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Dr. Giselle Guerra wins In the Company of Women Award in the Health & Human Services Category

MIAMI (January 30, 2018)

Dr. Giselle Guerra has been selected as one of 13 amazing women for the prestigious In the Company of Women award in the category of Health and Human Services. Dr. Guerra’s award honors her achievements as Medical Director of Transplant Services and Living Donor Kidney Program at Miami Transplant Institute (MTI) and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Guerra’s vision, hard work, and passion for the welfare of her patients have led her to grow the Miami Transplant Institute’s Living Donor Kidney Program, as well as improve its patient outcomes by unifying the Institute’s specialties. She was inspired to create a new transplant program in 2014 called the Paired Exchange program, the only one of its kind in the region that connects patients with an alternative donor when a loved one is not a match. These accomplishments have helped MTI to excel nationally, performing more kidney transplants annually than any other program in Florida, and consistently ranking within the top three centers nationally for transplant volume.

In 2012 in an effort to encourage living transplant donation in the Hispanic community, which historically has participated at lower-than-average rates, Dr. Guerra created the Hispanic Kidney Transplant Clinic for pre-kidney transplant patients, which is designed to alleviate cultural fears regarding living organ donation.

Dr. Guerra’s expertise is sought-after both nationally and internationally. She has been educating medical teams in Argentina and Mexico to help them expand their transplant programs, and helping hospitals across the country to model their programs after MTI’s Living Donor Kidney program and Paired Exchange Program. She shares the importance of living donation and pair exchange in grand rounds and national conferences, and has educated the public about organ donorship through appearances on television and radio. She was also recently appointed principal investigator of an international study that seeks to improve the allocations of kidney organs.

As an accomplished visionary and strategist, a dedicated advocate of organ donation, a tireless healer, and a true life-saver, it is no wonder that her colleagues describe her as a “superhero!”

Dr. Guerra will receive her award at the 30th anniversary celebration on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the luxurious Coral Gables Country Club, 990 Alhambra Circle, in Coral Gables, FL. Tickets are on sale at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-the-company-of-women-awards-ceremony-2018-tickets-42354897639. For more information, visit http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/company-of-women.asp.

In the Company of Women takes place each year in commemoration of Women’s History Month and is presented by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, and the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women. Proceeds support The Women’s Park and the Girls Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Arts Program.

Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.

About The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women
The Commission for Women falls within the purview of Miami-Dade’s Office of Community Advocacy, a division of the Office of the Chair.  The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women was created in 1971 as an advisory board to the Board of County Commissioners, the County administration and the public at large about issues pertaining to the status of women.  The Commission for Women also advocates for women in the community and strives to improve their quality of life.  For more information call (305) 375-4967, email cfw@miamidade.gov; or visit the website at www.miamidade.gov/advocacy/women-board-home.asp.