Autopsy planned today for UC Irvine Burn Center director found dead in her pool

The Orange County coroner said an autopsy will be performed today on the body of Dr. Marianne E. Cinat, a noted trauma surgeon and medical director of the UC Irvine Regional Burn Center, who was found dead in her pool this weekend.

A friend reportedly found Cinat, 46, dead Saturday in the backyard pool of her home in Rossmoor, an unincorporated area of Orange County, and firefighters pronounced her dead at the scene.

"There is an ongoing death investigation," Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Stu Greenberg confirmed today. The UC Irvine website noted that Dr. Cinat "gently restores health and hope to burn victims.

"For me, caring for patients is what takes priority and what I love," she explains in an introductory materials on the web page. "I couldn't be a doctor if I didn't do that."

Cinat grew up in Southfield, Michigan, according to her official biography. She earned a bachelor of science degree with distinction from the University of Michigan in 1987 and her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1990. Her father was an engineer and her mother was a nurse.

She served in various leadership positions with organizations such as the American College of Surgeons and was considered a widely respected expert on the treatment of burn patients.

"The UC Irvine community is devastated by this loss," UC Irvine Medical Center spokesman John Murray told the Orange County Register. "Dr. Marianne Cinat was an outstanding surgeon whose skill and compassion touched the lives of hundreds of burn survivors and their families.

"She was a wonderful colleague, friend and mentor whose presence will be deeply missed. Our thoughts are with her family."