Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to listen in on an in-depth discussion on Gastroschisis.


Join us for our first annual Gastroschisis Conference on July 18, 2015 hosted by the UT Houston Medical Center with Texas Children’s Hospital and DHHS Texas. Presenters include Dr. Mary Brandt MD Pediatric Surgery Texas Children’s, Dr. Stacey Moore-Olufemi MD Pediatric Surgery UT Houston Medical Center, and Dr. Mark Canfield Texas Department of Health and Human Services, NBDPN, Birth Defects, Epidemiology, and Surveillance.


Early bird registration until June 30, 2015 – $7/adult, $5/child

Registration from July 1 – 18, 2015 – $10/adult, $6/child

Space is limited. Lunch will be provided.

Featured Speakers

Dr. Mary Brandt MD
Pediatric Surgery Texas Children’s Hospital

Mary L. Brandt, MD is a High Honors graduate of the University of Texas, where she majored in Plan II (a multidisciplinary honors liberal arts program) and graduated Phi Beta Kappa.  She attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, where she was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.  She completed her General Surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine under Michael E. DeBakey, and went on to complete training in Pediatric Surgery at Ste. Justine Hospital in Montreal.  Following her training, she returned to Baylor College of Medicine where she is currently a Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics and Ethics.

In her role as an educator, Dr. Brandt teaches embryology to first year medical students and teaches students and residents daily on the wards and in the operating room.  She previously served as Associate Dean of Student Affairs and currently serves as the Interim Senior Associate Dean of Medical Education at Baylor College of Medicine.  Dr. Brandt has received numerous teaching awards, including the highest award given at Baylor College of Medicine, the Robertson award for Excellence in Education.

As a pediatric surgeon at Texas Children’s Hospital, Dr. Brandt cares for the full spectrum of surgical problems in children, from tiny premature infants born with congenital anomalies to teenagers with trauma, tumors or other surgical disease.  She is recognized nationally and internationally for her leadership and contributions to the field of pediatric surgery and medical education.  She has served as the chair of the Section on Surgery of the American Academy of Pediatrics and as the secretary of the American Pediatric Surgical Association.  She is also a member of the American Board of Surgery (Pediatric Surgery Board) and is a Governor of the American College of Surgeons.  In addition to her clinical expertise and leadership, Dr. Brandt is an established and successful clinical researcher with 155 peer reviewed publications, 26 chapters and 2 books published to date. As a mentor to students, residents and faculty, she has developed a strong interest in self-care for physicians and speaks and writes regularly on compassion fatigue, work-life balance and the art of medicine.

Dr. Stacey Moore-Olufemi MD
Pediatric Surgery UT Houston Medical Center

Dr. Moore-Olufemi is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School in the Department of Pediatric Surgery. She is board certified in general and pediatric surgery. She is a graduate of the general surgery residency and pediatric surgery fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, Houston, Texas.  In addition, Dr. Moore-Olufemi completed a T-32 Trauma Research Fellowship at the UTHSC-Houston Trauma Research Center.

Dr. Moore-Olufemi is a basic-translational researcher with interests in intestinal dysfunction and remodeling, pediatric intestinal failure and surgical nutrition. Her primary research is focused on gastroschisis-related intestinal dysfunction. Her research program supports medical students and surgical residents interested in pediatric surgical basic-translational research.

Mark A. Canfield, Ph.D.
Birth Defects Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, MC 1964
Texas Department of State Health Services

Mark A. Canfield, Ph.D. is the Manager of the Birth Defects Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), a program started by him in 1994 and that includes the Texas Birth Defects Registry. From 1996 to 2014, he also served as the co-Principal Investigator of the CDC-funded Texas Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention, also based in the Branch. From 1983 to 1994, his work focused on infectious disease and environmental epidemiology at the local public health departments (Houston/Harris County, Texas). Dr. Canfield received his M.S. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of California, Davis in 1979 and his Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health in 1993. He is an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health in College Station. In 2001, he was President of the National Birth Defects Prevention Network. In 2014-2015, he served as Secretary-Treasurer of the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research, based in Rome. Dr. Canfield has over 30 years of experience in public health epidemiology in Texas at the city, county, and state levels. He has collaborated with numerous researchers and students, resulting in over 140 peer-reviewed articles pertaining to birth defects, infectious disease, and other epidemiologic and public health issues.



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