Connection to Innovation February 13

FIBA is pleased to host its third Connection to Innovation event presented by Cherry Bekaert. The event will feature Innovation in Organ Transplantation in collaboration with Tampa General Hospital and LifeLink. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear first hand about the latest advances in transplantation from the physicians who transplant organs at TGH (Dr. Kiran Dhanireddy and Dr. Rinde-Hoffman), LifeLink Transplantation Immunology Laboratory (John Lunz, Ph.D., Associate Executive Director) and an organ recipient (Ms. Dara Simon, Partner at Cherry Bekaert) sharing her own experience. This event is likely to sell out. Register now. Tickets are $12 and include one free drink. Heavy appetizers will be served. Parking is free. 

Kiran Dhanireddy, MD, serves as associate director of the TGH Advanced Organ Disease & Transplantation Institute and is a member of the TGMG abdominal transplant surgery team. Board certified in general surgery, he earned his medical degree at the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and completed a general surgery residency at Georgetown University Medical Center, a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, and a fellowship in Liver and Pancreas Transplantation at the University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Dhanireddy has served in academic, clinical and administrative appointments including Chief of Service for Hepatopancreaticobiliary Surgery at LA County + USC, Director of Pancreas Transplantation at University of Southern California (USC), Director of Quality at the USC Transplant Institute and Chief Medical Officer at the USC Care Medical Group.

Debbie A. Rinde-Hoffman, M.D., F.A.C.C., completed her medical training, including medical school, internal medicine internship, residency, and fellowship in cardiology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Rinde-Hoffman has completed special training and proficiency in nuclear cardiology, cardiac transplantation, echocardiography, diagnostic cardiac catheterization, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, excimer laser angioplasty, and intracoronary stent placement. She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, advanced heart failure and heart transplant by the American Board of Internal Medicine. In addition, she served as chief of the Department of Internal Medicine at Tampa General Hospital and is the medical director of the cardiac transplantation team. She is also an affiliate associate professor at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine.

John Lunz, Ph.D., is the Associate Executive Director of LifeLink Transplantation Immunology Laboratory, a division of LifeLinkâ Foundation, Inc., located in Tampa, Florida.  He received his doctoral degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is a Diplomat for the American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics.  Prior to joining LifeLink Transplantation Immunology Laboratory in August 2018, Dr. Lunz was the Laboratory Director for Gift of Hope, a non-profit organ procurement organization based in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to that he served as the Assistant Director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Tissue Typing Laboratory.  Dr. Lunz currently serves on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Histocompatibility Committee and is an active member of several transplantation societies, including the American Society of Transplantation (AST) and the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI).
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