University of Pittsburgh
March 8, 2017

Memorial Service for Thomas E. Starzl, MD/PhD


Joe Miksch


Cell: 412-997-0314

PITTSBURGH—Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, known as the “father of transplantation” for his role in pioneering and advancing organ transplantation from a risky, rare procedure to an accessible surgery, died Saturday, March 4, 2017, at his home in Pittsburgh.

A memorial service for Dr. Starzl will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 11 — which would have been Starzl’s 91st birthday — in Heinz Memorial Chapel, on the University of Pittsburgh campus. Media access begins at 11 a.m. and is restricted to the Heinz Chapel balcony. Television cameras must be in the building by noon, at which time public access begins. Those arriving after the service will not be admitted. A live simulcast of the service will be broadcast online.

Media parking is available in the RA lot, accessible from Ruskin Avenue. A mult box will be available for media use. Reporters seeking interviews after the service are asked to restrict themselves to the walkway nearest Forbes Avenue in order to allow mourners egress from the chapel.

A private reception, with no media access, follows the service.