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Burn Center Team

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

You and Your Family

You and your family are the most important part of the Burn Team. Please feel free to talk to any of the staff at any time if you have questions, concerns, or need more information about your care.


During your stay at the Burn Center, multiple doctors with specialized expertise help to care for you. The attending burn surgeon is the senior doctor in charge of your medical care. The attending doctor oversees any doctors in training (residents and fellows), the daily rounds, and your care plan during your stay and office visits. Other doctors from different specialties may also help to treat you, if needed. Each day, the name of the attending physician will be posted on the white board in your room. A doctor is always available, if questions or emergencies arise.


The Burn Team includes almost 100 nurses, patient care technicians, patient care directors, and unit clerks who work closely to help care for all of your needs. During each day, a daytime staff nurse (7:30am to 8:00pm) and a nighttime staff nurse (7:30pm to 8:00 am) care for you. Each shift, the staff's names will be posted on the white board in your room. In addition, the charge nurse who oversees the nursing care for all of the Burn Center patients is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The patient care director (during the day) and the nursing administrator (at nights and on weekends/holidays) are available, if needed.

Physician Assistants

Physician assistants (PAs) are supervised by the attending burn surgeon and help to assess your progress and treat you. They are involved in your care on the unit, in the operating room, and in the doctors' offices. He/she can order and interpret test results, prescribe medications, and assist in surgery. The PAs develop treatment plans as part of the Burn Team and can demonstrate proper burn wound care and answer your questions on other health matters.

Social Workers

A social worker works with you throughout your stay to provide support to you and your family, plan for discharge (leaving the hospital), and assist at outpatient visits, as needed. Social workers also help connect patients and families to community resources and community-based services.

Physical and Occupational Therapists (PT/OTs)

Early in your stay, you will see a physical and/or occupational therapist. Your PT/OTs assess how much of the injured area can safely move or be used. They will also instruct on how to best position your body to safely move and use injured body parts. PT/OTs may see you before, during, or after wound care. They can work with you in the operating room (OR), at the bedside, and/or in the gym. PT/OTs work closely with the other members of the Burn Team to make sure that you receive any necessary medicine for pain or anxiety before each therapy session. If necessary, the PT/OTs may help you to use a splint or cast, which can prevent scar formation. Therapists will create a care plan that may change over time and include advice for ongoing care after leaving the Burn Center. We suggest that a family member attend therapy sessions to learn how to help you during and after your hospital stay.


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

Child Life Specialists

Child life specialists help you and your family cope with the stress associated with hospitalization. Child life staff is available Monday to Friday and on most weekends and in the Firefighter Jeff Giordano Children's Playroom. They can also arrange weekend sibling visits. If your child is nervous or scared about your injury or if you would like information about any of the playroom services, please ask to see a child life specialist.

Registered Dietitians

Adequate nutrition is critical to healing after a burn injury. While you are in the Burn Center, a registered dietitian will closely monitor what you eat and drink each day. Working together with other members of the Burn Team, your dietitian may recommend certain foods or drinks to provide the hydration and energy needed for optimal burn injury healing.


William Randolph Hearst Burn Center
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
525 East 68th Street
Greenberg Pavilion, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10021
For appointments
(212) 746-5410
For burn emergencies
1-888-NYH-BURN (694-2876) or (212) 746-5317

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