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Our thanks to each of you who attended the 31st Annual Scientific Meeting at the Eilan Hotel in San Antonio!

TTS Kicks off the 2018 Meeting in San Antonio!

Texas Organ Sharing Alliance LogoThe TTS 31st Annual Meeting kicked things off Thursday evening with a casual and fun Welcome Reception at the Sala Cristallo in the elegant Eilan Hotel. Thanks to Texas Organ Sharing Alliance for sponsoring the Welcome Reception.



Dr. Alejandro Mejia photoOn Friday morning, TTS President-elect and Program Chair, Dr. Alejandro Mejia welcomed attendees. 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.

Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas Logo Big Thanks to The Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas for sponsoring the Friday morning Break! Our thanks to Alyssa Czehowski and Miya McClary for sponsoring that break and for exhibiting at the BRONZE level!

Texas Transplantation Society would like to thank each of you who were able to attend, speak, sponsor and exhibit at the 31st Annual Scientific Meeting at the Eilan Hotel in San Antonio, Texas! We hope you had an amazing time! We enjoyed seeing you. Please contact us with any questions regarding credits, evaluations or anything else from the meeting.

Keynote Speakers

Goran Klintmalm Lecture

photo of Dr. Bob Montgomery with Dr. MejiaThe Goran Klintmalm Lecture was given by Dr. Bob Montgomery (pictured above with Dr. Mejia) on Friday morning. Dr. Montgomery spoke on "Options Available to the Hyperimmunized Patient". Our thanks to Baylor University Medical Center for sponsoring the Goran Klintmalm Lecture.





Paul Peters Lecture

photo of Dr. Samir Mardini with Dr. MejiaDr. Samir Mardini (pictured with Dr. Mejia) presented the Paul Peters Lecture on "Face Transplantation: Is This the Future of Reconstructive Surgery?" Our thanks to UT Southwestern Medical Center for sponsoring the Paul Peters Lecture.





Trinkle-Banowsky Abstract & Case Presentation Competition

The Trinkle-Banowsky Abstract Competittion is named for two of the Society's founding members, Dr. Lynn Banowsky and Dr. J. Kent Trinkle. It recognizes outstanding clinical 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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Kimberly Jacinto, DO

Kimberly Jacinto, DO, won the 2018 Trinkle-Banowsky Abstract for her submission, "Predicting Decease Donor Kidney Transplant Outcomes: Comparing KDRI/KDPI with Artificial Intelligence". She is currently a general surgery resident at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.




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Cassandra Craig, MD

The winner of the case presentation competition was Cassandra Craig, MD, a Gastroenterology Fellow at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. She presented her case "Successful Liver Transplantation for Kava Kava Associated Liver Failure: Report of 2 Cases" on Friday afternoon.

Saturday Evening Dinner & Casino Night

TTS attendees joined us for a fun-filled evening on Saturday, July 28th - a night that featured dinner, cash bar, live music and casino games.

2018 Exhibitors

Thanks for everything...

Texas Transplantation Society would like to share our sincere appreciation for you, our 2018 Exhibitors! This year's meeting was a huge success with fabulous speakers, 30 exhibitors and over 175 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 31st Annual Scientific Meeting in San Antonio. 

Silver Level

Bridge to Life
Sanofi Genzyme!

Bronze Level

Abbott, Ethicon, Immucor, Methodist Transplant Specialist/The Liver Institute, Novartis, Octapharma USA, One Lambda, Inc., University Health System & University Transplant Center, and Veloxis Pharmaceuticals.

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

Our huge and wonderful thanks to Abbott, AirMed International, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Astellas Pharma US, Inc., Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, BiologicTx, Bridge to Life, CareDx, Essential Pharmaceuticals, Ethicon, Guidry & East, Hansa Medical, Houston Methodist JC Walter Jr. Transplant Center, Immucor, Intuitive Surgical, Medtronic, Methodist Transplant Specialist/The Liver Institute, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Octapharma USA, One Lambda, Inc., Organ Recovery Systems, OTTR Chronic Care Solutions, PMO Specialty Pharmacy, Promethera Biosciences, Sanofi Genzyme, Transplants for Children/Texas Kidney Foundation, Transplant Management Group, University Health System & University Transplant Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center and Veloxis Pharmaceuticals!!

2018 Program Committee

Our thanks to the 2018 Program Committee for helping design this wonderful meeting...

Thank you Dr. Mejia, the Program Chair, and to Scott Bennett, Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, Dr. Edward Dominguez, Tracy Giacoma, Dr. Kelley Hitchman, Dr. Colleen Jay, Carie Kadric, Dr. David Mason, Pamela Maxwell, Dr. Marcelo Pando-Rigal, Dr. Matthias Peltz, Dr. Steve Potter, Dr. Kim Rice, Dr. Srikanth Sridhar and Dr. Jeffery Weinstein. Thank you for your time, your ideas and always, your continued support of TTS.

New TTS Officers

2018-2019 Executive Committee
President - Alejandro Mejia, MD, FACS
President Elect - Tiffany Anthony, MD
Secretary Treasurer - Jose Castillo-Lugo, MD
Immediate Past President - Francisco G. Cigarroa, MD, FACS

Bone Marrow - Elizabeth Shpall, MD
Anesthesia/Critical Care - Srikanth Sridhar, MD
Heart - David Nelson, MD & Ryan Davies, MD, FACS
Kidney - Steve Potter, MD, FACS & Kim Rice, MD
Liver - Tarunjeet Klair, MD & Jorge Marrero, MD
Lungs - Scott Johnson, MD & Gary Schwartz, MD
Pancreas - Suverta Bhayana, MD
Allied Health Professional Member - Pamela Maxwell, PharmD, BCPS
Histocompatibility - Marcelo Pando, PhD
Organ Procurement - Carie Kadric, RN
Transplant Administrator - Scott Bennett, MS

We would like to thank outgoing TTS Executive Committee members Dr. Gonzalo Gonzalez-Stawinski, Dr. Vivek Kohli, Dr. Ernestina Melicoff-Portillo, Dr. Colleen Jay and Tasha Horton 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. Francisco Cigarroa, who now moves to the Immediate Past President position. Dr. Cigarroa is pictured receiving his commemorative TTS clock from Dr. Mejia.

2019 Meeting Announcement

TTS is happy to announce that Dr. Tiffany Anthony is the 2019 President-Elect and Program Chair.

Dr. Tiffany Anthony photoDr. Anthony is the associate medical director of Southwest Transplant Alliance, where she serves as an organ procurement surgeon.

Prior to joining STA, Dr. Anthony started her career as a transplant surgeon at The Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas and then at Baylor University Medical Center (BUMC) for the last five years, where she specialized in the transplantation of liver, kidneys and pancreas. She served as the Director of the Robotic Donor Nephrectomy Program for living donor kidney transplantation and was a member of the living donor liver transplant team.

At BUMC, Dr. Anthony was a part of a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses and research investigators involved in a landmark uterus transplant clinical trail through Baylor Scott & White Research Institute. This work led to the first child born in the United States to a mother who received a uterus transplant. The team transplanted a uterus from a living donor, giving the woman the ability to carry her own child.

Dr. Anthony received her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where she also completed her general surgery residency. Dr. Anthony completed a fellowship in research at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, and another fellowship in transplant surgery at the University of Chicago School of Medicine in Chicago. She is the recipient of the 2017 Outlive Yourself Award, given each year by the Taylor’s Gift Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes organ donation.