Henry Ford Hospital Hosts Symposium on Increasing Organ Transplant in Minority Communities

March 26, 2018


DETROIT – Transplant experts from across the Midwest will focus on the tremendous need for organs in ethnic minority communities during an annual symposium taking place at Henry Ford Hospital on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

Gift of Life Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP) is holding the 8th Annual Kountz/Callender/Drew Transplant Symposium from 7:30a.m. to 4 p.m. at Buerki Auditorium on the campus of Henry Ford Hospital. The symposium is being held at Henry Ford as part of a series of events in 2018 celebrating the Henry Ford Transplant Institute’s 50th Anniversary.

“We need to continually keep the need for organs and organ donation top of mind when it relates to different ethnic communities,” said MOTTEP Board President Jason Denny, M.D., a transplant surgeon at the Henry Ford Transplant Institute. “The need is high; the donation rate could be increased significantly. The symposium is designed to help address this issue and save lives.”

Henry Ford President and CEO Wright L. Lassiter, III, and Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer John Popovich, Jr., M.D., will welcome guests to the one-day event in the Buerki Auditorium at the hospital at 2799 W. Grand Boulevard.

A highlight of the symposium will be a panel discussion on ethical considerations for living donors. A transplant surgeon will discuss the opioid epidemic’s effect on organ transplant. And Dr. Clive Callender, the founder of National MOTTEP, is also scheduled to speak.

Other topics include:

  • Engaging the Muslim community
  • Disparities in transplant
  • Kidney paired exchange, robotic kidney transplant and kidney transplant allocation policy
  • The history of transplant in Michigan

A full itinerary can be found here. The program takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This course offered through Henry Ford Health System and Gift of Life MOTTEP is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education. Henry Ford Health System designates this live course for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM.

For questions, please contact 313-875-9055.   Register at https://www.detroitmottepfoundation.org/symposiumregistration

Media Contact:
Tammy Battaglia
Senior Specialist, Media Relations
Henry Ford Health System