Dr. Heard's philosophy of care aims to support both patients and their families throughout the burn treatment process, starting from the initial hospital contact until they no longer need his assistance. He approaches patients as a whole and prioritizes addressing all aspects of their well-being, not only the burn injury itself.
Dr. Heard is a board-certified surgeon specialized in general surgery and surgical critical care, providing high quality, innovative care to both adult and pediatric burn patients at UC Davis Medical Center and Shriners Hospitals for Children. In addition to managing acute burn injuries, Dr. Heard also provides ongoing outpatient care for patients requiring reconstructive procedures, including laser surgery. His clinical focus includes burn sepsis, burn resuscitation, and the management of massive burn injuries.
Dr. Heard's research is centered on enhancing outcomes for extensive burn injuries, developing methods for timely identification of sepsis in burn patients, reconstructive surgeries and utilizing innovative surgical technologies to enhance burn surgery. Furthermore, he collaborates closely with medical students and surgical residents to augment burn education and knowledge for all healthcare professionals, irrespective of their specialization in burn care.
B.S., Genetics & Biotechnology, University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City IA 2011
M.D., Research Distinction, University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City IA 2016
General Surgery, UC Davis, Davis CA 2017-2018
General Surgery, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City IA 2018-2021
Burn & Critical Care, UC Davis Medical Center, Davis CA 2021-2022
Medical Student Excellent Educator Award, UC Davis Medical Center, 2020
University of Iowa Department of Surgery Award, University of Iowa, 2016
Heard J, Cronin L, Romanowski K, Greenhalgh D, Palmieri T, Sen S. Massive Burn Injuries: Characteristics and Outcomes from a Single Institution. J Burn Care Res. 2022 Nov 15:irac173. doi:10.1093/jbcr/irac173. Epub ahead of print. PMID:36378582.
Heard J, Shamrock A, Galet C, Pape KO, Laroia S, Wibbenmeyer L. Thrombolytic Use in Management of Frostbite Injuries: Eight Year Retrospective Review at a Single Institution. J Burn Care Res. 2020 May 2;41(3):722-726. doi:10.1093/jbcr/iraa028. PMID:32030427.
Baldwin S, Yuan H, Liao J, Grieve B, Heard J, Wibbenmeyer LA. Burn Survivor Quality of Life and Barriers to Support Program Participation. J Burn Care Res. 2018 Aug 17;39(5):823-830. doi:10.1093/jbcr/irx058. PMID:29618093.
Bedri H, Romanowski KS, Liao J, Al-Ramahi G, Heard J, Granchi T, Wibbenmeyer L. A National Study of the Effect of Race, Socioeconomic Status, and Gender on Burn Outcomes. J Burn Care Res. 2017 May/Jun;38(3):161-168. doi:10.1097/BCR.0000000000000416. PMID:28423388.
Wibbenmeyer L, Kluesner K, Wu H, Eid A, Heard J, Mann B, Pauley A, Peek-Asa C. Video-Enhanced Telemedicine Improves the Care of Acutely Injured Burn Patients in a Rural State. J Burn Care Res. 2016 Nov/Dec;37(6):e531-e538. doi:10.1097/BCR.0000000000000268. PMID:26132049.
Assimacopoulos EM, Liao J, Heard JP, Kluesner KM, Wilson J, Wibbenmeyer LA. The National Incidence and Resource Utilization of Burn Injuries Sustained While Smoking on Home Oxygen Therapy. J Burn Care Res. 2016 Jan-Feb;37(1):25-31. doi:10.1097/BCR.0000000000000291. PMID:26284642.
Wibbenmeyer L, Eid A, Kluesner K, Heard J, Zimmerman B, Kealey GP, Brennan T. An Evaluation of Factors Related to Postoperative Pain Control in Burn Patients. J Burn Care Res. 2015 Sep-Oct;36(5):580-6. doi:10.1097/BCR.0000000000000199. PMID:26335109.
Heard JP, McDonald KM, Xing Y, Kluesner KM, Liao J, Wibbenmeyer LA. Regional and national review of factors associated with burn wound cellulitis. J Burn Care Res. 2015 Jan-Feb;36(1):23-32. doi:10.1097/BCR.0000000000000115. PMID:25102232.
Wibbenmeyer L, Liao J, Heard J, Kealey L, Kealey G, Oral R. Factors related to child maltreatment in children presenting with burn injuries. J Burn Care Res. 2014 Sep-Oct;35(5):374-81. doi:10.1097/BCR.0000000000000005. PMID:24823333.
Wibbenmeyer L, Eid A, Liao J, Heard J, Horsfield A, Kral L, Kealey P, Rosenquist R. Gabapentin is ineffective as an analgesic adjunct in the immediate postburn period. J Burn Care Res. 2014 Mar-Apr;35(2):136-42. doi:10.1097/BCR.0b013e31828a4828. PMID:23511293.