In Memory of Dr. Thomas Starzl

The faculty and staff of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, along with the Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine, and the Feinstein Academy of Scholars, are saddened to learn of the passing of our friend and colleague Thomas Starzl, MD, PhD.

Tom Starzl was a giant of both medical research and applied medicine, who nearly single-handedly solved the organ-rejection challenge of conducting liver transplants. He was deeply knowledgeable in the fields of molecular medicine, immunology, and neuroscience. His research was impeccable and his scholarly papers were models of clarity. Above all, he was a wonderful colleague who encouraged peers and students to push beyond the known boundaries of medical science in order to improve patients’ lives.

We were honored to present Tom with both an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Science honoris causa in 2012) and the Cerami Award in 2015, recognizing his pioneering efforts to bring innovations in organ transplants from the realm of molecular medicine into the world of clinical practice. Beyond his achievements, we will miss his friendship even more. We express our condolences to the Starzl family and all who studied and worked with Tom, and knew him as a brilliant scientist and doctor, and as an exemplary man.