A Salute to Pioneers in Transplant Medicine
11am – 2pm, Thursday, May 2, 2019
Olympia Fields Country Club

Keynote speaker:
Dr. Dinee Simpson, of Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Transplant Center



About the Event

The South Suburban Chicago (IL) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated is hosting an awareness luncheon for leaders and influencers within the African American community. Attendees will include local pastors, first ladies, political officials, community organization presidents, and business leaders. In addition to critical education, attendees will have the opportunity to share their stories and experiences.

Event Sponsoring Organizations:

Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Network serves as the federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organization that coordinates organ and tissue donation and services to families of donors in the northern three-quarters of Illinois and northwest Indiana. Their mission is to save and enhance the lives of as many people as possible through organ and tissue donation.

National Kidney Foundation of Illinois (NKFI) improves the health and well-being of people at risk for or affected by kidney disease through prevention, education and empowerment.

The NKFI is a lifeline for all people affected by kidney disease. As pioneers of scientific research and innovation, the NKFI focuses on the whole patient through the lens of kidney health. Relentless in their work, they improve lives through action, education and accelerating change.

CareDx, Inc.: Transforming Transplant Patient Care Through Novel Surveillance Management Solutions

CareDx, Inc. is dedicated to improving the lives of organ transplant patients through noninvasive diagnostics. By combining the latest advances in genomics and bioinformatics technology, with a commitment to generating high quality clinical evidence through trials and registries, CareDx strives to stay at the forefront of organ transplant surveillance solutions.


Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Transplant Center is the longest continual provider of organ transplantation in Chicago. Since its first transplant in 1964, Northwestern Medicine has provided new organs for more than 6,000 people and has become a pioneer in transplantation research.

Anchored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the No. 1 hospital in Illinois for seven consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report, 2018 – 2019, Northwestern Medicine is an integrated health system dedicated to providing world-class health care to communities and patients in Illinois and throughout the country. Northwestern Medicine is the shared strategic vision of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The two organizations share a commitment to superior quality, academic excellence, scientific discovery and patient safety.


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