Leadership and Legacy

OUR LEADERSHIP

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Frank Mullins

Chairman, Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America

 

Frank Mullins serves as the Chairman of Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America.

As Chairman, Mullins oversees major corporate decisions and manages the overall operations and resources while guiding the strategic direction of BRCA. He also leads acquisition and growth endeavors and explores future partnership opportunities.

A native of Augusta, Mullins graduated from Augusta College in 1984 and began working in commercial and residential development. During his career, Mullins entitled, capitalized, developed and managed more than $3 billion in projects for various clients, including federal agencies, hospitals, banks and large private corporations. During this time, Mullins also partnered with his brother, Dr. Fred Mullins, on many business ventures within and outside the BRCA spectrum.

In recent years, Mullins became more involved with the business aspects of the burn private practice owned by his brother. When Dr. Mullins passed away in June 2020, Frank Mullins moved into the day-to-day role of Chairman of BRCA.

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Claus Brandigi, M.D., FACS

CEO, Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America

 

Claus Brandigi, M.D., FACS, serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America and Medical Director for the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at WellStar Cobb Hospital.

In addition to continuing to operate as one of BRCA’s leading burn surgeons, Dr. Brandigi’s roles include mentoring the development of new burn surgeons and training them to practice BRCA’s model of driving better patient outcomes through higher utilization of the operating room. Dr. Brandigi is also involved in physician recruitment and new burn center development.

Dr. Brandigi earned a psychology degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, in 1990 before pursuing his doctorate at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. He graduated in 1995 and completed an internship in pathology at MCG the following year. He completed his residency at Georgia Baptist Medical Center, where he served as Chief Resident from July 2001 until June 2002.

Dr. Brandigi joined the staff of Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc., and Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America in 2004 as a burn and reconstructive surgeon. He first worked alongside BRCA founder Dr. Fred Mullins at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital, the nation’s largest burn center. The practice began offering burn outpatient services at WellStar Cobb in 2006. In 2013, the private practice expanded its outpatient services at WellStar Cobb Hospital in Austell, GA, to include a full-service inpatient burn center and named Dr. Brandigi as the center’s Medical Director.

While at WellStar Cobb, Dr. Brandigi has served on the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee since 2013, the OR Process Improvement Committee for two years and is the current chair of the Burn Process Improvement Committee and the OR Utilization Committee.

OUR LEGACY

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Fred Mullins, M.D., FACS

Founder, Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America

 

Dr. Fred Mullins rose to prominence in the world of burn care during a career that spanned three decades of service to patients across the globe.

His dedication to saving and changing lives through advances and improvements in burn care led to the creation of Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America, the nation’s largest network of burn centers, with 16 locations in 9 states. In addition to being the founder of BRCA, Dr. Mullins served as the practice’s CEO until his death in 2020.

A native of Augusta, GA, Dr. Mullins began working at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in 1991, after graduating from Augusta State University and the Medical College of Georgia where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in the Physician Assistant Program.  While employed as a Physician Assistant, he worked alongside Dr. Joseph M. Still, Jr., the Founder of the Burn Center.  Dr. Mullins continued his education at the Medical College of Georgia and earned his Medical Degree in 1996.  Upon completion of his internship and general surgery residency at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Dr. Mullins returned to the Burn Center as a burn surgeon in June of 2001.

Upon Dr. Still’s retirement in 2004, Dr. Mullins became the Medical Director of The JMS Burn Center at Doctors Hospital – a position he held until his death.

During his life, Dr. Mullins was involved with various civic organizations, including the Georgia Trauma Commission, the Georgia Trauma Foundation, the JMS Research Foundation, the BRCA Foundation and the Burn Foundation of America. In addition, Dr. Mullins was instrumental in the creation and operation of the annual “Shop with a Doc” Christmas event, which provides toys and gifts for young burn patients.

Dr. Mullins trained countless medical professionals to carry his legacy of providing world-class care to patients across the globe. His impact on thousands of patients was truly immeasurable, as he saved lives every day.

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Joseph M. Still, Jr., M.D.

Founder, JMS Burn Centers, Inc.

 

Joseph M. Still, Jr., M.D., dedicated his career to improving the treatment of burn patients. He partnered with Doctors Hospital in Augusta to create one of the world's leading treatment facilities for burn victims, a place that carries his name today.

His care for patients extended beyond hospital walls. Dr. Still also founded the Southeastern Firefighters' Burn Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to helping burn patients and their families with non-medical necessities. The Foundation operates the Shirley Badke Retreat, hosting family members of burn patients.

From a young age, leadership and education were a way of life for Dr. Still. At 13, the Charlotte, N.C., native became an Eagle Scout. He attended Shorter College in Rome, Ga., where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and chemistry. He then earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1965 and completed his residencies at Duke University in 1973. He also encouraged others to further their education, in many cases financially supporting their efforts.

Dr. Still was a visionary, seeing the bigger picture that most could not see. Those closest to him described Dr. Still as a determined, compassionate, hard-working, risk-taking, problem-solving friend and family man.