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Meet Dr. Ramon L. Zapata Sirvent – a leader in children’s reconstructive burn care

Meet Dr. Ramon L. Zapata Sirvent – a leader in children’s reconstructive burn care

An accomplished plastic surgeon, leader and educator in burn care, Ramon Zapata Sirvent, M.D., FACS, has been an integral part of the surgical team at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston for the past three years.

Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, where he enjoyed playing baseball in his youth, Zapata Sirvent knew at a very young age that he wanted to become a surgeon and help others. However, it was early in his career while working in the University of Colorado’s burn unit under the mentorship of Dr. John A. Boswick, who was one of the founders of the American Burn Association, and Dr. John F. Hansbrough, that he found his true passion for helping burn survivors.

Over his career, Dr. Zapata Sirvent has accomplished many great things, including authoring eight published books on burn care and plastic surgery, and hundreds of papers specific to reconstructive care. These publications have allowed him to share his knowledge with countless other burn care professionals across the globe.

Before returning to the U.S. to work at Shriners Hospitals for Children, Dr. Zapata Sirvent became known in Venezuela and across Latin America as a medical leader as he worked to improve burn care in a heavy oil and gas industry country, and later founded the Venezuelan Burn Association. Dr. Zapata Sirvent also served as president of the Venezuelan Society of Plastic, Reconstructive, Aesthetic and Maxillofacial Surgery, and is currently a member of the board of directors of the Ibero-Latinoamerican Federation of Plastic Surgery (FILACP).

He enjoys spending time with his six grandchildren who live in the U.S., and continues to use his surgical talent and passion for helping children with burn injuries continue to grow, unconfined by their scars, living lives of full mobility, thanks to the Shriners Hospitals for Children mission.