Thomas Starzl Academy at the Feinberg School of Medicine offers young trainees access to the resources, financial support and critical mentorship they need to succeed in biomedical research careers. Our academy aims to work across disciplines to train physician-scientists who are equipped with the skills necessary to bring cutting-edge scientific advances and technologies to the increasingly complex care of today’s patients.
The academy is named for Thomas Earl Starzl, MD, PhD (1926–2017), an eminent transplant surgeon, mentor and immunologist. Starzl attended Northwestern University, earning his master's degree in anatomy in 1950 and both a PhD in neurophysiology and an MD with distinction in 1952. He served on the medical school's faculty from 1958 to 1961.