Roy Calne and Thomas E. Starzl For the development of liver transplantation, which has restored normal life to thousands of patients with end-stage liver disease.
The 2012 Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award honors two scientists who developed liver transplantation, an intervention that has restored normal life to thousands of patients with end-stage liver disease.
Through their systematic and relentless efforts, Roy Y. Calne (Emeritus, University of Cambridge) and Thomas E. Starzl (University of Pittsburgh) created a medical procedure that most physicians deemed an impossible dream.
Some of Starzl's and Calne's early patients—originally diagnosed with untreatable and lethal diseases—are still thriving today, decades after their surgeries.
Sir Roy Calne FRS, FMedSci, was the foundation Professor of Surgery in the School of Clinical Medicine in the University of Cambridge from 1965 to 1998