Burn Center Services

Brigham and Women's Hospital is verified as an adult burn center by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. The BWH Burn Center features a burn care team that is highly experienced in managing severe burns and smoke inhalation. Our burn surgeons are involved with the resuscitation and wound care of burn patients from arrival to discharge.

Treatments & Innovations

Our Trauma and Burn Intensive Care Unit includes rooms equipped with high output ceiling heaters, critical for burn patients’ care. Our neighboring neurological ICU is equipped with a CT scan directly in the unit, immediately available for our trauma and burn patients.

Members of our team were in the laboratory at the time when the artificial skin (Integra™) was discovered, and basic research related to its applications is very active in our laboratories. We were involved in the initial clinical trials for the use of Trancyte ™ on patients with facial and hand burns. Our original discoveries also include the use of anabolic steroids in burn patients. Learn more about burn care treatment and innovation at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Outreach

Fire prevention has proven to have an enormous impact nationwide on reducing the number of burn casualties. In fact, the number of burn victims has been on a steady decline over the past decade.

We are experienced in providing both educational as well as "hands on" courses and lectures. Our community outreach efforts center on proper care for burn patients as well as prevention methods. Please email the BWH Trauma and Burn Center to request a presentation on any of the topics listed below or to discuss tailoring a lecture to your local community needs. 

  • Initial Burn Care and Resuscitation
  • Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
  • Secondary Burn Reconstruction
  • Burn Case Review

Contact Information

Emergency/Patient Transfer 24-Hour Contact
617-732-5034

Patient Follow-up Appointments
617-732-7715 x2

Burn Education and Outreach
617-732-7411

Providers & Staff

Success of our Burn Center is made possible with the support of a strong, multi-disciplinary team including occupational therapists, physical therapists, dietitians, social workers, and skilled wound care staff.

Director

Stephanie Nitzschke, MD

Burn Faculty

Robert Riviello, MD, MPH

Nursing

Diane Tsitos, RN, Burn/Trauma Unit Nurse Director

Social Services, Care Coordination

Meredith Nelson, LICSW
Cheryl Ventola, RN

Occupational and Physical Therapy

Laura Engelman, OTR/L

Trauma / Burn Program

Yvonne Michaud, MSN, RN, Trauma and Burn Program Nurse Director
Nicholas Faoro, RN, MSN, Burn Program Manager
Beth Bryant, MPH, Injury Prevention Coordinator

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