Conference Features & Benefits

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  • Scientific Sessions

    The Latest Research and Results
  • Video Sessions

    New Procedures/Techniques
  • Poster Sessions

    Engaging Discussion
  • Publish

    5 Full days for networking

Invited Speakers and PAPS Officers


Dr. Walt Chwals (USA) is the current leader and President of Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons.

Walt Chwals

Dunn James MD5651x

James Dunn (USA) is the Secretary of PAPS and coordinates the daily business work of PAPS.

James Dunn

DrJohnPitkin 2

Long-time PAPS Sing-Off Emcee Dr. John Pitkin (AUS) will recount the academic and entertaining 50 year history of PAPS.

John Pitkin

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Conference Summary

 7 Scientific Sessions

The latest in pediatric surgery techniques and results from all over the world

2 Video Sessions

Submit your latest videos on new techniques or interesting cases

 4 Walk Around and 1 Podium Poster Session

Stimulating conversation over a continental breakfast (included)

  50th PAPS Celebration 

Optional scenic high speed boat trip, whale watching, dinner and champagne toast at Rosario Resort


Cool Conference Stuff

Boeing Plant Tour

08 December 2016
Boeing Plant Tour

The Boeing Tour is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to view 747, 777, and 787 jets being assembled on the Everett production line before they take to the sky. Each tour...

Chihuly Glass and Garden

08 December 2016
Chihuly Glass and Garden

From beginning to end the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition balances on the extremes of what is possible in the art of blown glass as well as expanding the myriad of...

Seattle Space Needle

08 December 2016
Seattle Space Needle

The Space Needle is Seattle's most famous landmark. In 1959, an unlikely artist was inspired by the Stuttgart Tower in Germany and sketched a vision of a dominant central structure...

Conference Dinner: Museum of Flight

08 December 2016
Conference Dinner: Museum of Flight

The 50th Anniversary PAPS Conference Dinner, included in your registration, will be held at the Museum of Flight right under the SR-71 Blackbird, the largest independent, non-profit air and space...

50th Celebration: Return to Rosario

08 December 2016
50th Celebration: Return to Rosario

You've made the journey all the way to Seattle for PAPS 50th meeting, now you are going a little further to see the place where it all began at the...

50th Celebration: The Victoria Clipper III

08 December 2016
50th Celebration: The Victoria Clipper III

Board the amazing high-speed Victoria Clipper III catamaran and enjoy an incredible scenic ride up to the San Juan Islands and Rosario Resort, the birthplace of PAPS. The Victoria Clipper...

50th Celebration: From Rosario, Optional Sea Plane back to Seattle on Kenmore Air

08 December 2016
50th Celebration: From Rosario, Optional Sea Plane back to Seattle on Kenmore Air

I hope you add the special excursion to Rosario Resort to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of PAPS. Some people may wish to check out of the Marriott, take your luggage...

Extra Tickets for Conference Tour

08 December 2016
Extra Tickets for Conference Tour

Register for EXTRA Conference Tour tickets here! The Conference Tour leaves promptly at 12 noon on Tuesday, May 30th from the Seattle Waterfront Marriott Hotel. Excursion includes Round trip bus transportation  Seattle's Chihuly...

Extra Tickets for Conference Dinner

08 December 2016
Extra Tickets for Conference Dinner

Register for EXTRA Conference Dinner tickets here! The Conference Dinner buses leave promptly at 6 pm on Wednesday, May 31st from the Seattle Waterfront Marriott Hotel. Dinner ticket includes Round trip bus transportation  Wonderful Dinner...


Letter from the Local Organizing Chair

Dear Colleagues

I am honored to organize the 50th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons here in Seattle, Washington. Seattle is a culturally diverse city with easy access as a major international hub by both air and sea. The technological advances in Seattle with Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, and many other huge ground breaking companies has created a world destination for people to come work and live. Adding to that diversity, is a natural scenic wonderland of rivers and lakes and mountains and trails. There is so much to do here with so many possibilities both indoors and out. And I want you to enjoy it all. We have created a fun and exciting social program to complement an outstanding academic and learning experience.

We kick off with a cocktail reception on the rooftop of the Bell Harbour Conference Center right across the street from our host hotel, the Seattle Waterfront Marriott. The sights from the top of this beautiful landmark are incredible as you get a great view of Elliott Bay, Puget Sound, and the Seattle Skyline. We then give you a sample of the technology by touring the Boeing Factory in Everett Washington to see the assembly of the 747, 777 and the first ever carbon fiber passenger plane, the 787 Dreamliner which are all manufactured in the largest building in the world on the Boeing Campus. This technology experience will be complemented by a trip to the artistic Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, which rises in the shadow of Seattle's most famous landmark, the Seattle Space Needle, our third destination on our all inclusive conference tour.

The Conference Dinner will be at another iconic museum in Seattle, Boeing's Museum of Flight. You will have dinner underneath the SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest airplane ever made which traveled at speeds over mach 3. There are over 170 exhibits of planes and other artifacts at this museum including JFK's Air Force One, the Concorde, and a Space Shuttle trainer. We have flight simulators we can use so why not try your skills at flying the Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet!

Finally, I am pleased to bring you the most exciting part of the 50th annual PAPS meeting, the PAPS Return to Rosario Excursion. The first PAPS meeting was held at Rosario Resort on Orcas Islands, the most mountainous of the beautiful San Juan Islands about 90 nautical miles north of Seattle. We will return to Rosario aboard the high speed catamaran, the Victoria Clipper III. This vessel will leave from pier 69, right across the street from your hotel and travel to Rosario at speeds of over 30 knots. Along the way, we will see the incredible sights of Puget Sound including sea otter, bald eagles, and the treacherously narrow Deception Pass. But before we dock at Rosario for our dinner and Champagne Toast, we will head out into International Waters between the US and Canada and catch the Orca Killer Whales with a whale watching trip. This part of the journey is actually after the PAPS meeting has concluded on June 1st and is in addition to your conference fee. The Victoria Clipper III only has a capacity for 200 people so reservations are required which you can make on this website. reservations for the Rosario Excursion will be on a first come, first served basis so please make your reservations early.

There you have it! The plans for the 50th Meeting of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons are set and Seattle is ready to welcome the World. See you in May! 



John Meehan
Local Organizing Committee Chair

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