54th Annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course

February 28 - March 03, 2019

The Diplomat Beach Resort, 3555 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

Practical Updates and Cutting Edge Topics for Pediatricians

Nicklaus Children's Health System is proud to present the 54th Annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course to be held Thursday, February 28, 2019 through Sunday, March 3, 2019 at the Diplomat Beach Resort in sunny Hollywood, Florida.

Whether this is your first time attending or your 54th, 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 2019 conference and are confident that we will surpass your educational goals.


Every year, for the past 54 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 Nicklaus 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 Nicklaus 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.

MOC Part 2 Points

A portion of the CME program will be 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 OR register for the full PPGC Course and pay the additional $50 MOC fee at checkout.
  2. Attend ALL of the live sessions approved for MOC 2 Points. These sessions are held on the mornings of Days 1, 2 and 3. (February 28 - March 2, 2019) of the course (These sessions are labeled in the course agenda.)
  3. Attend the mandatory self-assessment session on Day 3 (March 2, 2019) at lunch time.
  4. Complete the MOC Part 2 Workbook by Day 3 (March 2, 2019) 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 Nicklaus 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 and individual assessment of and feedback to the learner, enables the learner to earn up to 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 learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit. (PARS Course ID 201159316)


Pre-Conference - February 27, 2019

Poolside Welcome Reception - 6:00pm-8:00pm
Join us for an evening of food, fun, and festivities at the beautiful Diplomat Beach Resort Infinity Deck. Friends and family are welcome!
Day 2 - March 1, 2019

Hospital Tour - 1:00pm-6:00pm
Limited to first 50 attendees that register. Registration will take place at the Nicklaus Children's Hospital booth.

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 54th Annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course 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 12:30pm 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 28, 2019

1:30pm-3:30pm W-1A: Workshop 1 - Cases I Learned From (4 Specialties)
Juan Calisto, MD (Pediatric Surgery)
Bree Andrews, MD, MPH (Neonatology)
Speakers - TBD

This workshop is a case-based discussion of interesting cases presented by 4 different specialties.
1:30pm-3:30pm W-1B: Workshop 2 - What to do While Waiting to See the Specialist?
Suzanne Hagler, MD (Migraine/Neurology)
Adriana Carrillo, MD (Dyslipidemia/Endocrinology)
Alisa Muniz-Crim, MD (Celiac Disease/Gastroenterology)
Yonit Sterba, MD (Connective Tissue Disease/Rheumatology)

What to do if you suspect:
  • Migraine (Neurology)
  • Dyslipidemia (Endocrinology)
  • Celiac Disease (Gastroenterology)
  • Connective Tissue Disease (Rheumatology)
This session highlights what pediatricians can do, what tests to orders, or what treatments to begin while waiting to see the specialist.

Day 2 - March 1, 2019

1:30pm-3:30pm W-2C: Workshop 3 - Approach to Vascular Anomalies in Infants and Children
  • Update on the Treatment of Infantile Hemangioma and Capillary Malformations
    Ana Duarte, MD
  • Surgical Treatment of Vascular Anomalies
    Chad Perlyn, MD
  • Radiologic Imaging of Vascular Anomalies
    Ricardo Restrepo, MD
This workshop will highlight the evaluation, work-up, and treatments of patients with vascular anomalies. This also highlights patients/families perspective.
1:30pm-3:30pm W-2D: Workshop 4 - Sports Medicine: Mastering the Musculoskeletal Examination & Approach to Sports Injuries
Annie Casta, MD

This workshop will highlight common sports injuries in the pediatric athlete, and the approach to the assessment, and treatment. A hands-on musculoskeletal examination of selected joints will be demonstrated.

Day 3 - March 2, 2019

1:30pm-3:30pm W-3E: Workshop 5 - Multidisciplinary Approach to Healthy Weight: An Expert Panel
Metee Comkornruecha, MD (Adolescent Medicine)
Speakers - TBD

Addressing weight problems such as obesity, anorexia, and bulimia requires a multi-disciplinary approach. Learn what studies should be ordered. Hear from an expert panel that includes: Gastroenterologist, Endocrinologist, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Adolescent Medicine Specialist, and a Nutritionist.
1:30pm-3:30pm W-3F: Workshop 6 - Cases I Learned From (4 Specialties)
Joseph Wright, MD, MPH (Emergency Medicine)
Jorge Galvez Silva, MD (Hematology/Oncology)
Rachel Pevsner, DO (Radiology - Innovative Techniques in US)
Speakers - TBD

This workshop is a case-based discussion of interesting cases presented by 4 different specialties.


Guest Faculty

Bree Andrews, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Director, The Center for Healthy Families
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics
Section of Neonatology
University of Chicago Medicine
Chicago, Illinois

Bruce S. Bauer MD, FACS, FAAP
Director of Pediatric Plastic Surgery
NorthShore University HealthSystem
Clinical Professor of Surgery
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Highland Park Hospital
Chicago, Illinois

Sierra Filucci
Executive Editor
Parenting Content & Distribution
Common Sense Media
San Francisco, California

Yvonne (Bonnie) Maldonado, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity
Professor of Pediatrics and Health Research and Policy
Chief, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Stanford University School of Medicine
Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Control and Attending Physician
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
Department of Pediatrics
Stanford, California

Angela Myers, MD, MPH, FAAP, FPIDS
Interim Director, Division of Infectious Diseases
Associate Director, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program
Children’s Mercy Kansas City
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
UMKC School of Medicine
Kansas City, Missouri

Chad Rudnick, MD, FAAP
CEO: Boca VIPediatrics
Affiliate Assistant Professor
Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, Florida

Michael Rytting, MD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Patient Care, Division of Pediatrics
The Children's Cancer Hospital at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Leukemia/Lymphoma Section
Houston, Texas

Joseph Wright, MD, MPH
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Capital Region Health/University of Maryland Medical System
Adjunct Research Professor
University of Maryland School of Public Health
Cheverly, Maryland

Guest "Patient Perspective" Faculty

Marie M. Alencar

Virginia Torres

Host Faculty

Fuad AlKhoury, MD
Attending, Pediatric Surgery
Associate Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Mislen Bauer, MD
Attending, Genetics & Metabolism
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Juan Calisto, MD
Attending, Pediatric Surgery
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Adriana Carrillo-Iregui, MD
Attending, Pediatric Endocrinology
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

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

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

Romulo Cuy, MD
Attending, Pediatric Anesthesiology
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

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

Ana Duarte, MD
Attending, Pediatric Dermatology
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Jorge Galvez Silva, MD
Attending, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Suzanne Hagler, MD
Attending, Pediatric Neurology
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

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

Parul Jayakar, MD
Division Chief, Pediatric Genetics & Metabolism
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Alisa Muniz-Crim, MD
Section Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Ana M. Ojeda, Psy.D., ABPP
Board Certified Clinical Psychologist
Division of Psychology & Department of Psychiatry
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Florida International University
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Miami, Florida

Esperanza Pacheco-Jacome, MD, MBA
Attending, Pediatric Radiology
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Barbara Pena, MD, MPH
Attending, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Leyanee Perez, RD, LDN
Wellness & Community Dietitian
Food & Nutrition Services
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Chad Perlyn, MD
Attending, Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Pediatric Specialists of America
Associate Program Director, Craniofacial Plastic Surgery Fellowship
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

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

Amanda Porro, MD
Director, Pediatric Care Center
Attending, General Pediatrics
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Jesse Reeves-Garcia, MD
Attending, Pediatric Gastroenterology
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Ricardo Restrepo, MD
Attending, Pediatric Radiology
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Yonit Sterba, MD
Attending, Pediatric Rheumatology
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Yamilet Tirado, MD
Attending, Pediatric Otolaryngology
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida


Coming soon...

Scientific Planning Committee

Marisa Azaret, PsyD
Chief, Division of Clinical Psychology

Carolina Bautista, MD
Pediatric Chief Resident

Jefry Biehler, MD, MPH
FIU Chair of Pediatrics

Mercy Coiras
Parent Representative, Family Advisory Council

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

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

Claudia Puerto, MD
Pediatric Chief Resident

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

Jennifer Rizel, PA
Allied Health, Pediatric Surgery

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

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 54th 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 54th Annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course “Perspectives in Pediatrics” will take place February 28, 2019 - March 03, 2019 at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, 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!

View/Print 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 2018 Exhibitors for their generous support:

Atizana Inspired
Desert Sage
FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Gelato Gourmet
Gideons International
Mead Johnson Nutrition
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Global Health
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Ambulatory Care Centers
Nicklaus Children’s Health System
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Telehealth
Origami Owl
Pediatric Specialists of America
Signius Communications
South Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition
State of Florida Department of Children & Families
The Purse Lady
Tru Med Systems / Accuvax
Village South / West Care
Wolters Kluwer / Ovid
YV International Realty

Hotel Reservations

The Diplomat Beach Resort
3555 S Ocean Dr
Hollywood, FL 33019

(13% Room Tax not included; Nightly resort fee waived)
Check-In Time: 4:00pm, Check-Out Time: 11:00am
Internet  •   Beach/Pool Access  •   Fitness Center  •   Local and Toll-Free Calls  •   In-Room Coffee and Water

Welcome to the Diplomat Beach Resort

The Diplomat Beach Resort brings iconic hospitality back in a grand re-imagining of a legendary Florida resort. This vibrant Hollywood destination extends its stylish flair from coast to Intracoastal – a Florida playground rendered to contemporary perfection. Slip out to the shore, into the lagoon pool, or away to a private cabana and enjoy your chaise in the sun. Creative culinary and entertainment star in multiple dimensions, and matchless ways, restating The Diplomat’s status as a glamorous Gold Coast host with an exuberant social side.

Family Fun, Attractions, and Spa

Immerse yourself into the refreshing waters of our award winning beachfront pools. Marvel at panoramic views of the ocean from the edge of the infinity pool, which features a porthole bottom, and two waterfalls that cascade into the 240-foot lagoon pool below. Cool off in the lagoon pool surrounded by lush tropical landscaping and sweeping views of the ocean. Should you decide to climb out, enjoy a poolside spa service and refreshing Splash cuisine delivered to your chaise lounge. Pool amenities include complimentary towel service, cabana and casita rentals, full-service poolside lunch and spa services. Kids will love making a splash at the oceanfront Dip+Slide perched above the sparkling Lagoon Pool. Cooling off has never been more fun with two water slides, an enormous dump bucket and water cannons. Surrounded by splish-splash fountains and comfortable seating for parents, Dip+Slide is the perfect setting for seaside family-fun.


Boldly led by celebrity chefs alongside local Hollywood chefs and spirited by world-class mixologists, a wide range of remarkable culinary offerings make The Diplomat a true foodie’s paradise. Choose from The Diplomat’s signature steakhouse Diplomat Prime or enjoy Coastal American cuisine at Point Royal from celebrity chef, restauranteur, and television star Geoffrey Zakarian. The Hotel Bar transports you to famous hotels around the world with its menu inspired by iconic cocktails. Grab-and-go from casual market The Canteen, or head across the way to Diplomat Landing and take in beautiful views of the Intracoastal Waterway at Bristol’s Burgers or Portico Beer & Wine Garden. Exciting new options including modern Japanese izakaya Monkitail from celebrity chef and restaurateur Michael Schulson, the festive Nuevo Latino Playa from chefs Sue Torres and Darren Carbone, and family-friendly sweets shop Candy & Cones.

Registration & Fees

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