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  Experts from Children’s National Medical Center Visit Abu Dhabi to Share Vision for Making Pediatric Surgical Care More Precise, Less Invasive, and Pain Free
December 5, 2010

ABU DHABI, UAE—Pediatric experts from Children’s National Medical Center’s Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation are in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates this week to share research and insights on how new technologies and techniques in pediatric surgical care can dramatically change the way that health care is delivered to children around the world.  Focusing on research and innovation to make treatment more precise, less invasive, and pain free, the physician scientists are leading sessions at the World Health Care Congress Middle East and visiting several Abu Dhabi hospitals to exchange information with local health professionals.

The World Health Care Congress Middle East is co-sponsored by the Health Authority and the Tourism Authority of Abu Dhabi and takes place December 5-7, 2010. It convenes global thought leaders and key decision-makers from all sectors of health care to share global best practices. An exclusive two-part breakfast session on December 6 will focus on advancements in technologies in surgery techniques and medical imaging for children:
  • Understanding and Winning the Imaging Arms Race. Raymond Sze, MD, chief, Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology, Children’s National; principal investigator, Sheikh Zayed Institute, will outline current imaging technologies that enable doctors to see a child’s body with more precision than ever before. Dr. Sze will also highlight promising technologies on the horizon.
  • Using Tomorrow’s Surgical Technology Today. Craig Peters, MD, chief, Surgical Innovation, Technology, and Translation, Children’s National; principal investigator, Sheikh Zayed Institute, will discuss how current surgical technologies, especially in the field of robotics, can be adapted as minimally invasive techniques for children.
Other World Health Care Congress sessions led by experts from Children’s National Medical Center and the Sheikh Zayed Institute include:
  • Predictive, Preventive and Personalized MedicineEric P. Hoffman, PhD, principal investigator in the Sheikh Zayed Institute and the director of the Research Center for Genetic Medicine at Children’s National will discuss how understanding the tiny genetic differences between patients can improve health outcomes through predicting medical outcomes, preventing the onset of serious diseases by detecting problems when they remain microscopic, and tailoring treatments based on how a specific person will respond.
  • Organizational Transformation from the Inside OutPeter Holbrook, MD, chief medical officer and executive vice president at Children’s National Medical Center will map how the unique hospital management model at Children’s has led to unprecedented developments in care delivery, advocacy, research, and education.
  • Precision MedicineKurt Newman, MD, senior vice president, Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation will moderate a discussion focusing on the next potential advances in surgery, imaging, gene and protein mapping, as well as electronic health records and other technological developments that will make medicine more precise.
The team from the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation will also visit local hospitals in Abu Dhabi, including Sheikh Khalifa Medical City General Hospital and Mafraq Hospital to exchange knowledge with local clinicians and researchers about innovating and improving care in areas such as urology and muscular dystrophy. These educational exchanges are part of a long-standing relationship between Children’s National Medical Center and the UAE.    

About the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation
Made possible by a $150 million gift from the Government of Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Medical Center combines unparalleled innovation and team science to revolutionize four key areas: pain medicine, immunology, bioengineering, and personalized medicine. While other institutions are pursuing new developments in these areas, the Institute is the first to bring these areas together in an effort to best inform research and clinical practice with a focus on pediatric surgery. For more information, please visit http://innovationinstitute.childrensnational.org.

Read our blog at: http://www.surgeryinnovation.org.

Contact: Jennifer Stinebiser, . To schedule interviews at the World Health Care Congress Middle East, email jstinebi@childrensnational.org. To register to attend the World Health Care Congress Middle East, visit the conference Press Registration page.

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Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Home to Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. With 283 beds, more than 1,330 nurses, 550 physicians, and seven regional outpatient centers, Children’s National is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the Washington metropolitan area. Children’s National has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet® designated hospital, the highest level of recognition for nursing excellence that a medical center can achieve. For more information, visit www.ChildrensNational.org, receive the latest news from the Children's National press room, or follow us Facebook and Twitter.