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Refer a patient

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Shriners Hospitals for Children is here to help. We’ve made referring a patient or obtaining an appointment for your child very easy.

Our health care system offers care for a wide range of pediatric specialties. See our care page to learn more about these specialties. The locations section below indicates what care specialties each of our 22 locations provide. Once you determine which location will best serve your needs, simply call the appropriate intake number to request an appointment. 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.

Please note that while Shriners Hospitals for Children does not require a physician referral, some insurers may require them or have additional requirements for certain medical care. Please also be aware that while referrals and assistance from Shriners are welcome and greatly appreciated, it is not necessary to have a connection with a fraternity member to receive care – all decisions are based on the child’s medical need and our ability to provide effective assistance.

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 health care professionals are welcome to call their nearest Shriners Hospitals for Children listed below for questions regarding the services we provide and to speak to one of our practitioners.




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 (available below) and submit it to one of the Shriners Hospitals for Children locations. A hospital representative will provide instructions for any additional information required.

We welcome referrals from all appropriate sources, and are committed to doing all we can to improve the lives of the children in our care.

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