Profile of human liver transplant pioneer Thomas Starzl. The title of the article was "Surgical Frontiersman." The subtitle was: Transplant pioneer Thomas Starzl is still pushing medicine's boundaries. "In 1967, Dr. Starzl performed the first successful human liver transplant. Today, at age 79, he continues to devote himself to finding more sophisticated ways of training the immune system to accept new organs over the long term so that they can wean their patients off of the harsh antirejection drugs."