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This Advanced Pectus Course will offer live pectus surgery and lectures on non-invasive and surgical-treatment options for pectus excavatum in complex and adult patients.

Conference Information

Led by Robert E. Kelly, Jr., MD,  the 12th Annual Advanced Pectus Course will be held March 26-27, 2015, in Norfolk, VA. Guest speakers will include Donald Nuss, MB, ChB, pioneer of the minimally invasive surgical technique for correction of pectus excavatum, David Notrica, MD, pediatric surgeon for Phoenix Children's Hospital, Dawn Jaroszewski, MD, adult cardiothoracic surgeon at Mayo Clinic, and Frank-Martin Haecker, pediatric surgeon at University-Children’s Hospital (UKBB) Basel Switzerland.

This course is designed for pediatric and cardiothoracic surgeons and their clinical teams who have an interest in the treatment of chest wall deformities. The two-day course will include demonstrations and discussions about the Nuss Procedure, surgical treatment of pectus carinatum and non-surgical treatment of chest wall deformities. Operating room demonstrations of surgical techniques, video theater with audio talk-back capabilities, discussions of current treatment methods and new concepts, and case presentations.

After this two-day course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the evaluation protocol and patient selection criteria for minimally invasive pectus repair.
  • Discuss special considerations and recommended technical modifications for difficult and recurrent pectus excavatum repairs.
  • Discuss non-operative therapies for pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum.

Earn up to 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).

ACGME competencies: patient care, medical knowledge, and practice-base learning

CHKD has been treating pectus deformities for the last 27 years, resulting in over 1,900 surgeries and more than 4,000 patient evaluations. CHKD’S Center for Chest Wall Reconstruction is home to national and international referrals due to the complexity of pectus conditions.

Conference Location

The conference will be held at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters in Norfolk, VA, the state's only free-standing acute care pediatric hospital. See map below.

Fee Schedule

Practicing Physician: $1,000
Resident/Fellow: $600
Other Allied Health Professionals: $450

Fee Includes:

  • All course materials
  • Admittance into operating rooms
  • Video theater
  • Breakfast, lunch & break each day
  • Shuttle transportation to and from hotel
  • Day-one dinner reception 

Dates and Times

March 26

  • 6:45 a.m.: Check in and breakfast
  • 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Operative cases and lectures
  • 6:30 p.m.: Reception

March 27

  • 6:45 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Operative cases and lectures


Respond early. Registration is now available. Email or call (757) 668-9646 for additional information. 

Travel Information

Norfolk International Airport is located about 20 minutes from Downtown Norfolk.

Hotel Accommodations

The Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel is located in Downtown Norfolk, just two miles from the hospital. A special group rate of $129 per night will apply until March 10. After this date, the hotel will accept reservations at their prevailing rate on a space available basis. For room reservations by phone, contact the hotel at (757) 627-4200 or toll-free at (800) 874-0264.

Conference Location

(757) 668-7703

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