Medical Journal – Houston January 1, 2010
A Harlingen woman suffering for two years with complications from pancreatitis found a cure at UTMB. Drs. Taylor Riall and Cristiana Rastellini performed a procedure called auto pancreatic islet transplantation that restored Marissa Garcia’s health. Her surgery was completed in the Texas Transplant Center’s newly constructed islet isolation facility - one of approximately 20 in the nation. “With the new islet facility, UTMB will be able to offer pancreatitis and diabetes patients across the country a much better quality of life than doctors could have imagined only a few years ago,” said Rastellini.