Our Care

Acute Burn Care
A burn injury can be devastating. However, patients treated in a specialty burn care center often have better outcomes. The premise and promise of the burn center has been to never turn away a patient in need of specialized burn care.
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Breast Reconstruction
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.
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Frostbite
The specialty of burn care is not relegated to chemical, electrical, flame and scald injuries. At BRCC, our team of board-certified surgeons and plastic/reconstruction specialists are also trained in the most advanced treatment and management of cold injuries, which can help prevent amputation.
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Hand & Extremity Injuries
The hand and lower arm are complex areas that require a skilled assessment and treatment plan. Our team of hand specialists treat cases ranging from traumatic injuries to simple sprains 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (“HBO Therapy”) allows more oxygen to pass throughout your body to promote healing, fight infection and kill bacteria.
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Outpatient Clinic
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
Our custom treatment plans improve the aesthetics, form and function of our burn patients. We incorporate the use of skin substitutes, grafting, tissue expansion, laser therapy, flap reconstruction and microsurgery to help rehabilitate burned victims.
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Scar Revision
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.
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Skin & Soft Tissue Disorders
Consultation and management of skin and soft tissue disorders, from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Necrotizing Fasciitis to wounds such as diabetic ulcers and cellulitis.
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Joseph M. Still - Our Founder

Joseph M. Still, Jr., M.D., dedicated his entire professional life to improvements in the treatment of burn patients. He partnered with Doctors Hospital in Augusta to create the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, one of the world’s leading treatment facilities for burn victims.

His care for patients, however, carried 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, a place for people to stay while their family members are in the burn center.

Leadership was a way of life for Dr. Still. At 13, he became an Eagle Scout, and numerous honors and achievements led to his nomination as one of the “Outstanding Young Men in America.” A Charlotte, N.C., native, Dr. Still attended Shorter College in Rome, Ga., where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and chemistry. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1965 and completed his residencies at Duke University in 1973. Education was important to Dr. Still; he not only encouraged others to further their education, but financially supported their efforts as well.

Dr. Still was also dedicated to his family. He and Sue have 10 children and 26 grandchildren. They enjoyed traveling the world together, including taking annual trips with their children. They also shared a love for animals, and expressed that through the care of more than 1,000 exotic birds.

Dr. Still was a visionary, seeing the bigger picture that most could not see. Determined, generous, compassionate, hard-working, risk taking, problem-solving are adjectives that only begin to describe this friend and family man who affected the lives of thousands, and was loved by just as many.

Doctors Hospital
3651 Wheeler Rd
Augusta, GA 30909
  • Nation’s largest Burn Center
  • 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
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  • 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 (877) 863-9595.
Merit Health Central
1850 Chadwick Dr.
Jackson, MS 39204
  • 33 Beds dedicated for burn patients, including 13 ICU Beds and 2 Operating Rooms
  • 319 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 (877) 863-9595.
South Georgia Medical Center
2501 North Patterson Street
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 (877) 863-9595.
Trident Medical Center
9330 Medical Plz Dr
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 (877) 863-9595.
WellStar Cobb Hospital
3950 Austell Road
Austell, GA 30106
  • 25 Beds dedicated for burn patients, including 8 ICU Beds and 1 dedicated Operating Room
  • 382 Beds
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Care
  • Adult and Pediatric Care
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  • For appointments, please call (470) 732-7070 between the hours of 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. After hours and on the weekends, please call (877) 863-9595.
DAVID ADCOCK, MD
JMS | JACKSON, MS
CLAUS BRANDIGI, MD, FACS
MEDICAL DIRECTOR - JMS | ATLANTA, GA
RICH CARTIE, MD
PEDIATRICS - JMS | AUGUSTA, GA
JAMES COLLINS, MD
JMS | AUGUSTA, GA
JUAN COLÓN-SANTINI, MD, FAAP
PEDIATRICS - JMS | AUGUSTA, GA
DEREK CULNAN, MD
JMS | JACKSON, MS
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
ANDREW KASTELLO, MD, FACS
JMS | AUGUSTA, GA
WILLIAM LINEAWEAVER, MD, FACS
MEDICAL DIRECTOR - JMS | JACKSON, MS
Chief Research Officer - BRCA
FRED MULLINS, MD, FACS
PRESIDENT - BRCA | AUGUSTA, GA
HERMANN ORLET, MD, FACS
JMS | AUGUSTA, GA
RAUL PONTE, MD
PEDIATRICS - JMS | AUGUSTA, GA
ERIN SWITZER, DO
JMS | AUGUSTA, GA
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
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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 SURGERY – ADULT AND PEDIATRIC
  • RECONSTRUCTIVE BURN SURGERY – ADULT AND PEDIATRIC
  • NECROTIZING SOFT TISSUE INFECTIONS

OTHER LANGUAGES

  • GERMAN
  • ITALIAN
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RICH CARTIE, MD
PEDIATRICS - 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 BURN
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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

  • BURN SURGERY
  • HAND SURGERY
  • MICROSURGERY
  • PLASTIC SURGERY
  • BODY LIFT/SKIN REDUCTION 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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DEREK 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 – SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN, GALVESTON, TX, 2015-2016
  • PLASTIC SURGERY, INDIANA UNIVERSITY, INDIANAPOLIS, IN, 2012-2015
  • RESEARCH – TRAUMA/CRITICAL CARE, PENN STATE UNIVERSITY – HERSHEY MEDICAL CENTER, HERSHEY, PA 2007-2009

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • AMERICAN BOARD OF SURGERY
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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

  • BURN SURGERY
  • BURN METABOLISM
  • CRITICAL CARE
  • RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
  • RESEARCH
  • 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 SURGERY
  • GENERAL PLASTIC SURGERY
  • RECONSTRUCTIVE BURN SURGERY

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

  • BURN SURGERY
  • BURN RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
  • SURGICAL CRITICAL CARE

OTHER LANGUAGES

  • LAO
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ANDREW KASTELLO, MD, FACS
JMS | AUGUSTA, GA

DEGREE

  • M.D., St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies, 2001-2005
  • B.S., Psychology, St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s City, Maryland, 1987-1991

RESIDENCY

  • General Surgery – Chief Resident, St. Joseph Mercy-Oakland Medical Center, Wayne State University, Pontiac, MI, 2009-2010
  • General Surgery, St. Joseph Mercy-Oakland Medical Center, Wayne State University, Pontiac, MI, 2005-2009

FELLOWSHIP

  • Critical Care and Burn, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, 2011-2012
    Board Certification
  • American Board of Surgery

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • Diabetic Ulcers/Wounds
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Ischemic Ulcers
  • Pressure Ulcers/Wounds
  • Venous Stasis Ulcers
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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
  • DAVIDSON COLLEGE, DAVIDSON, NC, 1968-1971

RESIDENCY

  • PLASTIC SURGERY, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO, SAN FRANCISCO, CA. 1984-1996
  • 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

  • ABDOMINAL WALL RECONSTRUCTION
  • ACUTE AND SECONDARY BURN CARE
  • HAND SURGERY
  • MICROSURGICAL FLAP SURGERY
  • PERIPHERAL NERVE SURGERY
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FRED MULLINS, MD, FACS
PRESIDENT - BRCA | AUGUSTA, GA

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

  • BURN SURGERY
  • BURN RECONSTRUCTIVE
  • ACUTE BURN CARE
  • BURN EDUCATION
  • BURN RESEARCH
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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
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ERIN SWITZER, DO
JMS | AUGUSTA, GA

DEGREE

  • D.O., KIRKSVILLE COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE, KIRKSVILLE, MO, 1997-2001
  • B.S., ZOOLOGY, ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY, TEMPE, AZ, 1994-1997

RESIDENCY

  • GENERAL SURGERY, EISENHOWER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, FORT GORDON, GA, 2002-2006

FELLOWSHIP

  • TRAUMA, GEORGIA REGENTS UNIVERSITY, AUGUSTA, GA, 2014-2015

BOARD CERTIFICATION

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

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  • TRAUMA
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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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National Burn Statistics
How Are Burns Classified?

CLASSIFY BURN IN TERMS OF DEGREES:

First Degree (also called Superficial Partial Thickness)

  • These burns only include the outer layer for skin (the dermis), and are marked by red, pink or dark pink skin. The burns are usually painful, but there are no blisters and will heal in a week or so.

Second Degree (also called Partial Thickness)

  • These burns progress deeper into the dermis and may includes large blisters and may have a wet appearance. These burns will take 14-21 days to heal.

Third Degree (also called Full Thickness)

  • These burns may have a charred appearance, be leathery or white in color and feel dry to the touch. Often, the burned areas will lose sensation and include the entire depth of skin. Healing will likely require skin grafts and rarely more intensive methods.

Fourth Degree (also called Full Thickness)

  • These burns progress down to muscles, tendons and bones. Often, skin grafts, intensive surgeries and even amputations may be required for healing.
What Should You Do Right After a Burn?
  • Remove ALL clothing and jewelry.
  • Run cool water over the burn for several minutes.
    • Do not place any home remedies including butter, ointments or ice on burned areas.
    • Do not use cotton balls or wool to clean a burn.
    • Do not burst any blisters.
  • Cover the burn with a clean bandage or clean cloth.
  • Call 911 if the burn is:
    • deep (large broken blisters)
    • involves the face, genitalia or a large body surface area (such as the entire chest, an arm, a leg or more)
  • For pain, take ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Treating Third and Fourth Degree Burns
  • Both almost always require skin grafting and/or some type of surgery. In many cases, fourth degree burns will also require some level of amputation to ensure the best possible outcome.
  • These burns usually take at least four to six weeks to heal, depending on the size of the burn it may be longer.
  • They also require expertise in excisions that is only available in a burn center. Both rehabilitation and long-term scar management modalities should be part of the care plan.
  • Light fireworks one at a time in a designated area, away from dry grass, homes and children.
  • Fireworks should never be fired indoors.
  • Designate someone as the safety person, someone as the “shooter” and someone to be in charge of keeping children clear of the “shooting” area.
  • Make sure the “shooter” is not wearing loose clothing that could ignite, and follows all directions on the fireworks label. If the device does not have a warning and/or instructions label, do not fire it.
  • Never stand over an item that does not fire.
  • Never throw fireworks. A malfunctioning fuse could cause the item to go off in your hand.
  • Get a flashlight to light the area so the “shooter” can see what he or she is doing.
  • Ensure a fire extinguisher, hose or bucket of water is nearby just in case there is an accident.
  • Keep pets and animals away as they may be frightened by the noise.
Tips to stay safe from lightning:
  • If you are close enough to the storm to hear thunder, you are close enough to get struck by lightning.
  • Safe shelters include homes, large buildings, or hard-topped vehicles. Never use tall trees as a shelter or stay in open water if you hear thunder.
  • If you are indoors, avoid using water, electronic equipment and corded telephones. Stay away from windows and doors.
  • If no shelter is available, do not lie down on the ground. Instead, crouch as low and tight as you can.
What if someone is struck by lightning?
  • Call 911.
  • Check their vital signs immediately.
  • Start CPR, if needed.
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Avoiding Burns
GENERAL TIPS
  • Remember: Space heaters need space. Keep them 36 inches away from items that can catch fire.
  • Have a working fire extinguisher close by.
  • Check your extension and power cords and replace any that are damaged.
  • Don’t connect more than two extension cords.
  • Never run an extension cord under a rug.
  • Make sure electrical outlets are not overloaded.
  • Test the Temp: Your hot water heater thermostat should be set no higher than 120oF.
BATHROOM SAFETY
  • The skin of children – as well as the elderly – is thinner than a regular adult’s. It takes much less time for them to sustain a significant burn injury.
  • For example, if a child is placed in water that measures 120 degrees, a potentially severe burn can occur in just seconds.
  • You should always make sure your hot water heater is set no higher than 120 degrees.
FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS
  • People should be aware of the dangers of flammable liquids, including gasoline and kerosene. Not only is the liquid dangerous, but the fumes can cause burns and explosions.
  • Always store flammable liquids in a clean, well-ventilated area.
FROSTBITE TIPS

Temporary or permanent tissue damage caused by prolonged exposure to temperatures less than 23° F

Contributing Factors:

  • Extreme Cold
  • Inadequate Clothing
  • Wet Clothing
  • Wind Chill
  • Tight Clothing
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Diabetes

Classification of Frostbite Injury (Similar to Burn Injury):

  • First degree: Superficial without blister formation
  • Second degree: Light colored blisters with subsequent peeling
  • Third degree: Dark blisters that evolve into thick, black scabs
  • Fourth degree: Involves bone, tendon and/or muscle

Ways to Avoid Frostbite:

  • Plan and communicate. Check the weather. Let people know where you are going to be and the route you plan to take.
  • Do not stay outdoors too long in extremely cold weather, especially if it is windy.
  • Dress in loose layers of warm clothes, preferably windproof and waterproof. If you do get wet, change out of the wet clothes as soon as you can.
  • Make sure any clothing, gloves, socks or other items are designed to wick moisture away from the body.
  • Make sure any hat or headband covers your ears.
  • Consider the use of foot and hand warmers.
  • If you become cold, try to drink warm, sweet beverages.
  • Do not drink alcohol before or while outdoors in extremely cold air.
  • If you get lost, don’t stop moving. The exercise helps keep you warm and the blood flowing throughout your body.
GRILLING TIPS
  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house, bushes or other flammable materials.
  • Never, ever use a match to check for leaks.
  • Find leaks by spraying soapy water on gas line connections. If you see water bubbles, there is a leak.
  • Never use gasoline as a starter fluid for charcoal grills.
  • Dispose of hot coals properly: Soak with water and then stir to make sure the fire is out.
  • Always shut off propane tank valve when not in use.
  • Never try to light a gas grill with the lid closed.
  • Always wear short sleeves and/or tight-fitting clothing while grilling.
KITCHEN SAFETY
  • Make your kitchen a “kid free zone” to keep kids away from the stove, oven and other appliances. Scalds are the most common types of burns for children.
  • Never leave the kitchen when you are cooking something.
  • Keep pot handles turned over the stovetop.
  • Turn off appliances as soon as cooking is done.
  • Before you eat it, give food cooked in a microwave extra time to cool.
  • Do not heat a baby bottle in the microwave.
  • Make sure a child cannot turn the knobs on the cooking appliances.
  • Never cook or eat hot foods or drink hot liquids while holding a child.
  • Store candy, cookies and other tasty treats away from the stove so children can’t get burned while trying to get them.
  • Never leave the oven door open. A child can trip and fall onto the hot surface.
  • Do not use the oven as a heat source.
SUN BURN
  • Symptoms: Skin is red, tender, warm, possibly swollen and/or blistering
  • “Sun poisoning” may also occur. Symptoms may include: fever, chills, nausea, or a rash

Sunburn Treatment:

  • Apply cool compresses
  • Moisturize with alcohol-free lotion
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • DO NOT apply oil or butter
  • DO NOT use harsh soap scrubs
SUN SAFETY

Staying Safe in the Sun

  • Sunburns are caused by UV rays, not the heat of the sun. That means severe burns can occur even on cloudy days.
  • Apply at least 30 SPF sunscreen 30 minutes before going out in the sun.
  • Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, or more often if you are sweating a lot or spending time in the water.
  • When applying sunscreen plus another substance like bug repellent, apply sunscreen first, wait 30 minutes, then apply the other substance.
  • Wear wide brim hats.
  • Avoid tanning for long periods, particularly between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Keep babies less than one year old out of direct sunlight.
  • Do not apply sunscreen to babies less than 6 months old.

Not just the UV Rays

  • Be mindful of hot surfaces in cars (windows, hood, seats, dashboard)
  • Hot sand or asphalt can severely burn the skin at the bottom of the feet while walking

 

How Do I Make An Appointment?

It’s simple. Call our office at 877-863-9595 and we can get the appointment process started.

Where Can I Stay Near the Burn Center?
Are there any burn survivors I or my family can talk to?

One of the best resources is the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, which is a national organization focused on helping burn survivors and their family members “get back to living.”

Where can I get a list of burn resources to help me or my family member in burn recovery?

Doctors

Merit Health Central

South Georgia Medical Center

Trident Medical Center

WellStar Cobb

Can I Donate My Skin to Help Burn Patients?

At this time, there are no skin banks or medical facilities in America who accept skin from live donors.

How Long Is a Patient Usually in the Burn Center?

It varies. The length of stay depends on the percentage of body burned, depth of burn (2nd or 3rd degree) and other medical complications involved (such as diabetes, heart disease, etc.). Typically, patients who experience a burn to a larger portion of their body can expect to stay in the hospital 1-day per percentage of Total Body Surface Area covered by the burn.  You may hear Total Burn Surface Area referred to as TBSA.

Will There Be Scarring?

Most second-degree burns heal with minimal scarring and pigmentation does return. All third degree burns must be grafted with the individual’s own skin, therefore a scar is likely.

What can a family do to prepare for the patient’s return home?

Discharge planning begins at admission with early identification of discharge needs. A case manager and social worker prepare the family for discharge.

My loved one does not have medical insurance, what can I do to help them?

Trained professional, financial counselors are available at the hospital to assist with possible funding programs.

Do I have to wait for my loved one to make a Social Security disability application?

No, you can call (800) 772-1213 to initiate the application process.

How can I donate blood for my loved one?

Contact the American Red Cross at redcrossblood.org or 800-GIVE-LIFE to find out how and where you can give blood.

BEFORE YOUR OPERATION
  • Make sure that you do not have anything to eat or drink at least 6 hours before coming to the clinic to be seen for your burn or wound. This includes water, hard candy, mints, ice chips, or chewing gum.
  • Do go over your medications with the staff at the clinic.
  • Please make sure that you have a responsible adult with you that can stay with you and drive you home. The drugs and or anesthesia you receive will make it unsafe for you to drive a car. If you are using a cab or public transportation you must have a responsible adult with you.
AFTER YOUR OPERATION
  • After your surgery you will be given an instruction sheet at the time of discharge. This information sheet will provide information regarding your burn or wound care. This sheet will also provide information regarding signs and symptoms to watch for after you are discharged.
  • When you are discharged there will be a dressing that contains a slow release antibiotic. This dressing needs to stay dry and intact until you return to the clinic. Do not remove the dressing.
  • You may experience some drainage. The color may be a darker brown, reddish brown or yellowish brown. This is normal.
  • If needed, you can reinforce the dressing with clean dry gauze and tape. Remember, you can’t take any of the dressings away, but you can add to them.
  • If the burn or wound is on your arm or leg, keep it elevated or propped up to reduce the swelling.
  • Make sure you make your follow-up appointment.
WHEN TO CALL YOUR PHYSICIAN
  • If the burn or wound starts to bleed.
  • Signs of Infection:
    • You develop increased pain, redness, swelling, pus, greenish discharge, or a bad odor in the burned area.
    • Temperature over 101 °F (38 °C).
    • You see no signs of improvement in 6 days.

 

March 4-5, 2018
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Established in 2007, the Joseph M. Still Burn Symposium is an annual gathering of medical professionals dedicated to the constant improvement of burn care in America. With sessions presented by leading experts and the availability of educational credits, the Symposium provides your company with a specific, targeted audience.
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A community dedicated to assisting burn survivors, their loved ones, health professionals, and firefighters. The Phoenix Society’s promise is simple but powerful: "You are not alone. You can get back to living." The society helps in providing caring people to share the journey and resources to make it easier.
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Angel Flight West is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that arranges free, non-emergency air travel for children and adults with serious medical conditions and other compelling needs.
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UBelong is a unique four-day experience for young burn survivors, their siblings and parents, or children of burn survivors offered within Phoenix World Burn Congress, run by a collaborative team of experts from around the country.
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The International Association of Burn Camps (IABC) provides a network for the mutual benefit of local and regional organizations that serve the burn community. IABC seeks to support the physical, social, and psychological needs of burn survivors and their families.
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The American Burn Association is dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by burn injury. Its members dedicate their efforts and resources to promoting and supporting burn-related research, education, care, rehabilitation, and prevention.
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Angel Flight provides free air transportation for people that have a medical need that cant be filled in their local area. Angel Flight serves primarily patients who are traveling from, to or through the states of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. The organization believes that the cost of travel should never stand in the way of receiving medical care.
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Bridges from Augusta assists adult individuals and families who have experienced burn injuries and trauma, helps them transition back into the community by providing education and empowerment support while building community alliances.
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The Mississippi Burn Firefighters was founded in 1976 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of offering financial assistance to burn victims who truly need our help to overcome some of the hardships a serious injury presents.
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Founded in 1982 by a group of DeKalb area firefighters, the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation's (GFBF) goal is to help burn survivors in their journey of recovery as well as to prevent others from experiencing the traumatic event of a burn injury. The Foundations mission is to partner with the fire service and burn care community to provide fire safety and prevention education, support medical facilities and assist burn survivors in their recovery.
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The Southeastern Firefighters' Burn Foundation, Inc. provides compassionate assistance to the families of patients being treated at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center. The SFBF helps meet the needs of the family while in Augusta and assists the patient with non-medical expenses related to follow-up care.
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Research Foundation

Research

More than any single trait, it is the Burn Center's emphasis on research and technology that sets us apart. In addition to providing patients with the most advanced burn care solutions available, our focus keeps us at the top of research and development company lists when new product sites are being selected. The size of our patient population alone makes us a desirable location to conduct drug trials. For the past few years, our burn team has been among the largest group of presenters at both regional and national professional meetings. More importantly, the knowledge we glean today improves the quality of treatment and care we deliver tomorrow.

Mission Statement

The Joseph M. Still Research Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit, private organization affiliated with the Joseph M. Still Burn Center created with the following purposes:

  • To develop clinical research to improve the care of burn patients
  • To develop educational programs for members of the Burn and Wound Team
  • To provide assistance and teaching in burn care to under-developed countries, in response to burn disasters in particular
  • To disseminate new knowledge in epidemiology and management of burn-associated injuries and wounds
  • Prospective Phase II, III and IV pharmaceutical and medical device clinical trials in the following burn and wound treatment areas:
    • Systemic treatment
    • Anti-infectives
    • Skin substitutes to treat acute burn injuries
    • Supportive care modalities to reduce mortality
    • Various patient and environment of care medical devices
    • Observational/registry trials
    • Retrospective/Outcomes clinical trials, single and multi-patient case studies

For more information about research studies at the Joseph M. Still Research Foundation, contact through the information listed below.

Joseph M. Still Research Foundation, Inc.
3675 J. Dewey Gray Circle, Suite 200-B
Augusta, GA 30909
Ph. 706.364.2966 Fax: 706.364.2878
e-mail: info@jmsresearchfoundation.org

BRCA FOUNDATION

The BRCA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to 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: foundation@brcacares.com

Burn Symposium
Established in 2007, the Joseph M. Still Burn Symposium is an annual gathering of medical professionals dedicated to the constant improvement of burn care in America. With sessions presented by leading experts and the availability of educational credits, the Symposium provides your company with a specific, targeted audience.

All donations to BRCA Foundation are tax deductible.

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