Fellow of the American Burn Association (FABA) status allows physicians to demonstrate specialization in burn care through advanced training, contribution, and commitment to the field. 

The FABA designation encourages excellence, clarifies the referral process, and creates a publicly available benchmark to reference physicians that specialize in burn surgery. 

FABA is a new membership category for ABA, with additional benefits. If you choose to apply to become a FABA member, you will be invoiced at the FABA dues rate of $525 annually. Applications will open in Spring 2024.

  • Pay the FABA application fee. 
  • A link to the application fee will be sent within the payment confirmation for the application fee. 
  • Submit FABA application with all supporting documents by 11:59 p.m. CT on August 31, 2023. 
  • All applications will be reviewed by the FABA Ad Hoc Committee
  • Applicants will be notified by October 31 and receive an updated membership invoice with FABA membership dues category, to be paid for the following term (Jan-Dec). 
  • FABA designations will be effective January 1. 
  • An induction ceremony will be held each year at the ABA Annual Meeting. Inductees are encouraged to attend. 
  • FABA members must pay dues annually to maintain membership. 
  • All applicants must be licensed, board-certified physicians with current ABA membership.
  • Applicants must have a clinical appointment in a burn center for a term of no less than 3 continuous years prior to application.
  • Applicants must provide an updated CV and three (3) letters of advocacy (LOA) from board-certified physicians who you have worked with in caring for burn-injured patients. These can include: anesthesiologists, emergency medicine physicians, intensivists, psychiatrists, physiatrists, or surgeons. Recommended: one (1) from chair/surgeon chief and two (2) from physician coworkers.​
  • Applicants are evaluated on evidence provided within three of five principle categories. Each category requires a brief narrative from the candidate and either a letter of recommendation from a colleague, participation in specific burn-related activities, and/or evidence of advanced work in the burn field. See table below for detail.​​
FABA Candidates Submit Application Materials Using 3 of 5 of the Principle Categories
PrincipleNarrativeLetterParticipationEvidence
Care<100 wordsIn burn quality and performance improvement programDeidentified surgical case or patient care log demonstrating care of 50+ burn patients
Prevention<100 wordsFrom non-clinical entity (such as fire, govt, or public health agency official)In a burn-related advocacy event on the local, state, or national level
Rehabilitation<100 wordsFrom licensed burn rehabilitation therapist or behavioral health therapistIn survivor program, foundation, or equivalent
Research<100 wordsAs ABA Annual Meeting Program ParticipantFirst/last author on 1 manuscript and co-authored 3 additional manuscripts in JBCR or equivalent peer-reviewed journal
Teaching<100 wordsTeaching evaluations or letter from educational specialist ABLS Instructor, ABA mentor, or resident instructor

Frequently Asked Questions

In addition to the FABA member benefits, FABA members also receive: 

  • Entitlement to use the designation of Fellow of the American Burn Association (FABA), reflecting training, certification, and commitment to the field of burns 
  • Special recognition on the ABA website  
  • Special badge recognition at ABA programs 
  • VIP benefits for Annual National Meeting  
  • Induction and recognition at a special event during the Annual National Meeting 
  • Fellow lapel pin 
  • Mounted certificate 
  • Fellows of the ABA will be converted to the FABA membership category following application approval, with annual dues of $525.  
  • Memberships expire on December 31 of each year and are permitted a 90-day grace period prior to membership cancellation. Fellows who allow their membership to lapse will lose permission to use the credential and must join the ABA again at the regular member rate, prior to reapplying for FABA membership. 

Upon approval, you will be invoiced at the FABA rate at the end of your current membership cycle. Please do not send dues payment with your application. 

No, the application processing fee is non-refundable. 

FABA membership begins immediately upon notification of advancement to FABA. 

2023 Inaugural Class (left to right) Richard J. Kagan, MD, FABA; Lucy Wibbenmeyer, MD, FABA; Steven E. Wolf, MD, FABA; David G. Greenhalgh, MD, FABA; Tina L. Palmieri, MD, FABA; Linwood R. Haith, MD, FABA; William L. Hickerson, MD, FABA. Not Pictured: Robert L. Sheridan, MD, FABA; Michael D. Peck, MD, ScD, FABA; William G. Cioffi, Jr., MD, FABA; Palmer Q. Bessey, MD, MS, FABA

“The FABA designation recognizes my commitment to the totality of burn care. This is an important offering for the ABA and has meaning not only in the burn world, but in the global medical community.” 

Linwood Haith, MD, FABA
Chair, FABA Committee