Children's Hospital Colorado

How We Work in the Burn Program

We collaborate with every specialty in the hospital to advance new surgical techniques, teach tomorrow’s surgeons and give our patients a brighter today.

Burn specialists at Children's Hospital Colorado

The burn team includes specially trained staff from a variety of disciplines working together to expertly manage and treat all aspects of your child’s burn or skin injury.

Pediatric surgeons 

Our surgical team includes a burn surgeon, attending trauma surgeon and pediatric surgery residents. Our burn surgeons are board certified and expertly trained. The attending trauma surgeon on-call provides a portion of the initial surgical coverage. Your child may also see a pediatric surgery resident, who assists surgeons during clinic visits, performs evaluations in the emergency department and assists with surgical procedures.

Pediatric nurses

Our burn nurses work with you and your child to explain the many issues that follow a burn injury, including wound-care issues. The nurses will see your child in the inpatient and outpatient settings. The nurses have additional training in the care of pediatric patients, as well as advanced burn life support.

Social workers 

A social worker will provide psychosocial assessments, intervention and support for burn patients and their families. Services include coordination and referral to community resources, child protection concerns, school related issues and other supportive services as needed.


The psychologist provides patients and families assistance in coping with psychological effects of a burn injury. This includes consultation, psychological assessment, treatment of behavior problems, and adjustment to post-traumatic stress disorders and pain management.

Child life specialists 

A specialist will provide children with play and recreation activities to help them express feelings, explore body image, understand treatments and restore functional skills. During wound care and other medical procedures, the therapist provides interventions to help your child manage his or her stress/pain, and helps your child to understand the need for the procedure. The specialist provides developmentally appropriate play and recreation activities to promote normalization and focus patients on their strengths.


The burn team's occupational (OT) and physical therapists (PT) are specially trained in pediatrics and burn care. Additionally, our occupation therapists are also certified hand therapists. Through continual reassessment and timely interventions, the OT and PT’s goal is to provide rehabilitation to allow for the best possible outcome.

Clinical dietitians 

Clinical dietitians ensure patients receive the nutritional requirements while in the hospital, which helps to promote healing.

Special support and consulting personnel

The burn team consults with other specialty services at Children's Colorado as needed for individualized patient needs, including experts in pain management, ophthalmology, critical care, pulmonology, rehabilitation and infectious disease.