2017–2018 Special Interest Group Chairs

This SIG provides a forum for anesthesia providers to share information regarding peri-operative care of burn patients including pain management, critical care and respiratory care issues.

Chair
Joe R. Jansen, MD, MS
Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Little Rock, AR
(501) 364-2204
Email

Co-Chair
Terry Fletcher, MD, PhD
Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Little Rock, AR
(501) 364-6834
Email

This SIG was created as a forum for nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other mid-level health care practitioners to exchange ideas and practices, promote professional growth and facilitate continuing education in
burn care.

Chair
Mary Bruce, PA
Firefighters Regional Burn Center
Memphis, TN
(315) 427-0163
Email

Co-Chair
Kari Gabehart, FNP-BC
Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center-Eskenazi Health
Indianapolis, IN
(371) 941-0027
Email

The Bioengineering/Biophysics SIG is a forum for exchange between clinicians and scientists interested in the application of basic physical and engineering science to understanding burn path physiology, development of molecular repair therapeutics and tissue engineering science.

Chair
Joseph A. Molnar, MD, PhD
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC
(336) 716-4390
Email

Provides a forum for problem solving and instruction in the various aspects of establishing and running camp programs for the burn injured child.

Chair
Mark Koopman
Hooser Burn Camp, Inc.
Battleground, IN
(765) 296-8869
Email

Co-Chair
Scotty Roberson
Children’s Hospital
Birmingham, AL
(205) 873-2105
Email

An informal meeting of physicians and others who are interested in discussing issues, such as burn unit management, physician role responsibilities and reimbursement.

Chair
Louis H. Riina, MD
Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, PC
Garden City, NY
(516) 742-3404
Email

Devoted to the dissemination of information about activities in the burn prevention sphere. Deliberations of the Burn Prevention Committee are provided as an update on committee projects and activities.

Chair
Rebecca Coffey, RN, MSN, CNP
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, OH
(614) 293-6084
Email

Co-Chair
Yuk Ming Liu
University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic
Iowa City, IA
(212) 864-0671
Email

Provides an opportunity for all Burn Registry users to network with colleagues and a forum for the exchange of registry information.

Chair
Caitlin Michel
North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center
Chapel Hill, NC
(919) 523-3065
Email

Co-Chair
Deborah Bandanza
Bridgeport Hospital
Bridgeport, CT
(203) 384-3678
Email

Creates an opportunity for burn survivors and health care professionals to share ideas and information on providing psychosocial support to burn patients and their families.

Chair
Pam Peterson, RN, BSN
Phoenix Society
(616) 458-2773
Email

Co-Chair
Dana Dillard, MSW, LCSW
Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation
(404) 320- 6223
Email

The meeting provides an opportunity for Canadians who are attending the ABA to meet and discuss issues that are relevant to burn care in Canada.

Chair
Isabelle Perreault, MD, FRCSC
Sainte Justine Pediatric Hospital Center
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
(514) 345-4931 X 7289
Email

Co-Chair
Anthony Papp, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Vancouver General Hospital
Vancouver, BC Canada V5Z 1M9
(604) 875-4084
Email

The purpose of the Disaster SIG is to provide a designated forum at the ABA Conference for individuals from all disciplines interested in Disaster Preparedness to come together and discuss how to prepare and plan for a Burn Mass Casualty Incident, as well as to address any relevant concerns or issues.

Chair
Anne Fast, BSN, RN
University of Michigan Health
Ann Arbor, MI
(810) 938-8194
Email

Co-Chair 
Judy Placek
Nebraska Medicine
Omaha, NE
(402) 880-1976
Email

Provides a forum for exchange among public health and safety professionals, clinicians, and statisticians interested in developing a common understanding of the epidemiology of burn and fire injury, as documented in vital statistics and treated both in burn centers and other health care settings.

Chair
Rebecca Coffey, RN, MSN, CNP
The Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, OH
(614) 293-6084
Email

Co-Chair
Andrea Whittaker
The Ohio State University, Wexner
Columbus, OH
(602) 689-6127
Email

The Federation helps empower burn-related organizations to better serve their communities with communication and information exchange that enhance the capabilities of members to promote and assist in the development of burn foundations.

Chair
Jennifer Radics-Johnson, MBA, CFRE
Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation
Pasadena, CA
(818) 848-0223 X 12
Email

This informal meeting provides firefighters and others an opportunity to share information on current burn-related projects and issues. This round table format allows participants equal time, and the meeting is open to all.

Chair
Lionel Crowther, FF
IAFF Burn Foundation
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
(204) 479-8506
Email

Co-Chair
Christopher Bowles, FF
Bakersfield Firefighters Burn Foundation
Bakersfield, CA
(661) 549-1113
Email

This group will provide: description of current and future resuscitation practices; discuss current “hot-topic” issues in the adult and pediatric burn populations; provide an opportunity for professional discussion and networking.

Chair
Jeffery Lutmer
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, OH
(614) 722-3504
Email

Co-Chair
Rajan Thakkar
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, OH
(614) 722-8459
Email

Chair
Renata Fabia, MD
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, OH
(614) 722-3910
Email

Co-Chair
Ashish Nagpal
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, OH
(614) 722-3438
Email

Provides an opportunity for burn nurses to network with colleagues, gain information about the ABA and share ideas.  Issues relevant to burn nursing and the profession of nursing as a whole are discussed.

Chair
Brad Wiggins, RN, BSN
University of Utah, Hospital Burn Center
Salt Lake City, UT
(801) 581-2008/ (801) 628-3133 Cell
Email

Co-Chair
Sarah Bernardy, RN
UC Davis Burn Center
Sacramento, CA
(916) 734-3686
Email

This SIG fosters interaction among interested professionals through the exchange of nutrition and metabolism information. Team members include clinical dietitians/nutritionist, nutrition support practitioners, dietetic technicians, researchers and others with an interest in nutrition support and metabolism.

Co-Chair
Kate Wallace, MS, RD, LD, CNSC
MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington DC
202-877-5839 (work)
804-201-7174 (cell)
Email

Co-Chair
Danielle Toepfer, RD, LD
Legacy Emanuel, Oregon Burn Center
Portland, OR
708-269-8618 (mobile)
Email

This SIG provides opportunities for professional exchange of ideas with colleagues on new treatment methods, research activity and clinical problem solving. Another focus is to encourage burn therapist involvement in the ABA.

Chair
Annick Chouinard,Bsc, PT
Villa Medica Rehabilitation Hospital
Montreal, Quebec Canada
(514) 288-8201 X 4575
Email

Co-Chair
Katie Siwy, MS, OTR/L
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
(617) 733-8310
Email

As a global community, this SIG’s multidisciplinary team will try to address the devastating consequences of Pediatric Burn Injury. Our goals are to facilitate communication and cooperation amongst individuals and centers of excellence focused on pediatric burn care; to establish subcommittees in order to review the world’s medical literature and practices of care; to meet annually and foster regular “updates”; to help publish pediatric-based guidelines and protocols with assistance from the ABA, EBA, and ISBI; to help establish philanthropic funding and support global initiatives.

Chair
Lillian F. Liao, MD, MPH, FACS
UTHSCSA, Pediatric Trauma & Burn Director UHS
San Antonio, TX
(201) 743-4130
Email

Co-Chair
Cindy Nederveld, RN, BSN, CPN
Children’s Hospital Colorado, Burn Nurse Program Coordinator
Aurora, CO
(720) 777-6665
Email

The Pharmacy SIG provides the opportunity for interactions among professionals interested in the pharmaceutical care of the burn patient. This forum allows for open discussion among colleagues on medical management, pharmacotherapy, pharmacokinetics in burn patients, and research opportunities. Additionally, there is a focus on increasing the representation and involvement of pharmacists in the ABA.

Chair
Todd Walroth, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Eskenazi Health
Pittsboro, IN
(317) 880-4460
Email

Co-Chair
Kate Pape
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
Coralville, IA
(319) 678-1176
Email

This SIG provides a forum for active discussion among those individuals who work with the psychological, emotional and social aspects of burn injury, recovery and rehabilitation.

Chair
Mikki Rothbauer, MSW, LICSW
Regions Hospital
St. Paul, MN
(651) 254-2030
Email

Co-Chair
Dana Dillard, MSW, LCSW
Email

A forum for those interested in surgical care for the burn survivor. The meeting consists of interesting case presentations, subject presentations in burn reconstruction and discussion by attendees.  

Chair
Sigrid Blome-Eberwein
Lehigh Valley Hospital Burn Center
Allentown, PA
(610) 402-1685/ (610) 653-5815
Email

Co-Chair
Daniel Driscoll
Tufts Medical Center
Newton, MA
(617) 244-0990
Email

This SIG promotes interaction between individuals who are involved in research related to burn injuries. Current research topics important to the area of burn injury are discussed. The group also provides information concerning current funding trends and resources.

Chair
Ryan Huebinger, PhD
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX
(214) 648-3354
Email

Co-Chair
Linda Sousse
UTMB
Galveston, TX
Email