The Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System (BHBIMS) is one of four Burn Model Systems funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) and dedicated to improving the lives of burn survivors. BHBIMS strives to provide the highest level of comprehensive burn care, beginning at the time of injury and extending through rehabilitation and eventual re-entry into community life. BHBIMS is also committed to conducting rigorous research, with a specific focus on the long-term functional and psychosocial outcomes of burn injury. This research serves as a platform for knowledge dissemination and education.

BHBIMS is a collaboration of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Boston, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Boston University School of Public Health.

Model Systems are networks of hospitals and research institutions across the United States that focus on tracking and improving outcomes of people with one of three types of injuries: burn injury, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury. The Model Systems are funded by the NIDILRR, a component of the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Model Systems work to:

  • Complete research on selected conditions (burns, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries)
  • Disseminate research findings to the public
  • Educate patients and families
  • Uphold excellence in clinical care

Jeffrey Schneider, MD

Program Director

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Colleen M. Ryan, MD

Director of Clinical Care

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Ross Zafonte, DO

Administrative Director

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Lewis E. Kazis, ScD

Director of Research

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Diana Tenney

Co-Director of Dissemination

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Mary Slavin, PhD

Co-Director of Dissemination

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Laura Simko

Project Coordinator

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Leda Espinoza

Research Coordinator

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Emily Ohrtman

Research Coordinator

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Pengsheng Ni, MD


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Gabrielle Grant

Research Assistant

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