Hoping for an organ donation is only half of the transplantation story. At the core of the precarious second half—whether the body will accept or reject the new organ—is one man who’s played an extraordinary role in reducing the risk: the University of Alberta’s Philip Halloran.
“I can say categorically, without bias, that Halloran is the most influential individual in transplantation over the past 25 years,” said Bruce Kaplan, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and deputy editor of the American Journal of Transplantation. “You could list everything from the way he developed histology or a codified system to define what is rejection, to finding the most common cause of graft loss, to being instrumental in the development of major drugs to prevent rejection.”
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