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WOFAPS has been conducting its “World Congress” on a triennial basis since 2004. Previous events have been held in Washington D.C., Berlin, Delhi, Buenos Aires and Zagreb. This “Congress” has continued to grow in attendance with over 1000 attendees participating in 2016 at the Washington D.C. event. Our estimated attendance for the 2019 Congress is approximately 1000 individuals.

Sidra Medicine will be serving as a host for this first ever “World Congress” in the Middle East. The event promises to attract pediatric surgeons from around the region, interested in learning about international pediatric cases as well as supporting surgeons from around the world to experience the pediatric innovations that have occurred around the globe.

Save the Dates:

  • Pre Congress Workshops 30-31 October 2019:
    • IPEG October 30 and 31: $200 (after September 8)
    • Reconstructive Urology: October 30 and 31: $350 (after September 8)
    • Anorectal Malformation, Hirschsprungs and Fecal Incontinence: October 31: $150 (after September 8)
  • Main Congress 1-3 November 2019
  • Post Congress Workshops 4-5 November 2019:
    • IPSO November 4 (after September 8 – $150)
    • Neonatal Global  Surgery (BAPS) November 4- $50 (after September 8)
    • Surgical Teaching November 4: $75


Qatar National Convention Center, Doha, Qatar


Sidra Medicine


WOFAPS Submission Guidelines

  • Abstract Submission Open April 10 th, 2018
  • Early Notice of Acceptance July 30, 2018
  • Deadline for abstract submission will be September 8, 2019
  • Final Notice of Acceptance or Rejection September 15, 2019

Questions concerning abstract or posters submission, manuscript submission or the scientific content of the meeting should be directed to the WOFAPS meeting secretary.

Congress Themes

  • Upper and Lower GI
  • Thoracic
  • MIS and Robotic
  • Hepatobiliary
  • Oncology
  • Fetal and Neonatal
  • Research
  • Trauma
  • Urology
  • Case Presentations

WOFAPS 2019 will unite and give exclusive networking opportunities with experts from every aspect of pediatric device development along with government officials and key thought leaders. If you are interested in sponsorship or exhibiting then please download a copy of our brochure here.

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Congress Preferred Hotels Information


Hilton Doha, West Bay (5* Beach Hotel)

City Centre Rotana, West Bay (5* City Hotel)

Premier Inn, Education City (Budget Hotel – close to Congress Venue,  not in City Centre)

*Shuttle service will be available to the Congress venue.

For Faculty and Sponsored LMIC hotel bookings – please contact and mention “HOTEL BOOKING” in the header.

Dear WOFAPS Attendee,

It is my great privilege to welcome all interested pediatric surgeons to attend the 6th World Congress of Pediatric Surgery, to be held in Doha, Qatar, Nov 1-3, 2019. The Congress will be the crowning achievement as we complete the opening of Sidra Medicine. We have prepared an exciting program, which aims to cover both the most cutting edge advances in pediatric surgical care, as well as tackling the problem of how to deliver optimal care in resource-challenged settings.

The program is arranged around a comprehensive discussion of the ‘classical’ problems in pediatric surgery. For each of these topics, we will explore: 1. The current state of knowledge about the pathophysiology of the disease; 2. Updates on the optimal care and any controversies, from a higher income health care perspective; 3. Updates and the optimal care in a resource-constrained environment; and 4. Dealing with the complications of our surgical care (which interestingly seem to be the same, all over the world).

There is an extensive program around urological surgery, which has been organized by Professor Pippi Salle. We have organized multiple focused symposia within the congress, including the second combined meeting with the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery coordinated by Dr. Kokila Lakhoo, and combined sessions with the International Society of Pediatric Surgical Oncology International, coordinated by Professor Jörg Fuchs. There will be sessions on advanced MIS surgical techniques and Robotic Surgery. We aim to provide a broad platform for discussion and participation from surgeons around the world. We anticipate more than 600 presentations by participants, including oral, video and poster walks. Selected abstracts will be eligible for publication in a special volume of Pediatric Surgery International. We are planning a number of pre and post congress courses, including workshops sponsored by the Middle East Chapter of the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG) mentored by Dr. Sameh Shehata and Steve Rothberg; advanced Colorectal Surgery mentored by Dr. Mark Levitt; ECMO and advanced ventilator techniques mentored by Ron Hirschl. We will offer multiple workshops on advanced urological technique, mentored by Professor Pippi Salle. There will be a workshop on Surgical Oncology techniques, with an emphasis on working in low and middle income settings. Further, we will host a dedicated program for Pediatric Surgical Nurses, including bowel management techniques, care of short bowel patients, stomas and central lines.

All in all, it will be a fantastic learning and cultural experience. Please plan to join us!!


Dr. David Sigalet

President WOFAPS