Soman Sen, M.D., M.A.S., M.S.

Soman Sen, M.D., M.A.S., M.S.



Surgery - Burn

Surgical Critical Care




  • Professor, Department of Surgery


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UC Davis Medical Center

2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions

Primary Phone:
800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284)

Additional Phone Numbers

Clinic Phone: 916-734-7010
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Sen believes that the treatment and care of burn injured patients needs a team approach. He believes that all aspects of care, nursing, physical therapy, nutrition, respiratory care, social service need to be integrated with the medical care to provide the best treatment. This care also involves incorporating the patient and their loved ones in both the treatment and recovery from burn injuries. He believes this team approach will result in returning burn injured patients to a productive and meaningful life.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Sen is a surgeon who specializes in the care and treatment of patients with severe burn injury. He is involved with all aspects of care for burn injured patients including critical care management in the ICU, acute treatment and surgery for burn injuries, burn injury reconstruction, and follow up care.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Sen's research has focused on the clinical outcomes of patients who have suffered a burn injury. He has throughout my career incorporated his observations as a clinician into his research questions in order to advance the care and improve outcomes for burn injured patients. During his time as a physician and researcher he obtained a master’s degree in clinical research (NIH K30) to help him design and implement clinical trials to improve the care and treatment of burn patients. This coupled with his experience as a member and committee Vice Chair of the UC Davis Institutional Review Board has provided great insight into developing clinical trials. His overall goal for my research is develop optimal care guidelines and strategies that not only improve the survival of burn patients but also improve their quality of life. 


Burn Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

Burn Center


M.D., Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine, Chicago IL 2000

M.S., Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine, Chicago IL 1997

M.S., UC Davis, Sacramento CA 2014

B.S., UC Irvine, Irvine CA 1996

Internship: Surgery, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood IL 2000-2001


Surgery, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood IL 2000-2007


Surgery/NIH Trauma Research Training, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood IL 2002-2004

Surgery/Burn Surgery, UC Davis, Sacramento CA 2007-2008

Surgery/Surgical Critical Care, UC Davis, Sacramento CA 2008-2009

Board Certifications

Advanced Burn Life Support,

Advanced Trauma Life Support,

American Board of Surgery,

American Board of Surgery - Surgical Critical Care,

California State Board of Radiology, Fluoroscopy,

Medical Board of California-Physician and Surgeon license,

Professional Memberships

American Burn Association

American College of Surgeons

Honors and Awards

Administrative Chief Resident Department of Surgery, Loyola University Medical Center, 2007

Finalist Chicago Committee of Trauma, American College of Surgeons Scientific Symposium, 2004

Innovations in Leadership, Loyola University Medical Center, 2003

Select Recent Publications

Sen S, Barsun A, Romanowski K, Palmieri T, Greenhalgh D. Neuropathy May Be an Independent Risk Factor for Amputation After Lower-Extremity Burn in Adults With Diabetes. Clin Diabetes. 2019 Oct;37(4):352-356. doi:10.2337/cd18-0066. PMID:31660008. 

Sen S, Hsei L, Tran N, Romanowski K, Palmieri T, Greenhalgh D, Cho K. Early clinical complete blood count changes in severe burn injuries. Burns. 2019 Feb;45(1):97-102. doi:10.1016/j.burns.2018.09.004. Epub 2018 Sep 29. PMID:30274810. 

Lin J, Falwell S, Greenhalgh D, Palmieri T, Sen S. High-Dose Ascorbic Acid for Burn Shock Resuscitation May Not Improve Outcomes. J Burn Care Res. 2018 Aug 17;39(5):708-712. doi: 10.1093/jbcr/irx030. PMID:29931212.

Sen S, Tran N, Chan B, Palmieri TL, Greenhalgh DG, Cho K. Sodium variability is associated with increased mortality in severe burn injury. Burns Trauma. 2017 Nov 6;5:34. doi:10.1186/s41038-017-0098-4. eCollection 2017. PMID:29142896. 

Parry I, Sen S, Palmieri T, Greenhalgh D. Current Trends in Practice for Early Mobility with the Burn Population. J Burn Care Res. 2019 Jan 1;40(1):29-33. doi:10.1093/jbcr/iry049. PMID:30351404. 

Parry I, Sen S, Sattler-Petrocchi K, Greenhalgh D, Palmieri T. Cutaneous Functional Units Predict Shoulder Range of Motion Recovery in Children Receiving Rehabilitation. J Burn Care Res. 2017 Mar/Apr;38(2):106-111. doi:10.1097/BCR.0000000000000429. PMID:27606559.

Parry I, Painting L, Bagley A, Kawada J, Molitor F, Sen S, Greenhalgh DG, Palmieri TL. A Pilot Prospective Randomized Control Trial Comparing Exercises Using Videogame Therapy to Standard Physical Therapy: 6 Months Follow-Up. J Burn Care Res. 2015 Sep-Oct;36(5):534-44. doi:10.1097/BCR.0000000000000165. PMID:26335108. 

Parry I, Carbullido C, Kawada J, Bagley A, Sen S, Greenhalgh D, Palmieri T. Keeping up with video game technology: objective analysis of Xbox Kinect™ and PlayStation 3 Move™ for use in burn rehabilitation. Burns. 2014 Aug;40(5):852-9. doi:10.1016/j.burns.2013.11.005. Epub 2013 Dec 2. PMID:24296065. 

Romanowski K, Curtis E, Barsun A, Palmieri T, Greenhalgh D, Sen S. The frailty tipping point: Determining which patients are targets for intervention in a burn population. Burns. 2019 Aug;45(5):1051-1056. doi:10.1016/j.burns.2018.11.003. Epub 2019 May 10. PMID:31079960.

Curtis E, Romanowski K, Sen S, Hill A, Cocanour C. Frailty score on admission predicts mortality and discharge disposition in elderly trauma patients over the age of 65 y. J Surg Res. 2018 Oct;230:13-19. doi:10.1016/j.jss.2018.04.017. Epub 2018 May 12. PMID:30100028.