Thomas E. Starzl Prize

About Thomas E. Starzl

Thomas E. Starzl (1926-2017) performed the first human liver transplantation in 1967 and has often been described as the “Father of Transplantation”. He was responsible for innumerable breakthroughs in transplant surgery, immunology, immunosuppression and transplant medicine. He was the recipient of more than 200 awards (including the 2004 National Medal of Science) and membership of 60 professional societies. You can read more about him here:
Thomas E. Starzl: the Passing of a legend.

Tom Starzl





Dr Thomas E. StarzlAbout the Thomas E. Starzl Prize

The Thomas Starzl Prize is awarded to the best case report published in the previous year as voted by the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Surgery (IJS) and IJS Case Reports. A shortlist is drawn up using download and citation data or through Editorial Board recommendations. The winner receives the prestige that comes with an international prize, £500 in Elsevier book vouchers and full fee waiver on their next case report (worth $995).

Prize winners


Shakir Saleem Jabali, Ayad Ahmad Mohammed
Triphallia (triple penis), the first reported case in human

Joint runner up
Mohammad Al Zoubi, Walid El Ansari, Ahmed A. Al Moudaris, Abdelrahman Abdelaal
Largest case series of giant gallstones ever reported, and review of the literature

Joint runner up
Yifan Man, Shikuan Li, Zongping Yu
Septic shock caused by acute appendicitis complicated with abscess formation within mesoappendix: A case report



Samir Jabaiti, Luma Fayyad and Ula Isleem
Prednisolone-induced virginal mammary hypertrophy: Case report

Runner up
Samantha Dayawansa, David Garret Jr, Marcus Wong, Jason H. Huang
Management of coccydynia in the absence of X-ray evidence: Case report 



Mostafa, D.
A successful management of sever gummy smile using gingivectomy and botulinum toxin injection: A case report

Joint runner up
Nunes-Carneiro, D.; Couto, T.; Cavadas, V.
Is the menstrual cup harmless? A case report of an unusual cause of renal colic

Joint runner up
Chin, K.; Chan, C.; Lee, S.
Spontaneous regression of pancreatic cancer: A case report and literature review

Acosta-Leóna, A. Pantoja-Rojas, J. R. Corona-Rivera, E. López-Marured, C. F. Ploneda-Valencia
Cervicovaginal agenesis treated with modified Yang-Monti technique in two steps: Case report and literature review

Runner up
Mohammad Ali Kalantar Motamedi,  , Mohammadreza Ebrahimi, Reza Ebrahimi, Alireza Khalaj
Severe fatal protein malnutrition and liver failure in a morbidly obese patient after mini-gastric bypass surgery: Case report

2017 Winner (now based on 2016 papers)
Obinna Obinwa, David Cooper, James M. O’Riordan
An ingested mobile phone in the stomach may not be amenable to safe endoscopic removal using current therapeutic devices: A case report

2017 Runner-up
Akile Zengina, Bercis Imge Ucar a, Sükrü Aydin Düzgün, Zülfü Bayhan, Sezgin Zeren, Faik Yaylak, Bekir Sanal, Nilüfer Araz Bayhan
Adult midgut malrotation presented with acute bowel obstruction and ischemia

2015 Winner (based on 2015 papers)
Mustafa Pehlivan, Pelin Özün Özbay, Muzaffer Temur, Özgür Yilmaz, Zekeriya Gümüs, Ahmet Güzel
Epidermal cyst in an unusual site: A case report

2015 Runner-up
Igor Gerych, Taras Ivankiv, Oleksii Ogurtsov, Nazar Kalynovych
Giant right groin lipoma mimicking inguinal hernia

2014 Winner
B. Patrice Mwipatayi, Chee Weng Leong, Pradeep Subramanian, Alarick Picardo
En bloc kidney transplant from an 18-month-old donor to an adult recipient: Case report and literature review

2014 Runner-up
George Philippakis, Antonios Marinakis, Nikolaos Manoloudakis
Pericardial window procedures: Implications on left ventricular function

2013 Winner
Mohammed Al Mohaidly, Ahmed Suliman and Horia Malawi
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy for a two-and half year old morbidly obese child

2013 Runner-up
R. P. Piggott, P. S. Waters, J. Ashraf, F. Colesky and M. J. Kerin
Water-clear cell adenoma: A rare form of hyperparathyroidism