154. Parasites: Tropical Surprises in Organ Transplantation
Session: Symposium: Infectious Issues in the Pre-Transplant Patient
Friday, October 21, 2011: 11:45 AM
Room: 104ABC
Parasites: Tropical Surprises in Organ Transplantation

 Increased global travel and migration has resulted in geographic spread of infection from endemic to non-endemic regions. Numerous cases of donor-derived parasitic infection have been reported, ranging from malaria to Strongyloides to Trypanosoma cruzi.  Potent immunosuppression may allow for reactivation of latent or subclinical parasitic infections. Pre-transplant screening and treatment of both donors and recipients may result in better clinical outcomes and fewer “tropical surprises”.

Camille Kotton, MD, FIDSA, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Dr. Camille Nelson Kotton is the clinical director of the Transplant Infectious Disease and Compromised Host Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. She also directs the outpatient Transplant Infectious Disease Clinic. She graduated from the University of Chicago School of Medicine, and did her internal medicine training at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania followed by an infectious diseases fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her clinical interests include donor-derived infections, zoonoses, and travel and tropical medicine in the transplant setting. Her research interests center primarily on vaccines, involving both immunocompromised hosts, as well live bacterial vectors in normal hosts. She has served on advisory boards involving issues in transplant infectious diseases. Dr. Kotton is the current president of The Transplant Infectious Disease section of The Transplantation Society.

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