Congratulations to this year’s ABA Award Recipients!

ABA Lifetime Achievement Award

David N. Herndon, MD, FACS
Journal of Burn Care and Research
Kelleys Island, Ohio

Dr. David Herndon was formerly the Chief of Staff at Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston as well as Professor of Surgery and Director of Burn Services at UTMB Galveston from 1981 to 2019. He is a Past President of ABA, ISBI, and the Society of University Surgeons and currently works as the Editor of the Journal of Burn Care and Research. He has trained over 200 fellows, authored more than 950 peer-reviewed articles, and written more than 140 book chapters and 10 books. Dr. Herndon’s investigations in multiple areas of the burns field including inhalation injury, early wound excision and grafting, scarring, nutrition, infection control, insulin resistance, hypermetabolism, inhalation injury, and exercise rehabilitation have been a critical contribution to the field and his most well-known work, Total Burn Care, is internationally regarded as THE multidisciplinary guide to every aspect of burn care.

Everett Idris Evans Memorial Lecture Award

Fiona M. Wood, FRACS, AM
Fiona Stanley Hospital and Perth Children’s Hospital University of Western Australia
Perth, Australia

Professor Fiona M. Wood is a Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon who has dedicated her life to the treatment of those suffering from burn injury and ensuring that the quality of the scar outcome is worth the pain of survival. She has translated into clinical practice many initiatives from injury prevention, first aid and pre-hospital care, to the improvements in the care related to infection control, pain relief, fluid resuscitation, wound healing, surgical intervention, and scar management. Professor Wood has been the Director of the Burns Service of Western Australia (BSWA) since 1991.

Professor Wood was the co-inventor and commercialized ReCell, a FDA approved cell-based therapy. She has conducted single center and multi-center clinical trials and has been a key person in the development of disaster planning for the commonwealth government and internationally for mass casualty incidents involving burn injury.

Professor Wood is an active board member for a number of not for profit organizations including Royal Flying Doctor WO and Peak Trampoline and is also patron or Ambassador for many organizations, in particular those encouraging health and wellbeing of young people. She has developed research-based clinical models of care and has significantly contributed to the advance of burn care during her 40 years as a clinician.

John A. Moncrief Award

Bakersfield Firefighter’s Burn Foundation
Bakersfield Firefighter’s Burn Foundation
Bakersfield, California

The Bakersfield Firefighter’s Burn Foundation is a non-profit 501 © (3) organization founded in 1991. The foundation is made up of Bakersfield City Firefighters who volunteer their time making a difference in burn survivors lives. The success of the Bakersfield Firefighters Burn Foundation would not be possible without the support of our volunteers. Our volunteers consist of active and retired firefighters, medical professionals, burn survivors and other supportive community members.

The goal of the Bakersfield Firefighter’s Burn Foundation is to help burn survivor’s transition from surviving to thriving. Proper care of the burn survivor requires a long term commitment as each survivor moves through the many different ages and stages of life, each with its own unique challenges.

Each year the Bakersfield Firefighters’ Burn Foundation continues to advance its mission of helping meet the unique needs of burn survivors and burn care professionals. Through such programs as: burn survivor camps and get-togethers, burn prevention education, school re-entry, burn related medical items assistance, family lodging and needs, continuing education assistance for medical professionals and emergency first responders, and supporting our regional burn units, the Bakersfield Firefighters’ Burn Foundation assists in changing lives for the better.

Curtis P. Artz Distinguished Service Award

Shelley A. Wiechman, PhD, ABPP
Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medicine
Seattle, Washington

Shelley Ann Wiechman, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., is the attending psychologist at the Harborview Regional Burn Center and Pediatric Trauma Center at the University of Washington. Dr. Wiechman earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara. She then went on to earn a Master’s degree in sport psychology from the University of Arizona where she studied characteristics of a peak performance.  She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Washington. While in graduate school she continued working with intercollegiate athletes, and began working on the burn unit at Harborview Medical Center. She was able to see firsthand that achieving a peak performance in sport required many of the same qualities needed to recover from a burn injury.  She was also drawn to Harborview’s mission of providing high quality healthcare to the underserved populations who typically do not have access to care.  She completed her residency and fellowship training at Harborview and then took a faculty position in 2001 in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine where part of her assignment is on the burn unit. Her research focuses on pain management and long-term outcomes of burn injury.  She attended her first ABA annual meeting in 1997 and was inspired by all of the exciting work by the passionate burn providers and researchers and wanted to get more involved in the burn community. She has been involved in the psychosocial SIG and has served on several committees in the ABA, including the Aftercare Reintegration Committee, the Membership Advisory Committee, the Program Committee, and is currently on the Clinical Practice Guidelines committee. She served on the Board of Trustees as a membership officer from 2013-2017.  She continues to learn, grow and be inspired by the multidisciplinary team at Harborview, as well as the ABA community and the many burn survivors that have shared their stories and experiences. Her most important role has been as a mom to her twin girls, Aimee and Kaitlyn, who are pursuing their own peak performances in sport and life.  She is grateful for the support of her mom and sister that has allowed her to pursue a career in the burn field while being a single mother.

ABA Special Achievement Award

Alan R. Dimick, MD
In Memorium
Birmingham, Alabama

Dr. Alan R. Dimick, past President of the ABA, was a leader in emergency care and burn care. Beginning in the 1960s, Dr. Dimick spent almost four decades in leadership positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s University Hospital (now UAB Hospital). He served as Clinical Director of the hospital’s Emergency Department from 1963 until 1976 and organized and for 36 years directed the hospital’s Burn Service. Feeling a strong commitment to community service regarding emergency care, he also has served on the following: Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Department, Medical Advisor, 1972-present, and Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services System, Executive Committee, 1975 until 2020.

Barbara Knothe Burn Therapist Achievement Award

Cynthia J. Lundy, PT
University of Utah Health Care
Salt Lake City, Utah

Cynthia Lundy is the head physical therapist at the University of Utah Burn Center. She started working there 39 years ago after graduating from the University of Utah Physical Therapy program. She has helped grow the burn therapy department from 3 physical therapists to a staff of 9 occupational and physical therapists currently. She has participated in providing telehealth to the rural community years before the recent pandemic. She has been an active member of the American Burn Association and has presented several abstracts and posters at the annual meetings. She presented an abstract on “Grease Burns in Adolescents” that was subsequently presented to the Utah Workers Compensation Fund, which helped changed unsafe practices in the handling of hot grease. She was co-chair and chair of the PT/OT special interest group from 2002-2004. She was a member of the Burn Rehabilitation Committee from 1992-1995. She is grateful to have had a career where she has been able to work with such passionate and dedicated interdisciplinary team members.

Harvey Stuart Allen Distinguished Service Award

Aubrey Woodroof, PhD
Stedical Scientific
Carlsbad, California

Dr. Aubrey Woodroof is a pioneering burn and chronic wound care specialist, known for his 50-year quest to create a temporary skin substitute that functions as well or better than the “Gold Standard” human skin to close full-thickness excised burns until autograft. He has now created 50 unique temporary skin substitutes, including BioBrane. He exemplifies the important role that our non-surgeon physician members play in this association.

ABA President’s Leadership Award

Michael D. Peck, MD, ScD, FACS
Valleywise Health Medical Center
Phoenix, Arizona

Dr. Michael Peck is a Past President of the ABA who has been instrumental in helping to restructure and modernize the association’s operations, governance and quality programs.

In addition to his efforts of behalf of the ABA, he has also been a primary point of contact for the International Society for Burn Injuries (ISBI) with the Violence and Injury Prevention Sector of the World Health Organization.  During that time, he has participated in the publication of several reports as well as the development and maintenance of the WHO Global Burn Registry.  Currently, he is Chairman of the ISBI Prevention Committee, which is focused on reducing violence against women and girls by burning, including acid.

ABA/Shriners Best Pediatric Burn Paper Award

Jennifer Zuccaro, PhD
Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, Canada

Jennifer Zuccaro is a clinical researcher in the Burn Program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. She earned her Masters of Science from Kings College, London and Ph.D. in Medical Science from the University of Toronto. Jennifer’s major clinical research interest is in the area of hypertrophic scar management. Specifically, Jennifer’s current research focuses on investigating the use of laser technologies to improve symptomatic scars in pediatric patients. In addition, Jennifer is also interested in investigating novel techniques for scar evaluation.

Carl A. Moyer Resident Paper Award

Tomer Lagziel, BS
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Tomer Lagziel is a third-year medical student studying at the Sackler School of Medicine, New-York/American Program, at Tel-Aviv University. Mr. Lagziel has been performing clinical research in the field Burn Surgery with the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. C. Scott Hultman. His interest in Burn Surgery and burn wounds started during his military service where he was exposed to burn injuries resulting from a variety of different mechanisms. He hopes to continue expanding his research in Burn Surgery into clinically relevant care with the primary goal of developing tools for better management and recovery of burn victims.

Peter Brigham Burn Epidemiology Best Paper Award

Kajal Mehta, MD, MPH
University of Washington Regional Burn Center
Seattle, Washington

Dr. Kajal Mehta is a general surgery resident at the University of Washington in Seattle and is currently completing the first of two years as an NIH-funded Global Health Fellow. She received her medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical Center, and her master’s degree in global health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Mehta’s research focuses on burn injury prevention and control in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), working closely with burn care providers in Nepal and Ghana. Her current projects include understanding and developing approaches to strengthen acute burn care systems in low-resource settings, studying pragmatic and low-cost approaches to acute burn resuscitation, and understanding cookstove-related injuries and hazards. In addition, she studies global burn injury epidemiology through national and multinational registries. She is grateful for the training, mentorship and support she has received from the UW Regional Burn Center at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Dr. Mehta ultimately plans to pursue a career in burns, trauma and acute care surgery and to develop long-term and sustainable international partnerships to further burn and surgical system capacity development in LMICs.

Clinical Research Paper Award

Katelyn M. Garner, PharmD
Regional One Health Medical Center
Memphis, TN

Katelyn Garner, PharmD, is a PGY-2 critical care pharmacy resident at Regional One Health Medical Center in Memphis, TN, which is home to the Memphis Firefighters Burn Center. Her professional interests include burn, critical care, and emergency medicine. She plans to pursue a career as a clinical pharmacy specialist in one of these areas upon completion of her pharmacy residency.