Thomas E. Starzl Prize In Surgery And Immunology

As life returns to normal, we are excited to announce the new date for the 25th Starzl Prize lecture and dinner featuring Satoru Todo, MD for Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

2023 Prize: Sir Robert Lechler – Senior Vice President/Provost (Health) and Executive Director of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre, London. The Starzl Prize Lecture will be held at 4:00 PM, Tuesday, May 9, 2023.

2020 Prize: Satoru Todo, MD, PhD – Professor of Organ Transplant at The Graduate School of St. Mary’s College in Fukuoka, Japan. The Starzl Prize Lecture will be held at 4:00 PM, Tuesday, May 3, 2022. 25th Anniversary Starzl Prize Poster.

2019 Prize: Jonathan Sprent, MBBS, PhD – Professor of Immunology at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia. The Starzl Prize Lecture will be held at 4:00 PM, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. 2019 Prize Poster

2018 Prize: Ali Naji, MD – J. William White Professor of Surgery, director of the JDRF-Penn Islet Transplantation Program, and associate director of the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. 2018 Prize Poster

THE PRIZE

The Thomas E. Starzl Prize in Surgery and Immunology, previously known as the Annual Thomas E. Starzl Lectureship, was established in 1996 by the Department of Surgery and subsequently endowed by Fujisawa Healthcare, Inc. (currently Astellas Pharma, Inc.) to honor the clinical and scientific contributions of Dr. Thomas E. Starzl. Outstanding national and international leaders who have made significant contributions to the fields of organ transplantation and immunology are invited to the University of Pittsburgh to present their work and receive the prize.

Dr. Starzl joined the University of Pittsburgh in 1981 to direct the Pittsburgh Transplantation Institute, which was renamed in 1996 the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute. He now holds the position of Professor of Surgery and Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Starzl was the first to transplant kidneys in humans with consistent success, perform liver transplantation, and successfully transplant human intestines. He introduced four commonly used immunosuppressive drugs (prednisone, ALG, cyclophosphamide, and tacrolimus) for clinical transplantation. The discovery in 1992 by Dr. Starzl and colleagues of donor-derived leukocytes in the tissues of long-term functioning organ transplant recipients unmasked a fundamental principle of transplantation tolerance. Dr. Starzl’s seminal contributions to the field of organ transplantation and immunology have been recognized around the globe. His most recent distinctions include the 2004 National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest scientific honor, the 2009 Department of Veterans Affairs Diamond Award for lifetime achievement in the field of transplantation medicine, the 2009 Institute of Medicine Gustav O. Lienhard Award, and the 2012 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award for the development of liver transplantation.

2019

Jonathan Sprent, MBBS, PhD

Jonathan Sprent, MBBS, PhD

2018

Ali Naji, MD, PhD

Ali Naji, MD, PhD

2017

Kathryn Wood, DPhil

Kathryn Wood, DPhil

2016

David E.R. Sutherland, MD, PhD

David E.R. Sutherland, MD, PhD

2015

John J. Fung, MD, PhD

John J. Fung, MD, PhD

2014

Terry B. Strom, MD

Terry B. Strom, MD

2013

Joel D. Cooper, MD

Joel D. Cooper, MD

2012

David H. Sachs, MD

David H. Sachs, MD

2012

A. Benedict Cosimi, MD

A. Benedict Cosimi, MD

2011

Ronald W. Busuttil

Ronald W. Busuttil

2010

Ralph M. Steinman

Ralph M. Steinman

2009

Clyde F. Barker

Clyde F. Barker

2008

Herman Waldmann

Herman Waldmann

2007

Christian P. Larsen

Christian P. Larsen

2006

Nancy L. Ascher

Nancy L. Ascher

2005

Richard L. Simmons

Richard L. Simmons

2004

Norman Shumway

Norman Shumway

2003

Robert S. Schwartz

Robert S. Schwartz

2002

Sir Roy Y. Calne

Sir Roy Y. Calne

2001

Rolf M. Zinkernagel

Rolf M. Zinkernagel

2000

Francis D. Moore

Francis D. Moore

1999

Gustav Nossal

Gustav Nossal

1998

Henri Bismuth

Henri Bismuth

1997

Carl-Gustav Groth

Carl-Gustav Groth

1996

Paul I. Terasaki

Paul I. Terasaki