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Third International Bladder Exstrophy Boot Camp


May 7th through May 9th, 2019 -- Linthicum Heights, Maryland -- Maritime Conference Center



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.


  • This free 3 day intense course will encompass all facets of the modern management of bladder exstrophy.
    • Evaluation
    • Management
    • Closure and special emphasis on failed closures
    • Orthopaedic management
    • Epispadias repair
    • Bladder neck reconstruction
    • Long-­term concerns
    • Outcomes

  • Who Should Attend?
    • Urology residents
    • Pediatric urology fellows
    • Surgery residents
    • Pediatric surgery residents
    • Pediatric Urologists
    • Pediatric Surgeons
    • Nurses
    • Physician Assistants
    • Any other healthcare providers involved in the care of bladder exstrophy


Maritime Conference Center

The Maritime Conference Center is just a few miles away from the Baltimore Washington International (BWI) Airport, and has over 224 hotel rooms!

  • Website:
  • Address: 692 Maritime Blvd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
  • Map of area.
  • Shuttle from BWI: The Maritime Conference Center offers a complimentary shuttle service to and from BWI Airport. Please refer to the Directions Overview for more information.

Lodging and accommodation

Hotel rooms are available at the conference at a discounted price!

  • Room rates at Maritime: Please use the following link to receive the discounted rates for rooms at the Maritime Conference Center.

Things to do in Baltimore:

Baltimore isn’t called the “charm city” for nothing. There is plenty to do in the area! Here is just a short list of “must do’s!”


Tuesday, May 7th 2019

  • Breakfast: 7:30am – 8:00am
  • Overview of Bladder Exstrophy: 8:00am – 9:20am
  • Before Surgery: 9:35am – 10:15am
  • Surgical Techniques: 10:15am – 12:20pm
  • Lunch: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • Post-Operative management: 1:45pm – 2:35pm
  • Open forum and Presentations: 2:45pm – 4:00pm
    • Please contact us to inquire about presenting during the open forum

Wednesday, May 8th 2019

  • Breakfast: 7:30am – 8:00am
  • Failed Exstrophy: 8:00pm – 9:35pm
  • Epispadias Repair: 9:45am –11:00am
  • Bladder Neck Reconstruction: 11:15am – 11:40am
  • Lunch: 1:15pm – 2:15pm
  • The Role of Augmentation in Exstrophy: 2:30pm – 3:45am
  • Open forum and Presentations: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
    • Please contact us to inquire about presenting during the open forum

Thursday, May 9th 2019

  • Breakfast: 7:30am – 8:00am
  • Cloacal Exstrophy: 8:00pm – 9:45pm
  • Adolescents and Young Adults with Exstrophy: 10:00am – 11:45pm



John P. Gearhart, M.D.
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John P. Gearhart, M.D., Professor and Director of Pediatric Urology at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, has both basic science and clinical interest in the bladder extrophy-epispadias condition, disorders of sexual development (DSD), and childhood urinary cancers.

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:

  • Children born with major congenital birth defects, including the bladder exstrophy-epispadias condition, and ambiguous genitalia
  • Long-term follow-up studies of patients born with ambiguous genitalia
  • Reconstruction of children who have undergone previous failed bladder exstrophy closures
  • Laboratory investigation in exstrophy/bladder smooth muscle growth and development
  • The use of human smooth muscle cells to achieve growth in the small exstrophy bladder

Heather N. Di Carlo, M.D.
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Heather N. Di Carlo, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Urology and Director of Pediatric Urology Research at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute.  Dr. Di Carlo treats all pediatric urological disorders in young males and females, while specializing in renal sparing surgery and complex reconstruction of the genitourinary tract in patients with the exstrophy-epispadias complex, disorders of sexual development (DSD) and other congenital anomalies. 

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.
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Paul Sponseller, M.D. is a professor of urology and orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His areas of clinical expertise include pediatric spine disorders, cerebral palsy, clubfeet, hip dislocations and hip dysplasia.

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.
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Marlo Eldridge, D.N.Sc., M.S.N. is Director of the Voiding Improvement Program, Robert D. Jeffs Pediatric Urology Service, at the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute of Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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.

Invited Speakers

  • Dennis Peppas, M.D.
  • Ranjiv Mathews, M.D.
  • Matthew Kasprenski, M.D.
  • Emily Dunn, M.D.
  • Yegappan Lakshmanan, M.D.
  • Andrew Stec, M.D.
  • Brian Sullivan, M.D.
  • Joseph Borer, M.D.
  • Thomas Novak, M.D.
  • Todd Purves, M.D. Ph.D.
  • Doug Canning, M.D.
  • Eric Massanyi, M.D.
  • R. Maximilian Cervellione, M.D.
  • Tim Baumgartner, M.D.
  • Joanne Shay, M.D.
  • Fernando Ferrer, M.D.
  • Dominic Frimberger, M.D.
  • Jason Michaud, M.D. Ph. D.
  • James Wright, M.D.


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