2017 Pediatric Transplant Symposium

Due to the overwhelming devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in the greater Houston area, the 2017 Pediatric Transplant Symposium, scheduled for September 8, 2017, has been postponed. We are working to identify a new date for the symposium. A communication will be sent to those who have registered for the symposium with updated information when it is available.

Please keep our gulf coast and surrounding area residents in your thoughts during the cleanup and recovery process post Hurricane Harvey.

Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women | 4th Floor Conference Center | 6651 Main St. | Houston | 77030

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About the Conference

Join Transplant Services at Texas Children’s Hospital for a day of educational discussions on pediatric transplantation.

Speakers will include experts in heart, kidney, liver and lung transplant; Texas Children’s physicians and surgeons; patient families; and other guest speakers.

The symposium is targeted to a wide array of medical professionals including physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, transplant coordinators, case managers, and more.

Speakers and Topics 

Tentative Symposium Schedule

Breakfast & Check In: 7:15-8:00 am

Session I: 8:00-9:50 am

8:00-8:10 am: Welcome and Introduction, Ryan Himes, MD

8:10-8:30 am: The Road to 1500 Transplants at TCH, John Goss, MD

8:30-8:40 am: Transplant Recipient Experience, TBD

8:40-9:05 am: 3D Printing and Transplantation, Thao Galvan, MD

9:05-9:50 am: Kidney Paired Exchange, Eileen Brewer, MD

Break (Snacks/Coffee): 9:50-10:05 am

Session II: 10:05-12:05 am

10:05-10:50 am: Dual Organ Transplant in the Cystic Fibrosis Patient: Liver and Lung, Daniel Leung, MD and Ernestina Melicoff, MD

10:50-11:35 am: Improving Outcomes in Pediatric Liver Failure: Development of a Dedicated Liver ICU Team, Fong Lam, MD

11:35-12:05 pm: Long-term Benefits of Transplantation, Abbas Rana, MD

Lunch/Moderated Poster Session 12:05-1:05 pm

Session III 1:05-2:20 pm

1:05-1:50 pm: Cardiomyopathy/Congenital Heart and the Road to Transplant, William Dreyer, MD

1:50-2:20 pm: Multidisciplinary approach to care (Moderated Speaker Panel)

MD: Carolina Gazzaneo, MD (Lung) Pharmacist: Jennifer Morris (Kidney) Child Life Specialist: Morgan Sullivan (Lung) or Adair Galanski (Heart)
APP: Donna Garner, NP (Liver) Social Worker: Jose Ramirez (Liver) Chaplain: James Denham (PICU, PCU Chaplain)
Transplant Coordinator: Katie Crockett, RN (Heart) Dietitian: Heather Ling (Liver) PT/OT: Lauren Hannigan (Heart)

Snack/Break: 2:20-2:35 pm

Afternoon General Session 2:35-4:15 pm

2:35-3:05 pm: Support and Care of the Patient with a Failing Graft, Mary Till Donaldson, LCSW

3:05-3:35 pm: Pregnancy after Transplant & Outcomes, TBD

3:35-4:20 pm: Vascular Composite Allograft, Chris Pederson, MD

Evaluations 4:20-4:30 pm


Coming from Main Street? Look for TMC parking garage 21 signs.
Coming from Fannin? Look for TMC entrance 9/garage 21 signs for parking.

From the parking garage, take the elevator to the Fourth Floor and follow the directional signage.
Valet parking is also available at the main entrance at 6651 Main St.  Houston, Texas 77030.

Parking will NOT be validated.

Hotel Information

The hotel that is closest to Texas Children’s is the Marriott in the Medical Center, located at 6580 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77030.

Contact Information

For more information on this conference, contact Melissa Nugent, Clinical Educator for Transplant Services, msnugent@texaschildrens.org or 832-822-1577.

Accreditation Statements

Provided by Texas Children’s Hospital.

Pending Approval

Texas Children’s Hospital is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association - Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Pending Approval

Continuing Education–Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians:
Pending Approval

Continuing Education–Social Work:
Pending Approval

Continuing Education–PT/OT:
Pending Approval