The exstrophy-epispadias complex is a spectrum of rare birth defects with a wide range of management paradigms and outcomes. The complexity of these cases cannot be overstated, and quite often, a multidisciplinary approach is necessary to reach surgical goals and address psychosocial needs.
From the Johns Hopkins University, Brady Urological Institute, Robert D. Jeffs division of Pediatric Urology, we invite you to learn the intricacies of exstrophy management at the Bladder Exstrophy Bootcamp. Experts from across the nation and multiple disciplines will provide their insight into their experience with bladder exstrophy in hopes that attendees will be able to implement proven techniques in their own practice.
The Maritime Conference Center is just a few miles away from the Baltimore Washington International (BWI) Airport, and has over 224 hotel rooms!
If you plan to fly into Maryland, we suggest flying into Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI). This will be the closest airport to the venue (~5 miles).
The Maritime Conference Center also provides a courtesy shuttle from BWI airport to the Conference Center. When at baggage claim, please call the Conference Center at 410-859-5700, and press 0 to request a shuttle pick up.
There are other local airports as well (But without a shuttle service). These include:
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): ~37 miles away
- Washington Dulles International Airport: ~60 miles away
Hotel rooms are available at the conference at a discounted price!
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John P. Gearhart, M.D.
Dr. Gearhart is known world-wide for his expertise in the treatment and care of bladder exstrophy patients. He currently focuses on the following issues:
Heather N. Di Carlo, M.D.
Dr. Di Carlo has special clinical and basic science interests in the exstrophy-epispadias complex, spina bifida, and renal transplantation.
Paul D. Sponseller, M.D.
Dr. Sponseller serves as chief of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.
Marlo Eldridge, D.N.Sc., M.S.N.
Dr. Eldridge developed the only pre-surgical training program in the world for children with bladder exstrophy. She has taught medical students, advanced-practice nursing students, pediatric residents, and pediatric urology fellows in the areas of biofeedback, medical assessment/management, and behavioral management in a pediatric dysfunctional elimination clinic. She has also taught pediatric urology residents and fellows in the preparation of bladder exstrophy and epispadias patients for bladder neck reconstruction or alternative continence procedure. She frequently speaks at international pediatric meetings, reviews and edits articles in urology journals, writes chapters in textbooks, and serves as a program development consultant.