Program to Focus on Breakthrough Fetal Surgery


Dr. N. Scott Adzick, surgeon-in-chief of the Department of Surgery and chief, general, of Thoracic and Fetal Surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, will discuss his breakthroughs in fetal surgery for spina bifida during a Monday, Oct. 24 program for Jewish health care professionals.

The program, which will begin promptly at 6 p.m., will be presented at the hospital's Colket Translational Research Building, Room 1100 A, 3501 Civic Center Blvd. A dessert reception will follow.

"For the first time in mankind, we can help babies with a spina bifida problem when it's diagnosed before birth. That's wonderful," said Adzick, who pioneered the surgery at Children's Hospital.

The surgeon, who also serves as director of the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at CHOP, one of only a handful of medical facilities in the world where open fetal surgery is performed, will offer an update on his specialty and address some of the complex considerations surrounding his work.

The lecture is the opening event in the 2011 series of educational and social-action programs sponsored by the Health Care Affinity Network of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

The group is open to medical professionals, medical technology firms, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, consultants to the medical industry and other professionals who serve this broad and growing economic sector.

CME credits will be available for the Oct. 24 program. The cost is $36 per person and participants are encouraged to register online at

For more information, call Robert A. Seltzer at 215-832-0535.


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