Medical World Americas Announces Executive Advisory Committee Chair, Dr. Robert C. Robbins

Houston, Texas, UNITED STATES

HOUSTON, June 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Robert C. Robbins, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Texas Medical Center, will serve as chair of the Medical World Americas' Executive Advisory Committee. Dr. Robbins is an internationally renowned cardiac surgeon, lecturer, author and researcher with focused efforts in acquired cardiac diseases. The former professor and chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the prestigious Stanford University School of Medicine joined Texas Medical Center in November.

As chair, Robbins will combine his insights as a leading clinician, esteemed administrator and sought-after speaker to assemble a committee of specialists to develop a conference program for peers and healthcare professionals across the country.

"Medical World Americas gives Houston a powerful platform to tell the story about the Texas Medical Center and our community," Robbins explained with enthusiasm about his participation, "When people across the globe think of health, we want them to immediately think of Houston." The Texas Medical Center, which he oversees, is home to the largest concentration of life sciences experts anywhere in the world with 54 member institutions that lead the highest standards of patient care, research, and education.

Greg Ortale, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, underlined the importance of the collaboration with Dr. Robbins and the Texas Medical Center, "I am truly honored that Dr. Robbins has agreed to participate with Medical World Americas as Chairman of the Executive Advisory Committee. Having a leader of his stature in Houston provides us with tremendous resources."

Ortale went on to explain that, "Dr. Robbins' obvious passion for the success of Medical World Americas has prompted some extraordinary medical pioneers to agree to serve with him on this committee." Joining Robbins on the Executive Advisory Committee to provide strategic direction and resources for the conference and plenary sessions is an impressive roster of lauded health care thought-leaders, including:

  • Dr. Ronald DePinho, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, President
  • Dr. James "Red" Duke, The University of Texas Medical School, Professor, Department of Surgery
  • Dr. Ken Mattox, Baylor College of Medicine, Distinguished Service Professor, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery
  • Dr. James T. Willerson, Texas Heart Institute, President and Medical Director
  • Dr. William Zoghbi, Methodist DeBakey Cardiology Associates, Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

MEDICAL WORLD AMERICAS takes place April 28-30, 2014 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. The innovative conference and exposition brings together professionals from across the Americas to examine the latest advancements, technologies and products available in:

  • Cardiology
  • Medical Technology & Devices
  • Infection control
  • Hospital Disaster Readiness
  • Oncology
  • Hospital Occupational Health & Safety

For more information visit or contact Christian Piencka: or 619.298.1445 x 102.

Medical World Americas will bring together hospital administration and executives, procurement specialists, physicians, nurses, scientists, pharmacists, researcher technicians and educators from across the Americas. Additional event details are available on the event website,, through social media channels and the industry press. Interested participants are encouraged to mark their calendars, visit the website and sign-up to receive show updates.

Considered the largest medical center in the world, the member institutions of the Texas Medical Center are dedicated to the highest standards of patient care, research, and education. Either not-for-profit or government, these institutions include 21 renowned hospitals with seven acute care, six pediatric care, and eight specialty care facilities; three public health organizations; two universities; three medical schools; six nursing programs; two pharmacy schools; a dental school; eight academic and research institutions; and 13 support organizations. According to the commercial real estate services firm, Cushman & Wakefield, the Texas Medical Center will soon be the eighth largest business district in the United States, right behind Philadelphia and Seattle.

Robert C. Robbins became President and Chief Executive Officer of Texas Medical Center on November 5, 2012. Prior to that, he was professor and chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he served as a member of the faculty since 1993. He served as director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, of the Heart-Lung and Lung Transplantation Programs, and of the Cardiothoracic Transplantation Laboratory. Dr. Robbins is 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. His research work includes the investigation of stem cells for cardiac regeneration, cardiac transplant allograft vasculopathy, bioengineered blood vessels, and automated vascular anastomotic devices.


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