Obituary: Andrew M. Munster, 67, Was Chief of Burn
Center at Bayview
Andrew M. Munster, director of the
Baltimore Regional Burn Center at Bayview Medical
Center from 1976 to 2000 and professor of
surgery and plastic surgery at the
of Medicine, died at Bayview on Sept. 27 of liver
cancer. He was 67.
"We all remember the burn center as being Dr.
Munster's center," Ronald R. Peterson, president of the
Johns Hopkins Health System, told the Baltimore Sun.
"The two are inextricably linked in our minds. His death is
quite a loss."
Munster began his career in Australia, where he
received his M.D. from the University of Sydney Medical
School in 1959. His career took him from England to
Massachusetts to Maryland, with many points in between.
From 1968 to 1971, Munster served as a lieutenant colonel
in the U.S. Army and was chief of the Trauma Study Branch
in the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research. Before
coming to Baltimore in 1976, he was chief of surgery at the
Charleston County Hospital in South Carolina. In 1992, he
was a Fulbright Scholar.
Munster's contribution to burn care is unprecedented,
especially in the area of burn infection research and wound
care. He authored more than 200 papers and book chapters as
well as five books, including the most recent Severe Burns:
A Family Guide to Medical and Emotional Recovery.
During his prestigious career, Munster was active in
dozens of professional societies, including the American
Burn Association, which he served as president in 1995, and
the Transplant Resource Center of Maryland, where he was
director of the Tissue Bank in 2003. He also served on
nearly 20 state, national and international committees,
presented extensively and received many grant awards.
Munster is survived by his wife, Joy; mother,
Marianne; daughters Andrea Yoch, Tara Girch and Alexandra
Munster; grandchildren Ryan and Ben Yoch; and sister-in-law
Memorial contributions may be made to the Andrew M.
Munster, M.D., Visiting Lecture Fund and should be sent to
the attention of Boi Carpenter-Mellady, Fund for Johns
Hopkins Medicine, 1 Charles Center, 100 N. Charles St.,
Suite 400, Baltimore, MD 21210. Checks should be made
payable to The Johns Hopkins University with "Andrew M.
Munster, M.D., Visiting Lecture Fund" noted in the memo
portion of the check.
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