“Your Support Empowers Life-Changing Transplantation Research”

The Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute (STI) was established in 1985 as the University of Pittsburgh Transplantation Institute and renamed in 1996 in honor of Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD – a pioneer in Transplantation, Surgery and Immunology.

Our mission is to improve the clinical, scientific, and social aspects of transplantation in order to enhance the lives of organ transplant recipients. The breadth and depth of STI’s efforts to develop innovative forms of transplantation distinguishes this transplant program from any other.

Starzl Legacy Endowment

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Brief history of the Endowment

A major priority at the Starzl Transplantation Institute is solidifying support for our research programs, which are at the forefront of innovation in all aspects of transplantation science. The University of Pittsburgh, where the Starzl Transplantation Institute is housed, ranked fourth in Surgery in the 2022 U.S. News and World Report “Best Global Universities” rankings. Our transplant program has pioneered liver transplantation, development of immunosuppressives, and conducts more live liver transplants than any other program in the United States. Our University’s research programs rank eighth in number of dollars funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and 13th in number of NIH grants awarded in 2021. Continuing support for this world-class program is vital to its continued success.

The Thomas E. Starzl Legacy Endowment, established in 2006, creates a perpetual funding source to support our research and keep the Institute at the cutting edge of transplant research efforts.

By supporting our efforts, you allow us to carry on our tradition of excellence in medical research. Your generosity is the key to our success – thank you.

Endowment impact/important research projects

Past groundbreaking projects funded by the Thomas E. Starzl Legacy Endowment include:

  • Tolerance induction
  • Chimerism
  • New immunosuppressive medications
  • Liver tumor therapy
  • Xenotransplantation
  • Novel tests for the prediction and diagnosis of rejection

Impact Stories

Ways to Give

Laura Jacko, Development Director
Phone: 412-708-0910
Email: jlaura@pitt.edu

Gifts can be made to the Starzl Transplantation Institute using our secure online giving form (website link provided by Maria). Questions? Contact Laura Jacko at 412-708-0910 or jlaura@pitt.edu.

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Endowed funds are charitable contributions that provide a perpetual stream of income in support of research, fellowships, faculty chairs, and other important programs or services. They allow major gift donors to establish named funds that will exist in perpetuity and provide permanent support for the Institute. Minimum endowment levels guarantee that sufficient income will be available to fulfill the donor’s specific intentions.

Planned giving options allow you to amplify the impact of your generosity and to potentially create lifetime income streams and reduce your taxes. You can leave a legacy through bequests, retirement plans, and life insurance.

To mail a check, please use this form and send your gift to: University of Pittsburgh, PO Box 640093, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-0093