More... William (Jay) G. Austen, Jr., MD, appointed chief of the MGH Division of Burn Surgery    

William (Jay) G. Austen, Jr., MD, appointed chief of the MGH Division of Burn Surgery

Ronald Tompkins, MD, ScD

who has led the Division of Burn Surgery since 1990, will lead the newly created Center for Surgery, Science & Bioengineering.

More... WBUR Oral History Project    

WBUR Oral History Project

Challenges and triumphs of caring for the marathon survivors

Spaulding Rehab Hospital Therapists DARA CASPARIAN AND SAMANTHA CONLEY share their stories.

More... Spaulding unveils Boston Strong Painting    

Spaulding unveils Boston Strong Painting

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Spaulding hosts a dedication for celebrity artist Brian Fox and his commemorative painting "Endurance".

More... 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.

More... 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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More... Dr. Bohdan Pomahac featured on WBUR    

Dr. Bohdan Pomahac featured on WBUR

Face transplant surgeon for Carmen Tarleton featured on radio "visionaries" series

Click here for the full story, airing on NPR today and on WBUR's blog about Brigham and Women's Dr. Bohdan Pomahac

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Save the Date - BSONE Annual Dinner Dance

For more information and tickets, click here!


Model System Speaker Series - Video

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


News & Events

Site of tragic Cocoanut Grove fire to be renamed

Paul Miller (left) and Mike Hanlon helped push an effort to rename the Shawmut Street Extension, where the Cocoanut Grove fire occurred.  Courtesy of The Boston Globe (Brian MacQuarrie). Click here for full story



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.

View the MSKTC's newest slideshow, Social Interaction after Burn Injury   


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!


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 us at or at 617-952-6155.



Current Research

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


The Station Nightclub Fire Recalled- Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Doctors Envision the Future of Burn Care

BH-BIMS Program Director, Dr. Jeffrey Schneider and Director of Clinical Care, Dr. Colleen Ryan,  investigate the long-term outcomes for burn survivors from this historic event in Rhode Island.
Read the
 article from WBUR's CommonHealth here.

Read the complete article, "The Long-Term Impact of Physical and Emotional Trauma: The Station Nightclub Fire" in the scientific journal PLOS One here.


Article featuring Dr. Schneider in Harvard Medical School magazine, Harvard Medicine
This article focuses on the art of New Jersey-based artist, Doug Auld, who creates portraits of burn survivors. Entitled "Surface Tension", this article includes commentary by Program Director Dr. Jeffrey Schneider.
Read the complete article and see Auld's art here.


Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System



Marissa Osborne is an Occupational Therapist and Practice Leader for the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.  Marissa started working at Spaulding right out of school and has been here 7 ½ years.   READ MORE

Coming soon:  Consumer Factsheet on Exercise after Burn Injury