David Milton Heimbach
Dr. David Milton Heimbach, formally of Seattle, WA died surrounded by his family on August 7, 2017 in his home on Maui where he and his wife moved after his retirement. He was 78 years old. He is survived by his wife, his sister, his 2 children and his four grandchildren.
Dr. Heimbach was born on September 29, 1938 in Doylestown, PA. He graduated with honors from Cornell University and then Cornell Medical School. In 1966 he served as a Captain in the USAMC for 2 years and then went on to have a successful and rewarding career as a surgeon and professor. He made great contributions to burn care and touched the hearts of thousands of patients. He was a gifted teacher and mentor during his 37 years as Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington. In 1977 he became the Director of the UW Burn Unit at Harborview Medical Center. He was also Past President of the American Burn Association, and the Past President of International Society for Burn Injury. Dr. Heimbach also led teams of doctors to 3rd world countries teaching burn care to those less fortunate. Throughout his career he received many special honors including the Harvey Stuart Allen Award for Distinguished Service, the President's Leadership Award for Lifetime Achievement in Burn Care and Leadership from the ABA, the Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award given personally by the Dali Lama every 4 years to World Wide leaders who have made a difference to medical care in developing countries, and the Tanner / Vanderput /Boswick Award for International Lifetime Achievement. Beyond his career, Dr. Heimbach was a compassionate and kind man and a great storyteller. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to share his jokes with others. He was loved by all who knew him.
Due to the move to Maui, there will not be a public memorial. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Harborview Burn Center in his name would be appreciated.
Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 20, 2017.