Pediatric Trauma Society (PTS)


From the Boardroom...

Dear PTS Colleague:

On behalf of our PTS Board of Directors, we send our best wishes to you, your families and colleagues in these COVID-19 troubled times. We all are hopeful that the gradual re-openings we see at home and around the world will be successful and allow us all to resume some semblance of our new normal. Along with this, many of us are beginning to ask what will happen with planned fall conferences – and that some of our members are wondering what is the plan for the PTS 2020 Annual Meeting, set to be held from November 4th to the 7th at the Sheraton New Orleans, six months from now.

At the present time, the PTS is planning to hold our 2020 Annual Meeting in November as scheduled. Our Program Committee, led by Ms. Jennifer Fritzeen and Dr. Shawn Larson, has been working extremely hard, and we are currently receiving abstracts for consideration for this year’s program. Our staff team will be opening registration and housing at the end of this month. We are monitoring events, advisories, and the continuing impact of COVID-19 in our hospitals, practices and lives on a daily basis. The health and safety of our members and their patient constituency is and always shall be our primary focus. In the meantime, we are exploring multiple options of what our meeting could look like, from a more traditional format, to a true hybrid meeting with both physical and virtual attendees. Our team is working with our vendor partners and hotel partner on plans for many permutations, all in compliance with guidelines and safety standards.

Your PTS Board of Directors will continue to review this on an ongoing basis, and we will provide updates regularly via communication as well as our website.

Wishing you health and safety,
The PTS Board of Directors

PTS 7th Annual Meeting

7th Annual Meeting

Abstract Submission Now Available
The Pediatric Trauma Society is now accepting abstracts for their 7th Annual Meeting.
Submit your Abstract
Deadline: Tuesday, May 19th at 11:59 pm EDT
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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

Make a donation to PTS

Starting in 2020
Donate $25.00, get a PTS pin
Donate $50.00, get a PTS t-shirt
Donate $65.00, get both pin and t-shirt
All items will be given out at the PTS Annual Meeting

Thank you to all of our supporters!


PTS funds to promote basic, translational, and/or clinical investigation by the PTS membership. The program is intended to support early-stage investigators at the Assistant or Associate professor level in order to aid in generating data supporting future applications for extramural funding. Applications are due at 5:00 pm CDT June 1, 2020.

Proceed to Application


UAB Department of Surgery Assistant Professor and Director of the Children's of Alabama Trauma Program Robert Russell, M.D., MPH, has received a two-year R13 Conference Grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Russell's project title is "Pediatric Traumatic Hemorrhagic Shock Consensus Conference and Research Priorities." He will receive a total of $75,000 of funding to organize the conference and publish its proceedings over a two-year time period. Russell worked closely on this conference proposal and grant with Washington University in St. Louis Professor of Pediatrics and Critical Care Phil Spinella, M.D., FCCM. READ MORE


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Education Committee Update

Roberta Miller, MSN, RN, CPN, CPEN, TCRN, Education Committee Chair Roberta Miller, MSN, RN, CPN, CPEN, TCRN
Kim Wallenstein, Education Committee Co-chair Kim Wallenstein

The Education Committee continues to distribute their monthly educational newsletter be sure to check these out. They are all available on the PTS website.

Injury Prevention Committee

Danny Little

Greetings from your Injury Prevention Committee. Over the past few months our committee has been busy defining our structure and focus for 2020. Our executive committee has met twice while the overall committee has met once. Shout out to Katie Pelton and Brittany Fiore for their administrate help. Last year our group presented the Stop the Bleed program at the annual meeting. Thank you for those who led this effort and participated. Many were awed by the ingenious model from Cooks Children’s Hospital that replicated active bleeding. As we move forward, we have focused on fall prevention and water safety. Both mechanisms are often seen in our children's hospital and represent a significant morbidity and unfortunate mortality to the children we serve. We have elected to further investigate fall prevention strategies and will present our findings at the upcoming annual meeting. The random nature of pediatric falls presents a daunting challenge to prevent. We are looking forward to better educating ourselves so that we can best inform our members.

Be Safe. Onward.


Kara Mitchell, Nurse Leadership Committee Co-Chair Kara Mitchell
Susan Ziegfeld, MSN, PNP-BC, Nurse Leadership Committee Chair Susan Ziegfeld, MSN, PNP-BC

The PTS Nursing Leadership Committee continues to thrive and maintain a robust listserv with active discussions amongst its members. Under the direction of the board of directors an executive committee was formed. This committee will provide leadership and guidance for our larger nurse leader committee. The group continues to have bi-monthly conference calls with great discussions. Our committee is actively working on our 2020 goals, which are to... More

Research Committee Update

Ankush Gosain, MD, PhD, Program Committee Chair Ankush Gosain, MD, PhD
Teresa Bell, PhD, Program Committee Chair Teresa Bell, PhD

New PTS Research Committee-approved multicenter Randomized, Controlled Trial
  • Title: Effect of Restricted Fluid Management Strategy on Outcomes in Critically Ill Pediatric Trauma Patients: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Principal Investigator: Vincent Duron, MD - Director, Pediatric Surgical Critical Care, Assistant Professor of Surgery; Division of Pediatric Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital - Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • For more information, please visit:

New grant opportunity - PTS funds to promote basic, translational, and/or clinical investigation by the PTS membership. The program is intended to support early-stage investigators at the Assistant or Associate professor level in order to aid in generating data supporting future applications for extramural funding. Applications are due at 5:00 pm CDT June 1, 2020.

Proceed to Application


Submitted by PTS Member, Henry Xiang, MD, MPH, PhD

Evaluation of pediatric trauma care and treatment guidelines calls for rigorous scientific methodologies. Randomizing injured children to different hospitals or treatments is neither ethical, nor practical, thus, current trauma care evaluations rely heavily on observational data. Similar to randomized controlled trials with multiple treatment arms, simultaneous comparison of multiple care groups using observational medical records data is necessary in the evaluation of trauma care. A recent publication by researchers at the Center for Pediatric Trauma Research, Nationwide Children’s Hospital presents an innovative approach for causal inference of trauma outcome comparison with cross-sectional medical records data. More


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 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

PTS 7th Annual Meeting
November 4-7, 2020
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
New Orleans, Louisiana
PTS 8th Annual Meeting
November 3-6, 2021
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
Baltimore, MD
PTS 9th Annual Meeting
November 2-5, 2022
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
Portland, OR

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