Moving Mountains: A Surgeon’s Fight to Legalize HIV-to-HIV Organ Transplants

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO | Nina Bai
Peter Stock (right), MD, PhD, a transplant surgeon at UC San Francisco, has through his research and advocacy cleared the way for California’s first organ transplants from an HIV-positive donor to HIV-positive recipients. Photo by Susan Merrell
Peter Stock, MD, PhD, a transplant surgeon at UC San Francisco, considers himself a representative specimen of his profession. “I think we’re all typically atypical,” he said, by which he means that transplant surgeons thrive on intensity, whether in the operating room or in pursuit of outside interests.

At age 60, he still does about 75 transplants a year, including kidneys, livers and pancreases, runs the Boston Marathon every spring, and skis the American Birkebeiner, a cross-country ski marathon in Wisconsin, every winter. When he can take time off, he climbs mountains around the world.

“I think my interest in endurance events is probably a little bit unique,” he said, on second thought. Continue reading
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