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Abstract submission is open

through October 3, 11:59 pm Eastern Time.


Authors will be notified of selection status by December 31.


Abstracts are judged on originality, scientific merit, study design, clarity of expression, presentation of data, adherence to the rules of submission and relevance to pediatric surgical care or research.

View the submission guidelines for full details

Abstracts are considered in the following categories:

    • Abdominal Wall defects
    • Advocacy
    • Basic Science
    • Critical Care
    • Colorectal Diseases including anorectal malformations and Hirschsprung disease
    • Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
    • ECMO and extracorporeal support
    • Education
    • Endocrine surgery
    • ERAS
    • Ethics
    • Fetal/Diagnosis and Intervention
    • Fetal/Basic Science and Developmental Biology
    • Gastrointestinal Clinical Pediatric Surgery, other than colorectal
    • General Clinical Pediatric Surgery
    • Global – author list must include author(s) from the low or low-middle income community or relevant community in order to be considered for selection.
    • History – diseases, techniques, technology, events or personalities relating to the field of pediatric surgery.
    • Innovation
    • Minimally invasive surgery
    • Necrotizing Enterocolitis
    • Nutrition
    • Obesity
    • Oncology
    • Practice (business of pediatric surgery, professional considerations, etc.)
    • Quality and Safety
    • Thoracic Clinical Pediatric Surgery
    • Tissue engineering
    • Trauma
    • Other


    The following scientific awards are presented at the annual meeting:

    • Medical Student Poster (clinical or basic science)
    • Poster of Distinction – surgical trainees (clinical or basic science)
    • Judah Folkman (clinical and basic science)
    • Quality, Safety and Value in Surgery
    • Innovation

    Visit the awards page and learn more about eligibility requirements and prizes.


    APSA’s Originality and Duplicate Submission Policy

    1. View the Originality and Duplicate Submission Policy
      1. Abstracts are submitted with the understanding that the data and essential substance are original. Authors have a duty to avoid any appearance of duplicate publication.
      2. Originality requires that the data are not part of any previously published book, journal or other work previously presented, and are not accepted for presentation, or being considered for presentation, at a regional, national, or international scientific meeting or organization where papers are chosen through a peer review process (unless the other meeting will take place after APSA).
      3. If an abstract is submitted for consideration at APSA and another regional/national/international meeting simultaneously, and the other meeting takes place prior to APSA, the abstract must either be: (i) withdrawn from APSA consideration immediately upon acceptance for presentation at the other meeting, or (ii) withdrawn from consideration at the other meeting and presented at APSA.
      4. Any work that is published or electronically available in a peer-reviewed journal before the date of the APSA meeting is NOT permissible. If a manuscript associated with the submitted abstract has been accepted for publication, the abstract must be immediately withdrawn upon acceptance for publication in journals (print or online) unless the publication date is after the annual meeting.
      5. Exceptions to duplicate submission: (i) abstracts with preliminary data presented at the American College of Surgeons meetings, (ii) data presented in a local city, county, or state. presentation or at the authors’ institution, such as at an institution-sponsored research day, citywide society meeting, or statewide meeting, (iii) data previously presented in the context of an invited lecture and not associated with any specialty or disease/topic -specific meetings or workshops (e.g., ELSO, IFMSS, COG, etc.)
      6. Failure of authors or sponsors to comply with these guidelines will result in penalties by the APSA Board of Governors including abstract withdrawal and a potential two-year prohibition on submitting additional work to the organization.


    All presenters must register for the 2023 APSA Annual Meeting.
    Registration will be available in January 2023.

    APSA Annual Meeting – May 10-13, 2023
    Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
    Orlando, Florida USA