ONCE A HERO

SURGEON JOHN NAJARIAN HAS SAVED HUNDREDS OF LIVES. NOW HE'S FIGHTING TO SAVE HIS REPUTATION

Patients think of him as a guardian angel. Nurses call him a god. Virtually every week for the past three decades, pioneering trans-plant surgeon John Najarian -- an Olympian figure with the physique of a football player and the self-confidence to match -- has ventured into the operating room at the University of Minnesota Hospital to battle death. And more often than not, he has won. Patients he has saved can vividly recall the surge of hope they felt when Najarian gave them his simple vow: "I can do it."

His vision and skill have opened new frontiers for transplant surgery....

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