David Greenhalgh, M.D., chief of burns at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, is the new president-elect of the International Society of Burn Injuries (ISBI). Dr. Greenhalgh was elected to the leadership position at the 19th Annual Congress of the ISBI in New Delhi, India. He will serve two years as president-elect, followed by two years as ISBI president, beginning in 2020.
“I am honored to have an opportunity to serve an organization that plays such a pivotal role in advancing burn care around the globe. The collaborative work initiated by ISBI members has led to the development of many protocols and procedures that improve the delivery of burn care and outcomes for burn survivors,” Dr. Greenhalgh said. “I am extremely proud of the active role my colleagues at Shriners Hospital also play in the ISBI.”
One of the foremost authorities in burn surgery, care and research, Dr. Greenhalgh is editor of the ISBI journal Burns Open and a past president of the American Burn Association (ABA). He is a member of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Surgical Association. In addition to leading the burn program at the Northern California Shriners Hospital, he is chief of the burn division for the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. Dr. Greenhalgh’s research is widely published in both national and international journals.
Tina Palmieri, M.D., assistant chief of burns, and Ingrid Parry, MS, PT, BT-C, a physical therapist at the Northern California Shriners Hospital, also are active in the ISBI.
Dr. Palmieri chairs the ISBI Burn Care Committee and led the publication of the second ISBI Practice Guidelines for Burn Care, which was released at the 2018 meeting in New Delhi. She spoke on California’s wildfire experience and disaster trends worldwide, and was a speaker and panelist for a session on burn disaster at the conference.
Ms. Parry, who chairs the ISBI Rehabilitation Committee, was honored at the 2018 meeting with the Andre Zagame Outstanding Occupational/Physical Therapist Award for her paper titled Goniometry with the Burn Survivor. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the profession of occupational or physical therapy through clinical practice, clinical teaching or academic teaching. Before attending the 2018 ISBI conference, Ms. Parry traveled to a local Indian hospital to conduct a burn mask workshop for therapists throughout India who provide care to survivors of acid attacks.
The ISBI has over 1,200 members from more than 95 countries on all continents.