Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center Talks Organ Failure Management at Annual George P. Noon Conference

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Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center’s annual George P. Noon Conference will focus this year on organ failure and transplant management. The conference will be held Nov. 2 – 4 at the Houston Methodist Research Institute.

The conference honors the career of George P. Noon, M.D. Noon has been a pioneer in organ transplantation and cardiac assist devices. In 1968, along with Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., he performed the first heart transplant at Houston Methodist Hospital, followed shortly thereafter by the first lung transplant. He and DeBakey also collaborated with NASA in 1988 to develop the miniature axial flow blood pump.

“We feel it’s our responsibility to continue the great work started by Drs. Noon and DeBakey and teach doctors, nurses, social workers and everyone else involved in treating organ failure patients the latest and greatest techniques to better care for them,” said Dr. A. Osama Gaber, director of the Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center.

Gaber says this year the conference will feature an international perspective that will bring top leaders from all over the world to talk about how they deal with the organ failure management. There will also be talks on management of liver tumors, diabetes and kidney disease, infections in lung failure and transplantation and heart failure.

“I think this is an amazing opportunity for health care professionals to get a first rate education for free and earn CME or other credits,” Gaber said. “Organ failure is a growing problem in our society and we want to make sure everyone has the proper tools with which to treat these patients.”

The conference will be held at the Houston Methodist Research Institute, 6670 Bertner Ave. in the Texas Medical Center. For more information and to register online, log on to

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