Dr. A. Richard Grossman, founder of the Grossman Burn Center, died March 13 at his home in Thousand Oaks. He was 81.
A plastic surgeon, Grossman worked at Sherman Oaks Hospital in the 1960s where he developed new ways to care for burn patients. Eventually the burn unit at the hospital developed into the center that bears his name.
Grossman Burn Center, which moved from Sherman Oaks to West Hills Hospital in 2010, is now run by Dr. Peter Grossman, his son.
At the time of the move, the company had one satellite office in Bakersfield, but since then it has expanded. In 2011, it opened an office in Phoenix. And in December it opened a facility in Kansas City, Mo. in conjunction with Hospital Corp. of America, the Nashville, Tenn. company that owns West Hills Hospital.
Grossman’s approach to treatment focuses on more than the burn victim’s survival. It includes physical therapy and cosmetic surgery to help the patient after the initial burns heal.
Grossman also was the inspiration for the Grossman Burn Foundation, a non-profit founded by his daughter-in-law Rebecca Gray Grossman that works to support burn doctors and victims. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Rice Grossman, sons Jeffrey and Peter Grossman, step son John Larson and five grandchildren.