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John B. Lynch, M.D.
1929 - 2014

It is my sad duty to report to the members of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons of the passing of Dr. J.B. Lynch here in Nashville on October 20, 2014. He was 85 years old.

Dr. Lynch was born on February 5, 1929 in Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee. He attended Columbia Military Academy and then continued his education at Vanderbilt University where he earned his undergraduate degree. He then attended the University of Tennessee Medical School at Memphis where he obtained his medical degree. After graduation from medical school, Dr. Lynch served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He then moved to Galveston, Texas to complete his residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch, in both General Surgery and Plastic Surgery, training under the renowned Drs. Truman Blocker and Stephen Lewis. While in Galveston, Dr. Lynch became a pioneer in the specialty of plastic surgery including the development of a specialty in burn surgery, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Shriners Burn Hospital at Galveston.

In 1973, Dr. Lynch returned home to Tennessee to become the Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Additionally, he served as Chief of the Head and Neck Services in the Vanderbilt University affiliated hospitals including the Veterans Administration Hospital in Nashville, the Metropolitan General Hospital in Nashville and the then Baptist Hospital here in Nashville. One of his most cherished achievements was the opening of the regional burn center at Vanderbilt where he served as the Medical Director until the end of his career.

Dr. Lynch was a leader in many professional organizations dedicated to the advancement in medicine and plastic surgery. He was President of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, President of the Southern Medical Association, and a Director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and also sat as the Chairman of the American Board of Plastic Surgery in his last year. Dr. Lynch received numerous awards throughout his career including the 1987 Outstanding Alumnus at the University of Tennessee Medical School and has been awarded the Honorary Citation by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Lynch touched the lives of many plastic surgeons, myself included. He was a mentor, teacher, role model, and friend to me and many others. His influence is immeasurable.

In addition to his professional career, Dr. Lynch was dedicated to his family and was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He will be missed by many.

R. Bruce Shack, M.D.

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