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Michael's Story of Recovery

Michael's Story of Recovery

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An accomplished sculptor overcomes the challenges of burn injury to return to his art.



How do you react to burn survivors?

Don't know how to react to burn survivors? LIBRE Project creates a public service announcement (PSA) for burn survivors and the general public

Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

Follow these tips courtesy of the NFPA

December, January and February are the leading months for U.S. home fires! Follow these tips courtesy of the NFPA!

The Future of Hand and Face Transplants

The Future of Hand and Face Transplants

National and Boston doctors discuss the future of transplants

Click here to read the Boston Globe article discussing the future of hand and face transplants for patients throughout the world, featuring Dr. Pomahac and burn survivors Carmen Tarleton and Dallas Wiens.

NY Times Health Article on Itch

NY Times Health Article on Itch

Itching: More than skin deep

Read the article "Itching: More than skin deep" from the NY Times to learn more about causes and treatments of itch. If you are a burn survivor with itch, click on our "RESEARCH" tab to learn more about our study…

Hot Topic Series: Employment after Burn Injury

Hot Topic Series: Employment after Burn Injury

Resources to help individuals with burn injury return back to work following injury.

Featured Video and more at www.msktc.org

Interested in Research?

Interested in Research?

Researchers are looking into the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on pain and itching after burn injury.

To learn more about the research at BH-BIMS, or to ask us a question, please contact us via our web form.

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News & Events

  Burn Survivors of New England

Support Group Meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of Every Month!

February 14th, March 14th, April 11th, May 9th

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

5th Floor Lantern Room


Click here to read the latest issue of Burn Support Magazine


Improving the lives of burn survivors through research:

The Burn Model System Longitudinal Database Study





Do you have itch or pain due to a burn injury?

BHBIMS and the Spaulding Neuromodulation Lab are researching new treatments 

For more information, contact us at BostonHarvardBIMS@partners.org or 617-952-6313.



Understanding the Social Recovery of Burn Survivors

For more information, contact LIBRE@bu.edu or call 844-255-9987


Living with Burn Injury - Slideshows

Burn and Social Interaction

Click here to view slideshow


Learn strategies for addressing social interactions after burn injury

Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center


Connect with NIDRR


Connect with the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Resarch (NIDILRR)
The mission of the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)  is to bring a high quality of care and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. As part of their mission, the Burn Injury Model System contributes to the Burn Data Coordination Center - established in 1994 - gathering data from several national sites on burn care and health outcomes.


Connect with the MSKTC

The MSKTC has many resources available about the Burn Injury Model System, including helpful flyers and handouts about injury - and also the contact information for Model System sites nationwide.


New! Instructional Videos!

BH-BIMS and Spaulding Rehab Hospital have developed 23 step-by-step instructional videos for use in the rehabilitation of burn survivors.

Clinicians, caregivers and patients can view exercises and stretches for the ankle, knee, hip, wrist, elbow, shoulder, neck and face, including:

•       Abduction, Extension, Flexion of joints      
•       Grasp
•       Cervical Rotation
•       Facial Massage
•       Oral Splinting
Visit www.mghacademy.org/burncare to view the videos.

Viewers’ comments are important to us! After viewing the video(s) please let us know your thoughts by completing this brief survey.  (Also available on the burn care instructional video website)

Recent Publications

The Station nightclub fire

These research articles examine the factors associated with chronic pain and emotional trauma in survivors of The Station nightclub fire, one of the deadliest fires in American history that occurred in February of 2003.

Trinh N-HT, Nadler DL, Shie V, Fregni F, Gilman SE, Ryan CM, Schneider JC.  icon Psychological Sequelae of Station Nightclub Fire PLos ONE 9(12):
e115013. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0115013

Egyhazi, R., Fregni, F., Bravo, G. L., Trinh, N. H. T., Ryan, C. M., & Schneider, J. C. icon Chronic Pain Following Physical and Emotional Trauma: The Station nightclub fire  Neurotrauma5 (2014), 86.            

Inpatient rehabilitation following burn injury

This retrospective study is the first to examine the rehabilitation outcomes of burn injury patients who required a second inpatient rehabilitation stay in comparison to burn injury patients who had only 1 inpatient rehabilitation admission. 

DiVita MA, Mix J, Goldstein R, Gerrard P, Niewczyk P, Ryan CM, Kowalske K, Zafonte R, Schneider JC

icon Rehabilitation Outcomes among Burn Patients with a Second Admission to an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility.  PM R 2014 May 28. pii: S1934-1482(14)00241-X. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2014.05.010. [Epub ahead of print]

Schneider JC, Mathews K, Ryan CM., Gerrard P, Goldstein R, DiVita MA, Niewczyk P, Ryan CM, Mix J, Kowalske K, Zafonte R, Schneider JC. Validity and Reliability of the FIM instrument in the inpatient burn rehabilitation population.

Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Aug;94(8):1521-1526.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2013.02.019. Epub 2013 Mar 5

Purohit M, Goldstein R, Nadler D, Mathews K, Slocum C, Gerrard P, Niewczyk P, DiVita MA , Mix JM, Ryan CM, Zafonte R Kowalske K, Schneider JC.
Cognition in Patients with Burn Injury in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Population. 
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Feb 28. pii: S0003-9993(14)00131-2. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.01.029. [Epub ahead of print]


Dr. Colleen Ryan and Dr. Tompkins authors of top-cited papers in burn care and research

Authors Jason J. Nam, et. al. of “Citation Classics in the Burn Literature During the Past 55 Years”  identified the 100 most cited, peer-reviewed burn-related publications produced in the past 55 years in the Journal of Burn Care & Research. Ryans and Tompkins were both lead authors on manuscripts that made the list of the 100 most-cited articles in burn care, 1955–2011.

Dr Ryan’s publication, “Objective estimates of the probability of death from burn injuries” from the New England Journal of Medicine ranked 12th on the list with 215 citations, while Dr. Tompkins’ publication, “Significant reductions in mortality for children with burn injuries through the use of prompt eschar excision” from Annals of Surgery ranked 91st with 90 citations.

Read the complete article here: icon Citation Classics in the Burn Literature During the Past 55 Years


Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System


Returning to work is an important phase of recovery after burn injury. Our colleagues at the Northwest Regional Burn Model System have developed a comprehensive resource on Return to Work after Burn Injury.   Their website answers questions such as
·         Am I ready to return to work                                                                                                                           
·         How do I go about returning to work?
·         Employer's responsibilities
·         Disability benefits and insurance
Click here to learn more http://burnrehab.washington.edu/work                               

See also:  Consumer Factsheet on Employment after Burn Injury