The National Burn Reconstruction Center at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital was founded by Dr. Robert J. Spence in February 2008, and in 2014, Dr. Spence recruited Dr. Leigh Ann Price to direct and oversee the Center. As a national Center of Excellence in burn reconstruction, we continue to raise public awareness of treatments available to burn survivors. At the Center, we provide comprehensive rehabilitation services, which are accredited by The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and we are able to treat a wide variety of burn injuries, ranging from mild to very serious.
Types of Burns
The severity levels for burns include:
- First Degree Burn
- Second Degree Burn
- Third Degree Burn
- Fourth Degree Burn
Most burns occur in the home, at work, or are part of an injury from a motor vehicle accident. All burns, even minor ones, may cause complications if not properly treated. Our skin is the natural barrier to infection, and burns destroy that protection, so treatment usually involves preventing or treating infections. Learn more about types of burns.
Burn Center Services
Our multidisciplinary clinical team provides a full spectrum of comprehensive services to patients, offering modern plastic surgery services that correct dysfunction and deformities related to burn injury, as well as rehabilitation services that address the diverse late effects of a serious burn injury. In addition, our nurses and physical and occupational therapists provide expert support and guidance through recovery. Treatments offered by our medical staff include:
Our Focus on Total Rehabilitation
At the National Burn Reconstruction Center at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, we understand that severe burn injuries are traumatic and life-changing. Our goal is to provide patients with every opportunity to heal, inside and out, and help them regain their quality of life and whole sense of self. We accomplish this by taking a whole-person approach to care. This includes:
- Reconstructive surgery to reduce the visibility of burn scars and correct dysfunction
- Emotional support through access to counseling and support services to help resolve any psychological and social issues that often accompany scarring
- Physical and occupational therapy to promote healing and help restore patients' optimal function
- Leigh Ann Price, MD, Director
- Robert J. Spence, MD, FACS, Founder
Watch the video below to see how the Burn Reconstruction Center helps patients heal and regain their quality of life.
In the Press
Dr. Leigh Ann Price has been featured in the Catholic Review for the exceptional reconstructive care she provided for a teenage patient who suffered burns on more than 25 percent of the front of her body. Read the full article here.