International Work

The Nationwide Children's Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction is devoted to caring for children around the world who have complex colorectal and pelvic abnormalities who otherwise have only limited access to surgical services.

It is a fundamental principle of our work that children get the same standard of care around the world as they would if they were being cared for at Nationwide Children’s.

The CCPR will be traveling and presenting at several conferences in 2017. In addition, we will continue our work to care for children around the world through surgical training missions.

International Surgical Training:

  • Madrid, Spain
  • APSA Hollywood Florida
  • St. Petersburg
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Peru

The CCPR actively participates in the Pediatric Colorectal and Pelvic Learning Consortium (PCPLC), whose mission is to improve the care of patients with anorectal malformations, Hirschsprung disease, other pelvic anomalies and fecal incontinence, and facilitate collaborative research. Learn more about this consortium here.

October 2015

Dr Levitt Vet Conference

Dr. Levitt spent a day presenting in Nashville, Tennessee to the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (2000 attendees from around the world) on colorectal surgical techniques to help veterinarians perform similar operations on dogs with rectal problems. 

September 2015Mending Kids International

Dr. Marc Levitt (far right) and a team of surgeons from Seattle, Washington, Treviso, Italy, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, Paris, France, Santiago, Chile and Munich, Germany, on a mission trip in Costa Rica with Mending Kids International.  The team performed 55 procedures on 18 children during their trip. 

June 2015

Dr Richard Woods

Dr. Richard Wood posing next to a statue meant specifically to honor colorectal caregivers in Milan, Italy. Dr. Wood, Dr. Levitt, Dr. Lane and Dr. Jayanthi attended the 2015 Colorectal Club meeting June 13-15!

April 2015

German Society of Pediatric Surgery Conference

Dr. Levitt in Munich, Germany at the German Society of Pediatric Surgery Conference teaching a hands-on lab on Hirschsprung Pull-Thru surgery. 

Cape Town, South Africa: September 2014

In early September, 2014, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction (CCPR) team traveled to Cape Town, South Africa. The surgical mission was supported by Mending Kids International, a wonderful non-profit organization that helps children throughout the world. The team consisted of surgeons and nurses from Columbus, Ohio, Seattle, Washington, Israel, Italy, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and all members of Colorectal Team overseas (CTO).  

The goal of our international work is two-fold. We provide world-class care to children who may otherwise not receive treatment. However in order to further extend our reach to other children in need, the training of surgeons and nurses in those communities is an essential component to this work. not to simply treat children but also to train local providers to care for their own patients in the future. 

Click here to read an overview of the trip and view a slideshow through the eyes of pediatric surgery fellow Rajan Thakkar.