Burn Chief Publishes Article in the New England Journal of Medicine


Dr. Greenhalgh

An article by David Greenhalgh, M.D., Chief of Burns at the Northern California Shriners Hospital, has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. “Management of Burns” is the title of the article that appears in the Journal’s June 13, 2019 edition. Published by the Massachusetts Medical Society, the New England Journal of Medicine is one of the oldest and most-prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals.

Dr. Greenhalgh’s article focuses on the principles and practices that lead to the best outcomes for patients with burn injuries. According to the article:

  • Burns are the fourth most common type of trauma worldwide
  • Young children, especially toddlers, account for 24 percent of burn injuries in the United States
  • Scald burns are the most common type of burns in children under the age of 5
  • Approximately 95 percent of burns are accidental
  • Almost all burns are preventable

One of the foremost authorities in burn surgery and burn care, Dr. Greenhalgh is the president-elect of the International Society of Burn Injuries (ISBI). He will serve as president of the ISBI beginning in 2020.

Dr. Greenhalgh is a past president of the American Burn Association (ABA). His other professional affiliations include membership in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Surgical Association. He is editor of the ISBI journal Burns Open.

In addition to leading the burn program at the Northern California Shriners Hospital, Dr. Greenhalgh is chief of the burn division for the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. Dr. Greenhalgh’s research is widely published in both national and international journals.