Dr. Thomas Starzl, the pioneer of liver transplantation, has died aged 90. He is pictured above in 2008
Liver transplant pioneer Dr. Thomas Starzl dies
Dr. Thomas Starzl, the pioneer of liver transplantation and the driving force behind the world’s first baboon-to-human liver transplants and research on anti-rejection drugs, has died. He was 90.
The University of Pittsburgh, speaking on behalf of Starzl’s family, says the renowned doctor “died peacefully” Saturday at his home in Pittsburgh.
Starzl performed the world’s first liver transplant in 1963, the world’s first successful liver transplant in 1967, and pioneered kidney transplantation from cadavers. He later perfected the process by using identical twins and, eventually, other blood relatives as donors.READ MORE