In memoriam. Thomas Starzl, M.D., Ph.D.

Autores: Taner Burcin, Méndez Sánchez Nahum


It is with sadness that we learned passing of Dr. Thomas Starzl. For patients who were treated by him, and medical professionals who were trained by him, his loss has deep meanings. In 1963, while working at the University of Colorado, Dr. Starzl performed the world’s first liver transplant. He also performed the first successful liver transplant in 1967. At that time, it was widely believed that allogenic (non-identical) human kidneys could not be transplanted, but Dr. Starzl succeeded in this attempt in 1962 and 1963 by combining azathioprine and corticosteroids in allogenic kidney transplants. This opened the way for a long series of kidney transplants and gave new impetus to clinical attempts throughout the world. Dr. Starzl’s achievements during his lifetime have touched not only his immediate surroundings but have had a very wide halo effect.

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Vol. 16 Núm.6. Noviembre-Diciembre 2017 Pags. 981-982 Ann Hepatol 2017; 16(6)