27th Annual Southern Region Burn Conference

Hosted by John S. Dunn, Sr. Burn Center at Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute


James H. Holmes IV, MD
Southern Region Chair
Alan R. Dimick, MD
Conference Chair

Join us for the premier educational event of the Southern Region. This will be an informative and energizing learning resource for all burn care disciplines at any level of experience, in a casual learning environment. The curriculum focuses on evidence-based medicine, treatment modalities, rehabilitation advances, disaster planning, prevention education, research, outreach programs, and burn units’ work in progress.  This will be an exciting time to collectively discuss and influence the direction of future burn care.

The exhibit hall provides another valuable resource to broaden your knowledge beyond the classroom. Encourage colleagues to spend a weekend with those of us, who like yourself, have a commitment to excellence in burn care.


Burn care necessitates multiple treatment modalities, each with varying sequencing, for different parts of a burn wound depending on the burn depth. Treating burn and wound patients requires comprehension and application of critical care guidelines from the acute onset of injury through discharge and rehabilitation. The incidence of injuries requiring medical treatment was estimated to be 450,000 in 2011. This educational intervention will bring the latest research findings and best practices of treatment to this specialized team approach care system. Current policies, guidelines, scientific literature, and centralized communication among burn experts are crucial components to address gaps in knowledge and competence unique to burn care and recovery.

Purpose and Learning Objectives

A multidisciplinary, systematic approach to burn care assessment, management and rehabilitation is essential for improving patient outcomes and enhancing quality of life. After participating in this peer-reviewed conference, attendees should be better prepared to implement current treatments, apply evidence-based practices, and execute burn prevention strategies and community outreach programs. After participating in this activity, participants should have increased knowledge and be more competent to:

  • Discuss advances in burn care research
  • Implement an evidence-based wound management program
  • Describe surgical interventions, scar and pain management
  • Explain infection control, nutritional support and rehabilitation strategies
  • Comprehend positive effects of prevention programs, rehabilitative camps and community re-integration

Target Audience

General surgeons, plastic surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, surgical residents, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, social workers, case managers, psychologists, nutritionists, rehabilitation personnel, prevention educators, burn technicians, pharmacists and other personnel involved in burn care.

Invited Speakers

 Ahrenholz, David H., MD
David H. Ahrenholz, MD, FACS

President, American Burn Association
Associate Professor of Surgery
University of Minnesota Medical School
Co-Director, Burn Center
Regions Hospital
St. Paul, Minnesota

Dr. John Holcomb

John B. Holcomb, MD, FACS

Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Surgery

Director, Center for Translational Injury Research (CeTIR)

University of Texas Health Science

Houston, Texas 

“The one meeting a year that allows direct information exchange between all the burn team members. The design provides an opportunity for team members to obtain ABLS certification, for young therapists to learn from the masters in their field, and for all attendees to gain knowledge from the Leadership in a unique, low pressure environment. A very well organized, highly efficient meeting that is always a “must” on my list.”  

William L. Hickerson, MD, FACS
Director, Firefighters Burn Center
Memphis, TN

This program is endorsed by the American Burn Association and is held in cooperation with the Southern Region Burn Centers of the American Burn Association.