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Thomas E. Starzl: Transplantation pioneer

  1. David A. Brennera,1
  1. aDepartment of Medicine, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, La Jolla, CA 92093-0602

Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD was born on March 11, 1926 in Le Mars, Iowa, the second son of Roman Frederick Starzl and Anna Laura Starzl. His parents were first-generation Americans, the children of Czechoslovakian and Irish immigrants. Roman Starzl was an editor, publisher, and owner of a newspaper. Anna Laura Starzl was first a nurse and then a teacher. As a boy, Tom Starzl worked at every job in his father’s paper, and he later credited his experience of sorting type with helping him to develop the manual dexterity required as a surgeon (1).

Thomas E. Starzl. Image courtesy of the University of Pittsburgh.

After serving in the US Navy, Starzl obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1947 from Westminster College in Missouri, and then he earned his medical degree and doctorate (Neurosciences) at Northwestern University in Chicago. Following graduation, …

?1Email: dbrenner{at}ucsd.edu.

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