Kathleen Skipton Romanowski, M.D., M.A.S., F.A.C.S., F.C.C.M. for UC Davis Health

Kathleen Skipton Romanowski, M.D., M.A.S., F.A.C.S., F.C.C.M.

Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery, Division of Burn Surgery, Department of Surgery,

Program Director, Burn Surgery Fellowship

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Surgical Critical Care



Locations and Contact

UC Davis Medical Center

UC Davis Medical Center
2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Romanowski strives to provide comprehensive burn care from injury through reconstruction. She believes that while burn injury is life changing, people can recover from their injuries to lead happy and productive lives.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Romanowski is a Burn Surgeon who cares for burn injured patients throughout the continuum of care. She specializes in both surgical and critical care of acute burn injuries as well as burn reconstruction. She is trained to use a variety of dermal substitutes as well as Cultured Epithelial Autografts and Cell Suspension Autografts. She also has experience with both pulse dye and carbon dioxide lasers.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Romanowski’s research focuses on improving outcomes for burn patients by addressing disparities in care. Her current focus includes improving the care of older adult burn patients through measuring and finding ways to treat or prevent frailty. She is also examining ways to improve follow up care for the most vulnerable patients.


Burn Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

Burn Center

Undergraduate School

B.S., Biology, Loyola University, Chicago IL 2002

Medical School

M.D., University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago IL 2006

Other School

M.A.S., Clinical Research, UC Davis, Davis CA 2020


General Surgery, University of Chicago, Chicago IL 2006-2007


General Surgery, University of Chicago, Chicago IL 2007-2013


Surgical Critical Care, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2014-2015


Burn Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center/Shriners Children's Northern California, Sacramento CA 2013-2014


Research Fellowship, University of Chicago, Chicago IL 2008-2010

Shriner Children's Brand Ambassador, Shiner's Children, 2021

Off-Service Teacher of the Year Nominee - The Iowa Emergency Medicine Residency Program, 2015

Carl A. Moyer Resident Award - American Burn Association, 2014

University of Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency - Outstanding Consultant of the Year Award, 2011

First Place Resident Oral Presentation - Surgical Infection Society Annual Meeting, 2010

To view a detailed list of Dr. Romanowski's publications, please click here.

Granchi T, Lemere A, Mashruwala N, Galet C, Romanowski KS. Increased Ratio of Dead Space to Tidal Volume in Subjects With Inhalation Injury. Respir Care. 2020 Oct;65(10):1555-1560. doi:10.4187/respcare.07515. Epub 2020 Jul 14. PMID:32665425.

McBride JM, Romanowski KS, Sen S, Palmieri TL, Greenhalgh DG. Contact Hand Burns in Children: Still a Major Prevention Need. J Burn Care Res. 2020 Sep 23;41(5):1000-1003. doi:10.1093/jbcr/iraa102. PMID:32594137.

Nosanov LB, Romanowski KS. Firefighter Postinjury Return to Work: A Balance of Dedication and Obligation. J Burn Care Res. 2020 Sep 23;41(5):935-944. doi:10.1093/jbcr/iraa079. PMID:32441739.

Bettencourt AP, Romanowski KS, Joe V, Jeng J, Carter JE, Cartotto R, Craig CK, Fabia R, Vercruysse GA, Hickerson WL, Liu Y, Ryan CM, Schulz JT. Updating the Burn Center Referral Criteria: Results From the 2018 eDelphi Consensus Study. J Burn Care Res. 2020 Sep 23;41(5):1052-1062. doi:10.1093/jbcr/iraa038. PMID:32123911.

Romanowski KS, Fuanga P, Siddiqui S, Lenchik L, Palmieri TL, Boutin RD. Computed Tomography (CT) Measurements of Sarcopenia Predict Length of Stay in Older Burn Patients. J Burn Care Res. 2020 Aug 26:iraa149. doi:10.1093/jbcr/iraa149. PMID:32841333.

Tejiram S, Sen S, Romanowski KS, Greenhalgh DG, Palmieri TL. Examining 1:1 vs. 4:1 Packed Red Blood Cell to Fresh Frozen Plasma Ratio Transfusion During Pediatric Burn Excision. J Burn Care Res. 2020 May 2;41(3):443-449. doi:10.1093/jbcr/iraa001. PMID:31912141.

Brady KJS, Grant GG, Stoddard FJ, Meyer WJ, Romanowski KS, Chang PH, Painting LE, Fowler LA, Nelson JK, Rivas P, Epperson K, Sheridan RL, Murphy M, O'Donnell EH, Ceranoglu TA, Sheldrick RC, Ni P, Slavin MD, Warner P, Palmieri TL, Schneider JC, Kazis LE, Ryan CM. Measuring the Impact of Burn Injury on the Parent-Reported Health Outcomes of Children 1 to 5 Years: A Conceptual Framework for Development of the Preschool Life Impact Burn Recovery Evaluation Profile CAT. J Burn Care Res. 2020 Jan 30;41(1):84-94. doi:10.1093/jbcr/irz110. PMID:31222201.

Jeschke MG, Phelan HA, Wolf S, Romanowski K, Rehou S, Saetamal A, Weber J, Schulz J, New C, Wiktor A, Foster C, Deeter L, Tuohy K. State of the Science Burn Research: Burns in the Elderly. J Burn Care Res. 2020 Jan 30;41(1):65-83. doi:10.1093/jbcr/irz163. PMID:31999337.

Grieve B, Shapiro GD, Wibbenmeyer L, Acton A, Lee A, Marino M, Jette A, Schneider JC, Kazis LE, Ryan CM. Long-Term Social Reintegration Outcomes for Burn Survivors With and Without Peer Support Attendance: A Life Impact Burn Recovery Evaluation (LIBRE) Study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2020 Jan;101(1S):S92-S98. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2017.10.007. Epub 2017 Oct 31. PMID:29097179.

Tejiram S, Romanowski KS, Palmieri TL. Initial management of severe burn injury. Curr Opin Crit Care. 2019 Dec;25(6):647-652. doi:10.1097/MCC.0000000000000662. PMID:31567292.

Solomon EA, Greenhalgh DG, Sen S, Palmieri TL, Romanowski KS. Clinical and Socioeconomic Differences in Methamphetamine-Positive Burn Patients. J Burn Care Res. 2019 Oct 16;40(6):734-742. doi:10.1093/jbcr/irz102. PMID:31309978.