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5:30 PM17:30

Transplant Education: Keith Jarbo, MD of OrthoArizona

At the March education meeting, we will discuss the risks and benefits of surgery, how to prepare for your after-care, and steps to take to prevent post-surgery complications.  

As bone mineral density declines with age, it is often accelerated by immunospressive medications, corticosteroids, and immobility in a post-transplant patients (1),  and recipients have the potential to develop painful osteoporotic fractures (2).

Hip or knee surgery provides joint pain relief and dramatic improvement in quality of life for transplant recipients, however it needs a multidisciplinary team approach.  The transplant team should consult with the surgeon prior to surgery.

Join us as Dr. Jarbo from OrthoArizona educates us on the common issues faced by organ transplant recipients that are in need of a joint replacement or surgery. 

A graduate of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Dr. Jarbo completed his surgery residency in orthopedics at Banner Good Samaritan Orthopedic Surgery and established his practice in Phoenix. Dr. Jarbo specializes in knee, shoulder, and elbow surgery including ligament reconstruction of the knee (ACL/PCL) and elbow (UCL or “Tommy John”), cartilage restoration procedures, rotator cuff and labral surgery, minimally invasive knee and shoulder replacements, reverse shoulder replacement and fracture care.

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Transplant Education with Dr. Walia
5:00 PM17:00

Transplant Education with Dr. Walia

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Join us on October 1 as we talk with Dr. Walia, director of the Lung Transplant Program at St. Joseph’s Hospital.  Rajat Walia, MD, is the Division Chief of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Section, the Division Chief of Pulmonary Medicine, Division Chief, Pulmonary Disease, and the Medical Director of Lung Transplantation at Norton Thoracic Institute, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. He is also the Medical Director of the Alpha-1 and Interstitial Lung Disease Programs at NTI.

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5:30 PM17:30

Education Meeting with Francisco Arabia, MD

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Please join New Life Society in welcoming the return of Dr. Francisco Arabía to the Phoenix transplant community! Dr Arabía will address professionals and patients of the transplant community, and the interested public on Monday August 27th.  

In July 2018, Dr. Arabía accepted his new role at Banner Health in Phoenix and Tucson as physician executive of Advanced Heart Failure and Mechanical Circulatory Support. Transplant patients are already reporting positive changes since his arrival.

Dr. Arabía, an internationally recognized surgeon and leader in heart transplant, thoracic, and cardiothoracic vascular surgery, will discuss his mission and his vision for Banner Health programs for heart failure and transplant patients. Audience questions will be most welcome!

Light food and beverages will be served at 5:00 pm for social time before Dr Arabía starts at 5:30 pm.


5:00PM TO 7:00PM
(Ample Free Parking across Camelback and across 3rd Ave.)


"Dr. Arabia is a world-class cardiac surgeon, who is an international leader in the care of patients with the most severe types of heart disease. In addition to clinical care, he will advance education and research for our students and residents as he works collaboratively with teams in Phoenix and Tucson."  Guy Reed, MD, Dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.

Certified by the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and the American Heart Association in advanced cardiovascular life support, Dr. Arabía came to Banner from Cedars-Sinai (Los Angeles), where he served as both Director of CSHI Center for Surgical Device Management of Advanced Heart Disease and Surgical Director of Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In 2005, Dr. Arabía was a pioneer in the first heart transplant program in metropolitan Phoenix at Mayo Clinic. He has more than two decades of experience in the fields of thoracic, cardiothoracic vascular and transplant surgery, and often is called upon for his expertise by national and international agencies. He has presented his work at professional conferences and meetings throughout the world and has published peer-reviewed research in multiple journals, including the Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 

Dr. Arabía received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and served residencies in general surgery at Tulane University Affiliated Hospitals in New Orleans and in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Arizona, Tucson. His undergraduate work was done at Tulane University, where he graduated magna cum laude in the field of Biomedical Engineering. Among Dr. Arabía’s professional honors and awards are the Training Award of Excellence by the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs. Dr. Arabía also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Arizona.

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