Dr. Thomas Starzl, the man who pioneered liver transplantation, has died peacefully in his Pittsburgh home on Saturday. Over the course of his long career, Starzl was able to successfully transplant more than a thousands organs, saving countless lives in the process. His death happened just a few days short of his 91st birthday, which would have been on March 11.
Dr. Starzl’s death was confirmed by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which published an official statement from the esteemed doctor’s family. Known as the “father of organ transplantation,” Starzl played a huge role in advancing the surgical procedure to mainstream medicine. According to his family, however, Starzl was a lot more than a bold and excellent doctor.