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Our History
The transplantation program at UPMC was established in 1981, and in 1996 it was renamed in honor of Dr. Starzl, whose foresight, perseverance, and commitment made him the modern-day father of organ transplantation. The Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute houses the oldest and largest comprehensive transplant program in the world. Although no longer performing surgery, Dr. Starzl is Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery, allowing him to devote full attention to transplant research.

The mission of the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute is to foster a multidisciplinary approach to continual improvement of the clinical, scientific, and social aspects of transplantation. The guiding principle is based on improving the lives of patients with end-stage organ failure. This is achieved by emphasizing basic science and clinically applied research.

Your Gift Can Make a Difference
The importance of making a gift to the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute’s research programs cannot be overemphasized. Most major advances in transplantation over the past 25 years have come from the world-renowned research teams at the Starzl Transplantation Institute. Today, the Starzl Transplantation Institute remains at the forefront of clinical research in areas such as tolerance induction, chimerism, new immunosuppressive agents, liver tumor therapy, and xenotransplantation. By supporting our efforts, you will allow us to carry on our tradition of excellence in patient care and research. Your generosity is the key to our success and represents an opportunity for all of us to make a difference.

Thomas E. Starzl Legacy Endowment
The major priority for the Starzl Transplantation Institute is to solidify support for our research programs, which have long been at the forefront of innovation in all aspects of transplantation science. The Thomas E. Starzl Legacy Endowment, established in 2006 to honor the scientific contributions of Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, is a campaign to raise $50 million for transplantation research. This perpetual funding source will secure our research endeavors and allow the Starzl Transplantation Institute to remain at the forefront of transplantation research for many years to come.

Several levels of patronage to the Thomas E. Starzl Legacy Endowment are available:

  • Platinum Patron...................>$100,000
  • Gold Patron...........................$50,000-$100,000
  • Silver Patron.........................$25,000-$49,000
  • Friend of the Institute..........<$25,000

Your charitable gift may be designated in honor or memory of a special someone or organization and will be recognized by a plaque displayed at the entrance to the Starzl Transplantation Institute research facilities.

For donations of $250,000 or more, the state-of-the-art research facilities at the Starzl Transplantation Institute provide additional opportunities to commemorate a family member, business or organization through perpetual naming. The state-of-the art research facilities, located on the 15th floor of the Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower, are sites of cutting-edge research advances for rapid translation into patient care. Research facilities available for naming include the

  • Marine Laboratory
  • Microscopy Core Facility
  • Clean Room
  • Human Immunology Core Facility
  • Histopathology Core Facility
  • Tea Room – a casual meeting place for faculty, fellows and staff to
    discuss scientific ideas and to develop research collaborations
  • Conference Room

Your generous contribution will be placed into the Thomas E. Starzl Legacy Endowment and recognized by a commemorative plaque adjacent to the research facility of your choice.

Academic and Research Initiatives
You may also designate your gift to support a specific academic or research initiative at the Starzl Transplantation Institute, such as:

  • Named Starzl Transplantation Institute Scientific Director’s Endowed Chair
    This endowed chair provides support for the recruitment or retention of the scientific director at the Starzl Transplantation Institute. The scientific director, a respected and foremost authority in the field, exemplifies leadership, provides oversight, and develops priorities for all research-related activities at the Starzl Transplantation Institute.

  • Named Endowed Professorship(s)
    Endowed professorships are powerful tools for recruiting and retaining distinguished, nationally and internationally acclaimed, faculty to the University of Pittsburgh and the Starzl Transplantation Institute. An endowed professorship is one of the highest honors to be bestowed on a senior member of the faculty.

  • Named Endowed Transplantation Research Fellowship(s)
    Endowed research fellowships allow the University of Pittsburgh and the Starzl Transplantation Institute to attract the best and the brightest research trainees. Through cutting-edge research, these fellowships foster discovery and innovation leading to novel strategies and technologies for clinical transplantation.

  • Named Endowed Lectureship(s)
    Endowed lectureships enable the Starzl Transplantation Institute to bring clinical and scientific scholars to present their work to the faculty and staff of the University of Pittsburgh. These lectures provide cutting-edge research and clinical information in transplantation and related fields, improve patient care, and develop collaborations with clinicians and scientists in the field of transplantation and associated disciplines.

Types of Gifts
You can make an immediate contribution to the department with an outright gift of cash.

Payment by Check
Make checks payable to the Starzl Transplantation Institute and mail to:

Starzl Transplantation Institute
3600 Forbes Avenue at Meyran Avenue, Suite 8084
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Payment by Credit Card
To pay with your VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover Card, call the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation at 412-647-3048.  You will receive a written acknowledgment and tax receipt in the mail. Contributions are tax deductible as provided by law.

Gift Pledges
Some people prefer to make a gift pledge, which can be paid in installments over a period of months or years. To make a pledge, please call 412-251-6257 or send an e-mail to clm193@pitt.edu .

Planned Giving
Planned giving refers to charitable gifts that are arranged as an integral part of an individual’s financial or estate planning and are executed over an extended period of time or at some point in the future. Planned giving vehicles can provide tax benefits and income streams take the form of stocks and securities. Gift plans can be funded with stocks and securities, real estate, life insurance policies, or other assets.

Honor and Memorial Gifts
An honor or memorial gift is a thoughtful way to recognize the accomplishments or memory of a family member, friend, or colleague.

Matching Gifts
Many companies match charitable donations made by employees or employees’ spouses. This additional support can double or even triple the value of your gift. Please check with your human resources department to see if your company has a gift-matching program and ask for a matching gift form. We are a 501(c)(3) designation.

For more information about making a gift to STI, please contact the Starzl Institute development director at 412-251-6257 or clm193@pitt.edu