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Written by Cara J. Hayden



At 83 years old, medical pioneer Thomas E. Starzl is still conducting research on organ transplantation in his homey office on Fifth Avenue. Lately, he’s been studying the relationship between donor and recipient cells to develop new therapies that will help patients’ immune systems to tolerate new organs. The first surgeon to perform a liver transplant, Starzl is Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery in Pitt’s School of Medicine and director emeritus of the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute at UPMC. In recognition of his continued work, he received a 2009 Physician of the Year Award for Lifetime Achievement from Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a national health care research and information