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A. Richard Grossman dies at 81; surgeon founded burn-treatment center
A. Richard Grossman dies at 81; surgeon founded burn-treatment center

Dr. A. Richard Grossman, a renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon who four decades ago pioneered the comprehensive care of burn patients in Sherman Oaks and established what became the nation's largest private burn-treatment center, has died. He was 81. 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...

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