Meet D CEO Healthcare Panelist Dr. Theodore Laetsch

Dr. Theodore Laetsch is on the leading edge of fighting blood cancer in children. He was recently the lead investigator for a Novartis study where his team genetically engineered T-cells to fight the leukemia cells with substantial results, and will be one of our panelists at our D CEO Healthcare Breakfast next week. UT Southwestern and Children’s Health partnered to be one of 13 clinical trial locations for the study, which entailed removing blood from the patient, inserting a gene into the T-cells that fight illness to target the leukemia when they were put back into the patient. These Chimeric… Full Story

The First Spina Bifida Open Fetal Surgery in North Texas

North Texas’s first spina bifida open fetal surgery occurred this summer at The Fetal Care Center in Medical City Children’s Hospital, when Dr. Timothy Crombleholme operated on Uriah Powell while he was still his in his mother’s womb. Shawn Shinneman wrote about Crombleholme’s journey to Dallas and how fetal surgery arrived in North Texas in October’s D Magazine. When Uriah was born, his kicking legs signaled a successful spina bifida surgery. When Uriah’s mother Sarah was 18 weeks pregnant, she found he had spina bifida, a birth defect caused when the spine and spinal cord do not form properly, exposing a… Full Story