Burns

Overview

From massive life-threatening burns to the smallest fingertip burn, our internationally noted team of burn and plastic surgeons work alongside dedicated care-givers to provide the care and rehabilitation that injured children need to lead active, productive lives. We treat first, second and third-degree burns, including scald, chemical, fire, electrical and friction burns. Our team also performs cosmetic plastic surgery for burn injuries, reshaping affected facial and body features to help improve appearance and self-image. Expert care extends to children with serious skin conditions, dog bites, skin tears and other wounds.

We are the region’s only dedicated pediatric burn program verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons. Patients travel from across the Western United States and even beyond our borders for care.

Burns

Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Care

David Greenhalgh, M.D., Chief of Burns, and Tina Palmieri, M.D., Assistant Chief of Burns, and Soman Sen, M.D. lead a multi-disciplinary team that includes skilled reconstructive plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists and psychologists, burn technicians, occupational and physical therapists, nutritionists, social workers, pharmacists, child life specialists, schoolteachers, and orthotists and prosthetists. They work in concert to maximize the cosmetic and functional outcomes. All care includes aggressive therapy and emotional support.

Burn Prevention

The Shriners Hospital burn team works in concert to promote health and safety through prevention research and education. Topics of prevention studies include Halogen Lamps, Fire Imagery in Toy Advertising, Microwavable Cup of Soup, Circle of Safety, Scald Burns, Residential Sprinklers and more. Shriners Hospital also conducts a burn prevention program for school children called Safety Begins at Home. For information on prevention studies and education, call 916-453-2050. To help reduce fires and burns, Shriners Hospitals for Children is spreading important prevention messages through its Be Burn Aware campaign.

Scientific Research

Survival rates for burn victims have improved dramatically over the past 40 years. Doctors and scientists at Shriners Hospitals are responsible for many of the advances in pediatric burn care. Studies underway encompass everything from how the body reacts to severe stress to diagnostic tools that can be used at the bedside when treating critically injured children. Our noted team advances burn care through scientific and clinical research studies on critical care and prevention.

Accreditation

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California is accredited by the Joint Commission and distinguished by the American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a verified pediatric burn center.

Burn Care

  • Emergent pediatric burn care (burns of any size)
  • Acute injuries
  • Burn reconstruction
  • Burn rehabilitation
  • Critical care

Skin Conditions

  • Toxic epidermal necrolysis (TENS)
  • Steven’s Johnson syndrome
  • Purpura fulminans
  • Necrotizing fasciitis

Wound Care

  • Dog bites
  • Traumatic wounds

Skin Treatments

  • Skin grafting
  • Scar management

The Medical Team

David Greenhalgh, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Chief of Burns

Tina Palmieri, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.C.C.M.
Assistant Chief of Burns

Soman Sen, M.D., F.A.C.S
Burn Surgeon

Kathleen Romanowski, M.D., F.A.C.S
Burn Surgeon

Catherine Comroe, P.N.P.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Burn doctors chatting in the hospital

Doctor

David Greenhalgh, M.D.

Chief of Burn Surgery

Dr. Greenhalgh

As one of the foremost authorities in burn surgery and burn care, David Greenhalgh, M.D., was named Chief of Burns at the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California and Chief of the Burn Division, Department of Surgery, for the University of California, Davis School of Medicine in 1997

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Tina L. Palmieri, M.D.

Assistant Chief of Burns

Tina L. Palmieri, M.D.

Dr. Palmieri

As Assistant Chief of Burns at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California, Tina L. Palmieri, M.D., has expertise in both Burn Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.

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Kathleen Romanowski, M.D.

Attending Burn Surgeon

Dr. Romanowski

Kathleen Romanowski, M.D., FACS is a burn surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California and assistant professor at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine.

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Full Biography

Kathleen Romanowski, M.D., FACS is a burn surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California and assistant professor at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine.

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Pirko Maguina, M.D.

Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Maguina

As a member of both the Plastic Surgery and Burn Surgery teams at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California, Pirko Maguina, M.D., provides specialized Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to children afflicted with burn injuries and pediatric plastic surgery problems from any cause. Dr. Maguina is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of California, Davis Medical Center.

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Craig W. Senders, M.D.

Otorhinolaryngology Surgeon

Craig W. Senders, M.D., is an Otorhinolaryngology Surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children–Northern California.

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Full Biography

Craig W. Senders, M.D., is an Otohinolaryngology Surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children –
Northern California. He is also Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Team and Chair of the Continuous Quality Improvement for the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, at the University of California, Davis Medical Center.

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Off-Duty Firefighters Jump Into Action

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Ayden is a 10-year-old boy who has a long and diverse set of interests. He loves playing drums, skiing, golfing, swim team, playing baseball, football, basketball and almost every other sport. He also loves hanging out with his friends, a close-knit group he’s known since he was little. Today Ayden is slowly getting back into all the activities he loves, following a terrifying accident several months ago.

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Teen burn survivor gives ‘Thank You’ performance

Luis giving a thank you performance

After twelve years of intense, pediatric burn care and physical therapy, Luis Flores gave a special “Thank You Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California” performance. Luis sang and played the accordion, gifted to him from hospital staff, in the hospital’s Central Activity Pavilion, a playtime sanctuary where kids engage in structured and unstructured play each day. As Californians continue to shelter in place, Shriners Hospitals for Children—Northern California (SHCNC) continues to provide highly specialized care for children with burns

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Meet Dulce

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Condition: Severe Burn Injuries

Dulce Contreras was 16 years old the first time she came to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California. It was December 2001. Third degree burns covered her face and hands. The life-threatening injuries were caused by a kitchen gas leak that triggered an explosion and fire that destroyed her family’s home in Nogales, Mexico.

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Burn Research

Three doctors looking at a chart talking

Survival rates for burn victims have improved dramatically over the past 40 years because of burn research. Doctors and scientists at Shriners Hospitals are responsible for many of the advances in pediatric burn care. Studies underway encompass everything from how the body reacts to severe stress to diagnostic tools that can be used at the bedside when treating critically injured children. Current studies may one day:

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Burn Prevention

Shriners Hospitals for Children-Northern California wants to remind children and families that prevention is the best medicine.

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