Hispanic Transplant Symposium Set for Oct. 6

On Thursday, Oct. 6, organ donation and transplantation professionals throughout the region will gather to discuss the challenges faced by Texas’s growing population of Hispanic patients with end-stage organ disease during the Inaugural Texas Medical Center (TMC) Hispanic Transplant Symposium

The keynote address will be delivered by Juan Carlos Caicedo, M.D., F.A.C.S., an associate professor of surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Caicedo is the director of the Hispanic Transplant Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the first program of its kind in the United States. 

Other highlights of the symposium include:

Changing Population – Dr. Lloyd Potter, from the Texas State Office of the Demographer, will detail changing population dynamics, highlighting the importance of appropriately caring for the Hispanic community in Texas.

Language Barrier – Experts will discuss how appropriate use of translators can stimulate true communication, and how inappropriate use of translators might cause miscommunication. 

Deceased Donation – Speakers will discuss facts and myths regarding deceased donation.

Patient Panel – Transplant patients and families of donors will share first-person experiences.

The event will take place at the TMC Innovation Institute located at 2450 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77021. The cost is FREE. To register and for information about continuing education credits, visit lifegift.org/hts.

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