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Physical Therapist Ingrid Parry Named First Non-Surgeon/Non-Physician President of the American Burn Association

ABA President Ingrid Parry speaking at the 2022 American Burn Association Conference

ABA President Ingrid Parry speaking at the 2022 American Burn Association Conference

Ingrid Parry, a physical therapist and researcher at Shriners Children’s Northern California, has been named president of the American Burn Association (ABA) for the 2022-2023 year.

She assumed the position during the ABA’s 55th annual meeting, marking an exciting new era for the ABA. Parry will be the first non-physician/non-surgeon to lead the organization. Parry is known for her rehabilitative clinical and research work with burn injury patients, and has published many scientific articles on burn-rehabilitation topics.

“As an active member of the ABA, I look forward to advancing the organization’s mission of promoting and supporting burn-related research, education, care, rehabilitation and prevention during my term. It is important to me to represent the entire burn team as we work to improve the lives of those affected by burn injury,” said Parry. “I am fortunate to work with supportive friends and colleagues at Shriners Children’s Northern California as I embark on this new leadership endeavor.”

Parry has served on the ABA Board of Trustees and multiple ABA committees, including the Verification, Program, Rehabilitation and Certification committees. Parry received the 2017 Curtis P. Artz Award for distinguished burn service and the 2018 Barbara Knothe Burn Therapist Achievement Award, both presented by the ABA. The awards recognize her service as a burn clinician who has made significant contributions to the lives of burn survivors and the burn team.

Parry holds a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, a Master of Science in physical therapy from Duke University and is currently working on her Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis school of Nursing Science and Healthcare Leadership. She’s been a part of the Northern California Shriners Children’s team since 1997, providing physical therapy to patients and conducting rehabilitation research.

Shriners Children’s Northern California is proud of its role as a leader in medical education and research. By maintaining relationships with major educational affiliates and associations, the Northern California hospital fosters an academic environment committed to providing high-quality education for its medical staff and excellent care to all patients.

Ingrid Parry with former Shriners Children's patient, Erika, on stage at the 2022 American Burn Association Conference

ABA President Ingrid Parry with former Shriners Children's patient, Erika, on stage at the 2022 American Burn Association Conference. Erika is now working with the Arizona Burn Foundation as a way to give back to her community.

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