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Starzl documentary to premiere at Science Center’s Rangos Cinema

Megan Guza
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Dr. Thomas E. Starzl at the University of Pittsburgh Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008.

The Carnegie Science Center will host the first public showing of the documentary on organ transplant pioneer Dr. Thomas Starzl in April.

“Burden of Genius” chronicles the late Starzl’s journey from the world’s first successful liver transplant in 1967 to his start at the University of Pittsburgh in 1981 and beyond.

“Fueled by coffee, cigarettes and the odd 10-minute catnap on any available horizontal surface, he pushes himself relentlessly, acquiring mythic status and attracting the most talented young surgeons in the world who now run most of its top transplant centers,” reads the film’s summary.

The film won Best Documentary at the Cleveland International Film Festival and the Raw Science Film Festival in Los Angeles.

The documentary will be shown April 12 to 18 at the Rangos Giant Cinema at the Science Center, which officials called an honor.

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Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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