Fort Worth Rolled out the Red Carpet  for the 29th Annual Meeting! 

 
It appears attendance at the 29th annual meeting in Fort Worth has surpassed  even Austin’s 2015 totals! 
 
The meeting started off with a smashing Welcome Reception Thursday afternoon, which was graciously supported by the 4 transplant centers in Fort Worth, (Big thanks to Baylor All Saints Medical Center, Cook Children’s Medical Center, Plaza Medical Center, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital),  as well as the OPO for Fort Worth, LifeGift.  TTS received proclamations from both the Mayor’s Office and the City Council, welcoming us to the city of Fort Worth and recognizing the great accomplishments of transplant professionals. One of the dignitaries who spoke was himself a liver recipient, so he knew first-hand what a life-saving difference you all make. 
  

 
During the Thursday evening event, there were several drawings for the Texas Transplantation Society's History of Transplantation book. If you haven't had the chance to view this beautiful (and very heavy) 400 full color page book, you are missing out! This is the first book detailing the history of transplantation in Texas and of the Texas Transplantation Society, and covers the 28th Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin. Teresa Shafer, long time TTS member and the 2015-2016 TTS President, is the editor. (Pictured on the right, speaking on the History of Transplantation in Texas and the Man who was First.) Hearing Teresa talk about this book, her enthusiasm for the science and art of organ donation, shines through! We still have some books available for purchase. If you would like to order one, please contact a member of the TTS staff today. 


On Friday morning, President-elect and Program Chair, Dr. Matt Peltz welcomed attendees. Dr. Peltz is the Surgical Director of Cardiac Transplant and Associate Professor of Cardiac Thoracic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.


 
Paul Peters Lecture and Goran Klintmalm Lecture 
The Paul Peters Keynote lecture was given by Christian Larsen, MD, PhD, on Friday morning. Dr. Larsen (pictured, left) spoke on “Belatacept: The Tortuous Path TO Clinical Practice.” TTS is grateful to UT Southwestern Medical Center for its sponsorship of the Paul Peters Lecture Keynote Talk.  

Dr. A.B. Cosimi and his wife, Pat, joined us for the meeting on Saturday morning. Dr. Cosimi presented the Klintmalm Lecture, now in its second year. (Unfortunately, Dr. Klintmalm was out of the country and unable to attend. His presence and enthusiasm were sorely
 missed.) Dr. Cosimi’s lecture on “Transplant Tolerance from Mouse to Man” was very informative and one of the most highly rated presentations of the weekend.  Dr. Cosimi is pictured on the left, with Dr. Peltz, receiving his plaque. 




Trinkle-Banowsky and Case Presentation Competition 

The Trinkle-Banowsky Abstract Competition is named for two of the society's founding members, Dr. Lynn Banowsky and Dr. J. Kent Trinkle and recognizes outstanding clinical or laboratory research. The society also selects exceptional clinical cases related to transplantation. These awards are presented annually to young Texas investigators in the field of transplantation science. Each finalist is provided with a travel stipend for the annual meeting and both the Trinkle-Banowsky Award recipient and most outstanding case presentation winner are honored with a $500 stipend.  

Brandi Braud Scully, MD, MS, won the 2016 Trinkle-Banowsky Abstract for her abstract, "Are We Refusing Good Organs? Outcomes of Ventilator Management of Sub-optimal Lung Donors". She is currently a general surgery resident at Baylor College of Medicine.   
For her project, Dr. Scully and her team collaborated with Dr. E. Dean McKenzie, professor of surgery and pediatrics in the Division of Congenital Heart Surgery, associate director of the Congenital Heart Surgery Fellowship Program at Baylor College of Medicine and associate surgeon of Congenital Heart Surgery at Texas Children's Hospital,  Dr. George Mallory, professor of pediatrics in pulmonology and medical director of lung transplantation, and Dr. Ernestina Melicoff-Portillo, assistant professor of pediatrics in pulmonology. 

The winner of the case presentation competition was Graham Luke Machen, MD, of Baylor Scott & White in Temple for his presentation of, “Ex vivo ureteroscopy in deceased donor transplant kidneys.” Dr. Machen is scheduled to complete his urology residency at Baylor Scott and White in 2018. He received his MD from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in 2013, and graduated from University of North Carolina with a BA in Chemistry with distinction in 2009.  
 
Other recognized case presentations were given by Ankita Tandon, MD; Reuben Arasaratnam, MD; Nicholas Clarke, MD; Elizabeth Garcia, MD; and Jade Teakell, MD, PhD. The audience voted on the case presentations and ranked them based on quality of content, presentation skills, and effectiveness of audiovisuals.  
 
The society will again begin accepting abstracts and case presentations for the 2017 meeting early next year.  
 
The Reata. Saturday night. What else can we say? 


 

All who attended the Saturday evening dinner at the Reata Fort Worth, had a fabulous dinner and a fun time! They met on the stunning Reata Rooftop for drinks and enjoyed the elegant views of Fort Worth, before having dinner under the newly remodeled and beautifully unique dome.  
 
 
 
 
Attendees received copies of the Reata cookbook to take home. 

 
This meeting would not be possible without the help and generosity of our sponsors and exhibitors. Thank you! They are truly partners in helping us structure the resources to be able to do what we did and have such a fantastic meeting. 
 
TTS gratefully acknowledges its Premium Exhibitors: 
 
SILVER LEVEL Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Veloxis Pharmaceuticals 
 
BRONZE LEVEL Alexion, Astellas Pharm US, Inc., Avita Pharmacy, Annette C. & Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute - Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, CareDx, Essential Pharmaceuticals, LLC, Immucor, Novartis, One Lambda, Inc., Seremedi, The Liver Institute at MDMC, Transplant Connect, Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy 
TTS appreciates and thanks The Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas for sponsoring the Friday 10:15am Break on July 29th! 
TTS is grateful to Bristol-Myers Squibb, LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma and to Southwest Transplant Alliance for their generous sponsorship of the TTS meeting.  

 
TTS thanks Houston Methodist Hospital for their sponsorship of these fantastic tote bags at this year's meeting.   
 
 
And to all of our exhibitors, TTS  wishes to thank all of you for participating and supporting this great event! 
 
Alexion Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute - Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas Astellas Pharma US, Inc. Avita Pharmacy BiologicTx Bristol-Myers Squibb CareDx CHI St. Luke's Health - Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center    Essential Pharmaceuticals, LLC GenDx Products, Inc Haemonetics Corporation Houston Methodist JC Walter Jr. Transplant Center Immucor Linkage Biosciences, Inc. Novartis One Lambda, Inc. Option Care Infusion Services OTTR Chonic Care Solutions Paragonix Technologies, Inc.     Promega Corporation     Seremedi The Liver Institute at MDMC Transplant Connect UT Southwestern Medical Center Veloxis Pharmaceuticals Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy 
 
 
 
 
 
What else happened?  
• Oklahoma!  We had a great turnout from our friends across the Red River. At the Oklahoma Saturday morning breakfast attendees had an opportunity to meet some of the TTS board members and visit with their colleagues. Thanks to LifeShare Oklahoma for sponsoring this breakfast. 


 
• Teresa Shafer, RN, MSN, CPTC, President, presided over the Business Meeting. (Dr. Peltz, pictured on the right, presenting Teresa Shafer, RN, MSN, CPTC, with her outgoing President's clock.) 
 
• Elections – One Year Terms: o President,  Matthias Peltz, MD o President Elect, Francisco Cigarroa, MD o Immediate Past President, Teresa Shafer, RN, CPTC • Elections – Three Year Terms: o Secretary Treasurer, David Mason, MD – continues his second year in this position o Anesthesia/Critical Care councilor, Srikanth Sridhar, MD o Kidney councilors, Steve Potter, MD, FACS, and Kim Rice, MD o Liver councilors, Vivek Kohli, MD, FACS, and Jorge Marrero, MD o Lung councilor, Scott Johnson, MD 

Galveston, 2017
The 2017 meeting will be held July 27-30 at Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston. Keep checking the TTS website for details. You will want to reserve your room early as this hotel always sells out.    

Notes from Laurie Reece     Wow! It was so much fun to get to see everyone after three long years. I so appreciate everyone's concern for me, and welcoming me back. I had missed you all so much! Now on to getting ready for next year. It really does take a full year to get everything done for one of these meetings, and we couldn’t do it without great help. Stephanie Largent and Janet Cronin really made this meeting happen, and we also appreciate the wonderful local help we had this year, thanks to LifeGift. Lydia Stoner and board member Tasha Horton helped us on-site, making things go smoother.  (No trip to Fort Worth is complete without a stop at Buc-ees!) 
In other news The UNOS Region 4 meeting will be held October 7th in Dallas. Some important issues will be discussed there, so we hope you will attend. TTS will be there, and we have recently been provisionally approved as a Medical/Scientific member of UNOS. Your membership in TTS helps ensure that UNOS will hear Region 4’s voice.  
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We’re growing! TTS is now 947 members strong! 
 
You are part of a growing society, and we thank you for partnering with us. Our growth in Institutional Membership is fueling this boom, and we look forward to adding new institutions in 2017. Dues billing for 2017 is planned for November. If your institution is a member, you should not receive an individual dues notice. In order to ensure that your access to the Transplant Library is not interrupted, please pay promptly.  

Matthias Peltz, MD 
 President, Texas Transplantation Society