HOUSTON (July 5, 2010) Texas Children's Hospital, in partnership with the Colombian Pediatric Society, will present the II International Symposium on Pediatric Actualization, a three-day conference held in Cartagena, Colombia, July 8 -10, 2010, for pediatricians seeking to learn more about medical advancements and research that is significant to the health of children in Latin America.
Seven doctors from Texas Children's will join four physicians from the Pan American Health Organization and the Republic of Colombia to present this conference, the second to be held since 2008. More than 1,000 pediatricians from throughout Latin America are expected to attend.
Based on insights from local pediatricians and recent medical developments, Dr. Cristina Marino Drews, president of the Colombian Pediatric Society, and Dr. Jesus G. Vallejo, medical director of International Services at Texas Children's, collaborated to develop the conference's educational curriculum around two main focus areas: infectious diseases and neonatology.
"Our goal for this conference is to facilitate diverse, quality educational programs that will help doctors develop creative solutions to current medical challenges affecting Latin American children," said Vallejo. "Through the expertise of the participating Texas Children's physicians, we are providing information on research and best practices to the Latin American pediatricians who share our commitment to create and maintain a global community of healthy children."
In addition to Vallejo, six other Texas Children's doctors are presenting at the conference including infectious disease experts Dr. Carol J. Baker; Dr. Sheldon L. Kaplan and Dr. Pedro A. Piedra; neonatology experts Dr. Gerardo Cabrera-Meza and Dr. LuAnn Papile; and pediatric surgeon and co-director of Texas Children's Fetal Center Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye.
Baker, who is the keynote speaker, is also a co-author of the book "Vaccine-Preventable Diseas
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