David Greenhalgh, Chief of Burn Surgery at UC Davis Regional Burn Center and at Shriners Hospital for Children Northern California, oversees an intensive and comprehensive curriculum for the burn fellowship program along with Tina Palmieri, director of the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center, and assistant chief of Burn Surgery at Shriners, Soman Sen, assistant professor of burn surgery, Pirko Maguina, an assistant professor of burn and plastic surgery, and Hugh Vu, an attending plastic surgeon at Shriners Hospital for Children Northern California.

Burn surgery fellows will gain extensive experience in both the acute and reconstructive management of pediatric and adult burn patients.  The fellows will help manage burn patients at both the Shriners Hospital for Children Northern California and the University of California Davis Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center.  Combined, these institutions serve as the regional pediatric and adult burn centers for Northern California with an average of 600 inpatient admissions per year. 

Number of fellowship positions per year: two

Yearly average number of acute and reconstructive burn cases: 600

The areas of fellowship training will include:

  • Acute resuscitation and critical care management of pediatric and adult burn patients in the burn ICU
  • Surgical management and reconstruction of acute burns
  • Physical rehabilitation, nutrition and psychological therapy for pediatric and adult burn patients
  • Reconstructive surgery for burn survivors
  • Clinical Research – each fellow is expected to participate in at least one clinicalresearch project and submit an abstract for presentation at the national American Burn Association meeting

Click here to download application (PDF) 

Please return completed application and reference letters to ucdburnfellowship@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Contact Information:

David G. Greenhalgh, M.D., F.A.C.S.
2425 Stockton Blvd., Suite 718
Sacramento, CA  95817

Phone: 916-453-2050

Fax: 916-453-2373

Email: dggreenhalgh@ucdavis.edu

Medical student elective with the Burn Surgery Team [click here for more information]


The Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) Provider Course is an eight-hour course for physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, therapists, and paramedics. The course provides guidelines in the assessment and management of the burn patient during the first 24 hours post injury. Following a series of lectures, case studies are presented for group discussions. An opportunity to work with a simulated burn patient to reinforce the assessment, stabilization, and the American Burn Association transfer criteria to a Burn Center will be given. Final testing consists of a written exam and a practical assessment return demonstration.

The registration fee covers the tuition, manual, study guide, test, and continuing education credits. The ABA designates this continuing medical education activity for up to 7 credit hours in Category 1 of the Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association. This program also has been approved by AACN Certification Corporation guidelines for 8 contact hours, CERP Category A.

Course Objectives:

  • Evaluate a patient with a serious burn
  • Define the magnitude and severity of the injury
  • Identify and establish priorities of treatment
  • Manage the airway and support ventilation
  • Initiate and monitor fluid resuscitation
  • Apply correct methods of physiological monitoring
  • Determine which patients should be transferred to a burn center
  • Organize and conduct the inter-hospital transfer of a seriously injured burn patient.

For more information about ABLS courses near you check the American Burn Association website at www.ameriburn.org.