2019 Pediatric Transplant Symposium

Friday, May 3, 2019

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.

Our theme this year is to highlight real world topics related to transplantation. These topics will give medical professionals the information they need to know to help patients and their families achieve success before and after transplantation.

Dress Code

Business casual or hospital attire

Agenda Topics 

Session 1:

  • Demystifying the System: How do Recipients get their Organs?
    • The Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) Perspective
    • The Donor Hospital Perspective
    • The Procurement Perspective
    • he Transplant Center Perspective
  • Social Media in Transplantation: How Many Shares Does it Take to Get a Kidney?
  • How to Prepare Patients and Families for the Life Changing Experience of Transplant
    • Transplant Recipient Experience, A family perspective

Session 2:

  • Infection Control: Living Life Safely Post-Transplant
  • Nutrition: Role of nutritional rehabilitation pre & post
  • Psychological: Post-Transplant PTSD and Depression

Session 3:

  • Planning & Resources for the Financial Strain of Transplantation
  • Psychosocial & Financial Considerations of Transition to Adult Care
    • Pediatric Transplant Center Perspective
    • Adult Transplant Center Perspective
  • Navigating the Pharmacy World: Brand Name, Generic Medications, Manufacturer Changes and Co-Pays

Session 4:

  • Natural Disasters: The Story of Hurricane Harvey and its Impacts on Transplant Patients
  • Transplant Tourism (when organs are scarce, recipients will go to extremes in some cases to find organs!)


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.

Travel Information

There are two Houston airports to choose from:  

  • HOU- William P. Hobby Airport is 12.6 miles from Texas Children's (approx. 25 minute drive).
  • IAH- George Bush Intercontinental Airport is 25.5 miles from Texas Children's (approx. 40 minute drive).

Transportation options to the hotel: Uber, Lyft, Taxi from the airport.

Hotel Information

Closest hotel is the Marriott in the Medical Center at 6580 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77030

Accreditation Statements

Please check back for accreditation information closer to the event date.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration for this event, please email msnugent@texaschildrens.org.

Refunds for paid registrations will be given, less a $5 administrative fee, if you email Melissa Nugent before midnight on April 24, 2019.

No refunds will be given for cancellations made after Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

Contact Information

Clinical Educator for Transplant Services: Melissa Nugent, BCN, RN, CCTC

Please contact Melissa via email at msnugent@texaschildrens.org with conference related questions.