass Village, Colorado

68th BAPS International Congress

July 13-15, 2022
Birmingham, UK
Abstract submission deadline – January 31, 2022

WOFAPS 7th World Congress of Pediatric Surgery

October 12 – 15, 2022
Prague, Czech Republic