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Thomas Earl Starzl (1926–2017)

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Science  05 May 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6337, pp. 491
DOI: 10.1126/science.aan4732

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Thomas E. Starzl, best known for his contributions to the field of organ transplantation, died on 4 March 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was 90 years old. Starzl pioneered many aspects of transplantation, including immunosuppressive drug development, organ preservation, tissue matching, and innovative transplant surgical procedures. He developed the team approach to organ transplantation, thus paving the way for the success and acceptance of heart, lung, pancreas, intestinal, liver, kidney, and composite tissue transplants. Thanks to Starzl's lifetime commitment to transplantation, close to 1 million patients around the world have received a life-saving organ transplant.