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Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America traces its roots to an emergency room in 1978. That first burn patient led to the creation of the burn center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, GA. Four decades later, the Joseph M. Still (JMS) Burn Center at Doctors Hospital has grown to be the largest burn center in America with 72 total beds, including 36 in the Intensive Care Unit. Patients from nearly every state in America and more than a dozen countries have been treated at the JMS Burn Center in Augusta.

In addition, the JMS Burn Center at Doctors Hospital is the cornerstone of the Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America burn care network, which brings comprehensive, convenient care to our patients. These locations include: Atlanta (2006), Aurora, CO (2017), Bradenton, FL (2015), Brandon, FL (2018), Charleston, SC, (2007), Denver, CO (2015), Jackson, MS (2008), Miami, FL (2012), Plano, TX (2015) and Valdosta, GA (2010).

BRCA's Admissions Represent 18% of the Total Number of Annual Admission to U.S. Burn Centers*

ADMISSIONS
2015: 5,040
2016: 7,618
2017: 7,597
SURGERIES
2015: 19,866
2016: 23,894
2017: 27,427
CLINIC VISITS
2015: 49,721
2016: 63,990
2017: 75,267
*Source: National Inpatient Sample (2010)
Our Services
DOCTORS HOSPITAL
3675 J Dewey Gray Circle
Suite 300
Augusta, GA 30909
  • Nation’s largest Burn Center
  • Verified by the American Burn Association
  • Level II Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons
  • 72 Beds dedicated for burn patients, including 36 ICU Beds, and 4 dedicated Operating Rooms
  • 354 Beds
  • Designated Burn and Trauma Center
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Care
  • Adult and Pediatric Care
  • For Visitor Information CLICK HERE
  • Patient Family Member Guesthouse and Retreat DIRECTIONS
  • For appointments, please call (706) 651-3232 between the hours of 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. After hours and on the weekends, please call (855) 863-9595.
RICH CARTIE, MD
Medical Director of Pediatric Critical Care - JMS | AUGUSTA, GA
J.E. COATES, JR., D.O., FACOS, FACS
JMS | AUGUSTA, GA
JAMES COLLINS, MD
JMS | AUGUSTA, GA
JUAN COLÓN-SANTINI, MD, FAAP
PEDIATRICS - JMS | AUGUSTA, GA
SHAWN FAGAN, MD, FACS
CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER - BRCA | AUGUSTA, GA
PHILIP FIDLER, MD, FACS
JMS | AUGUSTA, GA
ZAHEED HASSAN, MD
VICE PRESIDENT - BRCA | AUGUSTA, GA
BOUNTHAVY HOMSOMBATH, MD
JMS | AUGUSTA, GA
FRED MULLINS, MD, FACS
MEDICAL DIRECTOR - JMS | AUGUSTA, GA
PRESIDENT OF BRCA
HERMANN ORLET, MD, FACS
JMS | AUGUSTA, GA
RAUL PONTE, MD
PEDIATRICS - JMS | AUGUSTA, GA
ALEX SENCHENKOV, MD, FACS
JMS | AUGUSTA, GA
RICH CARTIE, MD
Medical Director of Pediatric Critical Care - JMS | AUGUSTA, GA

DEGREE

  • M.D., UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER, ROCHESTER, NY, 1991-1995
  • B.A., BIOLOGY & PSYCHOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER, ROCHESTER, NY, 1987-1991

RESIDENCY

  • PEDIATRICS, EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY, GREENVILLE, NC, 1995-1998

FELLOWSHIP

  • CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE, CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES, LOS ANGELES, CA, 1999-2001
  • PEDIATRIC CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER, WASHINGTON, D.C., 1998-1999

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • AMERICAN BOARD OF PEDIATRICS
  • PEDIATRIC CRITICAL CARE

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • PEDIATRIC BURNS
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J.E. COATES, JR., D.O., FACOS, FACS
JMS | AUGUSTA, GA

DEGREE

  • D.O., University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA, 1991-1995
  • B.S., Biology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, 1983-1990

RESIDENCY

  • Chief Surgical Resident, Michigan State University Affiliated Surgical Residency, Garden City Osteopathic Hospital, 1999-2000
  • Surgical Residency, Michigan State University Affiliated Surgical Residency, Garden City Osteopathic Hospital, 1996-1999

FELLOWSHIP

  • Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship, The Trauma Center at Penn, University of Pennsylvania, 2001-2002
  • Trauma Fellowship, University of Nevada School of Medicine, UMC Trauma Center, Las Vegas, NV, 2000-2001

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • American Board of Surgery – General Surgery, CAQ/Surgical Critical Care

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • Acute Burn Care
  • Burn Reconstruction Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery
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JAMES COLLINS, MD
JMS | AUGUSTA, GA

DEGREE

  • M.D., UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, CHAPEL HILL, NC, 2005-2009
  • B.S., BIOLOGY, EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY, CHAPEL HILL, NC, 2003-2005

RESIDENCY

  • PLASTIC SURGERY, BAYLOR SCOTT AND WHITE, TEMPLE, TX, 2009-2015

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • AMERICAN BOARD OF PLASTIC SURGERY

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • HAND SURGERY
  • MICRO SURGERY
  • PLASTIC SURGERY
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JUAN COLÓN-SANTINI, MD, FAAP
PEDIATRICS - JMS | AUGUSTA, GA

DEGREE

  • M.D., UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, 1976-1980
  • PRE-MED, UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO, MAYAGUEZ, PUERTO RICO, 1972-1976

RESIDENCY

  • UNIVERSITY PEDIATRIC HOSPITAL, SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, 1981-1983

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • AMERICAN BOARD OF PEDIATRICS
  • NATIONAL BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • GENERAL PEDIATRICS

OTHER LANGUAGES

  • SPANISH
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SHAWN FAGAN, MD, FACS
CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER - BRCA | AUGUSTA, GA

DEGREE

  • M.D., BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, HOUSTON, TX, 1990-1994
  • B.S., EXERCISE SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES, CA, 1985-1989

RESIDENCY

  • GENERAL SURGERY – CHIEF RESIDENT, BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, HOUSTON, TX, 1999-2001
  • GENERAL SURGERY, BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, HOUSTON, TX, 1998-1999
  • GENERAL SURGERY, BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, HOUSTON, TX, 1994-1996

FELLOWSHIP

  • CRITICAL CARE, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH, GALVESTON, TX, 2005-2006
  • GENERAL SURGERY, BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, HOUSTON, TX, 1996-1998

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • AMERICAN BOARD OF SURGERY
  • SURGICAL CRITICAL CARE

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • ACUTE BURN CARE
  • BURN RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
  • CRITICAL CARE
  • RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
  • SCAR MODULATION/LASER THERAPY
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PHILIP FIDLER, MD, FACS
Burn/Trauma/Critical Care

DEGREE

  • M.D., UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, KANSAS CITY, KS, 1990-1994
  • B.A., BIOLOGY, STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT BINGHAMTON, HARPUR COLLEGE, BINGHAMTON, NY, 1987-1990

RESIDENCY

  • GENERAL SURGERY, STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT BROOKLYN (DOWNSTATE), BROOKLYN, NY, 1995-1999

FELLOWSHIP

  • BURN SURGERY, HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL, MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL AND SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN, BOSTON, MA, 2000-2001
  • TRAUMA SURGERY AND SURGICAL CRITICAL CARE FELLOWSHIP, YALE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, YALE NEW HAVEN HOSPITAL, NEW HAVEN, CT, 1999-2000

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

  • AMERICAN BOARD OF SURGERY – SURGERY
  • AMERICAN BOARD OF SURGERY – SURGICAL CRITICAL CARE

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • BURN SURGERY
  • BURN RECONSTRUCTION
  • CRITICAL CARE
  • INHALATION INJURY
  • RE-INTEGRATION OF BURN SURVIVORS
  • SKIN SUBSTITUTES

OTHER LANGUAGES

  • HEBREW
  • SPANISH
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ZAHEED HASSAN, MD
VICE PRESIDENT - BRCA | AUGUSTA, GA

DEGREE

  • M.D., INSTITUTE OF POST GRADUATE MEDICINE & RESEARCH, UNIVERSITY OF DHAKA, DHAKA, BANGLADESH, 1981-1987
  • JHENIDAH CADET COLLEGE, JHENIDAH, BANGLADESH, 1979-1980

RESIDENCY

  • PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY, UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS MEDICAL CENTER, KANSAS CITY, KS, 1998-2000
  • GENERAL SURGERY, NYU MEDICAL CENTER, NEW YORK, NY, 1994-1997

FELLOWSHIP

  • BURN SURGERY, UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS MEDICAL CENTER, KANSAS CITY, KS, 1997-1998

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • ACUTE BURN CARE
  • BURN RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY
  • PLASTIC SURGERY
  • SCAR MODULATION/LASER THERAPY

OTHER LANGUAGES

  • BENGALI
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BOUNTHAVY HOMSOMBATH, MD
JMS | AUGUSTA, GA

DEGREE

  • M.D., MOREHOUSE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, ATLANTA, GA, 2001-2005
  • B.A., LIBERAL ARTS, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, CAMBRIDGE, MA, 1997-2000

RESIDENCY

  • GENERAL SURGERY, NORTH SHORE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, MANHASSET, NY, 2006-2011

FELLOWSHIP

  • CRITICAL CARE AND BURN, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH, GALVESTON, TX, 2011-2012

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • AMERICAN BOARD OF SURGERY
  • SURGICAL CRITICAL CARE

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • ACURE BURN CARE
  • BURN RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY
  • CRITICAL CARE

OTHER LANGUAGES

  • LAO
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FRED MULLINS, MD, FACS
MEDICAL DIRECTOR - JMS | AUGUSTA, GA
PRESIDENT OF BRCA

DEGREE

  • M.D., MEDICAL COLLEGE OF GEORGIA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, 1992-1996
  • B.S.-P.A., MEDICAL COLLEGE OF GEORGIA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, AUGUSTA, GA, 1989-1991
  • AUGUSTA COLLEGE, AUGUSTA, GA, 1985-1989

RESIDENCY

  • GENERAL SURGERY, SPARTANBURG REGIONAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, SPARTANBURG, SC, 1996-2001

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

  • AMERICAN BOARD OF SURGERY

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • ACUTE BURN CARE
  • BURN RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY
  • SKIN AND SOFT TISSUE INFECTIONS
  • WOUND CARE
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HERMANN ORLET, MD, FACS
JMS | AUGUSTA, GA

DEGREE

  • M.D., LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL SCHOOL, LOMA LINDA, CA, 1962-1966
  • B.S., BIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO, TOLEDO, OH, 1958-1962

RESIDENCY

  • PLASTIC SURGERY, SAINT FRANCIS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 1973-1976
  • GENERAL SURGERY, SANTA BARBARA COTTAGE HOSPITAL, SANTA BARBARA, CA, 1970-1973

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • AMERICAN BOARD OF PLASTIC SURGERY

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • PLASTIC SURGERY
  • RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

OTHER LANGUAGES

  • GERMAN
  • HUNGARIAN
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RAUL PONTE, MD
PEDIATRICS - JMS | AUGUSTA, GA

DEGREE

  • M.D., UTESA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, 1982-1985
  • B.S., UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, GAINESVILLE, FL, 1979-1981
  • B.A., HISTORY, FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY, FAYETTEVILLE, NC, 1975-1979

RESIDENCY

  • PEDIATRICS, HAHNEMANN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, PHILADELPHIA, PA, 1986-1988

FELLOWSHIP

  • PEDIATRIC CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA MEDICAL CENTER, JACKSONVILLE, FL, 1988-1991

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • PEDIATRIC BURNS
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ALEX SENCHENKOV, MD, FACS
JMS | AUGUSTA, GA

DEGREE

  • M.D., UKRAINE STATE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY, KIEV, UKRAINE, 1986-1993

RESIDENCY

  • PLASTIC SURGERY, MAYO CLINIC, ROCHESTER, MN, 2004-2006
  • GENERAL SURGERY, MEDICAL COLLEGE OF OHIO, TOLEDO, OH, 1999-2004

FELLOWSHIP

  • HEAD AND NECK SURGICAL ONCOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, CINCINNATI, OH, 2007-2008
  • MICROVASCULAR RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, PITTSBURGH, PA, 2006-2007

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

  • AMERICAN BOARD OF SURGERY
  • AMERICAN BOARD OF PLASTIC SURGERY

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • ACUTE BURN CARE
  • BURN RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY
  • FACIAL SURGERY
  • MICRO SURGERY
  • RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

OTHER LANGUAGES

  • RUSSIAN
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Merit Health Central
1850 Chadwick Drive
Jackson, MS 39204
  • 36 Beds dedicated for burn patients, including 13 ICU Beds and 2 Operation Rooms
  • 354 Beds
  • Designated Burn and Trauma Center
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Care
  • Adult and Pediatric Care
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  • For appointments, please call (601) 376-2711 between the hours of 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. After hours and on the weekends, please call (855) 863-9595.
DAVID ADCOCK, MD
JMS | JACKSON, MS
DEREK M. CULNAN, MD
JMS | JACKSON, MS
JEFFREY T. GIBBS, MD
JMS | JACKSON, MS
WILLIAM LINEAWEAVER, MD, FACS
MEDICAL DIRECTOR - JMS | JACKSON, MS
CHIEF RESEARCH OFFICER - BRCA
FENG ZHANG, MBBS
ASSISTANT CHIEF RESEARCH OFFICE - BRCA | JACKSON, MS
DAVID ADCOCK, MD
JMS | JACKSON, MS

DEGREE

  • M.D., VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, NASHVILLE, TN, 1985-1989
  • B.A., MARYVILLE COLLEGE, MARYVILLE, TN, 1973-1977

RESIDENCY

  • PLASTIC SURGERY, VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, NASHVILLE, TN, 2000-2002
  • GENERAL SURGERY, MEDICAL COLLEGE OF OHIO, TOLEDO, OH, 1995-2000
  • RESEARCH, MEDICAL COLLEGE OF OHIO, DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY, TOLEDO, OH, 1996-1997
  • GENERAL SURGERY, MARSHALL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, HUNTINGTON, WV, 1994-1995
  • RESEARCH, UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY, CHATTANOOGA, TN, 1990-1991
  • GENERAL SURGERY, UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, CHATTANOOGA, TN, 1989-1991

FELLOWSHIP

  • RESEARCH, VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, DEPARTMENT OF PLASTIC SURGERY, NASHVILLE, TN, 1997-1999
  • RESEARCH, VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, DEPARTMENT OF PATHOLOGY, NASHVILLE, TN, 1987

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • AMERICAN BOARD OF PLASTIC SURGERY

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • ACUTE BURN CARE
  • BURN RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY
  • PLASTIC SURGERY
  • SCAR MODULATION/LASER THERAPY
  • WOUND CARE
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DEREK M. CULNAN, MD
JMS | JACKSON, MS

DEGREE

  • M.D., RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, NEWARK, NJ, 2001-2005
  • B.A., BIOLOGY, DREW UNIVERSITY, MADISON, NJ, 1996-2000

RESIDENCY

  • GENERAL SURGERY, PENN STATE UNIVERSITY – HERSHEY MEDICAL CENTER, HERSHEY, PA, 2006-2012

FELLOWSHIP

  • BURN SURGERY AND SURGICAL CRITICAL CARE, University of Texas Medical Branch and Shriners Hospital for Children, Galveston, TX, 2015-2016
  • PLASTIC SURGERY, INDIANA UNIVERSITY, INDIANAPOLIS, IN, 2012-2015
  • Postdoctoral Research – Shock and Trauma/Critical Care, Penn State UNIVERSITY – HERSHEY MEDICAL CENTER, HERSHEY, PA, 2007-2009

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • American Board of Surgery – General Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery – Surgical Critical Care
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery

Clinical Interests

  • Acute Burn Care
  • Burn Reconstruction Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Nerve Repair
  • Reconstructive Surgery

Research Interests

  • Acute Burn Care
  • Burn Reconstruction Surgery
  • Hand Repair
  • Nerve Repair
  • Reconstructive Surgery
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JEFFREY T. GIBBS, MD
JMS | JACKSON, MS

DEGREE

  • M.D., M.B.A., DREXEL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, PHILADELPHIA, PA, 2002-2007
  • B.S., BIOLOGY, WILKES UNIVERSITY, WILKES-BARRE, PA, 1998-2002

INTERNSHIP

  • GENERAL SURGERY, LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, MAYWOOD, IL, 2007-2008

RESIDENCY

  • PLASTIC SURGERY, INDIANA UNIVERSITY, INDIANAPOLIS, IN, 2013-2016
  • GENERAL SURGERY, LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, MAYWOOD, IL, 2008-2012

FELLOWSHIP

  • SURGICAL CRITICAL CARE FELLOWSHIP, THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY, PHILADELPHIA, PA, 2016-2017
  • BURN FELLOWSHIP, INDIANIA UNIVERSITY, INDIANAPOLIS, IN, 2012-2013

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • AMERICAN BOARD OF SURGERY

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • ACUTE CRITICAL CARE
  • BURN RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY
  • RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
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WILLIAM LINEAWEAVER, MD, FACS
MEDICAL DIRECTOR - JMS | JACKSON, MS
CHIEF RESEARCH OFFICER - BRCA

DEGREE

  • M.D., UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, GAINESVILLE, FL, 1972-1976

RESIDENCY

  • PLASTIC SURGERY, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO, SAN FRANCISCO, CA. 1984-1986
  • GENERAL SURGERY, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, GAINESVILLE, FL, 1979-1983

FELLOWSHIP

  • HAND AND MICROSURGERY, DAVIES MEDICAL CENTER, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 1986-1987

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • AMERICAN BOARD OF SURGERY
  • AMERICAN BOARD OF PLASTIC SURGERY

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • ACUTE BURN CARE
  • BURN RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY
  • HAND SURGERY
  • MICRO SURGERY
  • RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
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FENG ZHANG, MBBS
ASSISTANT CHIEF RESEARCH OFFICE - BRCA | JACKSON, MS

DEGREE

  • PH.D., MICROSURGERY AND ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY, FU DAN UNIVERSITY, SHANGHAI, CHINA, 1986-1991
  • M.B.B.S., FU DAN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, SHANGHAI, CHINA, 1978-1983

RESIDENCY

  • MICROSURGERY AND ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY, ZHONGSHAN HOSPITAL, FU DAN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, SHANGHAI, CHINA, 1986-1989
  • GENERAL SURGERY, ZHONGSHAN HOSPITAL, FU DAN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, SHANGHAI, CHINA, 1984-1986

FELLOWSHIP

  • PLASTIC SURGERY RESEARCH, DIVISION OF PLASTIC SURGERY, DEPARTMENT OF FUNCTIONAL RESEARCH, STANFORD UNIVERSITY, STANFORD, CA, 1993-1998
  • MICROSURGERY RESEARCH, DEPARTMENT OF MICROSURGICAL REPLANTATION TRANSPLANTATION, CALIFORNIA PACIFIC MEDICAL CENTER, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 1991-1993
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South Georgia Medical Center
4280 North Valdosta Rd
Valdosta, GA 31602
  • 418 Beds
  • Outpatient Care
  • Adult and Pediatric Care
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  • For appointments, please call (229) 433-1000 between the hours of 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. After hours and on the weekends, please call (855) 863-9595.
Trident Medical Center
9330 Medical Plaza Drive
N. Charleston, SC 29406
  • 407 Beds
  • Level II Trauma Center
  • Outpatient Care
  • Adult and Pediatric Care
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  • For appointments, please call (843) 203-5796 between the hours of 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. After hours and on the weekends, please call (855) 863-9595.
WellStar Cobb Hospital
3950 Austell Road
Austell, GA 30106
  • 25 Beds dedicated for burn patients, including 8 ICU Beds and 4 dedicated Operating Rooms
  • 382 Beds
  • Inpatient Outpatient Care
  • Adult and Pediatric Care
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CLAUS BRANDIGI, MD, FACS
MEDICAL DIRECTOR - JMS | ATLANTA, GA
CLAUS BRANDIGI, MD, FACS
MEDICAL DIRECTOR - JMS | ATLANTA, GA

DEGREE

  • M.D., MEDICAL COLLEGE OF GEORGIA, AUGUSTA, GA, 1991-1995
  • B.A., PSYCHOLOGY, EMORY UNIVERSITY, ATLANTA, GA, 1986-1990

RESIDENCY

  • GENERAL SURGERY – CHIEF RESIDENT, ATLANTA MEDICAL CENTER, ATLANTA, GA, 2001-2002
  • GENERAL SURGERY, ATLANTA MEDICAL CENTER, ATLANTA, GA, 1998-2001

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • AMERICAN BOARD OF SURGERY

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • ACUTE BURN CARE
  • BURN RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY
  • RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
  • SKIN AND SOFT TISSUE INFECTIONS
  • WOUND CARE

OTHER LANGUAGES

  • GERMAN
  • ITALIAN
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Acute Surgical Care
3647 J Dewey Gray Circle, Suite 200
Augusta, Georgia 30909
(855) 863-9595
  • Practicing at Doctors Hospital
  • Breast Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • Laparascopic / Robotic Surgery
  • Mastectomy
  • Trauma Surgery
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JAMES BARDONER, MD
ASC | AUGUSTA, GA
JILL BUCHANAN, MD, FACS
ASC | AUGUSTA, GA
Colville H.B. Ferdinand MD, FACS
ASC | AUGUSTA, GA
James D. Frizzi, MD, FACS
ASC | AUGUSTA, GA
CHRIS HOGAN, MD, FACS
TRAUMA MEDICAL DIRECTOR - ASC | AUGUSTA, GA
John Keeley, MD, FACS
ASC | AUGUSTA, GA
JOHN WHITFIELD, MD, FACS
ASC | AUGUSTA, GA
JAMES BARDONER, MD
ASC | AUGUSTA, GA

DEGREE

  • M.D., UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, COLUMBIA, SC, 2007-2011
  • B.S., COMPUTER SCIENCE, CLEMSON UNIVERSITY, CLEMSON, SC, 2002-2005

RESIDENCY

  • GENERAL SURGERY, EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY, JOHNSON CITY, TN, 2012-2016

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • AMERICAN BOARD OF SURGERY

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • ABDOMINAL AND INGUINAL HERNIA
  • BREAST SURGERY
  • DISTAL PANCREATIC AND SPLENIC SURGERY
  • ENDOCRINE SURGERY
  • HIATAL HERNIA AND FOREGUT SURGERY
  • MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY

Dr. Bardoner graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, initially thinking IT was the career for him. After volunteering in a hospital and getting a side job as a technician in the ER, he decided he would apply to medical school. Dr. Bardoner earned his doctorate at the USC School of Medicine in Columbia and Greenville, SC, and trained in surgery at East Tennessee State University. Certified by the American Board of Surgery, he enjoys all areas of surgery.

Dr. Bardoner and his wife, Meredith, have a growing family of two boys. He enjoys rowing, road cycling, snowboarding, and church activities. He is an active member of Christian Medical & Dental Associations.

Clinical Interests:

  • Abdominal and Inguinal Hernia
  • Breast Surgery
  • Distal Pancreatic and Splenic Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Hiatal Hernia and Foregut Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
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JILL BUCHANAN, MD, FACS
ASC | AUGUSTA, GA

DEGREE

  • M.D., MERCER UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, MACON, GA, 2000-2004
  • B.S., CHEMISTRY & BIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA, CARROLLTON, GA, 1997-2000

RESIDENCY

  • GENERAL SURGERY, MEDICAL COLLEGE OF GEORGIA, AUGUSTA, GA, 2004-2009

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • AMERICAN BOARD OF SURGERY

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • BOWEL SURGERY
  • BREAST CANCER
  • GALLBLADDER
  • HERNIA REPAIRS (LAPAROSCOPIC AND ROBOTIC)

Dr. Jill Buchanan earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from the University of West Georgia and a doctorate from Mercer University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in general surgery at the Medical College of Georgia. She served as Intern of the Year, as well as Administrative Chief Resident while at MCG. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and is board certified in general surgery. She focuses on breast-related and robotic procedures, including single-site gallbladder removal, laparoscopic and open hernia repair.

Dr. Buchanan and her husband, Brian, have three children. She enjoys spending time with her family, participating in church activities, running, hiking, mountain biking, and snow skiing.

Clinical Interests:

  • Bowel Surgery
  • Breast Cancer
  • Gallbladder
  • Hernia Repairs (Laparoscopic and Robotic)
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Colville H.B. Ferdinand MD, FACS
ASC | AUGUSTA, GA

DEGREE

  • M.D., St. George’s University School of Medicine, West Indies, Grenada, 1991-1994

RESIDENCY

  • Chief Surgical Resident, Drexel University (MCP/Hahnemann University), Philadelphia, PA, 2001-2002
  • Surgical Resident, Drexel University (MCP/Hahnemann University), Philadelphia, PA, 1999-2001
  • Surgical Resident, Morehouse School of Medicine, Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, GA, 1998-1999
  • Surgical Resident, Drexel University (MCP/Hahnemann University), Philadelphia, PA, 1997-1998
  • Transitional Year Resident, Frankford Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 1996-1997

FELLOWSHIP

  • Trauma/ Critical Care Fellowship, Drexel University (MCP/Hahnemann University), Philadelphia, PA, 2002-2003

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • American Board of Surgery – General Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery – Surgical Critical Care

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Critical Care
  • Enterocutaneous Fistulas
  • Re-operative Abdominal Surgery
  • Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

Dr. Colville H.B. Ferdinand is native of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He earned his doctorate from St. George’s University School of Medicine, splitting his time between classes in the West Indies and clinical clerkships in both the North Middlesex and Royal Marsden/Chelsea Westminster Hospitals of London, England. After spending time abroad, he completed his surgical residency and trauma/critical care fellowship at Drexel University and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Ferdinand previously served as Chief of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Augusta University Medical Center. During his tenure at AU, Dr. Ferdinand focused on quality improvement initiatives.

Dr. Ferdinand and his wife, Courtney, have three children. Dr. Ferdinand enjoys reading, traveling with his family and “all things Caribbean”.

Clinical Interests:

  • Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Enterocutaneous Fistulas
  • Re-Operative Abdominal Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
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James D. Frizzi, MD, FACS
ASC | AUGUSTA, GA

DEGREE

  • MD, Drexel University (MCP/Hahnemann University) University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1990-1993
  • BS, Gannon University, Erie, PA (Health Science), 1986-1990

RESIDENCY

  • Residency: 1996-2000, Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, GA, General Surgery
  • Internship: 1993-1994, Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, GA, General Surgery

FELLOWSHIP

  • 2000-2001, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA, Surgical Critical Care

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • American Board of Surgery Certification – Surgical Critical Care

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • Disaster medicine
  • Nutrition in the ICU
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

Dr. James D. Frizzi earned a bachelor’s degree in health science from Gannon University, followed by his doctorate from the Drexel University College of Medicine. After medical school, he went on to complete both a surgical internship and residency at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center. Dr. Frizzi finished his education with a surgical critical care fellowship at Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. As an Army Surgeon, Dr. Frizzi held several positions, including Chief of Critical Care/Staff General Surgeon, Brigade Surgeon, and General Medical Officer. Prior to his retirement from the Army, he served as the Deputy Commander for Surgical Services at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Dr. Frizzi and his wife, Kristin, have five children and enjoy family activities such as barbecuing, swimming and traveling to see family in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

Clinical Interests:

  • Disaster Medicine
  • Nutrition in the ICU
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
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CHRIS HOGAN, MD, FACS
TRAUMA MEDICAL DIRECTOR - ASC | AUGUSTA, GA

DEGREE

  • M.D., MERCER UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, MACON, GA, 2000-2004
  • B.S., BIOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY, BERRY COLLEGE, ROME, GA, 1994-1998

RESIDENCY

  • GENERAL SURGERY, MEDICAL COLLEGE OF GEORGIA, AUGUSTA, GA, 2005-2011
  • INTERNAL MEDICINE, MEDICAL COLLEGE OF GEORGIA, AUGUSTA, GA, 2004-2005

FELLOWSHIP

  • SURGICAL CRITICAL CARE, GEORGIA HEALTH SCIENCES UNIVERSITY, AUGUSTA, GA 2011-2012

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • AMERICAN BOARD OF SURGERY – GENERAL SURGERY
  • AMERICAN BOARD OF SURGERY – SURGICAL CRITICAL CARE

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • COMPLEX HERNIA SURGERY
  • ENTEROCUTANEOUS FISTULA
  • ROBOTIC ASSISTED LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY
    • COLON RESECTION
    • HIATAL HERNIA
    • INGUINAL HERNIA
    • VENTRAL HERNIA
  • SURGICAL CRITICAL CARE AND TRAUMA

Dr. Christopher Hogan earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology (with a minor in chemistry) from Berry College. While at Berry, Dr. Hogan participated in several research efforts, nerve regeneration and movement, limb locomotion in rats and problem solving in children. He spent nearly a year researching molecular biology and neuroanatomy at Colorado State University, before enrolling at the Mercer University School of Medicine, where he earned his doctorate. He completed his internal medicine internship, a general surgery residency and surgical critical care fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Hogan currently practices acute care surgery, trauma and surgical critical care at ASC.

Dr. Hogan and his wife, Emily, have two children. The Hogan family enjoys outdoor activities such as camping and going to the lake.

Clinical Interests:

  • Complex Hernia Surgery
  • Enterocutaneous Fistula
  • Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery
    • Colon Resection
    • Hiatal Hernia
    • Inguinal Hernia
    • Ventral Hernia
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
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John Keeley, MD, FACS
ASC | AUGUSTA, GA

DEGREE

  • M.D., Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, Ga, 2002-2006
  • B.S., Chemistry, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Ga, 1997-2001

RESIDENCY

  • General Surgery Residency/Research Fellowship, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Ga, 2006-2012

FELLOWSHIP

  • Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Ga, 2012-2013

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • American Board of Surgery – General Surgery, Surgery Critical Care

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Post-Traumatic Reconstructive Surgery
  • Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

Dr. John Keeley earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Valdosta State University. He went on to receive his doctorate from the Mercer University School of Medicine. Dr. Keeley completed a general surgery residency, surgical research fellowship, and a surgical critical care fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Keeley currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the East Tennessee State University, where he teaches students about surgical procedures pertaining to acute care, trauma, and surgical critical care.

Dr. Keeley and his wife, Neva, have seven children and enjoy the arts, music and dabbling in farming and self-sufficiency, while spending time outdoors.

Clinical Interests:

  • Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Post-Traumatic Reconstructive Surgery
  • Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
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JOHN WHITFIELD, MD, FACS
ASC | AUGUSTA, GA

DEGREE

  • M.D., UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, MEMPHIS, TN, 2003-2007
  • B.S., BIOLOGY, RHODES COLLEGE, MEMPHIS, TN, 1998-2001

RESIDENCY

  • GENERAL SURGERY, CAROLINAS MEDICAL CENTER, CHARLOTTE, NC, 2008-2012

FELLOWSHIP

  • COLORECTAL, LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY – SCHUMPERT, SHREVEPORT, LA, 2012-2013

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • AMERICAN BOARD OF SURGERY – GENERAL SURGERY
  • AMERICAN BOARD OF SURGERY – COLORECTAL SURGERY

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • ANORECTAL DISEASE (HEMORRHOIDS, FISSURES, FISTULAS)
  • COLORECTAL CANCER
  • DIVERTICULITIS
  • FECAL INCONTINENCE
  • INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE

Dr. Whitfield graduated from The University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC, followed by his colorectal fellowship in Shreveport, LA. Dr. Whitfield is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is board certified in both general surgery and colorectal surgery. He offers cutting-edge minimally invasive and robotic surgery.

 

Dr. Whitfield and his wife, Heather, have one child. Together, they enjoy outdoor activities, travel, and spending time in downtown Augusta.

Clinical Interests:

  • Anorectal Disease (Hemorrhoid, Fissures, Fistulas)
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
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Swedish Medical Center
501 E Hampden Avenue
Englewood, CO 80113
(303) 781-2784
  • Inpatient and Outpatient care offered at Swedish Medical Center
  • Trained Surgeons who are dedicated to provide care for Burn, Wound and Hand/Extremity Injury Patients
  • 15 BEDS Dedicated for Burn Patients, including 8 ICU BEDS
  • 2 DEDICATED OPERATING ROOMS for Burn Patients
  • 330 Inpatient Admissions and more than 1,800 Outpatient clinic visits
  • Admissions include children, with the youngest being 3 months old
  • LEVEL 1 TRAUMA CENTER with 368 licensed beds
  • The Rocky Mountain Region’s referral center for Neurotrauma, and the region’s first Joint Commission Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • For Visitor Information CLICK HERE
  • For appointments, please call (303) 788-6466 between the hours of 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. After hours and on the weekends, please call (855) 863-9595.
LILY DANIALI, MD
BRCC | DENVER, CO
BENSON PULIKKOTTIL, MD
MEDICAL DIRECTOR - BRCC | DENVER, CO
LILY DANIALI, MD
BRCC | DENVER, CO

DEGREE

  • M.D., University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, 2004-2009
  • B.A., Public Health Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1999-2003

RESIDENCY

  • Plastic Surgery, Rutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences Medical School,Newark,NJ, 2009-2014

FELLOWSHIP

  • Hand & Microsurgery Fellowship, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX, 2015-2016
  • Craniofacial & Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship, Pediatric Plastic Surgery Institute, Dallas, TX, 2014-2015

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • Acute Burn Care
  • Brain Reconstruction Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Micro Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery

OTHER LANGUAGES

  • Farsi
  • Spanish
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BENSON PULIKKOTTIL, MD
MEDICAL DIRECTOR - BRCC | DENVER, CO

DEGREE

  • M.D., Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, 2001-2005
  • B.A., Biology, Siena College, Loudonville, NY, 1997-2001

RESIDENCY

  • Plastic Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX, 2012-2015
  • General Surgery, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ, 2005-2012

FELLOWSHIP

  • Orthopedic Hand Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 2015-2016

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery

CLINICAL RESEARCH

  • Composite Vascularized Allograft: Face & Hand Transplant

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • Acute Burn Care
  • Burn Reconstruction Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Micro Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery
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The Medical Center of Aurora
1421 S Potomac St
Suite 230
Aurora, CO 80012
  • Trained Surgeons who are dedicated to provide care for Hand/Extremity Injury Patients
  • Level II Trauma Center with 346 beds, inpatient and outpatient care
  • Specialization in cardiovascular services, neurosciences, oncology, surgery and women’s services
  • First community hospital in the Denver Metro area to receive Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence
  • For Visitor Information CLICK HERE
  • For appointments, please call (303) 695-2693 between the hours of 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. After hours and on the weekends, please call (855) 863-9595.
CRAIG LEHRMAN, MD
MEDICAL DIRECTOR - BRCC | AURORA, CO
CRAIG LEHRMAN, MD
MEDICAL DIRECTOR - BRCC | AURORA, CO

DEGREE

  • M.D., UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, ALBUQUERQUE, NM, 2005-2009
  • B.S., BIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO, ALBUQUERQUE, NM, 2001-2005

INTERNSHIP

  • PLASTIC SURGERY, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER, DALLAS, TX, 2009-2010

RESIDENCY

  • PLASTIC SURGERY, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER, DALLAS, TX, 2010-2015

FELLOWSHIP

  • HAND SURGERY FELLOWSHIP, MAYO CLINIC, ROCHESTER, MN 2015-2016

CERTIFICATION

  • ADVANCED CARDIOVASCULAR LIFE SUPPORT
  • AMERICAN BOARD OF PLASTIC SURGERY

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • HAND SURGERY
  • RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
  • SKIN AND SOFT TISSUE INFECTIONS
  • WOUND CARE
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Blake Medical Center
2020 59th St W
Bradenton, FL 34209
  • Inpatient and outpatient care
  • Trained Surgeons who are dedicated to provide care for Burn, Wound and Hand/Extremity Injury Patients
  • 44 beds dedicated for burn patients, including 6 ICU beds; 1 dedicated operating room
  • Level II Trauma Center with 383 beds
  • For Visitor Information CLICK HERE
  • For appointments, please call (941) 567-2876, Option 1 between the hours of 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. After hours and on the weekends, please call (855) 863-9595
MICHAEL VAN VLIET, MD, FACS
MEDICAL DIRECTOR - BRCF | BRADENTON, FL
Richard L. Hutchison, MD, FACS
BRCF | BRADENTON, FL
MICHAEL VAN VLIET, MD, FACS
MEDICAL DIRECTOR - BRCF | BRADENTON, FL

Degree

  • M.D., Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, 2002-2006
  • B.A., Siena College, Loudonville, NY, 1998-2002

Residency

  • Plastic Surgery – Chief Resident, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, 2011-2012
  • Plastic Surgery, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, 2009-2011
  • General Surgery, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, 2007-2009

Fellowship

  • Burn Surgery and Critical Care, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine & Los Angeles County Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-2013

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery – Surgical Critical Care

Clinical Interests

  • Burn Reconstruction Surgery
  • Critical Care
  • Hand Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Scar Modulation/Laser Therapy

Dr. Michael Van Vliet was born in New York, raised in northern New Jersey, and was accepted into medical school straight out of high school as part of a highly-competitive combined bachelor/M.D. program. Having completed undergraduate and medical doctorate programs with a unique emphasis on humanities and the underserved, Dr. Van Vliet spent a considerable portion of his training in developing nations.

Dr. Van Vliet was called to the burn and reconstructive field during a residency rotation at LA Country Burn Center.

“On the first day, I observed the Medical Director, Dr. Warren Garner, managing critically ill patients. He would sneak off to the OR to release a burn contracture and apply basic plastic surgery principles to reconstruct the defect,” Dr. Van Vliet said. “I knew in that moment exactly what I wanted to do. I found an avenue to manage critically ill patients, to experience the joy of seeing them through, and performing plastic surgery.”

As the Medical Director for Burn and Reconstructive Centers of Florida, his compassionate care begins with the most critically ill burn patients, as he manages their every need from the acute stage of their illnesses through reconstruction and beyond. He also treats patients with hand injuries, complex wounds, traumatic defects, congenital deformities, and cancer. His training also provided the skill to manage all aesthetic concerns, including cosmetic surgery of the face, body and breast.

Outside of work, Dr. Van Vliet spends time with his wife, Kelly, and their two children. The Van Vliet family fully embraces the Florida lifestyle, enjoying the beach, local restaurants, parks, and playgrounds.

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Richard L. Hutchison, MD, FACS
BRCF | BRADENTON, FL

Degree

  • M.D., University of Chicago, The Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 1978-1983
  • B.S., Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1974-1978

Residency

  • Plastic Surgery, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 1988-1990
  • General Surgery, Cooper Hospital/ University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Camden, NJ, 1986-1988
  • General Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1983-1985

Fellowship

  • Hand Surgery, Integris Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK, 2010-2011
  • Research, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1985-1986
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Brandon Regional Hospital
119 OAKFIELD DR
BRANDON, FL 33511
(941) 567-2876
  • Trained Surgeons who are dedicated to provide care for Wound and Hand/Extremity Injury Patients
  • 438-bed facility specializing in cardiovascular services, behavioral health bariatric services and women’s services
  • For Visitor Information CLICK HERE
  • For appointments, please call (941) 567-2876 between the hours of 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. After hours and on the weekends, please call (855) 863-9595.
JUAN SOCAS, M.D.
Medical Director | BRCF - Brandon, FL
Jared S. Troy, MD
BRCF - Brandon, FL
JUAN SOCAS, M.D.
Medical Director | BRCF - Brandon, FL

Degree

  • M.D., University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1996-2002

Residency

  • International Microsurgery Scholar, Chang Gung, Taiwan, 2014
  • Plastic Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 2009-2011
  • General Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 2006-2009
  • General Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 2004-2006
  • Externship, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 2003

Clinical Interests

  • Acute Burn Care
  • Micro Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Wound Care
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Jared S. Troy, MD
BRCF - Brandon, FL

Degree

  • M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2007-2011
  • B.A., Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, 1997-2001

Residency

  • Plastic Surgery, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 2011-2017

Clinical Interests

  • Facial Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Scar Modulation/Laser Therapy
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Kendall Regional Medical Center
11750 SW 40 Street
Miami, FL 33175
  • Inpatient and outpatient care
  • Trained Surgeons who are dedicated to provide care for Burn, Wound and Hand/Extremity Injury Patients
  • 15 beds dedicated for burn patients, including 6 ICU beds; 3 dedicated operating rooms, located in Miami, FL
  • Level I Trauma Center (verified by the American College of Surgeons) and teaching hospital with 417 beds
  • For Visitor Information CLICK HERE
  • For appointments, please call (305) 480-6693, Option 1 between the hours of 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. After hours and on the weekends, please call (855) 863-9595.
MORAD ASKARI, MD, MBA
BRCF | MIAMI, FL
RIZAL LIM, MD
BRCF | MIAMI, FL
HAARIS MIR, MD, FACS
MEDICAL DIRECTOR - BRCF | MIAMI, FL
MORAD ASKARI, MD, MBA
BRCF | MIAMI, FL

Degree

  • MBA, University of Miami – School of Business, Miami, FL, 2014-2016
  • M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, 1999-2004
  • B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, 1995-1999

Residency

  • General/Plastic Surgery, University of Southern California – Los Angeles County Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, 2004-2010

Fellowship

  • Hand and Microvascular Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 2010-2011

Board Certification

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Subspecialty of Surgery of the Hand

Clinical Interests

  • Hand Surgery
  • Micro Surgery
  • Nerve Repair
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery

Other Languages

  • Farsi
  • Spanish
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RIZAL LIM, MD
BRCF | MIAMI, FL

Degree

  • M.D., Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH, 2001-2005
  • B.A., Zoology, University of Miami, Miami, FL, 1997-2001

Residency

  • Plastic Surgery, University of Miami, Miami, FL, 2012-2015
  • General Surgery – Chief Resident, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA, 2009-2012
  • General Surgery, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA, 2005-2007

Fellowship

  • Craniofacial Surgery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 2015-2016
  • Surgical Research, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA, 2007-2009

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

  • AMERICAN BOARD OF PLASTIC SURGERY, 2017

Clinical Interests

  • Facial Surgery
  • Micro Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Wound Care
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HAARIS MIR, MD, FACS
MEDICAL DIRECTOR - BRCF | MIAMI, FL

Degree

  • M.D., Dow Medical College & Civil Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan, 1996-2001

Residency

  • Plastic Surgery, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, 2009-2011
  • General Surgery – Chief Resident, Temple University Hospital – Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 2006-2007
  • General Surgery, Temple University Hospital – Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 2003-2006

Fellowship

  • Burn Surgery, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, 2008-2009
  • Hand and Microsurgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine – Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery, Louisville, KY, 2007-2008

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Certificate of Added Qualifications of Surgery of the Hand

Clinical Interests

  • Acute Burn Care
  • Burn Reconstruction Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Facial Surgery
  • Reconstruction Surgery

Other Languages

  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
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Medical City Plano
3901 W 15th St
Plano, TX 75075
  • Inpatient and outpatient care
  • Trained Surgeons who are dedicated to provide care for Burn, Wound and Hand/Extremity Injury Patients
  • 15 beds dedicated for burn patients, including 8 ICU beds; 2 dedicated operating rooms
  • Level I Trauma Center with 493 beds, a Comprehensive (Level I) Stroke Center and a Level III NICU
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  • For appointments, please call (972) 396-4120 between the hours of 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. After hours and on the weekends, please call (855) 863-9595.
JOHN HERSHMAN, MD
MEDICAL DIRECTOR - BRCT | PLANO, TX
JOHN HERSHMAN, MD
MEDICAL DIRECTOR - BRCT | PLANO, TX

DEGREE

  • M.D., UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH, GALVESTON, TX, 2004-2008
  • B.S., BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE, TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE STATION, TX, 2000-2004

RESIDENCY

  • PLASTIC SURGERY, GEORGIA REGENTS UNIVERSITY, AUGUSTA, GA, 2013-2016
  • GENERAL SURGERY, MEDICAL COLLEGE OF GEORGIA, AUGUSTA, GA, 2008-2013

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • ACUTE BURN CARE
  • BURN RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY
  • RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
  • SKIN AND SOFT TISSUE INFECTIONS
  • WOUND CARE

John Hershman’s vacation had just started, when he accidentally sliced open his left thumb with a pocketknife. He was 14 and had grand plans of a summer full of outdoor adventures. Those plans had to be put on hold in lieu of the splint that held his left hand stiff. However, the summer was not lost. As he watched the plastic surgeon on call at the local hospital repair his tendon, a flame of interest began to flicker.

“As I returned for follow-up, I began to ask him questions about all of the surgery he performed,” said Dr. Hershman. “He allowed me to shadow him in his office for the summer, and I was hooked.”

In college, Dr. Hershman worked shifts on local EMS crews, responding to everything from aches and pains to traumatic incidents. It was a patient from a car accident that reinforced his commitment to one day become a plastic surgeon.

“On the scene of the accident, the patient was almost unrecognizable due to the severity of her facial injuries,” he said. “Then, I ran into her a year later and was amazed. She looked great! I asked her about her recovery, and she told me all about the plastic surgeon who helped her.”

Now a plastic surgeon himself, Dr. Hershman enjoys helping his patients heal difficult wounds and returning them to normal form and function. He cherishes the special bonds he forms with his patients as a result.

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Acute Burn Care
BREAST RECONSTRUCTION
Frostbite
HAND & EXTREMITY INJURIES
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Outpatient Clinic
Reconstructive Surgery
Scar Revision
SKIN & SOFT TISSUE DISORDERS
Acute Burn Care
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The premise and promise of the burn center has been to never turn away a patient in need of specialized burn care. Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America is unique in many ways, including treating both children and adults to the comprehensive circle of care offered by our medical professionals.

At Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America, the treatment of patients goes beyond their physical burns and wounds. From the expertise of critical care and pediatric intensivists to the consultation of staff psychiatrists, we truly treat the entire patient. We understand that even a small burn can be catastrophic to entire families, and we work hard to lessen the lasting impact of such injuries.

The acute care is often followed by reconstruction as burn scars can be restricting and interfere with a patients lifestyle. This is often a long process requiring years of reconstructive procedures. Therefore, we have a great opportunity to know our patients and connect with them on a level unlike many other specialties.

Many burn centers focus on the acute injury and once the patient is healed refer them to other surgeons to perform their reconstruction. It has been our experience that having the intimate knowledge of what the patient went through in the initial stages helps us to optimize their reconstructive efforts.

TREATING BURNS AT HOME

Most burns occur at home or work, and the proper response is important both to helping the patient and ensuring proper treatment of the injury.

First, stop the burning process by removing the source of the burn. However, do not endanger yourself. For example, do not try to grab a live electrical wire.

The next step is to remove any jewelry or clothing around the burned area. This will help prevent further damage if swelling occurs. If clothing is stuck to the burn site, do not peel it off. Instead, contact emergency services immediately.

For initial treatment of minor burns, run cool tap water over the burn for at least 20 minutes. For more severe burns, seek medical treatment immediately.

DO NOT
Do not apply butter, grease, honey or powder
Do not use cotton balls or wool to clean a burn
Do not apply ice directly to the burn

DO
Cover the burn with a dry, sterile cloth
Use ibuprofen for pain management

IDENTIFYING SEVERITY OF BURNS

First Degree
Red and painful with no blistering of skin, such as a minor sunburn

Second Degree
Red and painful with blistering – sometimes significantly blistering – of skin. Injuries will maintain a wet appearance.

Third Degree
Injuries have charred appearance, and will be dry to touch. They will have a leathery or white appearance, and be insensate. Treatment of injury will require skin grafting.

Fourth Degree
Injuries will be catastrophic, involve muscle, tendon and bone, and most often require amputation as treatment.

Transfer criteria recommended by the American Burn Association:

  • Partial thickness burn greater than or equal to 10% TBSA
  • Any burn involving the face, hands, feet, genitalia or major joint
  • Any third degree burn
  • Chemical burn injury
  • Electrical burn injury
  • Inhalation injury
  • Burn injury in patients with pre-existing medical disorders
  • Burns involving concomitant trauma in which the burn injury poses the greater risk
  • Burned children in hospitals without qualified personnel or equipment for the care of children
  • Burn injury in patients who will require special social, emotional, or long-term rehab
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BREAST RECONSTRUCTION
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Breast plastic surgeries are minimally invasive procedures that restore and improve the size, shape and position of the breasts.  Options for these surgeries include reconstruction, augmentation (enlargement), reduction and lift.  Breast plastic surgeries are tremendously beneficial to women who have lost their breast(s) from mastectomy or lumpectomy and would like to have breast reconstruction to restore natural-looking shape, appearance and size, or lost breast volume due to pregnancy or nursing.  Patients may also want breasts that are in proportion with their body size, or desire a fuller profile.  At BRCA, our highly-trained and experienced plastic surgery team will discuss your priorities to help you choose the right procedure and achieve your goals.

Is It Cosmetic Surgery?

  • In most cases, breast restoration is treatment of a disease and considered a reconstructive surgery, not a cosmetic procedure.

When’s the Best Time to Have Breast Reconstruction?

  • Our team will work with you to identify the appropriate time for your procedure, accounting for your medical condition, procedural approaches, anatomy and personal desire.  Our goal is to create a personalized plan with you to achieve your goals with optimal outcomes in a safe manner.  Patients who have begun chemotherapy or radiation will need to wait until they have completed that treatment.

Breast Reconstruction Approaches

  • Implants – Implants are made out of silicone, saline or a combination of both.  They are placed beneath the chest muscle.  This differs from breast augmentation where implants are placed on top of the chest muscle.
  • Flaps – During this reconstructive procedure, a breast is created with tissue taken from other parts of the body, such as the thighs, abdominal or gluteal regions.  The tissue is then transplanted to the chest, where surgeons can reconnect blood vessels.

Planning for Breast Reconstruction

Women who will have a mastectomy, or may lose a breast from a lumpectomy, have options for surgery:

  • Immediate Breast Reconstruction – Women who are not undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment may choose to have reconstruction done in conjunction with their mastectomy or other surgical intervention.
  • Delayed Breast Reconstruction – We recommend that women undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment delay their breast reconstruction.  If breast reconstruction is not delayed, a reconstructed breast may lose its appearance, change in shape or texture, become painful and could potentially put a person at-risk. A tissue expander will be inserted after the mastectomy to keep the breast skin that was saved during the procedure in preparation for the final reconstruction, which will be scheduled several months after radiation treatment is complete.
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Frostbite
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The specialty of burn care is not relegated to chemical, electrical, flame and scald injuries. At BRCA, our team of board-certified surgeons and plastic/reconstruction specialists are also trained in the most advanced treatment and management of cold injuries including thrombolytic therapy.

  • Cold injuries can result in temporary or permanent tissue damage caused by prolonged exposure to temperatures less than 23°F.  Injuries can range from frostnip to more complex injuries including significant local tissue loss and/or limb amputations. The classification of frostbite injuries is similar to burn injuries:
    • First Degree: Superficial without blister formation; Frostnip
    • Second Degree:  Light colored blisters with subsequent peeling
    • Third Degree:  Dark blisters that evolve into thick, black eschar
    • Fourth Degree: Involves bone, tendon and/or muscle
  • A better understanding of the pathophysiology of the disease process has led to recent advancements in the treatment of frostbite.  No longer considered to be a condition of simple tissue freezing, cold injuries are now recognized to be a more complex ailment associated with local tissue injury and vascular occlusion.   Today, treatments are designed to rewarm the affected tissues rapidly, while improving blood flow to the injured area with thrombolytics.  Tissue plasminogen activator, commonly known as tPA and given to stroke victims, is a proven, effective treatment for frostbite injuries resulting in significantly lower amputation rates.  Patients presenting with frostbite should be viewed as a vascular emergency and immediately be referred to a burn specialist who is trained in the use of tPA.  Rapid diagnosis and treatment of cold injuries can significantly reduce the morbidity associated with this injury.
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HAND & EXTREMITY INJURIES
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Burns and wounds are not the only injuries healed at BRCA. Our team of plastic and reconstruction specialists offers cosmetic, emergency and elective surgeries, including breast enhancement or reconstruction, hand and extremity operations as well as other procedures.

Hand and upper extremity injuries account for one-third of all emergency room injuries and are the most common disabling work injuries.  Meanwhile, burning and crushing injuries to the hand are one of the likeliest injuries for children under the age of six.

In recent years, BRCA has assembled a team of hand specialists who can treat cases ranging from traumatic de-gloving injuries to simple sprains. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency cases or consultations. With 29 major and minor bones, 29 joints, 123 ligaments, 48 nerves and 35 muscles, the hand and lower arm are complex areas that requires a skilled assessment and treatment plan.

If you are experiencing pain in your upper-extremities, including wrist, hand, and fingers, contact our office to schedule an appointment today. They can offer a wealth of treatments beyond surgery, including medication, topical treatment, injections, or monitored therapy.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (“HBO Therapy”) provides a patient the ability to breathe 100% oxygen at pressures greater than normal atmospheric (sea level) pressure.  This allows more oxygen to pass throughout your body to promote healing, fight infection and kill bacteria.  HBO Therapy can assist patients who have carbon monoxide poisoning, challenges associated with wound healing, necrotizing soft tissue, or skin grafts/flaps.  You may need more than one HBO Therapy treatment to help your recovery.  HBO Therapy does not require a hospital stay, except for patients who are already in the hospital and will be brought back to their hospital room.  Patients using HBO Therapy will go through three phases of care:

Compression

During this phase, the patient experiences increased pressure in their ears.  Before the treatment, patients are taught how to clear their ears. The HBO Therapy technician helps the patient release the pressure in their ears during the treatment.

Treatment

HBO Therapy feels warm during the compression phase due to pressurization. Once the prescribed pressure is reached, the temperature in the chamber cools. During this time the patient may choose to watch TV, listen to music, or sleep. The treatment lasts approximately 90-120 minutes.

Decompression

The decompression phase begins at the end of treatment. As the pressure is decreased, a “pop” or “crackling” sound occurs as the patient’s ears readjust to normal pressure.

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Outpatient Clinic
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We provide coordinated care with a team of skilled and experienced professionals that includes surgeons, certified wound specialists, nurses, physical & occupational therapists, nutrition counselors and social services coordinators.

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Reconstructive Surgery
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One of the most important steps in the healing of a catastrophically burned patient is the process of reconstruction, especially of extensively burned areas. Due to scar formation from deep second or third degree burns, patients will likely need reconstruction to improve restrictive and hypertrophic burn scars. These burn scars to the face, neck, hands and other regions of the body can restrict motion, such as chewing, drinking and hand or neck or leg movements.

Our team of board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons at BRCA, is continuing to develop different avenues to best treat our patients, those with congenital and acquired skin anomalies, wounds and people interested in generally improving their appearance and/or self-esteem. Through our experience of working with thousands of patients, we have developed the skills necessary to create a thorough treatment plan to improve the aesthetics, form and function of our burn patients. We are not only involved in the reconstruction process, but also in the in the acute phase of patient care. This helps plan procedures for future reconstruction, enhance rehabilitation and overall improve patients’ form, function, aesthetic outcome and, ultimately, their quality of life.

Our plastic and reconstructive surgeons use their knowledge and experience of dermal substitutes, skin grafting, tissue expansion, laser therapy, flap reconstruction and microsurgery to help rehabilitate burned victims.

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Scar Revision
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As part of our long-term care and reconstructive services, we offer laser scar revision treatments. Our surgeons tailor treatment plans based on the type and appearance of the scar and level of a patient’s injury.  Laser scar revisions can assist with loosening of scars to improve range of motion, decrease itching and pain from scars and offer an improved appearance of the scarred area.

Patients often see results from the laser therapy within days of the initial treatment and usually feel minimal side-effects or discomfort.  Improvements may continue with additional treatments, providing short and long term benefits for our patients.  Laser technology is a preferred treatment choice for both hypertrophic and atrophic scars.

Hypertrophic scars have texture and are raised because of over excessive collagen formation.  The most common side effect of treatment is red or purple discoloration on the skin, which may be seen for several days.  Swelling of the treated area may occur, but usually decreases within a few days.  After treatment, your skin is sensitive and it’s very important to limit your exposure to the sun to avoid damaging the treated area.

Atrophic scars are depressions in your skin caused by inflammatory skin conditions, such as chicken pox or cystic acne.  The goal of the treatment is to reduce the scar’s depressions and promote the production of new collagen to help fill in the depressions.  The most common side effects of treatment include redness, swelling and drainage.  After treatment, your skin is sensitive and it’s very important to limit your exposure to the sun to avoid damaging the treated area.

Please speak with our team if you are not sure what type of scar you have or if you want to learn if laser scar revision treatments can help with your scar.

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SKIN & SOFT TISSUE DISORDERS
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Burn and reconstructive surgery is not the only service provided by our surgeons at BRCA. Our team of board-certified surgeons and plastic/reconstruction specialists are trained in the treatment and management of skin and soft tissue disorders, ranging from:

  1. Degenerative skin disorders: Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN)
  2. Infectious processes: Cellulitis and Necrotizing Fasciitis
  3. Complex wounds associated with chronic diseases: Diabetic Foot Ulcers and Calciphylaxis
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) are degenerative skin disorders differentiated by percentage of involved body surface area.  While there is some overlap in categorization of SJS and TEN, TEN is characterized with involvement greater than 30% of total body surface area.  Patients often present with a patchy reddening or detachment of the top layer of skin following exposure to a “trigger,” most commonly a medication.  The disease process affects all epithelial tissues of the body and is associated with a significant inflammatory response.   The combination of epithelial loss and severe inflammation leaves the patient susceptible to infections and multi-organ system failure.  The care and treatment for these individuals is similar to those with a thermal injury.  It is for this reason why the medical community favors treatment of these individuals at a multi-disciplinary burn center to limit morbidity and mortality.
  • Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a bacterial infection of the skin, commonly occurring when bacteria pass into the body through an open cut, scrape, burn wound or other puncture wound. Patients with NF may complain of swelling and muscle soreness at the site of the infectious process.  The skin is generally warm to the touch and red or purple in color.  As the disease progresses, it may be accompanied by blisters, ulcers or blackening of the skin.  NF is a medical emergency and should be treated in an urgent manner as the bacteria quickly spreads through connective tissue, and can lead to amputations or death within a narrow window of time.  Aggressive surgical debridement, coupled with systemic antimicrobials and hyperbaric oxygen, is often required to prevent the infection from continuing to spread and potentially result in significant morbidity and mortality.
  • Diabetic ulcers occur in approximately 15% of diabetic patients.  If treated properly, patients can avoid amputation, which affects about 1 in 5 patients who develop an ulcer.  Patients who develop ulcers should seek immediate attention from a specialist.
  • Cellulitis is a bacterial skin infection that can spread rapidly if not treated immediately.  Cellulitis can result in necrotizing fasciitis or sepsis, potentially life threatening conditions.  Patients often present with painful, swollen areas of red skin that are warm to the touch.  Although it’s most commonly seen on the skin of the lower legs, it can occur anywhere throughout the body.  Untreated or mistreated cellulitis can extend through the soft tissues into the lymph nodes and bloodstream, resulting in life threating conditions.  Cellulitis should be treated aggressively with antimicrobials while excluding the diagnosis of necrotizing fasciitis and sepsis.  Significant cellulitis can result in morbidity and mortality and thus should be treated by infectious experts at a medical facility or burn center.
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BRCA FOUNDATION

The BRCA Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated improving patient care, supporting patients and families after they have been discharged from one of our centers, and facilitating education about burn, wound and hand care throughout various medical communities.

Mission Statement
The healing and helping of patients goes far beyond the walls of our burn centers. The BRCA Foundation is committed to helping patients and their families, while continuously working to improve care throughout the world.

Our foundation was founded on three guiding principles:

  • Patient Support
  • Education & Scholarship
  • Community Outreach

To learn more about us or find out how you can help support our mission, please email: [email protected]

All donations to BRCA Foundation are tax deductible.

BRCA Foundation
P.O. Box 3726
Augusta, Georgia 30914

WORK WITH US

Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America provides inpatient and outpatient care for adult and pediatric patients. Our clinical services include Acute Burn Care, Hand & Extremity Injuries, Reconstructive Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, Laser Scar Revision, Breast Reconstruction, Skin & Soft Tissue Disorders and HBO Therapy. Our flagship in Augusta, GA, is the nation’s largest burn unit, and we currently manage twenty percent of the burn beds in the country. Our clinical team is located across 11 hub hospitals in nine states, providing care at more than thirty clinical locations. We are actively seeking clinical and administrative professionals who are looking to join a dynamic and growing national physicians group. Opportunities exist throughout our system, with the possibility of relocation for qualified candidates.

For questions, please call (855) 863-9595 and ask to speak with our Director of Human Resources or email [email protected].

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Positions
  • AUTHORIZATION SPECIALIST Florida (Bradenton - Blake Medical Center) ADMINISTRATIVE
    ADMINISTRATIVE

    Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America is seeking an Authorization Specialist for our Bradenton, Florida location. The Authorization Specialist’s duties will include obtaining authorizations for all types of scans, procedures and surgeries. The Authorization Specialist will contact Primary Care Physicians to obtain referrals or begin the precertification process and verify all types of insurance eligibility via phone or web access. This person will retrieve correct clinical information from various sources, provide and share accurate documentation, as needed. Additional Administrative duties may include surgery scheduling, entering patient demographics and other medical office tasks, as needed.

    Requirements:
    • High School Diploma or GED.
    • 1-2 years authorization/pre-certification experience.
    • Strong working knowledge of CPT/ICD-10 Coding.
    • Medical and Insurance Terminology.
    • Ability to research coding related issues.
    • Excellent computer skills, including Excel and Word.
    Preferred:
    • Bilingual – fluently read, write and speak English and Spanish.

    We offer Medical/Dental/Vision/Life/401(k), Vacation and Holidays

    Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

  • BILLING SPECIALIST (INSURANCE SPECIALIST) Georgia (Augusta) ADMINISTRATIVE
    ADMINISTRATIVE

    The Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America is seeking an experienced Billing/Insurance Specialist to join our growing team. In this high productivity role, the Billing Specialist will be responsible for completing patient financial services tasks as it relates to billing and/or accounts receivable and will follow up with payers while maintaining quality and productivity requirements. This position will require analytical and researching skills to review unpaid claims and to assist in the resolution of denials (follow-up) with payers.

    Requirements:
    • Working knowledge of medical and insurance terminology
    • Experience with insurance and federal billing guidelines
    • Working knowledge of ICD-10 and CPT coding
    • Ability to read and interpret physician notes
    • High School Diploma/GED required
    • Excellent interpersonal skills
    Preferred:
    • Associate Degree or 2+ years of billing/collections experience in a multi-specialty physician office or hospital setting
  • FRONT DESK REPRESENTATIVE Georgia (Augusta) ADMINISTRATIVE
    ADMINISTRATIVE

    Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America is seeking a Front Desk Representative for our Augusta, Georgia location. The Front Desk Representative will be responsible for the duties of a multidisciplinary medical office. This person will answer incoming calls, schedule appointments, enter demographics, process/maintain medical records and verify insurance eligibility. In addition to basic Front Desk duties, this person will assist patients with completion – and provide patients with explanation of various forms. Also, scan and upload patient information into computer systems, collect various methods of payment, make/update/distribute physician Call Schedules, provide back-up coverage for other departments and run office errands, as needed.

    Requirements:
    • High School Diploma or GED.
    • Previous Front Desk – Medical Office experience.
    • Medical Terminology.
    • Understanding of HIPAA Regulations, as required in a Medical Office.
    • Ability to multitask in a fast paced environment.
    • Valid Driver’s License issued in current state of residence.
    • Proof of Motor Vehicle Insurance.
    Preferred:
    • Bilingual – fluently read, write and speak English and Spanish
    • Certified Medical Assistant

    We offer Medical/Dental/Vision/Life/401(k), Vacation and Holidays

    Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

  • MEDICAL CODER Georgia (Augusta) ADMINISTRATIVE
    ADMINISTRATIVE

    The Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America is seeking an experienced Medical Coder to correctly code healthcare claims to obtain reimbursement from insurance companies and/or government healthcare programs. This is a multi-state, high volume position that is responsible for reviewing clinical documentation and applying the proper assignment of ICD-10-CM, HCPCS and CPT codes along with properly using Modifiers for services performed in the office, hospital or clinic setting. The Medical Coder must have multi-state knowledge of regulations, guidelines, policies and procedures for all insurance companies that pertain to billing physician and mid-level CPT codes.

    Requirements:
    • Working knowledge of ICD-10-CM, HCPCS and CPT codes as well as the proper use of modifiers for services performed
    • Knowledge of anatomy and medical terminology
    • Excellent written/oral communication skills
    • Independent and analytical skills
    • HS Diploma/GED required
    Preferred:
    • 2+ years’ experience in ICD-9, ICD-10 and CPT coding
    • Certified Professional Coder certification
    • Associate Degree in medical coding or related field

    We offer Medical/Dental/Vision/life/401(k) vacation and holidays

    Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

  • OUTREACH SPECIALIST Florida (Tallahassee Area) ADMINISTRATIVE
    ADMINISTRATIVE

    Seeking an outgoing professional to develop relationships with and act as a liaison between referral sources such as EMS, hospitals, urgent care and physicians. Travel is mandatory throughout North Florida, South Georgia and South Alabama; and will include attendance at regional conferences. This position may assist in coordination of burn education/conferences to healthcare staff. Candidates must have a flexible schedule and possess excellent administrative, interpersonal and time management skills.

    Requirements:
    • Working knowledge of healthcare industry.
    • Minimum of 2 years post-secondary school education.
    • Reliable transportation for frequent car travel.
    • Flexible to work weekends and overnight travel, as needed.
    Preferred:
    • 2 years previous Marketing experience.

    We offer Medical/Dental/Vision/Life/401(k), Vacation and Holidays

    Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

  • PATIENT SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE Georgia (Augusta) ADMINISTRATIVE
    ADMINISTRATIVE

    In this critical role, you are the first voice of our company the outside world will hear. It is important that we exhibit the utmost professionalism while assisting the caller in an expeditious manner. Our Burn Information Systems is open 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. You must be able to work any shift including weekends/holidays/evenings/day shifts. While In this position, our Patient Service Representatives are responsible to answer, transfer calls as defined within established protocols and operating procedures; file patient charts and paperwork; schedule patient appointments, verify insurance and prepare charts for pediatric patients.

    Requirements:
    • 1+ year of experience in a customer service/front office role
    • Strong phone and verbal communication skills
    • Basic knowledge of MS Office products
    • High School Diploma/GED
    Preferred:
    • Bi-Lingual in Spanish/English
    • Basic understanding of medical terminology

    We offer Medical/Dental/Vision/life/401(k) vacation and holidays

    Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

  • PRECERTIFICATION SPECIALIST Georgia (Augusta) ADMINISTRATIVE
    ADMINISTRATIVE

    Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America is seeking a Precertification Specialist for our Augusta, Georgia location. This location provides precertification support for many of our surgeons – both locally and remotely. The Precertification Specialist will contact Primary Care Physicians to obtain referrals or begin the precertification process and verify all types of insurance eligibility via phone or web access. This person will retrieve correct clinical information from various sources, provide and share accurate documentation as needed. This person must have strong working knowledge of CPT/ICD-10 Coding, as well as Medical and Insurance terminology, and possess the ability to research to research coding related issues.

    Requirements:
    • High School Diploma or GED.
    • 1-2 years pre-certification experience.
    • Must have working knowledge of hospital systems.
    • Ability to read and interpret physicians’ notes.
    • Ability to multitask and prioritize.
    • Ability to work in fast paced environment and adapt to change.
    • Must be detail oriented.
    Preferred:
    • Bilingual – fluently read, write and speak English and Spanish

    We offer Medical/Dental/Vision/Life/401(k), Vacation and Holidays

    Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

  • Surgery Scheduling Coordinator Georgia (Augusta) ADMINISTRATIVE
    ADMINISTRATIVE

    Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America is seeking a Surgery Scheduling Coordinator for our Augusta, Georgia office. The Surgery Scheduling Coordinator’s duties will include obtaining incoming surgery and clinic scheduling sheets from physicians and mid-level personnel. This employee will schedule and document all cases being posted per established protocol for local and remote facilities. The Surgery Scheduling Coordinator will provide patient support by providing pertinent information such as dates, times and instructions and arrange lodging accommodations for out of town patients. The Surgery Scheduling Coordinator will process all paper work and communicating necessary information to all required hospital departments. This employee will also be responsible for the submission of prior approval letters and photos to insurance carriers.

    Requirements:
    • High School Diploma or GED.
    • Working knowledge of hospital systems.
    • Medical and Insurance Terminology.
    • Ability to work well with physicians, mid-level practitioners, hospital and office staff.
    • Ability to work effectively, multitask and handle stressful situations.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

    We offer Medical/Dental/Vision/Life/401(k), Vacation and Holidays

    Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

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  • BURN FELLOWSHIP Georgia (Augusta) CLINICAL
    CLINICAL

    Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America is seeking a board certified or board eligible physician interested in a one-year burn fellowship at our ABA verified burn center in Augusta, Georgia.

    During the twelve-month fellowship participants will be exposed to all facets of acute and reconstructive burn care for adult and pediatric patients, as well as research.

    The Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia is the largest burn facility in the United States with over 70 burn beds, (36 ICU) and over 3500 admissions each year.

    BRCA offers competitive compensation and benefits package.

    Interested candidates should send their CV along with two references to BRCA Chief Medical Officer, Shawn P. Fagan, MD, FACS at [email protected]

    Requirements:
    • Board Certified or Board Eligible in General or Plastic Surgery
    • Currently hold or eligible to obtain a Georgia Medical License
    • Completion of USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3
    • Certified by ECFMG (if applicable)
  • BURN SURGEON All Locations CLINICAL
    CLINICAL

    Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America is the nation’s largest burn network, with locations throughout the United States and over 7,500 admissions per year, is seeking board certified or board eligible general or plastic surgeons with an interest in burn and wound care. In addition to burn care other opportunities are available and include hand surgery, plastic and microvascular surgery.

    Duties include inpatient and outpatient care, surgical intervention and the opportunity to assist with research if desired.

    BRCA offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.

    Interested applicants should send their CV along with two references to BRCA Chief Medical Officer, Shawn Fagan, MD, FACS at [email protected]

    Education/Qualifications:
    • Board Certified/Board Eligible in General Surgery, Plastic Surgery or Trauma/Critical Care
    • Currently holds or eligible to obtain a medical license for the state where they are applying

    NOTE: Foreign medical school graduates must have ECFMG certification

  • CRITICAL CARE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT OR NURSE PRACTITIONER Georgia (Augusta) CLINICAL
    CLINICAL

    Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America is seeking a critical care practitioner to join our team. This advanced practice provider will provide critical care to our medical and surgical patients.

    Responsibilities:
    • Manage acute, critical and chronic conditions within burn and trauma units
    • Must be able to provide complex decision making, order and interpret diagnostic testing, manage advanced hemo-dynamic monitoring, perform invasive procedures and coordinate care across a multi-disciplinary team.
    • Perform minor surgical procedures
    • Instruct and counsel patients throughout the continuum of care
    • Participate in educational opportunities within the burn and trauma services
    • Act as a liaison to help establish protocols and help develop plans for process improvement
    Nurse Practitioner Requirements:
    • Master’s Degree or Doctorate in Nursing
    • Maintain National Certification
    • Perform minor surgical procedures
    • Licensure in State of Georgia
    Physician Assistant Requirements:
    • Graduate from an accredited Physician Assistant Program
    • Successful completion of PANCE
    • Maintain NCCPA Certification
    • Licensure in State of Georgia
  • NURSE PRACTITIONER Multiple Locations CLINICAL
    CLINICAL

    Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America is seeking an experienced Nurse Practitioner to join our team of dedicated professionals in the critical care, trauma, and burn arenas. BRCA is the nation’s largest burn network with locations throughout the United States. Candidate must be willing to travel as needed and participate in staff education.

    Responsibilities:
    • Perform patient history and physicals
    • Order and interpret laboratory tests and x-rays and provide diagnosis
    • Perform medical treatment and diagnostic procedures
    • Perform minor surgical procedures
    • 1st or 2nd assist during surgery as required by supervising physician and/or training
    • Instruct and counsel patients on treatment plans
    • Preoperative and postoperative care
    • Medication prescribing may be necessary depending on state /facility.
    Requirements:
    • Graduate from an accredited Physician Assistant Program
    • Successful completion of PANCE
    • Maintain NCCPA Certification
    • Licensure in state practicing
  • PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Multiple Locations CLINICAL
    CLINICAL

    Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America is seeking an experienced physician assistant to join our team of dedicated professionals in the critical care, trauma, and burn arenas. BRCA is the nation’s largest burn network with locations throughout the United States. Candidate must be willing to travel as needed and participate in staff education.

    Responsibilities:
    • Perform patient history and physicals
    • Order and interpret laboratory tests and x-rays and provide diagnosis
    • Perform medical treatment and diagnostic procedures
    • Perform minor surgical procedures
    • 1st or 2nd assist during surgery as required by supervising physician and/or training
    • Instruct and counsel patients on treatment plans
    • Preoperative and postoperative care
    • Medication prescribing may be necessary depending on state /facility.
    Requirements:
    • Graduate from an accredited Physician Assistant Program
    • Successful completion of PANCE
    • Maintain NCCPA Certification
    • Licensure in state practicing
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