Curtis P. Artz (1915-1977) was a renowned trauma and burn surgeon who joined the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1965. He served as professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery until his untimely death in 1977.Dr. Artz received his B.A. and M.D. from Ohio State University and did his graduate work in surgery at Baylor College. Before coming to Charleston, Artz served in the Army and was assigned to the Surgical Research Unit of the Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. While there he founded the Army Burn Center and served as director of the Army Surgical Research team in Korea. Between 1956 when he left the army and the time he joined MUSC, Dr. Artz was a faculty member at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine at Jackson and became the first Shrine Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas, Galveston. He was chairman of the Committee on Trauma of the National Research Council, president of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, president of the American Burn Society, and president of the Southeastern Surgical Congress. He made notable contributions to American surgery in a wide field including surgical metabolism, burns, shock, and trauma.