an image of a doctor or nurse applying makeup to a patient with burn scars on their faceFrom 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 in Sacramento give 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 pediatric burn too small to treat.

Children with severe burns and other emergent needs are admitted through a physician-to-physician referral.

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Medical Concentration


Burn Care

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

Skin Conditions

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

Wound Care

  • Dog bites
  • Traumatic wounds

Skin Treatments

  • 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
Dr. Greenhalgh has devoted more than 25 years to managing pediatric burns for Shriners Hospitals for Children and is past president of the American Burn Association (ABA).

Tina Palmieri, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.C.C.M.
Assistant Chief of Burns
Dr. Palmieri also is a past president of the American Burn Association (ABA). The principle goal of her research is to improve the quality of life of people who have sustained burn injury.

Soman Sen, M.D.
Burn Surgeon
Dr. Sen trained under Dr. Greenhalgh and Dr. Palmieri. His medical experience includes fellowships in Burns and Surgical Critical Care. He is doing research that improves measures of burn outcomes.

Catherine Comroe, P.N.P.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Burn Prevention

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.

Scientific Research

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.


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.

Patient Referral

916-453-2111 (Emergency Referral)
916-453-2395 (fax)

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