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TTS was formed in 1987.

TTS is a 501c6 organization (business non-profit) created to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of our profession. Our strategic plan calls for continued work in the areas of organ and bone marrow transplantation, donation advocacy and education.

In 2015, members approved adding transplant professionals from Oklahoma. In addition, members approved restructuring Institutional Membership, so that now institutional membership includes ALL members of the transplant team. These members have full rights and privilege or membership, including meeting discounts, and one bill for the entire institution (eliminating individual bills). The cost of dues is based on the number of transplants performed in the previous year.

Glenn Halff Lecturers

Dr. Glenn Halff achieved his MD at UT Health Science Center in Houston. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in transplantation surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and a general surgery residency at New York University Medical Center. He is currently the director and Dielmann Chair in Transplant Services at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio and is a tenured professor in the department of surgery at UT Health Science Center. Dr. Halff was president of the Texas Transplantation Society in 2000.

2019 - David K. C. Cooper, MA, PhD, MD, MS, DSc(Med), FRCS, FACS, FACC, FAST

Trinkle-Banowsky Abstract & Case Presentation

J. Kent Trinkle, MD (1934-1998), was honored by the Texas Transplantation Society in 1995 by the establishment of the J. Kent Trinkle Award, which is presented annually to a young Texas investigator in the field of transplantation science. It was most fitting to name this award in honor of Dr. Trinkle, past president of the society and an honorary member, considering the dedication of his career to contributing new knowledge about transplantation and in exploring its scientific basis. He was particularly well known for his work in cardiothoracic transplantation, and was head of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio from 1972 until 1994. His delightfully witty personality and positive perspective contributed in many ways to the warmth and the collegiality of the society during the time he was actively involved.

Dr. Trinkle was professor of surgery at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio when he performed South Texas' first heart transplant in 1986. The next year he performed San Antonio's first heart/double-lung transplant in North America to treat emphysema in 1988. Dr. Trinkle went on to do the first lung transplant in the world to treat pulmonary hypertension in 1989. Beyond his transplantation efforts, Dr. Trinkle revolutionized medicine with his treatment of flail chest and lung contusions. In 1995, the 29-bed J. Kent Trinkle Center for Transplant Sciences at University Hospital was dedicated in his honor. Dr. Trinkle passed away in 1998, after a lengthy illness. He is sorely missed by the transplant community.

Information about Dr. Trinkle, courtesy of the Public Affairs Department at The University of Texas Science Center at San Antonio.

Lynn Banowsky, MD was the primary driving force behind the founding of the Texas Transplantation Society and served as its first president in 1987. He was firmly committed to the concept that the transplant community throughout the State have a venue to address as a group issues facing the community, be they scientific, financial, legislative, etc. He trained at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, completing a residency at the VA Hospital as well as the Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Dr. Banowsky completed a urology residency at Tulane University and taught there before moving to the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, where he established the renal transplant program, and then the Cleveland Clinic, where he was chief of the section of renal transplantation.

He returned to Texas in 1977, to become the director of the renal transplant program at the UT Health Science Center and was also affiliated with the Santa Rosa Medical Center and the VA Hospital. In 1983, he established the Renal Transplant Program at what is now the Methodist Specialty and Transplant hospital, and was named surgeon emeritus of the Texas Transplant Institute before he retired. Dr. Banowsky participated in many committee and community activities, and is a past recipient of the Kathryn Dial Murray Gift of Life Award from the National Kidne Foundation. It is only fitting that someone who has given so much to the profession be recognized by the society he helped begin.

Information about Dr. Banowsky, courtesy of Texas Transplant Institute.

2018 - Abstract Winner, Kimberly Jacinto, DO; Case Presentation Winner, Cassandra Craig, MD
2017 - Abstract Winner, Mary Mrdutt, MD; Case Presentation Winner, Nicholas Clarke, MD
2016 - Abstract Winner, Brandi Braud Scully, MD, MS; Case Presentation Winner, Graham Luke Machen, MD
2015 - Abstract Winner, Ana Islam, MD; Case Presentation Winner, Hoang-Kim Le, MD
2014 - Abstract Winner, Ana Islam, MD; Case Presentation Winner, Ishmeet Walia, MD
2013 - Sarah Brandt, MD
2012 - Todd Eagar, PhD
2011 - Abstract Winner, Daria Zorzi, MD; Case Presentation Winner, Stephanie Yi, MD
2010 - Abstract Winner, Wael ElKady, MD; Case Presentation Winner, Jose Melendez, MD

2009 - Abstract Winner, Wael ElKady, MD; Case Presentation Winner, Shawn Nishi, MD
2008 - Wael ElKady, MD - Fellow and Glenda Harbert, RN - Associate
2007 - Sabina Ali, MD - Fellow and Renee Livesay, RN - Associate
2006 - Lisa Taylor, RN
2005 - Teresa Shafer, RN, MSN, CPTC
2004 - Mary Lee Strenstrom, MSN, RN, CCTC
2003 - Teresa Shafer, RN, MSN, CPTC
2002 - Neal Barshes, MD, MPH
2001 - Kenneth Woodside, MD
2000 - Edmund Sanchez, MD, FACS

1999 - Javier Jover, MD
1997 - Teresa Shafer, RN, MSN, CPTC
1996 - Mario Rossbach, MD

Paul C. Peters Lecturers

Paul Conrad Peters, MD received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University in 1950 and his MD from Indiana University Medical School in 1953, before completing his Urology training at Indiana University in 1957. Stationed in Fort Worth, Texas at Carswell Airforce Base from 1957 to 1963, he was head of Urology and attained the rank of Major. He joined the Department of Urology staff at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1963. Dr. Peters is considered a Texas transplant pioneer, when in 1964, he performed the first kidney transplant in Dallas. He also performed the first kidney transplant in Brazil that same year. Dr. Peters set up the first transplant programs in Dallas, as well as Rio De Janeiro. At each TTS annual meeting since 1996, one speaker presents the Paul Peters Lecture.

2019 - W. P. Andrew Lee, MD
2018 - Samir Mardini, MD
2017 - Suzanne Ildstad, MD
2016 - Christian Larsen, MD, PhD
2015 - Laura Siminoff, PhD
2014 - Adam Bingaman, MD
2013 - Kathryn Tinckam, MD
2012 - Thalachallour Mohanakumar, PhD
2011 - Bruce Kaplan, MD
2010 - Goran Klintmalm, MD, PhD, FACS

2009 - David E. R. Sutherland, MD, PhD
2008 - Diane McKay, MD
2007 - Lori West, MD
2006 - Connie Davis, MD
2005 - Richard Freeman, MD
2004 - James Prochaska, PhD
2003 - E. Steve Woodle, MD
2002 - Douglas Hale, MD
2001 - Mohammed Sayegh, MD
2000 - Tom Peters, MD

1999 - Stuart Youngner, MD
1998 - Robert Stratta, MD
1997 - Jeffrey Platt, MD
1996 - Roger Evans, PhD

Ernie Hodge lecturers

In 2004, Texas Transplantation Society and the transplant world lost a dear friend with the death of Ernie Hodge, MD. In 2004, TTS began a named lecture in his honor. One speaker presented the Ernie Hodge Lecture at each TTS meeting from 2004 until 2014.

2014 - Doris Taylor, PhD, FAHA, FACC
2013 - E. Steve Woodle, MD
2012 - Michael Ison, MD
2011 - Roger Evans, PhD
2010 - Matt Everly, PharmD

2009 - Scott Lick, MD
2008 - Gero Tenderich, MD
2007 - Ron Shapiro, MD
2006 - David Powner, MD
2005 - Paul Terasaki, PhD
2004 - Amit Patel, MD

Goran Klintmalm Lecturers

The Goran Klintmalm Lectureship was created to recognize the significant work of Goran Klintmalm, MD, an internationally-recognized pioneer in liver transplantation and an authority in kidney transplantation, immunosuppression and organ preservation. Dr. Klintmalm performed the first liver transplant in Texas at Baylor University Medical Center nearly 30 years ago. He has developed one of the largest and most reputable transplant programs in the world. Under his direction, more than 8000 solid organ transplants have been performed at Baylor. At each TTS annual meeting beginning in 2015, one speaker presents the Goran Klintmalm Lecture.

2018 - Robert A. Montgomery, MD, DPhil, FACS
2017 - Jean Emond, MD
2016 - A. Benedict Cosimi
2015 - Sir Roy Calne, MD