Liver Transplantation — A Vision Realized — NEJM | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources |

In this perspective published in the medical journal, The New England Journal of Medicine — Liver Transplantation — A Vision Realized, the history of how liver transplantation became a clinical reality is outlined.


The article focuses on pioneering surgeons Sir Roy Calne and Dr Thomas Starzl(joint winners of the Lasker award). The factors contributing to the success of liver transplantation included- development of surgical techniques, new immunosuppressant medications becoming available, the sourcing of livers for transplantation from deceased donors post declaration of brain death.


The UPMC media release and video of Dr Thomas Starzl reflecting on receiving the Lasker award can be viewed via the following link-


 A video on the history of these two surgeons achievements can be viewed via the Lasker Foundation link-