Dr. Walter M. Boehm, a longtime physician at both the Walter E. Boehm Birth Defect Center and the Neurosurgical Group of Chattanooga, died Monday after unexpected complications in a chronic illness.
Boehm served as the Birth Defect Center's co-medical director for more than 30 years.
The center's executive director, Elizabeth Myers, said, "Dr. Boehm is remembered by the ... center as an amazing diagnostician who devoted much of his life to advancing the center's mission of making a difference in the lives of children born with neural tube defects."
He joined both the Birth Defect Center and the Neurosurgical Group after he completed his residency at Emory University in Atlanta in 1974.
"He was wonderful to work with," said Dr. Michael Gallagher, with the Neurosurgical Group, who worked with Boehm for about 15 years. "He was a beloved and esteemed member of our group who was a devoted provider of neurosurgical care to the adult and pediatric community here for over 30 years."
Boehm's father founded the Neurosurgical Group in 1947 and the Birth Defect Center in 1963.
Boehm carried on his father's legacy until he retired in 2006 to "be a dad and a grandpa," Gallagher said.