Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, a distinguished service professor of surgery , is known as the "father of transplantation". He has achieved much in his career as a decorated pioneer in the field of surgery. He went to the northwestern university medical school in Chicago where he received a masters degree in anatomy and earned both a doctoral degree in neurophysiology and a medical degree with distinction. Dr. Starzl's career following his education and graduate work was marked by such land marks as serving as the chairman of the department of surgery for the university of Colorado school of medicine, he served as the chief of transplantation at Presbyterian university hospital, overseeing the largest and busiest transplant program in the world (Children's hospital and the veterans hospital in Pittsburgh). He assumed the title of director of the University of Pittsburgh Transplantation institute. His work lead the institute to be renamed in his honor.