Bone Marrow Transplant Pioneer Dies
Dr. E. Donnall Thomas, picture left, died over the weekend, at the age of 92.
Called “the father of bone marrow transplantation,” Thomas led the way in developing transplantation as a viable treatment for blood disorders and cancers. In the late 1960s, his team performed the first transplant using a matched sibling as the donor. Their successful transplant in the 1970s using an unrelated donor led to the establishment of the national registry. In 1990, Thomas was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in recognition of his work.