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  • Writer's picturePhiladelphia International Medicine

The New Era of Medical Tourism and Hospitality

Join us for a webinar on November 8th at 8:00PM. Featured speakers Bonnie Grant, Dr. Maria Cecilia Aponte and Dr. Ignazio Marino will discuss the future of this exciting industry!

Philadelphia International Medicine is proud to be hosting this event with Temple University School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management.



Bonnie Grant, Executive Director, PHL Life Sciences

As Executive Director, Bonnie is responsible for marketing Greater Philadelphia, ranked the second largest life sciences sector in the country, as “America’s Life Sciences Meetings Destination.” She manages more than 60 regional life sciences leaders from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, leveraging common resources to enhance awareness of the region as a vibrant destination for life sciences meetings and conventions. Representing public, private and academic entities, members of the Congress assist with sales, on-site services and sponsorship efforts, as well as promoting the region’s premier attractions in history, science, arts, culture and entertainment, all making for a unique and memorable Philadelphia convention experience. For more than two decades, Bonnie has promoted Philadelphia to residents and visitors in positions with government, corporate and educational institutions. For nine years, she served as Deputy City Representative for the City of Philadelphia under the administrations of Mayors Edward G. Rendell and John F. Street. She has also served as director of communications and spokesperson for Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition; the Philadelphia Eagles; and Chestnut Hill College.

Dr. Maria Cecilia Aponte, International Accounts Manager, The Panama Clinic

Dr. Maria Cecilia Aponte is physician, specialized in Health Services, Marketing, and Management with 15 years of experience. Dr. Aponte has had leadership, management and advisory roles in the pharmaceutical industry, health insurance and service delivery. Dr. Aponte currently leads the international department of The Panama Clinic and positioning of Panama in the international scope with the city’s Chamber of Commerce. Her international experience includes USA, Mexico, Panama, Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, Venezuela, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Aruba, Curazao, St Maarten, and Germany, Panama.

Dr. Ignazio Marino

Professor of Surgery, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

EVP, International Innovative Strategic Ventures

Executive Director, Jefferson Italy Center

Ignazio R. Marino, MD, ScD is executive vice president of Jefferson International Innovative Strategic Ventures. He is a trailblazer in transplant medicine who has also held high public office as a senator of the Republic of Italy and mayor of Rome. Dr. Marino has performed more than 650 transplants and was a member of the surgical team that performed the only baboon-to-human liver xenotransplants in medical history, and he performed the first transplant in Italy on an HIV-positive patient. He has authored more than 700 scientific publications and four scientific books, and has served on the editorial boards of “Transplantation,” “Liver Transplantation,” “Digestive Diseases and Sciences,” and 15 other international scientific journals. He has also published on the religious, bioethical, and humanitarian aspects of medicine, including a monograph on the future of the Italian national healthcare system. In 2006, he was elected senator of the Republic of Italy and appointed chair of the Standing Health Committee of the Italian Senate and later, chair within the senate of the Investigative Committee on the National Healthcare System. Dr. Marino was elected mayor of Rome in 2013 and served until 2015.

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