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APSA Committees carry out a number of different critical functions for the association. To learn more about a specific committee, click on the name below. APSA members who are logged onto the site will also see committee chair contact information.

The mission of the Cancer Committee is to educate the APSA membership on the current approaches to the treatment of children with cancer, as directed by the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), and to update the membership on new COG protocols and changes to existing ones. The mission also includes informing the membership of recent advances in pediatric oncology, both clinical and basic science. The primary vehicles for accomplishing this mission of education are the APSA newsletter, the APSA-COG website link, the COG session at the annual APSA meeting and the quadrennial pediatric surgical oncology conference held together with our international colleagues in the International Society of Pediatric Surgical Oncology (IPSO) at the Spring APSA meeting.

Surgical Oncology Resources

For the convenience of the APSA membership, the Cancer Committee has aggregated a list of frequently used references for common pediatric malignancies

Cancer Committee Literature Reviews

The Cancer Committee prepares quarterly literature reviews for APSA members which provide an overview of recent cancer research pertinent to all pediatric surgeons. The selections are compiled by members of the Cancer Committee, but as a group, they are not endorsing the results of these studies as definitive practice. Continuing medical education maintenance of certification self-assessment credit for the literature reviews is available through APSA’s ExPERT CME Program. View the Cancer Committee Literature Reviews.

Handbooks for Cancer Surgery

Available to APSA members only, each handbook identifies APSA members who have extensive knowledge with this disease process and contains a one-minute review (to refresh just before an operation), staging materials, surgical management and other necessary information on this cancer. These handbooks are provided by the APSA Cancer Committee, and will be periodically updated to provide current standards of care for treatment. These handbooks are not meant to replace involvement with Children’s Oncology Group protocols, and continued participation in COG activities is strongly encouraged. View the handbooks on liver tumors, neuroblastoma, renal tumors and rhabdomyosarcoma.


Peter Ehrlich – Chair

David Rodeberg – Vice Chair

Shahab Abdessalam

Jennifer Aldrink

Erin Brown – Candidate Member

Emily Christison-Lagay

Brian Coakley

Roshni Dasgupta – Ex Officio

Abigail Engwall – Resident Member

Maryam Gholizadeh

Richard Glick

Christa Grant

Timothy Lautz

Peter Mattei

Bindi Naik-Mathuria

Stephanie Polites – Candidate Member

Jonathan Roach

David Rothstein

Raphael Sun – Candidate Member

Lindsay Talbot – Candidate Member

Elisabeth Tracy

Ashley Walther – Candidate Member

Max Langham – Board Liaison