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U.S. top health care professionals tapped for inaugural Medical World Americas

A top emergency response commander with the U.S. Coast Guard, a pioneering researcher in cardiology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and a leader in genomic medicine at MD Andersen Cancer Center are just a few of the more than 80 speakers who will present at the inaugural Medical World Americas conference and expo in April in Houston.

With less than two months to go, planning efforts are wrapping up on Medical World Americas (MWA), which will bring together more than 2,000 health care professionals from across the Americas to showcase knowledge and innovation in the medical field.

The organizers of MEDICA, the world’s largest medical conference, partnered with the Texas Medical Center and the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau to create the first annual MEDICA event in North America. Set for April 28-30 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, MWA will provide a platform for new products in health care to be introduced in an expo format as well as a multi-track conference program. MWA will also align with the strengths of the Texas Medical Center—including cardiology, oncology and hospital disaster preparedness to name a few—to showcase knowledge and innovation in these specialized categories.  

“We set out to create a world-class conference program for Medical World Americas, and thanks to the hard work and expertise of our Executive Advisory Committee, I believe we are well on our way to doing just that,” says Dr. Robert Robbins, CEO of the Texas Medical Center. “We are eager to welcome attendees and exhibitors from across the globe and we are confident that this conference will create new opportunities and showcase the Texas Medical Center, Houston’s major medical institutions, and, of course, the city itself.”

Attendee registration continues to grow as the conference draws near with doctors, nurses and other professionals from 22 different states and 18 countries already signed up. Currently, more than 30% of registrants are from outside the U.S., with 10% coming from Mexico alone.  

On the exhibitor side, currently there are eight different country pavilions and more than 100 exhibitors at the expo.

“Medical World Americas is a continuation of our efforts at the Greater Houston CVB to help build conventions and events around Houston’s core industries,” says Greg Ortale, president and CEO of the GHCVB. “This partnership with the organizers of MEDICA has enabled us to capitalize on the strength of our health care sector and craft a conference that will become a ‘must attend’ for medical professionals across the Americas.”

Dr. William A. Zoghbi, past President of the American College of Cardiology and Director of the Cardiovascular Imaging Institute at the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, says doctors and health care professionals are used to conferences that are geared to a specific practice area, such as cardiology or pediatrics. “What makes Medical World Americas so unique is that we have put together a multi-disciplinary program that will appeal to a wide range of health care professionals,” says Zoghbi, who is co-chairing the cardiology tract for MWA. “I am very proud of the level of expertise we have assembled for this program with some of the best and brightest minds from across the country.”

More than 80 leaders in medicine and emergency response will present during the inaugural conference. Roughly half of the speakers hail from the Texas Medical Center, with the remainder coming from other leading institutions around the U.S.

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