April 25, 2017 - Issue: Vol. 163, No. 70 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 1st Session
HONORING DR. THOMAS E. STARZL; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 70
(Extensions of Remarks - April 25, 2017)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E525] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING DR. THOMAS E. STARZL ______ HON. DAVID LOEBSACK of iowa in the house of representatives Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Mr. LOEBSACK. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Dr. Thomas E. Starzl of Les Mars, Iowa. A pioneer in the world of science and medicine, Dr. Thomas E. Starzl will forever be remembered as an extraordinary member of our community. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Starzl revolutionized medicine by successfully performing the first ever human liver transplant. Dr. Starzl's work saved thousands of lives, and he became known as ``the father of transplantation.'' On March 4, 2017, Starzl passed away peacefully at his home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Thomas Starzl was born in Les Mars, Iowa to a family of first generation Americans. As an undergraduate, Dr. Starzl attended Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri and eventually went on to complete an M.D. and Ph.D. in neuroscience at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Starzl would spend a majority of his early career working at the University of Iowa and the University of Colorado until his move to University of Pittsburgh, where he remained until his retirement. In 2006, President George W. Bush awarded Dr. Starzl the National Medal of Science for his pioneering work in transplantation. He has also received awards from the National Institute of Medicine, the American Liver Foundation, the National Kidney Foundation, and the American Medical Foundation, among others. Dr. Starzl was considered a ``force of nature'' to those who knew and loved him. One of his former students remarked that he came to recognize Dr. Starzl's ``work ethic and pragmatism as characteristics in many of my patients and think that his salt-of-the-earth values must have been instilled at an early age.'' I and other Iowans are proud to call Dr. Starzl one of our own. ____________________