2018–2019 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
Brian D. Masel, MD
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX
409-771-1216
Email

Co-Chair
Felipe Medeiros, MD
Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Little Rock, AR
210-232-4158
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
Kari M. Gabehart, RN, FNP-BC
Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center, Eskenazi Health
Indianapolis, IN
317-880-6822
Email

Co-Chair
Tonya C. George, PA-C, MSHS, MSPH, PhD
University of Texas Health Science Center
Houston, TX
713-500-7244
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
Rodney K. Chan
US Army Burn Center
San Antonio, TX
210-802-8222
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
765-567-0115
Email

Co-Chair

Daniel Chacon
Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation
Pasadena, CA
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, FACS
Long Island Plastic Surgical
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 A. Coffey, PhD, MSN, CNP
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, OH
(614) 293-6084
Email

Co-Chair
Stephanie A. Campbell, RN
Parkland Health & Hospital, Regional Burn Center
Dallas, TX
817-713-8063
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
The Phoenix Society
Grand Rapids, MI
616-458-2773
Email

Co-Chair
Dana R. Dillard, MSW, LCSW
Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation
Atlanta, GA
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
CHU Sainte-Justine Burn Unit
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
514-345-4771
Email

Co-Chair
Anthony Papp, MD, PhD
B. C. Professional Firefighters’ Burn and Plastic
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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
Judy L. Placek, APRN
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
YUK Ming Liu, MD
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinic
Iowa City, IA
212-864-0671
Email

Co-Chair
Rebecca A. Coffey, PhD, MSN, CNP
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, OH
614-293-6084
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
Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation
Pasadena, CA
818-848-0223
Email

Co-Chair
Sharon Townsend
Children’s Burn Foundation
Sherman Oaks, CA
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
Christopher Bowles, FF
Bakersfield Firefighters Burn Foundation
Bakersfield, CA
871-6887
Email

Co-Chair
Joe Brooks, FF
Denver Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation
Denver, CO
303-681-1166
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, MD
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, OH
(614) 722-3504
Email

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

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

Co-Chair
Ashish Nagpal, MD
The Children’s Hospital at OUMC
Oklahoma City, OK
405-271-5211
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 Burn Camp Programs
Salt Lake City, UT
(801) 581-2008
Cell:(801) 628-3133
Email

Co-Chair
Sarah Bernardy, RN
UC Davis
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
Danielle Toepfer, RD, LD
Oregon Burn Center
Portland, OR
(708) 269-8616
Email

Co-Chair
Kate Wallace, MS, RD, LD, CNSC
Medstar Washington Hospital Center
Washington, DC
202-877-5839
Cell: 804-201-7174
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
Katie G. Siwy, MS, OTR/L
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
617-733-8310
Email

Co-Chair
Walter R. Anyan MPT
University of Utah Burn Trauma Center
Salt Lake City, UT
801-581-2132
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
San Antonio, TX
201-743-4130
Email

Co-Chair
Daniel Marx, RN, MSN
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, KS
816-302-8169
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
Kate O. Pape, PharmD, BCPS
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
612-508-6346
Email

Co-Chair
David Hill, PharmD, BCPS
Firefighters Regional Burn Center
Memphis, TN
901-545-8920
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 J. Rothbauer, MSW, LICSW
Regions Hospital
St. Paul, MN
651-254-2030
Email

Co-Chair
Dana R. Dillard, MSW, LCSW
Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation
Atlanta, GA
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 A. Blome-Eberwein, MD
Lehigh Valley Hospital Burn Center
Allentown, PA
610-402-1685
Email

Co-Chair
Daniel N. Driscoll, MD, FACS
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Boston, 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
Linda Sousse, PhD, MBA
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX
409-770-6701
Email

Co-Chair
Tony Chao
US Army Institute of Surgical Research
Fort Sam Houston, TX
210-539-8542
Email