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About PAPS

PAPS is the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons.  Founded in 1967 by a small group of pediatric surgeons from Pacific Rim countries, the objective of the association is to promote both educational and social ties among its members.

There are currently 530 surgeons who are members of PAPS, residing in 23 countries.

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James Warden MD was responsible for establishing the Global Alliance Partnership for the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons. Dr. Warden realized the need for young pediatric surgeons in developing countries to be exposed to the current science and art of pediatric surgery. He conceived of the idea that the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons could sponsor young surgeons to attend the annual meeting. The program began in 1989 assisting surgeons from Pacific Rim countries and now invites pediatric surgeons from any low or middle-income country to apply.  The GAP program is provided through the generosity of donations from PAPS members and, most recently, with assistance from the Scinto Foundation.  Please go to the GAP tab under Membership to see program details and application forms.



Memorial of Eric Fonkalsrud 

We are deeply saddened to report that Eric W. Fonkalsrud, founding chief of pediatric surgery at UCLA, died on April 6, 2017.  Dr. Fonkalsrud was 84 years of age.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, who grew up in Seattle, Washington, Dr. Fonkalsrud received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington, where he was a member of the national champion crew from 1950-53.  He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University.  Following internship and a year of residency at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Fonkalsrud completed surgical residency at UCLA, followed by training in pediatric surgery at Children’s Hospital of Ohio State University.  He returned to UCLA in 1965 as chief of pediatric surgery and spent the remainder of his illustrious career here in Los Angeles.  He became professor of Surgery in 1971 and served as executive vice chair of the Department of Surgery from 1982-88.  He became emeritus professor in 2001.

 Dr. Fonkalsrud was a busy clinician who performed more than 15,000 operations during his career.  He was a world authority on the management of congenital chest wall malformations and gastroesophageal reflux disease in children,  neonatal surgery, and management of inflammatory bowel disease in children and adults.  Dr. Fonkalsrud had one of the country's largest clinical experiences with the ileoanal pouch procedure for patients with severe ulcerative colitis. He also initiated liver transplantation at the UCLA Medical Center in 1968, using a heterotopic technique different from the orthotopic approach now in use.

 Dr. Fonkalsrud was an international figure in his field. He served as president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, the Society of University Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery, the Pacific Coast Surgical Association, the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons, the Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, and the Los Angeles Surgical Society. Among his many honors and awards, he was a James IV Association Traveling Scholar, and he received the Coe Medal from the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons “for lifelong contributions to the field of pediatric surgery”, the Golden Apple and Golden Scalpel Awards at UCLA, “Man of the Year” from the California Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and the UCLA Dickson Emeritus Professorship Award in 2014. He was particularly proud of his award as Forest Farmer of Year in Western Washington in 1997.

Dr. Fonkalsrud was a consummate educator and mentor to thousands of students and residents. More than a dozen of Dr. Fonkalsrud’s residents and research fellows went on to train in pediatric surgery fellowship programs. He took this role so seriously that he continued weekly teaching conferences with residents and students through his entire retirement and only suspended these a few months ago when his health required him to do so. Generations of trainees will remember learning about pediatric patients and their surgical problems from Dr. Fonkalsrud, fortified by popcorn and soda in his office on the 7th floor of CHS.

Rick, as he was known to so many of us, was a great friend who lived life to the fullest. He was an avid athlete, indeed a competitive triathlete, a devoted swimmer. He was thoroughly dedicated to the University and the School of Medicine. His career spanned the period of growth and maturation of our School, and he contributed measurably in many ways that make us the institution we are today.

Dr. Fonkalsrud is survived by his wife Peggy, their four children Eric Jr., Lynn, David and Robb, and six grandchildren. We extend our heartfelt condolences to all of the Fonkalsrud family for their great loss.

A memorial program for Dr. Fonkalsrud will be held at UCLA Medical Center at 4 pm on Friday, June 16, 2017.



First session - December 18, 2014 - Alberto Pena - Total urogenital mobilization in patients with cloaca and urogenital sinus 

Second session - Luis de la Torre - What does a pediatric surgeon need to know when operating in patients with Hirschsprung and anorectal malformations

Third session - Dr. Manuel Lopez-Paredes - Management of Wilms tumor by minimal invasive surgery

Fourth Session - Dr. Juan Carlos de Agustin - Actual diagnosis and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux

Fifth Session - Dr. Patricio Gargollo - Hidronephrosis: When its the right time for intervention?

Sixth Session - Dr. Mario Riquelma - Laparoscopic management of inguinal canal pathology: cryptorchidism and inguinal hernia
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Seventh Session - Dr. Marcelo Martinez Ferro - Pectus Excavatum and Carinatum: What's new?

Eighth Session - Dr. Antonio Gallardo - New perspectives of an old technique for choledocal cyst

Ninth Session - Dr. Jorge Godoy Lenz - Utility of laparoscopy in neonatal intestinal obstruction

Tenth Session -  Dr. Pablo Lezama -Actual surgical treatment of hepatic tumores in children and adolescent

Eleventh Session - Dr. Jorge Reyes - Intestinal Transplant Actualization

Twelfth Session - Dr. Juan Carlos Duarte - Gastroschisis - what is the best option?
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Thirteenth Session - Dr. Jose Peiro - Present and Future in Fetal Surgery

Fourteenth Session - Dr. Cynthia Reyes - Non-surgical management of complicated appendicitis

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How To Become an Active Member

  1. Membership Eligibility – All applicants must devote at least 90% of their professional time to pediatric surgery.
    1. Geographic- The member must currently practice pediatric surgery in a country bordering the Pacific Ocean. If a member moves out of the Pacific area, membership may be retained by fulfilling the other membership requirements. The geographic member applicant must have practiced pediatric surgery for a minimum of one (1) year prior to applying for membership. He/She must continue to practice in the area in order to become a member.
    2. Invited –  The member must have attended at least three (3) PAPS meetings after completion of training in the past 10 years and be an active participant in the PAPS meetings. While not required, the Board will consider persons who have trained in the Pacific area more favorably.  
  2. The Application Process:
    1. Any member, by letter to the Secretary, may sponsor a candidate for geographic membership
    2. A board member must sponsor applicants for invited membership.
    3. The  Membership Application Form may be obtained from the PAPS website or from the secretary.
    4. The completed application and accompanying documentation must be submitted to the secretary by April 15th to be considered at the May Board meeting.
    5. The application must be accompanied by the following:
      1. Curriculum Vitae
      2. Certification of training from his/her training director (if possible), of the current training director.
      3. A letter from the sponsoring active member of PAPS.
      4. Supporting letters from two active members of PAPS.
      5. Invited member applicants must list the PAPS meetings attended (following completion of training) in the preceding ten years.
  3. Election to Membership:
    1. Candidates must first be approved by the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting, and must then be elected by a membership vote.
    2. Membership for successful candidates begins on September 1st of the year in which they are elected.
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