The surgical career of David H. Ahrenholz, MD, FACS at the University of Minnesota has spanned 41 years, first as a resident and most recently as an Associate Professor, mentoring residents and serving as Co-Director of the Burn Center at the affiliated Regions Hospital in St. Paul. He first used cultured epidermal cells to treat a burn patient in 1985 and his research interests have been related to critical burn care and skin replacement, as well as frostbite and necrotizing skin infections. He has served terms as Government Affairs Committee Chairman, as Treasurer and as 2014-15 President of the American Burn Association, and remains active on the ABA Board of Trustees after retiring from clinical practice at the end of 2015.