25th Annual Morton I. Grossman Lecture Explores Liver Transplantation

May 02, 2013

Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD, distinguished service professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine will deliver the AGA Foundation’s Morton I. Grossman Distinguished Lectureship at Digestive Disease Week® 2013. His lecture is titled, "Anatomy of an Error."

Dr. Starzl is known as the “Father of Transplantation” and a pioneer for this field of medicine. A major focus of Dr. Starzl’s current research is transplant tolerance and chimerism, which has already offered significant contributions to the understanding of transplant immunology, particularly with respect to how and why organs are accepted.

The Morton I. Grossman Lecture was established in 1989 by a group of UCLA Center for Ulcer Research and Education (CURE) Digestive Disease Research Center investigators and alumni wishing to commemorate the contributions of CURE’s founder and first director. Dr. Morton I. Grossman is considered the father of modern gastrointestinal endocrine physiology. His most important contributions lay in defining the secretory mechanisms of the stomach and pancreas and the actions of regulatory gastrointestinal peptides.

The Morton I. Grossman Lecture has been held each year since 1999 at DDW. In July 2002, AGA assumed the management and administration of the Grossman Lecture to ensure that the lecture will be held in perpetuity. The Grossman Lecture is a named fund within the AGA Research Foundation's endowment. To make a designated contribution to the Grossman endowment, visit the foundation’s website.

The Morton I. Grossman Lecture will take place on Sunday, May 19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Orange County Convention Center, Room 300.

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