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 49th Annual Meeting held in Boston in March 21-24.  Two members of the burn team were honored for their distinguished service.

Tina Palmieri, M.D., assistant 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. Since joining the burn team at the Northern California Shriners Hospital in 1999, Dr. Palmieri has published and presented extensively in the areas of burn injury, burn care and burn prevention.  She extends her expertise to both children and adults and is Professor and Director of the Firefighters Burn Center at the University of California Davis. Since 2009, she has been the Director of the University of California Davis Burn Data Coordinating Center.

In 2012, Dr. Palmieri served as president of the American Burn Association (ABA) and was recently named to the Trauma, Burns and Critical Care Board of the American Board of Surgery. She is a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine and the American College of Surgery and is a member of many other professional organizations including the Association for Academic Surgery and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, to name just two.  Her prevention studies on fire imagery in toy advertising and campfire safety have attracted public awareness. The California Department of Parks and Recreation adopted the Circle of Safety campaign to promote campfire safety.

Kelsey Viega  received the 2017 Burn Prevention Award.  A longtime employee of Shriners Hospitals for Children, Viega has worked with the burn team since 2003.  With the support and guidance of the burn doctors, she worked with the hospital’s burn team to help develop Safety Begins at Home, an interactive prevention program for grades K – 3 presented in partnership with local firefighters.  Viega was instrumental in the development of Little Heroes Burn Camp, which is run by the Firefighters Burn Institute. She served on the camp’s planning committee for over 6 years.  As an instructor for the Sacramento Valley Youth Firesetters Program, she teaches 15-18 year olds the impact their decisions have on their lives.  In addition to her work as a prevention advocate in the community, Viega has participated in over 30 research projects, including several award-winning prevention posters.

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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