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Dr. Arnold Gil Diethelm M.D.

Chair of Department of Surgery


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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 (199 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.

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