No Photo Available

Last Update


This profile was last updated on .

Is this you? Claim your profile.

Wrong Arnold Diethelm?

Dr. Arnold Gil Diethelm M.D.

Chair of Department of Surgery


Get ZoomInfo Grow

+ Get 10 Free Contacts a Month

Please agree to the terms and conditions

I agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. I understand that I will receive a subscription to ZoomInfo Grow at no charge in exchange for downloading and installing the ZoomInfo Contact Contributor utility which, among other features, involves sharing my business contacts as well as headers and signature blocks from emails that I receive.


Background Information

Employment History


Kidney Transplant Surgeon

University of Alabama


Board Member
American Society of Transplant Surgeons

Professor Emeritus of Surgery
University of Alabama at Birmingham


Cornell Medical College

Washington State University



University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Surgery

MD degree

The New York Hospital

Web References (200 Total References)

A. G. Diethlem: Alabama's Transplantation Pioneer [cached]

Dr. Diethelm A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Arnold G. Diethelm, MD, graduated from Washington State University and received his MD degree from Cornell Medical College, with surgical training at The New York Hospital.

Before coming to UAB, he completed a 2-year fellowship at Harvard with Nobel Prize Laureate Joseph E. Murray, MD, who performed the first human kidney transplant (1954).
Dr. Diethelm is the author or coauthor of more than 210 publications in peer-reviewed journals, a member of 26 surgical societies, chair of UAB’s Department of Surgery for 18 years (1982-1999), and the recipient of numerous awards, honorary degrees, visiting professorships, and appointments.
Dr. Diethelm arrived at UAB in 1967 and was given a portfolio to establish a renal transplant program.
Dr. Murray thought the time was right for the new program and recomended Dr. Diethelm, who faced questions over his choice of subspecialty as well as his decision to relocate in Alabama.
Dr. Diethelm: Two people made it a success, John Kirklin and Joe Volker.
Dr. Diethelm: I didn’t know how to put together a program.
Dr. Diethelm: All the early transplants were performed at the Veterans Affairs Hospital because, at the time, University Hospital didn’t have enough clinical space â€" beds, operating rooms, or ICU beds.
Dr. Diethelm: People were not out protesting the program; rather, they seemed apathetic about it. But it did gain speed. What paid great dividends over the years was that eventually almost every community had a transplant recipient. We would send a little notice to the recipient’s home-town newspaper saying the patient had been released from the hospital after receiving a kidney transplant, and that was good advertising for us.
Synopsis: What enabled the program to grow so large? Dr. Diethelm: All kidney failure patients were on dialysis, of course, and under the care of a nephrologist.
Dr. Diethelm: Again, that came from watching John Kirklin.
Dr. Diethelm: Perhaps the greatest surprise has been the development of tolerable and effective immunosuppression.
Dr. Diethelm: I had visited Tom Starzl’s [liver transplant] program in Pittsburgh and was terribly impressed with the patients who had received cyclosporine.
Dr. Diethelm: Limb transplantation is an area that should be pursued because it has a role, especially in children.

Contact ASTS [cached]

Arnold "Gil" Diethelm, MD

Arnold "Gil" Diethelm, MD

Grants and Eligibility [cached]

Arnold "Gil" Diethelm, MD

Opportunities [cached]

Arnold "Gil" Diethelm, MD

ASTS - American Society of Transplant Surgeons [cached]

Arnold "Gil" Diethelm, MD

Similar Profiles

Other People with this Name

Other people with the name Diethelm

Oliver Diethelm
Monterosa Services Ltd

Michelle Diethelm
Marshfield Clinic Inc

Martyn Diethelm
Diethelm Business Travel

Christoph Diethelm
Trafag AG

Molly Diethelm
UnitedHealth Group Inc.

City Directory Icon

Browse ZoomInfo's Business Contact Directory by City

People Directory Icon

Browse ZoomInfo's
Business People Directory

Company Directory Icon

Browse ZoomInfo's
Advanced Company Directory