From massive life-threatening burns to the smallest fingertip burn, our internationally noted team of burn and plastic surgeons work alongside dedicated care-givers to provide the care and rehabilitation that injured children need to lead active, productive lives. We treat first, second and third-degree burns, including scald, chemical, fire, electrical and friction burns. Our team also performs cosmetic plastic surgery for burn injuries, reshaping affected facial and body features to help improve appearance and self-image. Expert care extends to children with serious skin conditions, dog bites, skin tears and other wounds.
We are the region’s only dedicated pediatric burn program verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons. Patients travel from across the Western United States and even beyond our borders for care.
Shriners Success Story
- Emergent pediatric burn care (burns of any size)
- Acute injuries
- Burn reconstruction
- Burn rehabilitation
- Critical care
- Toxic epidermal necrolysis (TENS)
- Steven’s Johnson syndrome
- Purpura fulminans
- Necrotizing fasciitis
- Dog bites
- Traumatic wounds
- Skin grafting
- Scar management
Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Care
David Greenhalgh, M.D., Chief of Burns, and Tina Palmieri, M.D., Assistant Chief of Burns, and Soman Sen, M.D. lead a multi-disciplinary 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
David Greenhalgh, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Chief of Burns
Tina Palmieri, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.C.C.M.
Assistant Chief of Burns
Soman Sen, M.D., F.A.C.S
Kathleen Romanowski, M.D., F.A.C.S
Catherine Comroe, P.N.P.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
The 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 Cup of Soup, Circle of Safety, Scald Burns, Residential Sprinklers and more. Shriners Hospital also conducts a burn prevention program for school children called Safety Begins at Home. For information on prevention studies and education, call 916-453-2050. To help reduce fires and burns, Shriners Hospitals for Children is spreading important prevention messages through its Be Burn Aware campaign.
Survival rates for burn victims have improved dramatically over the past 40 years. Doctors and scientists at Shriners Hospitals 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. Our noted team advances burn care through scientific and clinical research studies on critical care and prevention.
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.