Donald Stuart Gann ’52

Donald Stuart Gann ’52, M.D.,died on February 3 at his Brooklandville, Maryland, home. Donald was born in Baltimore on February 25, 1932, attended Polytechnic Institute through the 11th grade, leaving to attend Dartmouth. Don was a 1952 magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth with a double major in physics and philosophy. He earned his medical degree in 1956 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He had a distinguished medical career as a surgeon, innovator, educator, research scientist, and author of many published articles, chapters, and books. He was an assistant resident in surgery at University Hospitals and later chief resident in surgery. In 1967 he became the chair of the department of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. In 1970 he returned to Hopkins as a medical professor, leaving in 1979 to join Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, to establish and chair its department of surgery. Returning to Baltimore in 1988, he practiced surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he headed the division of surgical critical care, retiring in 2010. Dr. Gann also served in numerous professional associations. In 1960 he married the former Gail Burgan, a nurse practitioner at the University of Maryland. In addition to his wife of 60 years and his daughter, Susan, he is survived by sons Donald Jr., Robert, and Richard and three grandchildren.


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