Dr. Thomas Starzl Receives Hepatitis B Foundation’s Highest Scientific Honor

Historic transplant pioneer recognized as annual Crystal Ball raises more than $100,000 for research and outreach to eliminate hepatitis B that affects 2 million Americans and 400 million worldwide

 The 2014 Crystal Ball Gala, hosted by the Hepatitis B Foundation (www.hepb.org), included an evening of dinner, dancing, a live and silent auction, and awards ceremony that attracted hundreds of supporters.

But this year's event also included a unique star - one of the giants in the history of medicine.

More than 50 years after he performed the first liver transplants in history, Thomas E. Starzl, M.D., Ph.D., was awarded the Hepatitis B Foundation's 2014 Baruch S. Blumberg Prize, the highest scientific honor that the foundation confers.