Pediatric Trauma Society (PTS)


Randall Burd, MD, PTS President Randall Burd, MD
Chief of the Division of Trauma and Burn Surgery
Children's National Medical Center
Washington, DC
PTS President

Welcome to the PTS Newsletter!
We are in an exciting period of evolution as an organization. Through the hard work of our members, we have become a nationally recognized voice for the injured child. We have been using this voice to advocate for our patients and implement practices that influence their care, on our own and in collaboration with other organizations that share our vision. Our expanding membership and the productive output have been and will be divers of our success... More


The Pediatric Trauma Society Educational Fund was established to support educational initiatives and awards related to the Annual Meeting.

Your contribution will be used to support:

  • The Joseph J. Tepas Best Presentation Award, awarded annually
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award in Pediatric Trauma, awarded annually
  • Expenses related to the annual Keynote Speaker

View the List of Donors  Make a donation to PTS



6th Annual Meeting, November 13-16, 2019, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California

November 13-16, 2019
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
San Diego, CA

Abstract Submission: OPENING SOON!

*NEW* Membership Corner

Feature: Educational Opportunities

You've asked for more educational opportunities surrounding pediatric trauma. Please visit: to see what current educational opportunities we have available to you.

You can follow the education committee activities at: This committee is working on journal scans for our members as well. Please reach out if you have opportunities you want to share with our membership as we all know that high quality and relevant pediatric educational opportunities are imperative for us to continue our mission of best practice care to all kids in all places.


Tricia Morrell, BSN, RN-BC, Nurse Leadership Committee Co-Chair Tricia Morrell, BSN, RN-BC
Susan Ziegfeld, MSN, PNP-BC, Nurse Leadership Committee Co-Chair Susan Ziegfeld, MSN, PNP-BC

The PTS Nursing Leadership Committee continues to thrive and added many new members to our group during the 2018 PTS Annual Conference. The group meets bi-monthly and started the New Year with a very productive conference call. Susan Ziegfeld, MSN, PNP-BC has been elected as Co-Chair for the PTS Nursing Leadership Committee. Susan is the Lead Nurse Practitioner, and the Manager of the Pediatric Trauma and Burn Program at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, MD. More

Education Committee Update

Ann Bacevice, MD, FAAP, Education Committee Chair Ann Bacevice, MD, FAAP
Roberta Miller, MSN, RN, CPN, CPEN, TCRN, Education Committee Co-chair Roberta Miller, MSN, RN, CPN, CPEN, TCRN

The PTS Education Committee is continuing our monthly newsletter with case reports and journal scans. The newsletter is sent out the last Tuesday of the month, check your emails! In addition, members of the Education Committee are working on creating some pediatric trauma specific topics for the "EAST Minute"... a brief education format that is published by EAST. Stay tuned!


Ian Mitchell, MD, Chair Ian Mitchell, MD

I attended the EAST guidelines committee meeting and more collaboration, as well as GRADE education, is planned for this year and beyond. The PTS Guidelines Committee will work this year to forge and strength ties to other societies with the goal of becoming the guidelines hub for pediatric trauma, similar to the role EAST plays on the adult side. First conference call of the New Year will be held in February! More


Gina M. Berg, PhD, MB, Research Committee Co-Chair Gina M. Berg, PhD, MB
Ankush Gosain, MD, PhD, Research Committee Co-Chair Ankush Gosain, MD, PhD

The PTS Research Committee welcomes Dr. Ankush Gosain, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP (Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, TN) as the 2019 Committee Co-Chair and Chair Elect for 2020. More


Jiabin Shen, PhD, Injury Prevention, Advocacy Committee Chair Jiabin Shen, PhD
Cindy Colson, CPNP, Injury Prevention, Advocacy Committee Chair Cindy Colson

The Injury Prevention Committee needs your help! In order to ensure we are focusing our efforts on the topics that will have the greatest impact—we want to hear from you. Please answer these one question doodle polls. More

Advanced Practice Provider Committee

Dana Noffsinger, CPNP, Education Committee Chair Dana Noffsinger, CPNP
Elizabeth Waibel, CPNP, Education Committee Co-chair Elizabeth Waibel, CPNP

  • Committee roster has grown by 10 members since the November meeting-we are still recruiting. Nursing Leadership Committee has been asked to spread the word about the committee to APPs at their institutions.
  • Survey updates: up to 82 responses to the survey and over 30 centers represented per Dana's email this am (survey to close in 2 weeks). Dana and Liz to then begin working on manuscript.
  • Mentorship: call for volunteers in the committee who may be interested.
  • Call for orientation materials: members asked to send any orientation materials that they may use through the listserv in hopes to develop a formalized orientation program (endorsed by PTS).
  • Members encouraged to use the listserv.

EMS and Trauma Care Clinical Guidelines

The Washington State Department of Health EMS and Trauma Steering Committee has developed several evidence-based trauma clinical practice guidelines. All trauma centers are welcome to use or adapt these as they see fit. The Pediatric Guidelines are often embedded within the general guidelines, but trauma programs, especially joint trauma programs, may find them useful. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Mauricio Escobar (

Trauma Resusitation in Kids Course (TRIK)– New York City

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Date: Saturday-Sunday, March 23-24, 2019

Location: NewYork Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York City

Who: Experienced and trainee health care providers including: pediatric and general emergency physicians, pediatric and general surgeons, pediatric critical care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses

Details: Trauma Resuscitation In Kids (TRIK) is a two-day simulation-based course designed for health care providers who manage pediatric trauma patients with a focus on teamwork

Airway Management
Burns and inhalational injury
Electrical injury
Multi-system trauma
Non-accidental trauma
Penetrating trauma
Spinal cord injury
Thoracoabdominal Injuries
Traumatic Brain Injury

Registration: Physicians/Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants: $1,195
Nurses: $375
Accredited for CME
View more details & register online

Sponsors: NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Pediatric Emergency Department in collaboration with The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Pediatric Trauma Society

Questions: Email:

Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (JTACS) is the official publication of the Pediatric Trauma Society. All PTS members are eligible to receive the journal at a discounted price as long as your dues are current. The reduced rate of $96 is based on a calendar year and you have the option of choosing a paper and electronic copy, or electronic only. To sign up for the discounted rate, please contact the AAST office at 800-789-4006 and state you are with the PTS and want the discounted rate for JTACS, (please have your PTS membership number handy). To continue to receive JTACS, you will need to contact AAST to renew your subscription starting in October of each year.

Educational Resources

Trauma Resuscitation in Kids
March 23-24, 2019
New York, New York
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STN 2019 Annual Meeting
March 27-29, 2019
Hyatt Regency Lexington
Lexington, Kentucky
22nd Annual Conference - Trauma Center Association of America
April 28-May 3, 2019
Luxor Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
Pediatric Trauma Conference
May 17, 2019
Westin Virginia Beach Town Center, Virginia Beach, VA
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APSA 2019 50th Anniversary Meeting
May 19-22, 2019
Boston Marriott Copley Place
Boston, Massachusetts
Austin Trauma and Critical Care Conference
May 29, 2019
AT&T Conference Center
Austin, Texas
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PTS 6th Annual Meeting
November 13-16, 2019
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
San Diego, California

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