Southern Region Burn Conference - SMA
Southern Region Burn Conference

30th Annual Southern Region Burn Conference

Miami, Florida
Hosted by University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Burn Center
November 2-5, 2017 - Hilton Miami Downtown

Join us for the premier educational event of the Southern Region.

This will be an exciting time to collectively discuss and influence the direction of future burn care.

Conference Registration

Take advantage of our early Registration Discount 50.00 Off Until October 3, 2017

Choose Full Days or Individual Day Options
Pricing for Nurses, Physicians, Healthcare Professionals & Military
Continental breakfast; breaks, lunch Friday with exhibitors
Collaborate with attendees: Welcome Reception, breakfasts, breaks, and dedicated lunch in the exhibit hall on Friday
Trade display area and program recognition
Access to attendee /membership list
Includes registration of up to 6 attendees with Gold Sponsor Level

30th Annual Southern Region Burn CME Conference 2017

An informative and energizing learning resource for all burn care disciplines, at all career stages.  The curriculum focuses on evidence-based practice, treatment modalities, rehabilitation, prevention, research, outreach programs, and burn units’ work in progress.

William L. Hickerson, MD, FACS

William L. Hickerson, MD, FACS
The one meeting a year that allows direct information among 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.

Conference Details

Exceptional Education
This conference provides an informed vision of current practices and emerging advances in rehabilitation, research, prevention education, outreach programs, evidence-based medicine, and burn units' work-in-progress.

Exhibitor Interaction
The exhibit hall promises to be another key resource to broaden your knowledge beyond the classroom.

Abstract Opportunities
Abstracts are no longer being accepted for 2017.

You are cordially invited to contribute abstracts to our region's premier educational event. We encourage you to participate in this unparalleled platform for oral and poster presentations designed to promote dialogue within all burn care disciplines, at all career stages.

Exciting Pre-conferences

  • Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) Provider Course
  • Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) Instructor Course
  • Burn Rehabilitation Techniques for the Body
  • Pediatric Burns: Specific Considerations in the Critically Ill

More information coming soon

  • Burn Center Tour
  • Conference Schedule
  • Invited Speakers
  • Social Events
ACCME Commendation

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Southern Medical Association has been resurveyed by the ACCME and awarded accreditation with commendation for 6 years as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians.  SMA’s accreditation period is valid through November 2017.  ACCME accreditation “seeks to assure the medical community and the public that Southern Medical Association provides physicians with relevant, effective, practice-based continuing medical education that supports US health care quality improvement.”

Southern Medical Association designates this Live activity for a maximum of 21 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM - Maintenance of Certification

MOC - Maintenance of Certification

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 21 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Learning Gap/Needs

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 2013. 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.

Target Audience

General surgeons, plastic surgeons, emergency 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.

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
  • Understand clinical studies
  • Comprehend positive effects of prevention programs, rehabilitative camps and community re-integration

Attendee Information

Abstracts – Prior to the conference, abstracts will be posted on-line.  Registrants may choose to either print the PDF files, if you prefer a paper copy on-site, or download them to your mobile device for viewing at no charge.

Credit and Conference Evaluation – CME/CNE credit is handled through an on-line process.  The credit and evaluation link will be provided in your meeting materials and in a post-meeting email. Your CME/CNE credit is determined from your completion of an on-line form.  Certificates will be e-mailed to the address you indicate on your submission within two weeks of the meeting.

Disclaimer – The primary purpose of this CME/CNE conference is education.  Information presented and techniques discussed are intended to inform physicians and the healthcare team of medical knowledge, clinical procedures, and experiences of presenters willing to share such information with colleagues.  It is recognized that a diversity of professional opinions exists in the contemporary practice of medicine, which influence the selection of methods and procedures.  The views and approaches of faculty are offered solely for educational purposes.  The Southern Medical Association disclaims any and all liability for injury or other damages to any individual attending this CME/CNE conference and for all claims, which may result from the use of the information presented at this conference.

ADA Statement – Contact SMA at 1-800-423-4992, ext. 620 to request assistance for special needs in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

CONTACT INFORMATION – Southern Medical Association is the sponsor for this activity.  For questions or to request assistance for ADA special needs, contact SMA at 800-423-4992, ext. 620; by fax to 205-945-1830; by mail, SMA, 3500 Blue Lake Drive, Suite 360, Birmingham, Alabama 35243; website:

Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Tuesday, October 31

7:30 am-3:00 pm
ABLS Provider Course
Separate fee and online registration.
Location:  TBD

Wednesday, November 1

7:30 am-2:00 pm
ABLS Instructor Course
Separate fee and online registration.
Location:  TBD

Thursday, November 2

All day
American Burn Association
Executive Committee Meeting

7:30 am-5:00 pm
Advanced Burn Provider Course
Separate fee and online registration.
Location:  Soprano and Tenor meeting rooms

8:00 am-5:00 pmBio-Concepts, Inc.
Rehabilitation Workshop
Sponsor:  Bio-Concepts, Inc.
Location:  Picasso meeting room

2:00 pm-5:00 pm
Pediatric Burns:   Specific Considerations in the Critically Ill
Location:  Alto meeting room

3:00 pm-7:00 pm
Early Registration and Poster/Exhibit Set-Up
Location:  Registration – Overture Foyer 1
Location:  Poster/Exhibit Set-Up – Symphony Ballroom I/II/III

5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Welcome to Miami Reception
Sponsor:  Jackson Memorial Burn Center
Location:  Hotel Poolside

Friday, November 3

7:00 am
Registration, View Posters, Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
Sponsor:  Southern Medical AssociationSouthern Medical Association
Location:  Registration – Overture Foyer 1
Location:  Breakfast and Posters – Symphony Ballroom I/II/III

Session 1

7:30 am
Welcome & Announcements
Louis R. Pizano, MD, MBA, Director, Jackson Memorial Burn Center,  University of Miami, Miami, FL
Location:  Symphony Ballroom IV

7:45 am
Scrubs and Camouflage: Last Stop before War – Impact of Military & Civilian Burn Providers Working and Training Together at a High-Volume Civilian “Verified” Burn Center
Luis E. DeRosa, Jr., BSN, RN, EMT-P, Jackson Memorial Burn Center, University of Miami, Trauma Resuscitation Unit, Miami, FL

8:00 am
Approval of Initial Burn Residency Site for Occupational Therapists
Sydney J. Thornton, OT, North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC

8:15 am
Standardizing Essential Performance Criteria for Burn Nurses
Elizabeth A. Mann-Salinas, PhD, MSN, United States Army Institute for Surgical Research Burn Center, Ft. Sam Houston, TX

8:30 am
Temporal Trends of Firefighter Crude Mortality Rates:  Trauma on the Decline but Cardiovascular Events Remain Prevalent
Steven A. Kahn, MD, Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center, University of South Alabama Medical Center, Mobile, AL

8:45 am
Quantitative Analyses of Burn Scars: Selecting Non-invasive Instruments for Clinical Evaluations
Heather M. Powell, PhD, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

9:00 am
Sweet or Sour? Real-World Experience with Honey in the Burn Center
Sarah K. Shingleton, MS, RN, United States Army Institute for Surgical Research Burn Center, Ft. Sam Houston, TX

9:15 am
American Burn Association President’s Address
Linwood R. Haith, Jr., MD, FACS, FCCM, Chief, Burn Surgery, Crozer-Keystone Health System, Director, Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center, Upland, PA

9:45 amSpectralMD Logo
Break, View Posters, Visit with Exhibitors
Break sponsor:  Spectral MD
Location:  Symphony Ballroom I/II/III

Session 2

10:15 am
Coke with a “K” - Oral Administration of Injectable Ketamine during Burn Wound Dressing Changes
Alicia C. Lintner, CRNP, Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center, University of South Alabama Medical Center, Mobile, AL

10:30 am
Retrospective Medical Records Review of Hospitalized Adult Burn Patients: Factors Impacting Length of Hospital Stay
Susan L. Smith, Orlando Health, Orlando, FL

10:45 am
Reading Tea Leaves: Markers for Infection in Patients with Burn Injuries Using a Sepsis Algorithm
Jeffrey W. Williams, PA-C, Wake Forest Baptist Health Burn Center, Winston-Salem, NC

11:00 am
Evaluating Nutrition Practices in Mechanically Ventilated Patients at a Large Burn ICU
Rita M. Gayed, PharmD, Grady Health System Burn Center, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

11:15 am
Effectiveness in Achieving Total Caloric Needs by Overestimation in Enteral Nutrition Ordering
Emily Garcia, MSN, RN, CCRN, Timothy J. Harnar Regional Burn Center, University Medical Center Health System, Lubbock, TX

11:30 am
Effects of Obesity on Burn Resuscitation
Jennifer D. Rosenthal, RN, Parkland Hospital Burn Center, Dallas, TX

11:45 am
The Impact of Custom Compression Garment Wear Time on Global Scar Outcomes
David E. Roggy, RN, Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center, Eskenazi Health Hospital, Indianapolis, IN

12:00 pm

12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Lunch with Exhibitors
Location:  Symphony Ballroom I/II/III

Session 3

1:30 pm
Bromelain Based Enzymatic Eschar Removal - Summary of Pediatric Clinical Experience
Yaron Shoham, MD, Soroka University Medical Center, Be’er-Sheva, Israel

1:45 pm
A Retrospective Look: Merging Pediatric Burns into the Mainstream Pediatric Population
Beda Willis, MS, CCLS, Jackson Memorial Burn Center, University of Miami, Miami, FL

2:00 pm
So You're Getting a Pediatric Burn to the ICU
Malissa A. Hill, MSN, RN, Grady Health System Burn Center, Atlanta, GA

2:15 pm
Implementation of Music Therapy for Pediatric Patients at an ABA Verified Burn Center
Stephanie M. Epstein, MM, MT-BC, NICU-MT, Holtz Children’s Hospital, Jackson Memorial Burn Center, Miami, FL

2:30 pm
Impact of Primary Payer Status on Outcomes Among Patients with Burn Injury: A Nationwide Analysis
Heather Peluso, DO, Resident, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

2:45 pm
A Comparison of Injury Scoring Systems in Predicting Burn Mortality
Barret J. Halgas, MD, Resident, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, TX

3:00 pm
Debridement of Sulfur Mustard Burns: A Comparison of Three Methods
David J. Barillo, MD, Disaster Response/Critical Care Consultants, LLC., Mt. Pleasant, SC

3:15 pm
Use of a Lactic Acid Based Biodegradable Skin Substitute in Second-Degree Burn Care
Sigrid Blome-Eberwein, MD, Lehigh Valley Health Network Regional Burn Center, Allentown, PA

3:30 pmSpectralMD Logo
Break, View Posters, Visit with Exhibitors
Break sponsor:  Spectral MD
Location:  Symphony Ballroom I/II/III

Session 4

4:00 pm
Heterotopic Ossification in Burn Patients:  Can It be Prevented?
Jay Collins, MD, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk, VA

4:15 pm
Process Improvement: Innovative Use of a Honey Impregnated Sterile Acetate Gauze for Donor Site Healing as Compared to the Standard Treatment for Improved Quality Patient Outcomes
Farid B. Mozaffari, MD, Cabell Huntington Hospital, Marshall School of Medicine, Huntington, WV

4:30 pm
A Multicenter Feasibility Study of an Automated Bedside Glucose Monitoring System in the Burn Intensive Care Setting
Joshua S. Carson, MD, Shands Burn Center, University of Florida Health, Gainesville, FL

4:45 pm
Utilization of Laser for the Modification of Burn Related Complications
Tracee Short, MD, Baton Rouge General Burn Unit, Baton Rouge, LA

5:00 pm
Light-Based Treatment of Burn Scars: Initial Experience with Early Treatment
J. Kevin Bailey, MD, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

5:15 pm
Ascertaining Caregivers’ Beliefs Regarding the Role of Palliative Care in the Burn Unit
Mack Drake, DO, Grady Health System Burn Center, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

5:30 pm

5:30 pm-7:30 pmSouthern Medical Association
Reception in Exhibit Hall
Sponsor:  Southern Medical Association

6:00 pm-6:45 pm
Moderated Poster Rounds during the Reception

Saturday, November 4

7:00 am-7:30 am
Registration, View Posters, Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
Location:  Registration – Overture Foyer 1
Location:  Symphony Ballroom I/II/III

Session 5

7:30 am
Use of Antifactor-Xa Levels for Thromboprophylaxis in Burn Patients
Dalbir K. Bahga, BS, Medical Student-3, Jackson Memorial Burn Center, University of Miami, Miami, FL

7:45 am
Survey of National and Local Practice Patterns of Compression Therapy Timing for Burn Patients in the United States
Saurabh Mehta, BS, Medical Student-3, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

8:00 am
Epidemiological Observation of Patient Demographics Predicts Mean Arterial Pressure Long-Term After Burn Injury
Alvand J. Sehat, BA, Medical Student, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Parkland Hospital Burn Center, Dallas, TX

8:15 am
The Cross-Leg Flap: A Salvage Option for Distal Leg and Foot Burn Injuries when Free Flaps Fail
Christina N. Canzoneri, BA, Medical Student-4, McGovern School of Medicine, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston, TX

8:30 am
A Medical Mystery: Unexplained Renal Failure in Burn Patients
Harrison Lands, BA, Medical Student, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA

8:45 am
Severe Hand Burns in the Pediatric Population.
Amy D. Hazzard, BS, Medical Student-3, Evans-Haynes Burn Center, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA

9:00 am
Alan R. Dimick, MD Lecture
David N. Herndon, MD, FACS, Chief of Staff and Director of Research, Shriners Hosital for Children, Director of Burn Services, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

9:30 am
Break, View Posters, Visit with Exhibitors – Prize Drawing
Location:  Symphony Ballroom I/II/III

Session 6

10:00 am
Inhalant Abuse and Burn Injury: “Huffing” a Killer of Skin Cells in Addition to Brain Cells
Todd Bierman, MD, Resident, Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center, University of South Alabama Medical Center, Mobile, AL

10:15 am
Analysis of OR Efficiency in a Burn Center
Tarik D. Madni, MD, Research Fellow, University of Texas Southwestern, Parkland Hospital Burn Center, Dallas, TX

10:30 am
Liposomal Bupivacaine Alleviates Postoperative Donor Site Pain and Limits Hospitalization
Phillips Nagsuk, MD, Resident, Orlando Health Surgical Education, Orlando, FL

10:45 am
Prolonged Allograft Survival in an Immunosuppressed Patient: A Case Report and Systematic Review
Jack Burns, MD, Resident, University of Kentucky Healthcare Burn Center, Lexington, KY

11:00 am
Initial Experience with ReCell for Face Burns
Nicholas Walker, MD, Resident, Wake Forest Baptist Health Burn Center, Winston-Salem, NC

11:15 am
Impact of a Laser Service Line for Burn Scar on a Dedicated Burn OR’S Flow and Productivity
Jonathan Imran, MD, Research Fellow, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Parkland Hospital Burn Center, Dallas, TX

11:30 am
Classification of Mesh Pattern Scarring after Placement of Meshed and Highly Expanded Split Thickness Skin Grafts – Insights into Etiologies
Tyler J. Banachowski, DDS, Resident, San Antonio Military Medical Center, Institute of Surgical Research Burn Center, San Antonio, TX

11:45 am
Eraser Burns:  School Supplies Gone Wrong
Alap U. Patel, BA, Medical Student, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

12:00 pm
An Adjusted Ideal Body Weight Index Formula with FFP Rescue Decreases Fluid Creep During Burn Resuscitation
M. Victoria Purvis, MD, Resident, Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center, University of South Alabama Medical Center, Mobile, AL

12:15 pm

12:30 pm-2:00 pm
Director’s Luncheon and Business Meeting (by invitation only)
Location:  Tenor meeting  room

2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Jackson Memorial Burn Center Tour
Buses will load at 1:30 pm
(Ticketed event)

7:00 am-10:00 am
Farewell Reception
Location:  Cruise on Biscayne Bay

Sunday, November 5

7:00 am-7:30 am
Registration, Continental Breakfast
Location:  Registration – Overture Foyer 1

Session 7      

7:30 am
Stakeholder Experiences and Student Perceptions following Implementation of New Advance Burn Life Support Curriculum
Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center,  University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC

7:45 am
Improving Nurse Confidence When Caring for Patients Seeing Their Burn Wounds for the First Time: A Performance Improvement Project
Lillian Aguirre, DNP, CNS, Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, TX

8:00 am
Multidisciplinary Approach to Improving Pain Satisfaction: Utilization of Combination Pharmacotherapy and Procedural Sedation
Courtney L. Denton, BSN, RN, Evans-Haynes Burn Center, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, VA

8:15 am
Patient Factors and Outpatient Pain Control in Patients Discharged From a Regional Burn Center with Minor-to-Medium-Sized Burns
Amelia Nichols Alava, BSN, RN, Shands Burn Center, University of Florida Health, Gainesville, FL

8:30 am
Analysis of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) Definitions in a Burn Intensive Care Unit: Is Something Missing?
Kristine N. Chafin, MBA, RN, CIC, United States Army Institute for Surgical Research Burn Center, Ft. Sam Houston, TX

8:45 am
Use of a Digital Care Navigation System Improves Patient Experience at a Regional Burn Center
Jennifer E. Kesey, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CWS, Timothy J. Harnar Burn Center, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, UMC Health System, Lubbock, TX

9:00 am
Burn Injuries Secondary to Seizure: Strategies for Prevention
Thao T. Nguyen, PA-C, Grady Health System Burn Center, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

9:15 am
Characterization of Variables for Potential Impact on Vancomycin Pharmacokinetics in Thermal or Inhalation Injury
David M. Hill, PharmD, Firefighters Burn Center, Regional One Health, Memphis, TN

9:30 am

Session 8

10:00 am
Beyond the Basics: Decreasing Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections with a Multidisciplinary Approach
Christian Turner, BSN, RN, North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC

10:15 am
Burn Rehabilitation Guidelines Following Application of Cultured Epithelial Autografts For Coverage of Large Burn Wounds – One Burn Center’s Experience
Sarah E. Sabbatini, DPT, Firefighters Burn Center, Regional One Health, Memphis, TN

10:30 am
Custom Pressure Garment Cost Does Not Impact Wear Compliance
Cassandra D. Rush, DPT, WCC, Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center, Eskenazi Health Hospital, Indianapolis, IN

10:45 am
SLUMS Cognitive Assessment: a Tool for Burn RehabMamie G. Clark, OTR/L, Firefighters Burn Center, Regional One Health, Memphis, TN

11:00 am
A Client’s Return-To-Work Process Following a Burn Injury: An Occupational Therapist’s Role within Burn Centers Verified by the American Burn Association
Breanna E. Coleman, OT, North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC

11:15 am
Chelsea Critical Care Physical Assessment (CPAx): What One Center Has Learned
Sandra K. Fletchall, OTR/L, CHT, MPA, FAOTA, Firefighters Burn Center, Regional One Health, Memphis, TN

11:30 am
A Two-year Retrospective Analysis of the Utilization of a Multidisciplinary Algorithm for Mobilization of the Vented Burn Patient
Audrey M. O’Neil, DPT, Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center, Eskenazi Health Hospital, Indianapolis, IN

11:45 am
Smart Phone Feedback Progresses Patients From Admission To Discharge
Angel D. Alvarez, OT, Jackson Memorial Burn Center, University of Miami, Miami, FL

12:00 noon


Bio-Concepts, Inc.

Bio-Concepts, Inc.

SpectralMD Logo

Spectral MD

The Spectral MD DeepView Wound Imaging System uses a non-invasive digital approach to deliver images of blood flow and tissue composition under the skin's surface that allow clinicians to look deep into the body--without ever touching the patient.

Gold Exhibit Sponsors


Mölnlycke Health Care

Mölnlycke Health Care is a world-leading provider of single-use surgical and wound care products for customers, healthcare professionals and patients. Our products provide value to our customers and are supported by clinical and health economic evidence. And we strive to find new ways to minimize community and hospital-acquired conditions.

Silver Exhibit Sponsors

Arcos Logo


Burn Navigator guides and monitors fluid resuscitation for severe burn patients.

Argentum Medical Logo

Argentum Medical

Argentum Medical will be presenting a complete line of our proprietary advanced 7 day silver plated antimicrobial dressings.

Product(s): Wound Dressings, Surgical Dressings, Negative Pressure Dressings, Burn Wraps, IV Catheter Dressings

Bio-Concepts, Inc.

Bio-Concepts, Inc.

Medline Logo

Medline Industries, Inc.

Milliken Logo

Milliken Healthcare Products, LLC

Milliken Healthcare Products, a wholly owned subsidiary of Milliken & Company, is a leader in the science behind moisture management. Milliken has created Active Fluid Management® technology as an innovative way to manage exudate and offer a new solution for wound care. This patented technology keeps the periwound skin dry, the wound bed moist, and harmful exudate away from a healing wound.

MiMedx Logo


MiMedx® is an integrated developer, processor, and marketer of patent protected biomaterial products and tissues, including EpiFix® and AmnioFix®.  MiMedx’  PURION® processed allografts are an easy to use, shelf stable graft that modulates inflammation, reduces scar tissue formation, and acts as a barrier membrane for enhanced healing.

PolyNovo Logo

PolyNovo North America LLC

PolyNovo North America LLC is a global medical device company focused on the advancements in regenerative technologies for burn and wound care.  NovoSorb™ BTM (Biodegradable Temporizing Matrix) was developed with our innovative polymer technology, providing physicians a clinically proven matrix for partial and full thickness wounds, pressure ulcers, venous ulcers, diabetic ulcers, chronic and vascular ulcers, surgical wounds, trauma wounds and draining wounds.

Bronze Exhibit Sponsors

Anatomi Metrix Logo

Anatomi Metrix

Anatomi Metrix is focused on the development of technologies, devices & protocols dedicated to the anatomical measurement of the human hand.

Product(s): The Manu3 Hand Measuring System: It generates a measurement report that is used to fabricate custom compression gloves for Burns & Lymphedema patients

Attune Medical, Inc. Logo

Attune Medical, Inc.
(formerly Advanced Cooling Therapy)

Attune Medical (formerly Advanced Cooling Therapy) develops products that provide an innovative method for cooling or warming patients.

Product(s): Esophageal Temperature Device (EnsoETM

Crawford Healthcare Logo

Crawford Healthcare

Crawford Healthcare is a rapidly growing international company dedicated to developing innovative wound and skin treatments that advance clinical practice while being gentle on budgets. We’ve worked closely with healthcare professionals for more than 15 years and currently supply treatment solutions to over 15 countries.

Product(s): KerraContact AG, KerraCel AG, KerraPrep, Touchless Care, KerraLite Cool, KerraFoam

Exsurco Medical Logo

Exsurco Medical

Exsurco engineers high precision products for burn and trauma professionals for skin grafting and wound debridement.

Product(s): Amalgatome SD- Skin Grafting and Wound Debridement Device. One Device, Multiple Capabilities

Humenca, Inc. Logo

Humeca, Inc.

Humeca, Inc. market and supply innovative skin grafting products in the field of burns and plastic surgery. We currently provide a selection of cordless, battery operated dermatomes, a wide range of dermatome blades, skin meshers and mesh graft carriers. We are also proud to be able to offer the revolutionary MEEK Micrografting machine.

Humeca is now doing business successfully in over 70 countries worldwide and work closely with both local agents and burn centers directly.

MediWound Logo

MediWound, Ltd.

MediWound Ltd. is a biotechnology niche specialty company. Established in 2001, MediWound is focused on developing, manufacturing and globally commercializing innovative products that address unmet needs in the fields of severe burn and chronic wound management.

MediWound’s goal is to provide healthcare professionals and patients with its innovative, burn wound eschar removal agent, NexoBrid™.

NexoBrid™, is indicated in Europe for removal of eschar in adults with deep partial- and full-thickness thermal burns.

NexoBrid™ successfully completed clinical development in hospitalized burn wounds and was launched throughout Europe.

MPM Medical Logo

MPM Medical, Inc.

MPM Medical is an Advanced Wound Care company specializing in Burn/Surgical Dressings.  MPM Medical has  a 2% lidocaine hydrogel called Regenecare HA.

Osiris Therapeutics Logo

Osiris Therapeutics, Inc.

Wound Care/Burns

PolyMedics innovations, Inc. Logo

PolyMedics innovations, Inc.

PolyMedics innovations (PMI) is an R&D driven specialist in innovative biomaterials for the effective treatment of wounds.

Product(s): Suprathel® - synthetic, one-time application skin substitute for the treatment of epidermal and dermal wounds.

Puracyn Logo


Puracyn Plus products are the next generation of wound and burn management solutions. Our family ofproducts were formulated to be as safe as they are powerful. Come by our booth and learn more about how you can start improving your patients’ outcomes with Puracyn Plus.

Smith & Nephew Logo

Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew is dedicated to helping you get Closer to Zero: zero pressure ulcer incidence, zero diabetic amputations, zero surgical site complications, zero wound-related readmissions, zero waste of resources. It’s an ambitious objective, and not always achievable. However, we believe it is the only target worth aiming for.

SteadMed Medical, LLC Logo

SteadMed Medical, LLC

SteadMed provides innovative solutions to optimize skin health, wound bed preparation, and autologous wound closure. Our portfolio consists of leading brands such as Drawtex® Hydroconductive Wound Dressing with LevaFiber™ Technology, Resta® Skin and Wound Care, Vashe® Hypochlorous Acid Solution, and Xpansion® Micro-Autografting Kit. Please visit our website at

Stellen Medical Logo

Stellen Medical

Stellen Medical, LLC is the manufacturer and distributor of GlucanPro 3000, GlucanPro Cream, Glucan II Burn and Wound Dressing and NovaGel.

Vericel Corporation Logo

Vericel Corporation

Vericel develops, manufactures, and markets autologous cell-based therapies for patients with serious diseases and conditions.

Via Bella

We focus on selling FDA approved medical device that repairs the skin. The kit comes with a high-end skin care to complete the treatment.

Non-Profit Exhibit Sponsors

AlloSource Logo


AlloSource®, a leading non-profit national supplier of burn skin allografts, processes and distributes a full line of human tissue products for diverse applications. AlloSource will be highlighting their skin graft products for burn repair, including biologically active PureSkin™ human allograft skin. PureSkin is available in cryopreserved and fresh varieties and in meshed and unmeshed formats, offering critical treatment solutions for burn management.

Product(s): PureSkin

Phoenix Society Logo

Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors

Founded in 1977, the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering anyone affected by a burn injury. Building a Community for Transformational Healing.

Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center Logo

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
(a.k.a. Scottish Rite)

We offer pediatric rehabilitation services at Scottish Rite—as well as several neighborhood locations throughout metro Atlanta. We treat children with impairments due to accidents, illnesses, injuries, congenital defects, syndromes and other conditions. Inpatient rehabilitation program for pediatrics.

Registration Fees

Physician $550 (before 10/3) $600 (on or after 10/3)

Nurses $370 (before 10/3) $420 (on or after 10/3)

Healthcare Professional $370 (before 10/3) $420 (on or after 10/3)

Active Military Physician / Healthcare Professional $185

Resident / Fellow $150 (before 10/3) $200 (on or after 10/3)

Medical / Nursing / Rehabilitation Students $75 (before 10/3) $125 (on or after 10/3)

One Day ONLY $225

Thursday Rehabilitation Symposium $230 (before 10/3) $280 (on or after 10/3)

Thursday Pediatric Burns Session $60

Payment Method Options

By Credit Card – Click here to submit your registration on-line – it is safe, secure, fast, and easy!  You may also call our meeting services division – 800.423.4992, ext. 620, for personal registration assistance when paying with a credit card.  SMA accepts VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

By CheckDownload, print and complete the registration form and mail along with a check for the appropriate registration fee.  Checks should be made payable to Southern Medical Association.  Mail to Southern Medical Association at the address below.

By Purchase Order – SMA realizes that in some instances, a Purchase Order (PO) process may be required by your institution.  If you are registering with a PO, you can complete the on-line registration process and include the PO number or you can mail the conference registration form with a PO form.  Check payments must include the PO number and the registrant name or a list of names if more than one name is associated with the PO.  Mail to Southern Medical Association at the address below or listed on the form.

Late or On-Site Registrations:  Although in most instances SMA will accommodate last-minute or on-site registrations (space permitting), we encourage you to register prior to the meeting so that materials can be prepared and made ready for you.  There is the risk that materials could run short without an advance registration and preparation.

Incomplete Registrations: Conference registrations submitted that are incomplete or without a form of payment will not be processed.

Confirmation E-mail: You will receive an email confirmation of your registration.  Please check the information carefully to confirm that your registration was processed correctly.  If you have any questions or need assistance, call our office – 800.423.4992, ext. 620.

Cancellation Policy:  All conferences are subject to cancellation. SMA will not refund travel costs if the meeting is cancelled. Refunds are not given for inclement weather. Registration fee refund requests must be submitted in writing to the SMA. A refund of your registration fee, minus a $50 administration processing fee, will be granted if notice is received by October 26, 2017. After this time, SMA will have incurred all related costs regarding your planned registration, therefore, no refunds will be granted.

SMA Address:  Mail Registrations to: Southern Medical Association, Attn.: Registration, 3500 Blue Lake Drive, Suite 360, Birmingham, AL 35243.  The SMA office is not open on the weekends to accept express packages.  Contact SMA with questions or if you need assistance – 800.423.4992, ext. 620.

Advanced Burn Life Support Courses (ABLS)

Separate fee and online registration

Provider ​Course:
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

​This ​is ​an ​eight-hour ​course ​for ​physicians, ​nurses, ​PA’s, ​NP’s, ​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 ​discussion. ​ ​As ​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 ​practical ​assessment ​return ​demonstration. ​ ​CEU’s ​and ​CME’s ​awarded.

Instructor Course:
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
8:00 am – 1:30 pm

The ​Advanced ​Burn ​Life ​Support ​(ABLS) ​Instructor's ​Course ​is ​designed ​for ​those ​physicians, ​nurses, ​nurse ​practitioners, ​physician ​assistants, ​and ​paramedics ​who ​have ​experience ​in ​daily ​patient ​management ​of ​burn ​injuries. ​ ​THe ​American ​Burn ​Association ​maintains ​the ​records ​that ​identify ​all ​persons ​who ​participated ​in ​the ​ABLS ​Instructor's ​Course ​and ​also ​those ​given ​a ​certificate ​of ​completion ​for ​the ​ABLS ​Instructor's ​Course ​and ​thus ​authorized ​as ​ABLS ​Instructors. ​ ​ ​CEU’s ​and ​CME’s ​awarded.

For more information contact Dr. Ernest Grant at 984-974-7372 or 

Advanced Burn Provider Course

Registration fee:  $299 - Limited to 20 participants

November 2, 2017
7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Separate fee and online registration.

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The Advanced Burn Provider Course will have five hands-on labs alternating with four small group sessions, each lasting 1 hour.  The course will be an effective method of increasing provider competence and confidence in the operative and clinical management of adult and pediatric burn injuries.

Target audience: 
Physicians, advanced practice providers, fellows and residents.


  • The ABPC (Advanced Burn Provider Course) will prepare providers through case scenarios, didactic content, and biomimetic models to properly assess, resuscitate, and manage common complications in adult and pediatric patients.
  • The hands-on section will:
    • Prepare providers to properly assess and perform common bed side procedures such as escharotomy using biomimetic models.
    • Prepare providers to properly select common dermal scaffolds or skin substitutes with a hands-on lab and biomimetic models.
    • Prepare providers to understand the costs, indications, and uses of multiple dressings options including antibiotic-soaked gauze dressings, silver dressings, and negative pressure wound therapy.
    • Prepare providers for advanced wound coverage techniques such as autologous cell-harvesting or novel skin surrogates/substitutes.
  • The small group session will prepare providers by covering adult and pediatric clinical scenarios extending beyond the initial assessment and triage, including:
    • Wound assessment with case images and pitfalls
    • Resuscitation strategies and pitfalls
    • Surgical planning and wound management
    • Inhalation injury
    • Electrical burn injuries
    • Chemical burn injuries
    • Infectious complications
    • Rehabilitation and therapy pitfalls
    • Aftercare challenges including common psychosocial diseases

Jeffrey E. Carter, MD
Director, Wake Forest Innovations Center for Applied Learning
Associate Director, Burn Center
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC

CEU’s ​and ​CME’s ​awarded.

Burn Rehabilitation Techniques for the Body

Date: November 2, 2017
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Hilton Downtown * Miami, Florida

Committee and presenters: Sandra Fletchall OTR/L, CHT, MPA, FAOTA; Michael Serghiou OTR, MBA; Dana Nakamura OTR/L, CLT; Jonathan Niszczak MS, OTR/L

Additional presenters: Sarah Sabbatini, PT, DPT; Keith Jacobson PT, DPT;  Tess Geib, OTR/L; Angel Alvarez, OTR

Four modules are being presented to address issues, potential problems and provide solutions and alternative to improve outcomes in the following areas: hand/wrist; torso; head and neck; and feet and ankles.  The modules are being designed for 90-120 minutes of length, with the burn therapist having the opportunity to rotate through the modules during the full day workshop.  The module’s presentation will provide information/techniques/resources related to rehabilitation in the ICU, acute, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient and provide information related to all age groups.  This format of information provides greater depth of information to be presented with opportunities for hands-on learning.

Workshop objectives:

  1. The therapist will identify potential problems that can limit functional performance.
  2. The therapist will identify new rehabilitation burn techniques to progress the patient to pre-burn functional performance level.
  3. The therapist will be able to develop a network of resources to access for further consultation and problem resolution.

Module on Torso 

Dana Nakamura OTR/L, CLT and Angel Alvarez OTR/L

  1. Identify challenges associated with burns to the torso in all stages of burn rehabilitation.
  2. Demonstrate techniques for stretching/tissue elongation and edema reduction and innovative Orthosis/positioning intervention.
  3. Demonstrate core alignment and strengthening strategies to enhance ‘normal’ posture.

Module on Foot/Ankle

Sarah Sabbatini, PT, DPT and Keith Jacobson PT, DPT

  1. Identify potential contractures areas of the foot and ankle, including anatomical structures.
  2. Identify techniques for edema reduction/management throughout the continuum of rehabilitation.
  3. Discuss mobility techniques appropriate for the continuum of rehabilitation.

Module on Hand and Wrist 

Sandra Fletchall OTR/L, CHT, MPA, FAOTA and Tess Geib OTR/L

  1. Identify potential areas of tightness/contractures that can occur in the hand/wrist.
  2. Identify objective hand/wrist assessments that are appropriate throughout the continuum of rehabilitation.
  3. Develop an understanding of ‘hands on’ techniques to improve mobility of the hand/wrist.
  4. Identify hand/wrist/digit Orthosis for: positioning; pressure application; elongation and partial hand prosthesis.

Module on head and neck 

Michael Serghiou OTR, MBA and Jon Niszczak OTR

  1. Identify the theory and principles of managing burn scars of the head and neck that can be used throughout the continuum of rehabilitation care.
  2. Discuss head and neck Orthosis and orthotics and inserts.
  3. Fabricate Orthosis for neck, partial face and mouth.

Pediatric Burns: Specific Considerations in the Critically Ill

More information coming soon.

Assessments & Their Use With The Burn Population In Rehabilitation - Resource for Sale

Reference to assist with Burn Therapist Certification from the 2016 Southern Region Burn Conference.

Location & Accommodations

SMA Group Discounts:
Deadline: October 11, 2017

To Book Your Reservation:
Call 1-800-HILTONS (445-8667) and reference Group Code "SMAB" or [Click Here] to Book Online Directly with Hotel.

Travel Assistance:
Call Fadwa at (800)423-4992 Ext. 109.

November 2-5, 2017
Hilton Miami Downtown
Miami, Florida
Call (800)423-4992 Ext. 620 for assistance.

Hilton Miami Downtown - Booking Instructions

Hilton Miami Downtown

Welcome to the Hilton Miami Downtown, where you will enjoy sophisticated accommodations, first-class leisure facilities, and stunning panoramic views of Biscayne Bay.

  • Conveniently located only a 15-minute drive from Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Situated next to Miami's own complimentary Metro Mover light rail system
  • Explore nearby Coconut Grove and the famous Miracle Mile, as well as Bayside Marketplace and South Beach
  • Relax by the sparkling outdoor pool and terrace on the 7th floor featuring stunning sunset views over the Bay
  • Modern equipment and delightful marina and Biscayne Bay views make exercising in the fitness center a joy
  • Discover miles of white sandy beaches and South Beach entertainment just minutes away.

SMA's Group Rate:

$189 Single/Double per room per night plus applicable taxes (currently 13%).

Reservation Deadline: October 11, 2017

After this date, reservations will be accepted by the hotel on a space-and-rate available basis.  You are encouraged to book as early as possible, as room availability and/or the group rate may be sold out prior to the reservation deadline.

Reservation Method:

Call 1-800-HILTONS (445-8667) and reference Group Code "SMAB"
Click Here to Book Online Directly with Hotel.

Deposit/Cancellation/Early Checkout:

A deposit equal to one night room and tax will be required for each reservation.  Deposits are refundable if notice of cancellation is received by Hotel at least 24 hours prior to arrival and a cancellation number is obtained.

Check-in:  4:00 pm / Check-out:  12:00 pm


Current daily parking rates are $25 Self-parking / $28 Valet (subject to change).  Southern Region Burn attendees receive a 10% discount if you mention you are with the conference.

Miami Skyline

Miami is one of the state's – and the world’s – most popular vacation spots. Though destinations often are said to offer something for everyone, the Miami area offers multiple enticements for everyone: The trendy nightlife of South Beach, bejeweled by the eye candy of the Art Deco district. The bustle of Calle Ocho and the highly caffeinated energy of Little Havana. The plush hotels of Miami Beach and the historic hideaways of Coral Gables. Seemingly endless shopping opportunities in modern, sprawling malls and the quiet, personal attention offered by the family-owned shops of Coconut Grove and many other corners of the region. The lures of deep-sea fishing and golf and tennis. Miami's major league football, basketball, hockey and baseball. Boat shows and auto racing. Art festivals and outdoor food and wine extravaganzas. An international airport and the world’s busiest cruise port. The Miami area offers all of this – and so much more.

Miami offers every activity imaginable; from exploring historic architecture, unlimited outdoor recreation, a thriving arts and design community, sightseeing tours and award-winning restaurants, you’re sure to find a host of things to entertain and inspire. With 35-miles of incredible beaches, countless parks and gardens, and endless opportunities for pampering at one of the areas many spas and resorts, Miami is an excellent destination and has evolved into the world’s premier playground. -Miami.Guide

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