2017 Annual Meeting
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Our thanks to each of you who attended the 30th Annual Scientific Meeting at the beautiful Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston!

TTS Kicks off the 2017 Meeting in Galveston

Dr. Francisco CigarroaThe 30th Annual Meeting began with a bang at the beautiful Viewfinders Terrace for the Welcome Reception. Thanks to the University of Texas Medical Branch for sponsoring the Welcome Reception.

On Friday morning, TTS President-elect and Program Chair, Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, welcomed attendees. Dr. Cigarroa is the Director of Pediatric Transplantation at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

He holds the Ashbel Smith Professorship in Surgery from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Cigarroa is the recipient of the Carlos and Malu Alvarez Distinguished University Chair at UTHSC at San Antonio.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Suzanne Ildstad and her husband, David, joined us for the meeting on Saturday morning. Dr. Ildstad (above with Dr. Cigarroa) presented the Paul Peters Lecture on "FDRx from Bench to Bedside: Immunosuppression-free Tolerance in Kidney Transplantation".

Our thanks to UT Southwestern Medical Center for sponsoring the Paul Peters Lecture.

Goran Klintmalm Lecture

Dr. Jean Emond photoThe Goran Klintmalm Lecture was given by Dr. Jean Emond on Friday morning. Dr. Emond spoke on "Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery are Synergistic!"

Our thanks to Baylor University Medical Center for sponsoring the Goran Klintmalm Lecture.




Trinkle-Banowsky Abstract & 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. It recognized outstanding lcinical or laboratory research.

TTS also selects exceptional clinical cases related to transplantation. These awards are presented annually to young investigators in the field of transplantation science. Each finalist is provided with a travel stipend for the annual meeting and both the Trinkle-Banowsky best abstract recipient and most outstanding case presentation winner are honored with a $500 prize. 

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Mary Megan Mrdutt, MD

Mary Megan Mrdutt, MD, won the 2017 Trinkle-Banowsky Abstract for her submission, "Training for Transplant: Frailty Assessment & Optimization in Kidney Transplant Candidates". She is currently a general surgery resident at Baylor Scott & White in Temple.



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Nicholas Clarke, MD

The winner of the case presentation competition was Nicholas Clarke, MD, a general surgery resident and CVTS Research Fellow at UT Southwestern Medical Center/Parkland Hospital.

He presented his case, "Cardiac Transplantation in Patients with Dextrocardia" on Friday, along with Dr. Mrdutt.

Dinner at the Aquarium Pavilion

TTS decided to do something a little different this year when they booked the Friday night Dinner at the newly renovated Aquarium Pavilion. All who attended had a wonderful time and were able to tour the aquarium and afterwards, enjoy dinner and drinks with friends.

2017 Exhibitors

The Novartis rep, Matthew Stillwell, is pictured above with Dr. Kris Gugliuzza. A Time for Thanks...

Texas Transplantation Society would like to share our sincere appreciation for you, our 2017 Exhibitors!

This year's meeting was a huge success with 33 exhibitors and over 150 attendees all coming together to celebrate and learn about the transplant community. You made it a wonderful experience, and we hope you will be back again with us next year to make it even better!

Texas Transplantation Society has the best Exhibitors! We want to especially thank our Premium Exhibitors for your wonderful support of the 30th Annual Scientific Meeting in Galveston.

Gold Level

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Silver Level

Veloxis Pharmaceuticals

Bronze Level

Alexion, Astellas Pharma US Inc., Baylor Scott & White Health Transplant Services, Bridge to Life, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Octapharma, One Lambda, Inc. and Walgreen's Specialty Pharmacy.

You are the reason these meetings are possible. Thank you for all you do, thank you for making TTS meetings special!

Our huge and wonderful thanks to Abbott, AirMed International, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Amber Pharmacy, Astellas Pharma US, Inc., Baylor Scott & White Health Transplant Services, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, BiologicTx, Bridge to Life, Bristol-Myers Squibb, CareDx, Essential Pharmaceuticals LLC, Guidry & East, Haemonetics Corporation, Houston Methodist JC Walter Jr. Transplant Center, Immucor, Linkage Biosciences, Inc., Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Octapharma, One Lambda, Inc., Organ Recover Systems, OTTR Chronic Care Solutions, PMO Specialty Pharmacy, Promethera Biosciences, Salix Pharmaceuticals, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Veloxis Pharmaceuticals, Viracor Eurofins Clinical Diagnostics, Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy and Xyn Management!

2017 Sponsors

Special thanks to our sponsors who truly partner with us and helped make the TTS meeting a huge success!

Gala Friday Dinner Sponsors

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Medical Center/CHRISTUS Transplant Institute
Doctors Hospital at Renaissance
The Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas

Annual Meeting Sponsors

University Health System
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

2017 Program Committee

Big thanks to the 2017 Program Committee for helping design this great meeting!

Thank you Dr. Cigarroa, the Program Chair, and to Dr. Kai Cao, Dr. Jeffrey Fair, Dr. Shelley Hall, Tasha Horton, Dr. Colleen Jay, Dr. Scott Johnson, Dr. Ronald Kerman, Dr. Michael Koerner, Dr. Vivek Kohli, Dr. Jacqueline Lappin, Dr. Jorge Marrero, Pamela Maxwell, Dr. Tina Melicoff-Portillo, Dr. Naveen Mittal, Joe Nespral, Dr. Matthias Peltz, Dr. Daniel Ranch, Teresa Shafer, and Dr. Srikanth Sridhar.

Thanks for your time, your ideas and always, your continued support of TTS.

New TTS Officers

Dr. Peltz is pictured above receiving his commemorative TTS clock from Dr. Cigarroa.

TTS is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Executive Committee
President - Francisco G. Cigarroa, MD, FACS
President-Elect - Alejandro Mejia, MD, FACS
Secretary-Treasurer - David Mason, MD
Immediate Past President - Matthias Peltz, MD

Bone Marrow - Elizabeth Shpall, MD
Anesthesia/Critical Care - Srikanth Sridhar, MD
Heart - David Nelson, MD & Gonzalo Gonzalez-Stawinski, MD
Kidney - Steve Potter, MD, FACS & Kim Rice, MD
Liver - Vivek Kohli, MD, FACS & Jorge Marrero, MD
Lungs - Scott Johnson, MD & Ernestina Melicoff-Portillo, MD
Pancreas - Colleen Jay, MD
Allied Health Professional Member - Pamela Maxwell, PharmD, BCPS
Histocompatibility - Marcelo Pando, PhD
Organ Procurement - Tasha Horton, RN, BSN, CPTC
Transplant Administrator - Scott Bennett, MS

We would like to thank outgoing TTS Executive Committee members Kai Cao, Shelley Hall, Jacqueline Lappin, Eva McKissick, Ron Kerman, and Jaymee Mayo, for their time and service on the board. Serving a three year term is a significant commitment and we appreciate these members for serving faithfully. Special thanks to Dr. Matthias Peltz, who now moves to the Immediate Past President position.

2018 Meeting Announcement

The 2018 Meeting will be held July 26-29 at the Eilan Hotel & Spa in San Antonio. Keep checking the TTS website and Facebook for more details. You will want to reserve your room early as this is our first time booking the Eilan, a 100-acre retreat nestled in the foothills of the Texas Hill Country. As the only boutique luxury hotel north of the Riverwalk, the Eilan is a captivating Tuscan-inspired hotel just steps away from the most exclusive shopping, dining and entertainment districts of San Antonio.

Dr. Alejandro Mejia photoDr. Alejandro Mejia is the 2018 President-Elect and Program Chair. Dr. Mejia received his medical training at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia. He was trained as a general surgeon at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and then completed a fellowship in multiorgan abdominal transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. There he trained extensively in both adult and pediatric kidney, pancreas, liver and intestinal transplantation, as well as techniques in split liver and live-donor liver transplantation. He served as an assistant professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, performing both adult and pediatric transplantation prior to joining The Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. His main interests include adult and pediatric liver transplantation, hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, and laparoscopic liver surgery.