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Robert J. Hoehn, M.D.
1928 - 2008

Dr. Robert J. Hoehn died in Denver, Colorado on March 5, 2008 after a long illness. He was born December17, 1928, son of a pharmacist and school teacher. A valedictorian and president of his senior high school class, he attended and received both a B.A. and M.D. degrees from Washington University, St. Louis, MO. He interned and was a medicine resident at Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, B.C. (1956-58). Dr. Hoehn served on active duty in the U.S. Navy as a medical officer from 1958-60. He continued his training in General Surgery at the Montreal General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, and Boston City Hospital, Boston, Mass. He spent a year as a Research Fellow at the Westminster Hospital Medical School, London, England in Immunology and Organ Transplantation. Dr. Hoehn returned to the U.S. IN 1963 for a residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the New York Hospital (Cornell University). Thereafter, he spent five years on the faculty of the Columbia University Medical School, Division of Plastic Surgery. In 1970 he came to Denver, Colorado to initiate a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency program at the University of Colorado Health Science Center. Dr. Hoehn trained ten plastic surgeons before leaving the University for private practice in 1978. He practiced until his retirement in 2001. Dr. Hoehn had specific interests besides basic science teaching in wound healing, immunology, transplantation, laser therapy and craniofacial surgery.

Bob Hoehn was active in many professional and scientific organizations including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Plastic Surgery Research Council, International Transplantation Society, American College of Surgeons, American Association of University Professors, and the Denver Academy of Surgery. He served as president of the Rocky Mountain Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (1976-78/1996-7) and the Denver Medical Club (1995-98).

Dr. Hoehn is survived by his wife, Nancy Baum Hoehn; her children, David and Daniel and three grandchildren. His children; Robert A. Hoehn, Verna Beach, CA, and Eva Hoehn, Baltimore, MD. Dr. Margaret Hoehn, his first wife, predeceased him in 2005. A brother, Ernest Hoehn lives in St. Louis, MO.

Dr. Robert J. Hoehn was a true gentleman and teacher. He dedicated his life to his profession and patients. He will be missed by his friends and colleagues.

Joseph R. Zbylski M.D.

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