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Transplant pioneer to visit UT Health Science Center

WHAT:
Presidential Distinguished Lecture on "The Origin of Organ Transplantation," given by the renowned scientist who performed the world's first liver transplant in 1963

WHEN:
10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19

WHERE:
The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) Auditorium

WHO:
Thomas E. Starzl, M.D., Ph.D., professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School and director emeritus of the Thomas E. Starzl Transplant Institute at the University of Pittsburgh

Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., UTHSC president

WHY:
Dr. Starzl, known worldwide as the "Father of Transplant Surgery," will speak to students, faculty, staff and community members about his many contributions to the field of transplantation. Dr. Cigarroa and Health Science Center students will present Dr. Starzl with a commemorative medal to honor him for outstanding achievement in medicine.

NOTE:
This is the second Presidential Distinguished Lecture at UTHSC. In September 2002, Dr. Cigarroa welcomed Judah Folkman, M.D., of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Folkman discussed "Angiogenesis-Dependent Disease."

Contact: Will Sansom or Lucie Portela