LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dr. A. Richard Grossman, a plastic surgeon who founded an internationally-known burn-treatment center in Los Angeles, has died. He was 81.
His wife, Elizabeth Grossman, tells the Los Angeles Times that Grossman died Thursday at his home in Thousand Oaks. The cause of death hasn't been determined.
Grossman's center started in 1969 with two beds at a Sherman Oaks hospital. It evolved into the Grossman Burn Center, now located in West Hills with facilities in Bakersfield, Phoenix, Ariz. and Kansas City, Mo.
The center has treated badly burned children, firefighters, plane crash victims and celebrities including Richard Pryor.
Grossman said the burn center was inspired by his experience as a resident in 1958 when he treated victims of a Chicago school fire that killed some 90 children.
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