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A. Richard Grossman, Surgeon Who Founded Burn-Treatment Center, Dies

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Dr. A. Richard Grossman, a renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon who founded a burn-treatment center in 1970 in Sherman Oaks that became known for cutting-edge care, has died. He was 81.

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Dr. A. Richard Grossman, founder and co-medical director of the Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks, is photographed in the hallway of his office in 2009. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Grossman, who had been the center’s longtime medical director, died suddenly Thursday at home in Thousand Oaks, said his wife, Elizabeth Rice Grossman. The cause of death has not been determined. He had a successful kidney transplant about three years ago.

When Grossman arrived at Sherman Oaks Hospital in the late 1960s, he persuaded administrators to set aside two beds for burn patients. By 1978, the ward had expanded to 30 beds and was the nation’s largest private burn center.

On the facility’s 25th anniversary in 1995, it was named the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital in honor of the surgeon who pioneered its comprehensive care.

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