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Colleen Ryan

Colleen M. Ryan, MD

  • General Surgery
  • Burn Surgery
  • Surgery Critical Care
Languages Spoken:
  • English

Colleen Ryan, M.D., has treated children with burn injuries at Shriners Children's Boston since 1989. She has followed many children as they have grown into adulthood. Now, Dr. Ryan's focus is improving the pathway to recovery for these children and their families. She is passionate about treating children and the importance of the family in their recovery. In addition to her clinical work, she has a large, internationally-renowned research laboratory for studying long-term outcomes and is active in burn prevention and disaster preparedness policy for response to burn surge events. Dr. Ryan is married and a proud mother of two.

Pediatric Care


  • Burn Care
  • Burn Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Surgery Critical Care

More About Me

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care
  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery, Surgery - General
Education and Training

Medical Education
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Falls Church, DC
United States of America

New England Deaconess Hospital
Boston, MA
United States of America

New England Deaconess Hospital/Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
Boston, MA

Royal Postgraduate Medical School
United Kingdom

New England Deaconess Hospital/Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
Boston, MA

Academic Positions and Locations

Harvard Medical School

Leadership and Memberships
  • 2018-Present: Seat representing American Burn Association, NASEM Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies
  • 2020-Present: Co-Chair Disaster Subcommittee, American Burn Association
  • 2016-2020: Chairperson, Burn Care Committee, American Burn Association
  • 2012-Present: Clinical Director, Boston Harvard Burn Injury Model System
  • 1997-2008: Co-Director, Sumner Redstone Burn Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 2008-2012: Director, Fraser Outpatient Burn Service, Massachusetts General Hospital
Editorial Positions
  • 2011-Present: Editorial Board, Journal of Burn Care and Research
  • 2020-Present: Editorial Board, European Journal of Burn Care
  • Reviewer, Burns Journal
  • Reviewer, Annals Surgery
  • Reviewer, New England Journal Medicine
  • Reviewer, Critical Care Medicine
Awards and Honors
  • 2006-2021, Top Doctors in America
  • 2008, 2010-2013, 2017-2021, Top Doctors in Boston, General Surgeon
  • 2020, Pillars of Excellence Award, Mass General Brigham
  • 2003, 2010, Partners in Excellence Award
  • 2017, Best Pediatric Paper, American Burn Association
  • 2001, Nathanial Bowditch Award
Academic Works and Presentations
  • Presentation: A Critical Bottleneck: Delivering Burn Care in a Complex Disaster Event; Invited speaker: Annual Symposium - Radiation Injury Treatment Network Crystal City, Virginia (07/30-08/01/2019)
  • Keynote Speaker: The Ninth Department of Defense State-of-the-Science Meeting- Blast Injury Research; Presentation: Rand Corporation- Civilian Burn Mass Casualty Events and Preparedness Research (03/02-03/03/2020)
  • Lecture: Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children's Hospital - Stanley Miller (05/2019)
  • Keynote Speaker: Annual Chief of Staff Meeting (virtual) - Burn Outcomes Research Program Shriners (01/28/2021)
  • Workshop: National Academy of Sciences- Engineering and Medicine Implications of the California Wildfires for Health, Communities and Preparedness (06/04-06/05/2019)


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