Specialized Burn Center Programs

Partnering with the Community to Reduce the Impact of Burns

The William Randolph Hearst Burn Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center partners with other organizations to provide programs in wound healing, research, prevention, education, and reintegration to our patients and the communities that we serve. Our programs include:

Burn Outreach and Professional Education

Through this program, we provide burn prevention education to schools, senior and community groups, health outreach events, and health care/social service professionals, free of charge. For more information, please call the Burn Outreach and Professional Education Program Office at 212-746-5417.

New York Firefighters Wound Healing Research Program

Our research is centered on innovations in burn treatment – from gaming to rehabilitation aids to nanotechnology – and studying effective prevention methods and injury trends. Areas of focus include:

  • Basic and clinical aspects of burn injury and skin biology, including biological skin substitutes
  • Managing burn wound pruritus (itching), hydrotherapy, splinting, and aquatic therapy
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder in adult burn patients
  • Relationship of infection susceptibility to extent of injury

For more information on the New York Firefighters Wound Healing Research Program, please call 212-746-5881.

New York Firefighters Skin Bank

Established nearly 30 years ago, the New York Firefighters Skin Bank is the only comprehensive skin bank in New York State, providing allografts (skin grafts from donated tissue) to patients throughout the country.

  • Allografts enable burn victims to fight infection, maintain their fluids and body heat, and control pain.
  • The Skin Bank also provides cryopreservation services so that patients can bank their own tissue for future transplantation.
  • For more information on the New York Firefighters Skin Bank, please call 212-746-7546.

Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) Therapy

Our Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) Program offers innovative HBO therapy to help treat wounds, infections, carbon monoxide poisoning, and other conditions.

  • HBO therapy provides 100 percent oxygen (compared to the 21 percent oxygen found in room air) in a chamber with increased air pressure.
  • This combination of high pressure and pure oxygen increases the concentration of oxygen in the patient's bloodstream, which permeates deep into body tissues to help promote healing.
  • For more information on the HBO program, please call 212-746-4958.

School Reentry

To help a child return to the classroom after a burn, members of the Burn Center staff will talk with teachers and students about burns, recovery, and how they can help a burn-injured classmate. Burn prevention education is also provided.

  • This program is offered free of charge and open to all burn survivors and their families.
  • Presentations are scheduled as needed and coordinated with the child's school.
  • For more information, please call the Burn Outreach and Professional Education Program Office at 212-746-5417.

Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program

Children who have set fires may be referred for screening and offered support services. We also provide burn prevention education.

  • This screening program is available free of charge.
  • For more information, please call the Burn Outreach and Professional Education Program Office at 212-746-5417.

Camp Phoenix

Camp Phoenix is run by students at Weill Cornell Medical College and provides local, safe, fun activities to children aged 7 to 17 years who have been affected by a burn injury. Siblings are also welcome to attend.  

  • Camp activities build self-confidence, focus on teamwork, and bring together kids who understand each other.
  • The Camp organizes three, one-day events on Saturdays in November, February, and May. There is also a weekend trip in June. Attendance is free of charge.
  • For more information, visit thecampphoenix.org or email campphoenixcornell@gmail.com.

Arthur C. Luf Children's Burn Camp

Burn Center staff members volunteer as camp counselors at the Arthur C. Luf Children's Burn Camp, a regional sleep-away camp for children aged 8 to 18 years who have survived serious burn injuries.

Contact

William Randolph Hearst Burn Center
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell

525 East 68th Street
Greenberg Pavilion, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10021

For appointments:

212-746-5024
Email: burncenter@nyp.org

For burn emergencies:

1-888-NYH-BURN (694-2876) or 212-746-0328