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TEACHING  SEMINAR under the auspices of an Pediatric Surgeons Association (EUPSA)




 26th -27th   September, 2014

Helsinki, Finland


Dear Colleagues,

It  is  a  pleasure  to  invite  you  to  the  2014  STEPS  (Strategies  &  Trends  in European Pediatric Surgery) Seminar under the auspices of EUPSA (European Pediatric Surgeons Association) to be held in Helsinki, Finland from the 26th-27th September.

The 2014 teaching seminar this year will focus on “Anorectal malformations and Hirschsprung’s Disease”. Both the topics still offer challenges to the pediatric surgical community due to large variations in presentations. Experts from Europe and overseas have been invited to deliver State-of-the-Art lectures and share their experiences in the diagnosis, management and outcomes in these areas.

Helsinki is an interesting location as it is spread across a number of bays and peninsulas and  over  a  number of  islands. The  inner  city  area  occupies a southern peninsula, which is rarely referred to by its actual name Vironniemi. Much of  Helsinki outside the  inner  city  area consists of  postwar suburbs separated from each other by  patches of forest. A narrow, ten-kilometer- long Helsinki Central Park that stretches from the inner city to the northern border of Helsinki is an important recreational area for residents.

The University of Helsinki is located in Helsinki  since 1829, but was founded in the city of Turku in 1640 as The Royal Academy of Turku, at that time part of the Swedish Empire. It is the oldest and largest university in Finland with the widest range of disciplines across 11 faculties and 11 research institutes, and promises to be an excellent location for this seminar.

Prof. Risto Rintala and the local organizing team along with the staff of the Hospital for Children and Adolescents, University of Helsinki as well as the team of STEPS, welcome you to  the city of Helsinki for STEPS 2014.

 Amulya K. Saxena, MD

STEPS Organizer

Seminar Topics

Approach to Anorectal Malformation (ARM) Diagnostics in Hirschsprung’s disease (HD) Surgical management of ARM                          Surgical approaches in treatment of HD Continence management in ARM patients     Redo procedures and approach to HD

Redo procedures in ARM patients                    Role of Minimal Access Surgery in HD

Role of Minimal Access Surgery in ARM           Enterocolitis management in HD patients

Congenital Pouch Colon management             Approach to long-segment HD patients

Complex procedures in ARM patients              Complexities in management of HD

Outcomes in patients with ARM                        Late outcomes after treatment of HD


Scientific Faculty

Amulya Saxena, MD                                London, United Kingdom

Antti Koivusalo, MD                                Helsinki, Finland

Craig Lillehei, MD                                    Boston, United States

Hannu Sariola, MD                                  Helsinki, Finland

Ian Sugarman, MD                                  Leeds, United Kingdom

J. Duncan Phillips                                     Raleigh, United States

Kristiina Kyrklund, MD                            Helsinki, Finland

Kristin Bjornland, MD                             Oslo, Norway

Mikko Pakarinen, MD                             Helsinki, Finland

Munther Haddad, MD                            London, United Kingdom

Risto Rintala, MD                                     Helsinki, Finland

Seppo Taskinen, MD                               Helsinki, Finland

Thomas Boemer, MD                              Cologne, Germany

Tomas Wester, MD                                  Stockholm, Sweden

Yasen Al-Alayet, MD                               Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


STEPS Organizing Committee             Local Organizing Committee


Amulya Saxena, MD                                   Risto Rintala, MD (Chairman)

Volker Müller, MD                                      Mikko Pakarinen, MD

Cornelia van Tuil, MD                                Kristiina Kyrklund, MD

Antti Koivusalo , MD

Päivi Salminen, MD

Abstract submission

Structured abstracts (Aim, Patients, Results, Conclusion) of 200 words with title, full author names (first name and family name) & institution (name, city, country) can be submitted by email

Abstract submission deadline          10th June 2014

Acceptance notification                    25th June 2014


Registration Fee* Before 31st Jul From 1st Aug
EUPSA member 190 € 220 €
Non-EUPSA member 220 € 250 €
Accompanying person 40 € 40 €

Online registration on STEPS website

* Registration fee includes seminar material, breaks & social events



Seminar Venue

Niilo Hallman Auditorium

Hospital for Children and Adolescents

Medical Faculty of the University of Helsinki

Stenbäckinkatu 11, Helsinki


 Seminar Secretariat

STEPS Seminar Secretariat, Am Blumenhang 3/2, Graz, A-8010, Austria

Email: steps.seminars@gmail.com Tel:+43-660-1413020


Transport/ Hotel Accommodation

Helsinki  airport  is  approximately  18km  from  the  city  center.    The  airport website provides information on transport possibilities to connect to the city center. Helsinki airport website


Hotels rooms in Helsinki can be booked on travel sites: hrs.com or hotels.com


Information/Registration website

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