American Burn Association Honors Distinguished Service of Burn Care Leaders at Shriners Hospitals for Children

The American Burn Association recognized the extraordinary role Shriners Hospitals for Children ─ Northern California plays in burn care, research and prevention at its 48th Annual Meeting being held in Las Vegas this week. Burn leaders from the Northern California Shriners Hospital captured distinguished service awards in both the scientific and non-scientific categories.

David Greenhalgh, M.D., chief of burns, received the Harvey Stuart Allen Distinguished Service Award, which is presented to an outstanding North American scientist for contributions to the burn field.   The award is presented in the name of Dr. Allen, a pioneer in developing aggressive coverage of the burn wound. Dr. Greenhalgh joined the ABA in 1988 and served as president from 2006 – 2007. His extensive committee work includes the Research Committee, Chair of the Ethics Committee, Chair of the Program Committee, Initiator and Chair of the Aftercare Reintegration Committee, Verification Committee and more.

In 1997, Shriners Hospitals for Children turned to Dr. Greenhalgh to lead the growth and development of its burn program at their then-new regional pediatric medical center in Sacramento.  As chief of burns at Shriners Hospitals for Children ─ Northern California and the University of California Davis, Dr. Greenhalgh has built a vibrant program that admits over 600 acute burns annually. Dr. Greenhalgh’s research interests include burn resuscitation, sepsis, and burn prevention. He is the editor of a new book entitled Burn Care for the General Surgeon and General Practitioner.

Ingrid Parry, a physical therapist, received the Curtis P. Artz Distinguished Award, which is presented annually to a non-physician member of the ABA for outstanding contributions in the burn field.  The award memorializes the contributions of Dr. Artz, who, as a member of the surgical staff at the U.S. Army Burn Center, recognized the importance of building a multi-disciplinary burn team of physicians, nurses, therapists, dietitians and more. Ms. Parry epitomizes the spirit of collaboration.

An active member and leader within the ABA, Ms. Parry serves on the Verification Committee, Archives Committee and chairs the Rehabilitation Committee. She has shared more than 60 presentations nationally and internationally and authored 20 publications related to burn rehabilitation.

Ms. Parry joined Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California shortly after it opened in Sacramento in 1997 and worked with her colleague, Cheryl Hanley, to develop the hospital’s burn rehabilitation program. Her research interests include facial scar management, interactive video games, burn therapist competency and practice guideline development. Parry developed a Burn Rehabilitation Therapist Competency Tool that has been used by burn centers throughout the United States for clinical training.

Outgoing ABA president Edward E. Tredget, M.D., presented the awards during his presidential address on Wednesday, May 4.

On May 6, Ms. Parry and Dr. Greenhalgh will discuss research related to rehabilitation of the burn patient in a presentation entitled Cutaneous Functional Units Predict Range of Motion Recovery with Therapy.  It is one of more than a dozen presentations developed for the 2016 ABA Meeting by members of the burn team at Shriners Hospitals for Children ─ Northern California.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research.  Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis.   Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call (916) 453-2000 or go online to

Media Contact:  Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 |

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