Families of two of Dr. Thomas Starzl’s history-making patients meet at Baylor!

Our thanks to Dr. Goran Klintmalm, founder and head of Baylor’s Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute, for hosting one of the most exciting BURDEN OF GENIUS screenings yet! Attending along with director Tjardus Greidanus, producer Laura Davis and Joy Starzl were the families of two of Dr. Thomas Starzl’s most extraordinary cases. John Rodriguez, back row behind Joy and Laura, is the brother of Julie Rodriguez, the recipient in the world’s first successful liver transplant which Dr. Starzl performed in Denver in 1967. In the front row is the family of Stormie Jones, the world’s first double heart-liver recipient, a surgery that took place at the University of Pittsburgh in 1984. Pictured left to right are Stormie’s step-dad Alan Purcell, mom Lois “Susie” Purcell, Lois’s granddaughter and daughter Misty. Julie’s and Stormie’s stories are both featured in BURDEN OF GENIUS and the two families knew of each other, but it was their first meeting. Hopefully not the last!

Burden of Genius at University of Colorado Medical Center where it all began!

Thanks to Dr. Igal Kam for hosting a screening of Burden of Genius at the University of Colorado Medical Center where Dr. Thomas Starzl began his work in the early sixties. The transplant program went dormant for several years in the eighties after Dr. Starzl departed to establish the Thomas E. Starzl Transplant Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Kam, who completed his fellowship at Pitt, rebooted the UC program in 1988 where he was head of the transplant division for 30 years! Also attending the October 2, 2018 screening were Dr. Elizabeth Pomfret, the new head of UC transplant, Dr. James Pompselli, head of UC liver transplant, Joy Starzl, Dr. Starzl’s wife of 36 years, Ravi Starzl, his grandson, Ravi’s mom Bimla Starzl, and JulieAnn Roybal and Janelle Snyder (seen here with director Tjardus Greidanus), sisters of Julie Rodriguez on whom Dr. Starzl performed the world’s first successful liver transplant in 1967.

Transplant Games of America 2018, Salt Lake City.

Thanks to TGA CEO Bill Ryan and producer Sue Brady for inviting us to screen BURDEN OF GENIUS at the 2018 Transplant Games of America! Amazing to share space with 7,000 (yes, seven thousand!) transplant recipients, donors and family members competing in athletic events ranging from swimming to field and track and everything in between Learn more about TGA and see their interview with director Tjardus Greidanus & producer Laura Davis.

Last night at Lionsgate

Guests from the University of Pittsburgh, members of the Keck-USC transplant team and One Legacy (local Donate Life America affiliate) joined us for a packed screening. Pictured here, left to right are One Legacy’s Tania Llavaneres and Tenaya Wallace, Fox 11’s Susan Hirasuna, UCLA Health’s Vicky Nguyen, One Legacy CEO Tom Mone and director Tjardus Greidanus.

Celebrating the unveiling of a new statue of Dr. Thomas Starzl on the Pitt campus!

A balmy early evening in June on the Pitt campus. Seated next to the bronze statue of Dr. Thomas Starzl are Joy Conger Starzl, his wife of 36 years, friends Franco Harris (Steelers great #32) and Dana Harris, and Zoey. The unveiling of the statue by Pittsburgh artist Susan Wagner was preceded by a screening of Burden of Genius, both hosted by Chancellor Patrick D. Gallagher.

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Cleveland Clinic Florida screening

Fabulous time with Drs. Andreas & Patricia Tzakis and Joy Starzl at Cleveland Clinic Florida screenings where we were joined by the entire transplant team and many of their grateful patients.  Raging thunderstorm—a novelty for Los Angeles visitors—did not keep the crowd away!

Cleveland International Film Festival announces “Burden of Genius” in its lineup

The 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival announced its lineup today, and we are honored to be included in the Global Health competition.  CIFF is one of the few U.S. festivals to have a special category for films about science and medicine.  But, as always, it’s about the storytelling!

In this clip, Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Kareem Abu-Elmagd recalls three words that guided Dr. Thomas Starzl throughout his life.

Burden of Genius World Premiere at Cinequest

We’re thrilled to launch our new website with an invitation to join us for the World Premiere of Burden of Genius at Cinequest, March 2–8, 2018! Find out more about the screenings.

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Be sure to check out the Trailer for Burden of Genius!

Many thanks to the great team at Yay Brigade for their fabulous work on our new website!

Photo courtesy of Associated Press.