HOUSTON - The Harris County - Houston Sports Authority has announced the appointment of Robert C. Robbins, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Texas Medical Center, as the honorary chair of Houston's Local Organizing Committee for the 2014 Transplant Games of America.
"It is staggering to consider more than 113,000 men, women and children are waiting for lifesaving transplants across the country and that every 10 minutes someone dies because of the lack of transplantable organs," said Robbins, an internationally recognized cardiac surgeon who has focused his clinical efforts on acquired cardiac diseases with a special expertise in the surgical treatment of congestive heart failure. "I believe this event will raise awareness that each of us can make a difference; one organ donor can save the lives of eight people, and one tissue donor can touch the lives of more than 100 people."
The Transplant Games of America promotes the need for organ, tissue, and bone marrow donors through a multi-sport festival event. More than 2,500 participants are expected to travel to Houston for the five day event. Participants in the games have either received an organ, tissue, or bone marrow transplant or are a living donor. The Transplant Games will take place July 11-15, 2014.
"We are thrilled to have Dr. Robbins and Texas Medical Center involved as we plan for the Transplant Games in Houston," Harris County - Houston Sports Authority CEO Janis Schmees Burke said. "We have a truly unique opportunity to link Houston's passion for sports with the reputation and perstige of the Texas Medical Center. With their help, we expect to put on the very best and largest games ever hosted."
Prior to taking over leadership of Texas Medical Center on January 1, 2013, Robbins served as professor and chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, and also as the director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, of the Heart-Lung and Lung Tranplantation Programs, and of the Cardiothoracic Transplantation Laboratory.