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Burn Center Team

Our Burn Center team works together to provide the best in surgery, wound care, rehabilitation, nutrition, and emotional support. We know that the physical and emotional recovery can sometimes continue long after the skin has healed. That is why our goal is to work with our patients and their families through each step in treatment and recovery. The Burn Team includes:

Patient and Family

Our patients and their families are the most important part of the Burn Team and we encourage their active involvement in every step of care. Burn Center staff is always on hand, if any questions or concerns arise.


Different doctors with specialized expertise together help care for our patients' special needs. The attending burn surgeon is the senior doctor in charge of care, who supervises the doctors in training (residents and fellows), directs daily rounds, and oversees the overall care plan during a stay at the Burn Center and subsequent office visits. Doctors from other specialties may also be involved, if needed. In addition, a doctor is available around the clock on the Burn Center units.


Our nursing staff includes almost 100 registered nurses (RNs), senior nurse specialists, patient care technicians (PCTs), and unit clerks, with two patient care directors who oversee the Burn Center nursing staff. The nursing staff works closely with our patients, their families, and other members of the Burn Center Team to help coordinate day-to-day care with the overall care plan.

Physician Assistants (PAs)

Physician assistants (PAs) are supervised by the attending burn surgeon and help to assess and treat our patients as they progress. PAs provide care on the unit, in the operating room, and in the doctors' offices, including ordering and interpreting test results, developing treatment plans, prescribing medications, and demonstrating proper burn wound care.

Social Workers

Social workers provide support to our patients and families throughout their stay at the Burn Center, develop a plan for discharge (leaving the hospital), and assist with outpatient visits, as needed. They also help in connecting with community-bases services and resources.

Physical and Occupational Therapists (PT/OTs)

The physical and/or occupational therapists (PT/OTs) continually assess how much of the injured area can safely moved and/or used before, during, and after wound care. They can work with patients in the operating room (OR), at the bedside, and/or in the gym. The PT/OTs may provide splints or casts to protect injured areas and instruct on how to prevent scar formation. We encourage a family member to attend therapy sessions to learn the proper care during and after leaving the Burn Center.


Our psychologists help our patients and their families cope with the trauma of burn injury. They are experts in helping burn survivors deal with the emotions that can arise during recovery, including feeling upset, overwhelmed, anxious, scared, or helpless.

Child Life Specialists

Child Life specialists employ a mix of education, play, therapeutic, and self-expression activites to help our younger patients or family member cope with hospitalization and illness. Child Life specialists are available Monday to Friday and on most weekends in the Firefighter Jeff Giordano Children's Playroom. They can also arrange weekend sibling visits.

Registered Dietitians

Adequate nutrition is critical to healing after a burn injury. Our registered dietitians closely monitor our patients' daily nutrition and may recommend certain foods or drinks to provide the hydration and energy needed for optimal burn-injury healing.


William Randolph Hearst
Burn Center
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
525 East 68th Street
Greenberg Pavilion, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10021
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For appointments:
(212) 746-5024
For burn emergencies:
1-888-NYH-BURN (694-2876) or (212) 746-0328

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