Thousands of lives are saved every year by organ donation and transplantation. The treatment of transplantation has allowed recipients to experience longer lives and has given them a second chance at life. This treatment, however, would not be possible without the researchers and surgeons who perform these acts.
Dr. Thomas E. Starzl was known as the “father of transplantation.” He performed the first liver transplant in the 1960’s and helped make significant improvement to anti-rejection drugs. He helped develop anti-rejection drug, Cyclosporine, which in combination with steroids, became a solution for organ rejection.
Dr. Starzl also changed the lives for the thousands of kidney transplant recipients, as he was a pioneer for kidney transplants from cadavers.
On Saturday, Dr. Starzl passed away peacefully at the age of 90, just days short of his 91st birthday.
Tribute to Dr Starzl (1) from American Soc of Transplantation on Vimeo.
For more information on Dr. Starzl, click here.
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