On April 14, 2021, Michael Metz and Clare Casademont hosted the Ann Kimball and John W. Johnson Center for Cellular Therapeutics Roundtable. Following brief remarks from Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation Board Chair Johnny Johnson, guests heard from Edward Jones, Dr. Stanley Appel, Dr. Patrick McCulloch and Dr. John Cooke about the great promise cell-based therapies hold for effectively treating conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, joint injuries and heart disease. Through the Johnson Center, Houston Methodist researchers will be able to access the resources necessary to develop cellular therapeutics, manufacture them in-house and bring them to patients’ bedsides as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. The Center was first discussed at another Roundtable last year, which can be viewed below.
On December 3, 2020, The Society for Leading Medicine hosted a virtual visit to the International Space Station. In partnership with NASA and Space Center Houston, we learned about the training astronauts go through to prepare for space, the experiments performed on the International Space Station and how to stay healthy once back on Earth. We were joined by a special guest, astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgren, who was just named as one of the 18 member Artemis team to prepare to return to the Moon.
On October 6, 2020, Houston Methodist Board Member and Leading Medicine to the Power of M: Campaign for Our Second Century Chair Elizabeth Wareing and her husband, Peter, hosted a President’s Roundtable. After opening remarks from Houston Methodist President and CEO Dr. Marc L. Boom and Foundation Board Chair Johnny Johnson, guests learned about the new Ann Kimball and John W. Johnson Center for Cellular Therapeutics at Houston Methodist. Dr. Stan Appel, Center Director, Houston Methodist Academic Institute President and CEO Ed Jones, Dr. Jenny Chang, Director of the Houston Methodist Cancer Center, and Dr. Osama Gaber, Director of the Houston Methodist Department of Surgery, discussed the many ways having an in-house cell therapy lab will benefit patients suffering from a wide variety of diseases and conditions.
On October 20, 2020, we hosted a virtual Leadership Grand Rounds – Issues in Inflammation. Following a State of the System update from Houston Methodist President and CEO Dr. Marc Boom, guests heard from Dr. David Huston, W. Bryan Trammell Jr. Family Distinguished Chair in Allergy and Immunology and director of the Immunology Center, and Dr. Eamonn Quigley, David M. Underwood Chair of Medicine in Digestive Disorders and director of the Lynda K. and David M. Underwood Center for Digestive Disorders, about groundbreaking treatments for a variety of immunologic and digestive disorders.
Beginning in April of 2020, Dr. Marc Boom has hosted Town Hall Conversations with other leading Houston Methodist physicians, researchers and clinician-scientists. These conversations seek to answer the most pressing questions from the community on subjects ranging from testing, treatments and possible vaccines to the latest innovations and how COVID-19 affects patients needing hospital services such as diagnostic and surgical procedures.
RENDEZVOUS OF THE CENTURY
Rendezvous of the Century, Houston Methodist's centennial gala, was held on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Minute Maid Park. The Family of President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush were honorary chairs and Ann and John Bookout III were chairs.
Houston Methodist’s Women’s Health Symposium was held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at Houston Methodist Hospital. The symposium began with a keynote address by Boston Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory, who shared her remarkable story of strength and resilience. Following her remarks, attendees participated in selected breakout sessions with Houston Methodist’s leading physicians.