Joy After Tragedy

Joy After Tragedy

Courtesy of People Magazine and the Phoenix Society

Joe Kinan, survivor of the Station Nightclub Fire, determined to be the best dad he can be.

White House Honors Oz Mondejar

White House Honors Oz Mondejar

Champion of Change

Senior VP at Spaulding Rehab as a "Disability Employment Champion of Change"

The Future of Hand and Face Transplants

The Future of Hand and Face Transplants

National and Boston doctors discuss the future of transplants

Click here to read the Boston Globe article discussing the future of hand and face transplants for patients throughout the world, featuring Dr. Pomahac and burn survivors Carmen Tarleton and Dallas Wiens.

NY Times Health Article on Itch

NY Times Health Article on Itch

Itching: More than skin deep

Read the article "Itching: More than skin deep" from the NY Times to learn more about causes and treatments of itch. If you are a burn survivor with itch, click on our "RESEARCH" tab to learn more about our study…

Hot Topic Series: Employment after Burn Injury

Hot Topic Series: Employment after Burn Injury

Resources to help individuals with burn injury return back to work following injury.

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Interested in Research?

Interested in Research?

Researchers are looking into the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on pain and itching after burn injury.

To learn more about the research at BH-BIMS, or to ask us a question, please contact us via our web form.

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News & Events

Diana Tenney and yoga instructor Joey Machado run through the chair yoga class they will be leading at the 

Phoenix Society's Annual World Burn Congress 2014

October 22-25, 2014
Anaheim, California





Do you have pain or itching due to a burn injury?

If you are over the age of 18, you may be eligible to participate in this research study. This study involves a method of non-invasive brain stimulation called Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), and is part of the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System. For more information, contact Vivian Shie at or at 617-952-6155.


Living with Burn Injury - Slideshows

Burn and Social Interaction

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Learn strategies for addressing social interactions after burn injury

Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center


Model System Speaker Series - Video

Carmen Tarleton, burn survivor and face transplant recipient, speaks on overcoming adversity.


Connect with NIDRR

Connect with the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Resarch
The mission of the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)  is to bring a high quality of care and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. As part of their mission, the Burn Injury Model System contributes to the Burn Data Coordination Center - established in 1994 - gathering data from several national sites on burn care and health outcomes.


Connect with the MSKTC

The MSKTC has many resources available about the Burn Injury Model System, including helpful flyers and handouts about injury - and also the contact information for Model System sites nationwide.


Prevention Tip of the Month

Campus Fire Safety Month

Whether you are living on- or off-campus, in a dorm, apartment or Greek life housing, LIVE SMART with these important fire prevention tips from FEMA.



The Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System (BH-BIMS) in Boston, MA has a diverse and active group of burn injury clinicians and researchers. Our goal is to provide the best possible care for patients with burn injury. BH-BIMS is a collaborative research effort between Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children - Boston to improve care for burn survivors. For more information, please see our "About Us" page!


Recent Publications

The Station nightclub fire

This research article examines the factors associated with chronic pain in survivors of The Station nightclub fire, one of the deadliest fires in American history that occurred in February of 2003.

Egyhazi, R., Fregni, F., Bravo, G. L., Trinh, N. H. T., Ryan, C. M., & Schneider, J. C.                      icon Chronic Pain Following Physical and Emotional Trauma: The Station nightclub fire  Neurotrauma5 (2014), 86.            

Inpatient rehabilitation following burn injury

This retrospective study is the first to examine the rehabilitation outcomes of burn injury patients who required a second inpatient rehabilitation stay in comparison to burn injury patients who had only 1 inpatient rehabilitation admission. 

DiVita MA, Mix J, Goldstein R, Gerrard P, Niewczyk P, Ryan CM, Kowalske K, Zafonte R, Schneider JC

icon Rehabilitation Outcomes among Burn Patients with a Second Admission to an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility.  PM R 2014 May 28. pii: S1934-1482(14)00241-X. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2014.05.010. [Epub ahead of print]

Schneider JC, Mathews K, Ryan CM., Gerrard P, Goldstein R, DiVita MA, Niewczyk P, Ryan CM, Mix J, Kowalske K, Zafonte R, Schneider JC. Validity and Reliability of the FIM instrument in the inpatient burn rehabilitation population.

Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Aug;94(8):1521-1526.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2013.02.019. Epub 2013 Mar 5

Purohit M, Goldstein R, Nadler D, Mathews K, Slocum C, Gerrard P, Niewczyk P, DiVita MA , Mix JM, Ryan CM, Zafonte R Kowalske K, Schneider JC.
Cognition in Patients with Burn Injury in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Population. 
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Feb 28. pii: S0003-9993(14)00131-2. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.01.029. [Epub ahead of print]


Dr. Colleen Ryan and Dr. Tompkins authors of top-cited papers in burn care and research

Authors Jason J. Nam, et. al. of “Citation Classics in the Burn Literature During the Past 55 Years”  identified the 100 most cited, peer-reviewed burn-related publications produced in the past 55 years in the Journal of Burn Care & Research. Ryans and Tompkins were both lead authors on manuscripts that made the list of the 100 most-cited articles in burn care, 1955–2011.

Dr Ryan’s publication, “Objective estimates of the probability of death from burn injuries” from the New England Journal of Medicine ranked 12th on the list with 215 citations, while Dr. Tompkins’ publication, “Significant reductions in mortality for children with burn injuries through the use of prompt eschar excision” from Annals of Surgery ranked 91st with 90 citations.

Read the complete article here: icon Citation Classics in the Burn Literature During the Past 55 Years


Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System


Casey Bellofatto suffered a nearly fatal motor vehicle accident in 2013, resulting in the bilateral amputation of her legs.  A year and a half later, after coming to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston for her treatment, she shares her thoughts with us.       READ MORE

Coming soon:  Consumer Factsheet on Exercise after Burn Injury