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David W. Robinson papers

Identifier: KUMC-MSS-52

Scope and Contents

Papers of Dr. David W. Robinson, faculty member in plastic surgery from 1945 to 1985, when he retired as University Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

The collection contains correspondence, photographs, biographical materials, awards, certificates, lectures, and assorted ephemera.


  • 1956 - 1985


Conditions Governing Access

Some folders are restricted because of their sensitive nature or because they contain personal or confidential information. These records are protected by federal laws such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Examples of restricted records are personnel files, medical records, financial records, and any materials containing personal information such as addresses and social security numbers. Restricted materials are identified at the box and/or folder level within the finding aid. Questions about these materials may be directed to the Archivist. Access may be allowed on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the KUMC Archives and only after a proposal has been reviewed and approved by the University of Kansas Human Subjects Committee. All requests are subject to review by the Archives staff to determine accessibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Archives staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of materials. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in the use of this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Born on November 15, 1914, Dr. Robinson received his B.A. degree from the University of Kansas in 1935, and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1938. His initial appointment with the University of Kansas Medical Center was as Assistant in Plastic Surgery in 1945. He later became Head of Plastic Surgery, and from 1975-1976, he served as Acting Executive Vice Chancellor. Dr. Robinson was awarded the title of Distinguished Professor and appointed as Director of the Gene and Barbara Burnett Burn Center in 1973. Founded by Robinson, the Burn Center, which cost $550.000 to build, was paid for by private funds largely solicited by him. Robinson was Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs and Chief of Staff from 1974-1979.

In 1982, Dr. Robinson, became the first KUMC Surgeon to receive the Distinguished Service Award of the American College of Surgeons for his research, teaching and service. In 1984 he became an Honorary Medical Alumnus, and in 1985, was appointed as University Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Dr. Robinson died in 2003.


2 Cubic Feet (2 record cartons)

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Repository Details

Part of the KUMC Archives Repository

University of Kansas Medical Center
2017 Robinson, Mail Stop 1025
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City KS 66160 United States