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Burn care

Burn care

From massive life-threatening burns to the smallest fingertip burn, the internationally noted team of burn surgeons and specialists at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California gives children the care and rehabilitation they need to lead active, productive lives. Expert care extends to children with serious skin conditions, dog bites, skin tears and other wounds. Care is advanced through scientific and clinical research studies on critical care and prevention. There is no burn too small to treat.

Children with severe burns and other emergent needs are admitted through a physician-to-physician referral. Read about one of our success stories.

Burn care provided and conditions treated, include:

Burn care

  • Acute injuries
  • Burn reconstruction
  • Burn rehabilitation
  • Critical care
  • Emergent burn care (burns of any size)

Skin conditions

  • Necrotizing fasciitis
  • Purpura fulminans
  • Steven’s Johnson syndrome
  • Toxic epidermal necrolysis (TENS)

Wound care

  • Dog bites
  • Traumatic wounds

Skin treatments

  • Scar management
  • Skin grafting

Collaborative approach to burn care

David Greenhalgh, M.D., chief of burns, and Tina Palmieri, M.D., assistant chief of burns, and Soman Sen, M.D. lead a multidisciplinary team that includes skilled reconstructive plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists and psychologists, burn technicians, occupational and physical therapists, nutritionists, social workers, pharmacists, child life specialists, schoolteachers, and orthotists and prosthetists. They work in concert to maximize the cosmetic and functional outcomes. All care includes aggressive therapy and emotional support.

The medical team

Tina Palmieri, M.D., FACS, FCCM, Assistant Chief of Burns
Kathleen Romanowski, M.D., FACS Burn Surgeon
Soman Sen, M.D., Burn Surgeon
Catherine Comroe, PNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Burn prevention

The Northern California Shriners Hospital burn team works in concert to promote health and safety through prevention research and education. Topics of prevention studies include halogen lamps, fire imagery in toy advertising, microwavable soups, circle of safety, scald burns, residential sprinklers and more. We also conduct a burn prevention program for school children called Safety Begins at Home. For information on prevention studies and education, call 916-453-2050.

Scientific research

Survival rates for burn victims have improved dramatically over the past 40 years. Doctors and scientists at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California are responsible for many of the advances in pediatric burn care. Studies underway encompass everything from how the body reacts to severe stress, to diagnostic tools that can be used at the bedside when treating critically injured children.


Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is accredited by the Joint Commission and distinguished by the American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a verified pediatric burn center.