53rd Annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course

February 22 - 25, 2018

InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL 33131

Practical Updates and Cutting Edge Topics for Pediatricians

Miami Children's Health System is proud to present the 53rd Annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course to be held Thursday, February 22, 2018 through Sunday, February 25, 2018 at the InterContinental Hotel in sunny Miami, Florida.

Whether this is your first time attending or your 53rd, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field of pediatrics. A distinguished faculty will present state-of-the-art information in the prevention, pathophysiology and the latest developments in the diagnosis and treatment of the most prevalent pediatric and adolescent conditions. We hope you decide to join us in Miami for the 2018 conference and are confident that we will surpass your educational goals.


Every year, for the past 53 years, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, has presented an annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course (PPGC) -- a course that is regarded as the most established continuing, independent medical education program in the country.

This course stems from Miami Children's Health System’s tradition of quality and excellence in health care for children and is academically tailored to advance the clinical and research aspects of pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Renowned faculty from all over the United States and the world are invited to participate and present the most recent advances to the practicing pediatrician that directly impacts the practice. It is here that approximately 700 participants, including pediatricians, family practitioners, residents/fellows, and ancillary staff members are exposed to the world’s foremost teachers who have proven ability to translate theoretical information to the practical level of day-to-day pediatric care.

This course, “Perspectives in Pediatrics”, serves as the centerpiece for the Continuing Medical Education Program at Miami Children's Health System, which includes weekly Grand Rounds, and Radiology Conference. The PPGC provides education in all areas of pediatrics including topics such as Metabolic Diseases, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Nutrition, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Infectious Diseases, Emergency and Critical Care Medicine through its General Sessions and Symposiums/Workshops.

New for 2018 - MOC Part 2 Points

In 2018, a portion of the CME program is approved by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) for 10 MOC Part 2 Self-Assessment Points. Only physicians certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and its specialties can claim the 10 MOC Part 2 points.

In order to claim the MOC Part 2 points, physicians must also meet the following criteria:

  1. Register specifically for an MOC Part 2 package during registration for the PPGC Course ($50 additional fee or two-day MOC Part 2 Package)
  2. Attend all of the live sessions approved for MOC 2 Points. These sessions are held on Days 2 and 3 (February 23-24, 2018) of the course
  3. Attend the mandatory self-assessment session on Day 3 (February 24, 2018) at lunch time – Room TBD
  4. Complete the MOC Part 2 Workbook by Day 3 (February 24, 2018) and submit during the lunch time session. The workbook will only be emailed to attendees who are registered for MOC 2 Points.

MOC points are NOT available for e-PPGC.

Mission Statement

To provide a state-of-the-art forum for continuing medical education encompassing the latest developments in Pediatrics and Pediatric Subspecialties, fostering best clinical practices, up-to-date research information and child advocacy. This course is reflective of Miami Children’s Health System’s commitment to advance the educational development of world-wide medical professionals serving children.

Go Green CME LogoAccredited with CommendationAccreditation Statement: Nicklaus Children's Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement: Nicklaus Children's Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty/Planner Disclosure Policy: In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, all planners, teachers, and authors involved in the development of CME content are required to disclose to the accredited provider their relevant financial relationships. Relevant financial relationships will be disclosed to the activity audience.

ABP MOC Part 2 ApprovedABP MOC Recognition Statement: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity, with individual assessments of the participant and feedback to the participant, enables the participant to earn 10 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit. (PARS Course ID 200946629)


Learning Objectives

This course presents new, pediatric state-of-the-art knowledge on topics relevant to the practice of pediatrics. It will synthesize for the practicing pediatrician knowledge of Adolescent Medicine, Allergy & Immunology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Diseases, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Preventive Medicine/Community Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Radiology, Rheumatology and other childhood conditions. It will improve skills in patient management in the outpatient and hospitalized setting. Upon completion of the program, the participant should be able to:
  • Recognize new state-of-the-art knowledge in pediatric care;
  • Enhance and advance knowledge in different pediatric subspecialties;
  • Apply these newly acquired skills to the management of various childhood diseases.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians and other health care professionals who wish to learn more about new, pediatric state-of-the-art knowledge and topics relevant to the practice of pediatrics.


The 53rd Annual PPGC offers two concurrent two-hour workshops between 1:30pm-3:30pm on Days 1-3 of the conference. Registrants will have the choice to attend one of the concurrent workshops on each day of the conference, except on Day 4. (The conference will adjourn at 12:40pm on Day 4.) Please choose your workshops during registration and note that workshops are not included in the e-PPGC virtual course.

Day 1 - February 22, 2018

1:45pm-3:15pm W-1A: Workshop #1 - Radiology Show and Tell: Radiographic Red Flags of Child Abuse
Diego Jaramillo, MD

This show and tell session exposes attendees to common, obvious, and subtle radiographic findings that serve as red flags for child abuse using case-based discussion and interactive format.
1:45pm-3:15pm W-1B: Workshop #2 - End of Life Care: A Case-Based Team Approach
Elizabeth Bouzo, RN, BSN, CPN
Hugh Ladd, MD
Paul Martinez, MD
Prithvi Sendi, MD
Balagangadhar Totapally, MD

This interdisciplinary session focuses on the importance of an interdisciplinary approach when caring for a terminally ill child and provides the clinician with tips on supporting the parents, family, and the care team when dealing with end of life issues in patients.

Day 2 - February 23, 2018

1:45pm-3:15pm ABP MOC Part 2 W-2C: Workshop #3 - Cases I Learned From (Ophthalmology, ENT, and Pediatric Surgery)
Zenia Aguilera, MD
Brian Ho, MD
Cathy Burnweit, MD

This session will be conducted as case-based discussions by 3 different subspecialties each of which will be given 30 minutes to discuss 1-2 cases related to the specialty that highlight a learning objective for the primary care physician including: what to do in practice? Test to order? Diagnosis to think about?
1:45pm-3:15pm ABP MOC Part 2 W-2D: Workshop #4 - What to do While Waiting to See the Specialist? (Gastroenterology, Pulmonology, and Endocrinology)
Shifra Koyfman, MD
Alicia Della Volpe, MD
Pedro Pagan, MD 

This session will feature multiple speakers from various specialties. Each of the speakers will focus on 1-2 referral issues faced by the primary care providers and what can the pediatrician start with or do while waiting for the appointment with the specialist in order to expedite the process for each of the discussed entities.

Day 3 - February 24, 2018

1:45pm-2:45pm W-3E: Workshop #5 - Advocate - Traditional Ways and the Power of Social Media
Lynda Young, MD

This interactive session is aimed at highlighting the Pediatrician’s role in advocacy at all levels with a special emphasis on how social media can serve as an advocacy tool.
1:45pm-2:45pm W-3F: Workshop #6 - The Care of Children with Gender Dysphoria
Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH
Alejandro Diaz, MD

Using case-based discussion, this session, will expose attendees to the interdisciplinary approach to the pediatric patient with gender dysphoria, including the primary care approach, the specialty care, hormonal treatment, and surgical interventions and the timing of each using case-based discussion.


Guest Faculty

Jeffrey N. Bernstein, MD
Medical Director, Florida Poison Information Center
Voluntary Associate Professor, University of Miami
Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine
Miami, Florida

Robert M. Campbell, MD
Pediatric Cardiology
Sibley Heart Center Cardiology
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Director Project S.A.V.E.
Atlanta, Georgia

Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH, FAAP
Division Head, Adolescent Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
Professor of Pediatrics (Adolescent Medicine) & Preventive Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Director, Center for Gender, Sexuality & HIV Prevention
Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
Chicago, Illinois

Barbara Howard, MD, FAAP
President, Total Child Health, Inc.
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Mary Anne Jackson, MD, FAAP, FPIDS, FIDSA
Director, Infectious Diseases
Children’s Mercy Kansas City
Professor of Pediatrics
UMKC School of Medicine
Kansas City, MO

Richard E. Kirschner, MD, FACS, FAAP
Robert F. and Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation
Endowed Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Chief, Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Director, Ambulatory Surgical Services
Director, Cleft Lip and Palate Center
Co-Director, 22q Center
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
Senior Vice Chair, Department of Plastic Surgery
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Columbus, Ohio

Lynn Ringenberg, MD, FAAP
Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics
University of South Florida College of Medicine
Immediate-Past President, Physicians for Social Responsibility
Tampa, Florida

D. Max Smith III, PharmD, BCPS
Postdoctoral Fellow
Center for Pharmacogenomics
Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research
University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Gainesville, Florida

Karen M. Wilson, MD, MPH, FAAP
Chair, AAP Tobacco Consortium
Debra and Leon Black Professor
And Division Chief of General Pediatrics
Vice-Chair for Clinical and Translational Research
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
And Kravis Children’s Hospital
New York, New York

Lynda M. Young, MD, FAAP
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Director of Ambulatory Services
UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center
Worcester, Massachusetts

Theoklis Zaoutis, MD, MSCE, FAAP
Werner and Gertrude Professor of Pediatrics
Professor of Epidemiology
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Chief, Infectious Diseases
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Host Faculty

Zenia P. Aguilera, MD
Pediatric Ophthalmology
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Mercedes Bello, MD
Pediatric Neurology
Neuro Network partners
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Elizabeth Bouzo, RN, BSN, CPN
Pediatric Critical Care Nursing
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Cathy A. Burnweit, MD
Chief, Department of Pediatric Surgery
Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
Florida International University
Miami, Florida

Annie Casta, MD
Pediatric Sports Medicine
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Nicole M. Christin, MD
Pediatric Nephrology
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Metee Comkornruecha, MD
Director, Division of Adolescent Medicine
PSA Chief, Section of Adolescent Medicine
Director, Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Caroline Cortezia, MS, CCLS II
Certified Child Life Specialist 5 Tower APCP-Neurology
Child Life Department
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Romulo M. Cuy Jr., MD
Pediatric Anesthesiology
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Alicia Della Volpe, MD
Pediatric Pulmonology
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Alejandro Diaz, MD
Pediatric Endocrinology
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Carlos Gadia, MD
Pediatric Neurology
Neuro Network partners
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Vivian Hernandez-Trujillo, MD
Allergy & Immunology Care Center of South Florida
Miami Lakes, Florida
Director, Division of Allergy-Immunology
Director, Allergy-Immunology Fellowship Program
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Brian Ho, MD
Pediatric Otolaryngology
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Diego Jaramillo, MD
Pediatric Radiology
Director, Pediatric Radiology Fellowship Program
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Shifra Koyfman, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

John Kuluz, MD
Director, Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion Clinic
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Hugh Ladd, MD
Attending Physician, Pediatric Critical Care
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Paul Martinez, MD
Attending Physician, Pediatric Critical Care
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Pedro A. Pagán Banchs, MD
Pediatric Endocrinology
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Rachel Pevsner, DO
Pediatric Radiology
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Prithvi Sendi, MD
Fellow, Pediatric Critical Care
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Silvia Sommers, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Balagangadhar Totapally, MD
Chief, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Director, Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida


Coming soon...

Scientific Planning Committee

Marisa Azaret, PsyD
Chief, Division of Clinical Psychology

Jefry Biehler, MD, MPH
FIU Chair of Pediatrics

Beatriz Cunill-De Sautu, MD
Pediatric Residency Program Director

Alejandro Diaz, MD
Pediatric Endocrinology

Riccardo Firmino, MA
Meeting Planner, PPGC

Cindy Garlesky, ARNP
Pediatric Pain Management

Rani Gereige, MD, MPH
PPGC Course Chair
CME Committee Chair, Director of Medical Education

Marcelo Laufer, MD
Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Annette Medina, MD
Pediatric Chief Resident

Elizabeth Menocal, CPMSM, CPCS
Senior Director; Medical Staff Resources

Marcos Mestre, MD
Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Alisa Muniz-Crim, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterology

Amanda Porro, MD
General Pediatrics, Director of Pediatric Care Center

Clara Reyes-Miranda, ARNP
Allied Health, Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Gloria Riefkohl, MD
General Pediatrics, Community Pediatrician

Jennifer Rizel, PA
Allied Health, Pediatric Surgery

Jose Rosa-Olivares, MD
General Pediatrics, Director of Urgent Care Centers

Maggie Sebani, DO
Pediatric Chief Resident

Jose Vargas-Loayza, MD
Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Continuing Medical Education Staff

Ariel Llizo
CME Specialist, Department of Medical Education, Nicklaus Children's Hospital


Exhibit Opportunities at Miami Children's Health System's 53rd Annual PPGC

There is still an opportunity for your company to engage with more than 700 physicians in the field of pediatrics at the largest and longest-running, independent pediatric CME event in the United States.

The 53rd Annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course “Perspectives in Pediatrics” will take place February 22 - February 25, 2018 at the InterContinental Hotel in Miami, Florida. Attendees visit the exhibit hall to see the latest updates on products and services from industry and we provide tools and incentives to increase traffic flow to your booth:

  • dedicated exhibit hall hours
  • pediatric village
  • cyber café/medical library
  • coffee breaks, refreshments and lunches for attendees

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

Exhibitor Prospectus

For additional information, contact:

Riccardo Firmino, MA
Nicklaus Children's Hospital
3100 SW 62 Avenue
Miami, Florida 33155
(305) 666-6511 ext 5576
(305) 965-4327 Cell

Elizabeth Menocal, CPMSM, CPCS
Senior Director, Medical Staff Resources
Nicklaus Children's Hospital
3100 SW 62 Avenue
Miami, FL 33155
(305) 662-8357
(305) 669-6406 fax

We would like to acknowledge our 2017 Exhibitors for their generous support:

Center for Beckwith–Wiedemann Syndrome at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Cupcake World
Department of Children and Families
Fulgent Diagnostics
Gables Insurance Recovery, Inc.
Mead Johnson Nutrition
Pediatric Specialists of America
Ambulatory Surgery Center
Research Institute
MediTouch HER – HealthFusion
Nutricia North America
Probiotics International Ltd
Sanofi Genzyme
Solmed Latin America
South Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition
The Gideons International
Ultra Scope
University of Miami – Graduate Business Program

Hotel Reservations

Hotel Headquarters

The hotel headquarters for the 53rd Annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course is the InterContinental Miami Hotel. This luxurious hotel, overlooking Biscayne Bay, is conveniently close to Miami Beach and adjacent to Bayside Marketplace with its fashionable shops and restaurants. Thoughtfully designed with the business traveler in mind, the stylish rooms and suites all offer spectacular views of Miami. A selection of two restaurants at the InterContinental Miami provides guests with the choice of formal or casual dining while the fitness center includes an outdoor pool.

Hotel Room Rates

Special rates have been established at the hotel for this conference. Be sure to mention group code "NIK" and the Miami Children's Health System 53rd Annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course when calling.

Click here to be taken to the hotel’s reservations page
City View $319
Parking $19

Please make your reservations early as the reserved block typically sells out quickly. For information or to make your reservation contact:

InterContinental Miami Hotel
100 Chopin Plaza
Miami, Florida 33131
Reservations: 1-800-327-3005
Front Desk: 305-577-1000

General Course Information

Nicklaus Children's Hospital
Re: Annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course

3100 SW 62 Avenue
Miami, Florida 33155

Telephone: 1-800-445-9340 or 305-662-8357  
Fax: 305-669-6406
Email: info@ppgcpip.com

Reservation Deadline

It is strongly recommended that you book your hotel as soon as possible as our block fills up quickly. Reservations can be cancelled without penalty until 24 hours prior to arrival (please review hotel’s website for updates).

About the InterContinental Hotel

InterContinental Miami Hotel

One of the Most Distinguished Names Among Miami Luxury Hotels…

Built in 1982, the InterContinental® Miami soars majestically into the skyline on Chopin Plaza and adjacent to Bayfront Park, located at the confluence of Biscayne Bay and Miami River. A Miami luxury hotel, it was the first in the area to cater to the discerning business elite when it was designed and built by famed architect Pietro Belluschi. Boasting the only lobby in the world built around a work of art, the hotel’s 18-foot, 70-ton Spindle sculpture made of travertine marble by sculptor Henry Moore is the breathtaking focal point of a grand lobby constructed in Italian marble slabs and precious African wood. The hotel was originally designed to be a casino but never operated as such. Instead, it has earned a reputation as Florida’s premier luxury hotel, now an iconic part of Miami history after more than 25 years under the exclusive InterContinental® brand.

Soaring 34 stories above gleaming Biscayne Bay, InterContinental® Miami bayfront hotel provides luxury accommodations with panoramic views of this vibrant city. Adjacent to the waterfront and downtown attractions, you can shop at nearby fashion boutiques, sample innovative cuisine at one of the city’s ritzy restaurants or just bask in the warm tropical sun and cool bay breezes. Make your reservation now at Miami Children's Health System’s discounted rate and discover all that Miami has to offer from our bayfront hotel, ideally situated in a convenient setting:

  • Minutes from South Beach, Miami Design District, the Port of Miami, American Airlines Arena, Adrienne Arscht Center, Bayside Marketplace, Bayfront Park, Coconut Grove and Coral Gables
  • Only 7.5 miles from Miami International Airport (MIA), a quick 5-10 minute taxi drive (Estimated taxi fare: $25/each way)
  • Just 25 miles from Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL)
  • Overlooking Biscayne Bay in the heart of Miami, Florida
  • Just 20 minutes from the Miami Convention Center


You don’t have to leave the comfort of the InterContinental® Miami to enjoy a tantalizing selection of fine dining options. Savor a Pan Latin meal at the upscale Toro Toro Restaurant. At the more casual Blue Water, feast upon handmade pizzas and salads and refreshing tropical cocktails in the Mediterranean-styled, poolside setting overlooking Biscayne Bay. Our conveniently located downtown Miami hotel includes these exceptional dining options:

  • Toro Toro, Discover acclaimed Chef-owner Richard Sandoval's unique culinary spin on South and Central American ingredients.
  • Table 40, our exclusive chef’s table experience
  • Blue Water, offering casual, poolside ambience, handmade pizzas and salads, overlooking Biscayne Bay.
  • Starbucks, serving an extensive selection of coffee, espresso, cappuccino, specialty drinks, baked goods and snacks
  • 24-hour room service for private in-room dining


Uncover a soothing new world of replenishment and relaxation with the InterContinental® Miami’s exclusive spa packages. Retreat from the bustle of our downtown location and allow our mySpa expert staff to exceed your expectations with calming, personalized treatments that cater specifically to your needs. At our soothing spa, you can indulge in Miami’s best massages, aromatherapy and more before retiring to the comfort of your plush and private accommodations


  • From Miami International Airport: Take 836 East to I-95 South to Biscayne Boulevard (Exit 2A). Take the ramp down through two red lights. Turn left at the stop sign (get in the far right lane). Turn right at first red light (one half-block). The InterContinental® Miami is on your right.
  • From Kendall, Homestead, or Key West: Take U.S. 1 North to I-95. Exit at Biscayne Boulevard (Exit 2A). Take the ramp down through two red lights. Turn left at the stop sign (get in the far right lane). Turn right at first red light (one half-block). The InterContinental® Miami is on your right.
  • From Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, or Pompano: Take I-95 South to Biscayne Boulevard (Exit 2A). Take the ramp down through two red lights. Turn left at the stop sign (get in the far right lane). Turn right at the first red light (one half-block). The InterContinental® Miami is on your right.

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