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March 16, 2017

Remembering Thomas Starzl

Photos by Tom Altany/Photographic Services

 

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Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and his wife Karen, at left, greet Joy Starzl after a March 11 memorial service for her husband, transplant pioneer Thomas Starzl. The memorial service in Heinz Chapel and the reception in the Cathedral of Learning Commons Room were held on what would have been Thomas Starzl’s 91st birthday, which prompted Joy Starzl to ask guests to join her in singing “Happy Birthday.”

Thomas Starzl, a surgeon and researcher who performed the first successful liver transplant on a human patient in the 1960s and later helped advance the breakthrough drugs that made organ transplants markedly more survivable, died March 4 at his home in Pittsburgh. He joined the University in 1981.

 

 

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