Liver transplant surgical pioneer Dr Thomas Starzl dies aged 90

By EASL Press office March 10,2017

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 aged 90.

Dr Thomas Starzl prepares a donor liver during a transplant surgery in 1985 CREDIT: JOHN KAPLAN/PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE VIA AP

The University of Pittsburgh, speaking on behalf of Starzl's family, said the renowned doctor "died peacefully" on 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 the full article in The Telegraph.