Noted Local Burn Surgeon Killed
Some of the top burn surgeons in the world are stunned as word spreads that their friend and colleague, Doctor Gary Purdue was killed by a suspected drunk driver in Dallas. For 22 years, Purdue has been co-director of the world-renowned burn unit at Parkland Hospital. He was also chief of the burn section in the UT Southwestern Department of Surgery. Doctor Purdue was heading north on his Harley Sunday when another man blew a stop sign and plowed into Purdue’s bike on Webb Chapel near Walnut Hill Lane. Purdue was sent flying through a fence, dying a short while later at Parkland. The SUV’s 24-year-old driver is now charged with intoxicated manslaughter. Purdue joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1982 and became a full professor twelve years later. He won several national and international awards for his work. In 1998, he was recognized as Physician of the Year for his outstanding commitment to the healing process. Colleagues recall how he got to work right after the September 11th attacks, and organized a shipment of skin replacements to New York City to treat burn victims. There will be memorial services this week but the details are not finalized.