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Request an appointment

Shriners Hospitals for Children provides a variety of specialty services. To request an appointment for a specific specialty, please call the intake number listed below as it relates to your nearest Shriners Hospitals for Children. Shriners Hospitals for Children does not require a physician referral. Some insurers may require referrals, or have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need. If an intake representative is not immediately available, please leave your name and contact information and an intake representative will contact you within two business days.

Physician referrals

Shriners Hospitals for Children is committed to providing the best care for children in our specialty areas of Orthopaedics, Burns, Spinal Cord Injury and Cleft Lip and Palate. Physicians and other healthcare professionals can call their nearest Shriners Hospitals for Children listed below for questions regarding the services we provide and to speak to one of our physicians.


For additional information concerning patient referrals please call 800-237-5055 or 800-361-7256 in Canada. Both lines are staffed weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., EST.
International patients

If you wish to request treatment for a child who is not a resident of the United States of America or its territories and possessions, Canada, Mexico, Panama or Puerto Rico, please complete the Request for Treatment form below and submit it to one of the Shriners Hospitals for Children locations. A hospital representative will provide instructions for any additional information required. 

English - International Request for Treatment
Spanish - Español International Request for Treatment
Brazilian Portuguese - Português do Brasil International Request for Treatment
German - Deutsch International Request for Treatment

Procedures for emergency burn care

In an emergency, the referring physician treating a child with burn injuries should telephone the Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston, Cincinnati, Galveston or Northern California and indicate that there is a patient needing emergency burn care.

The telephone numbers for emergency admissions to Shriners Hospital for Children specializing in burn treatments are:

Boston: 617-726-3575

Cincinnati: 866-947-7840

Galveston: 409-770-6773

Northern California: 916-453-2111