Pediatric Burn Program

The Pediatric Burn Program at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is the only multidisciplinary, comprehensive burn team in north central Florida. Our unique expertise is immediately available to treat children from birth to 18 years of age with all types of burn wounds. Our pediatric surgeons are experienced in caring for burn wounds in children, and they work with specialized nurses, critical care physicians, therapists and many other dedicated team members to deliver outstanding care to our patients.

The UF Health Pediatric Burn Program’s multidisciplinary team cares for all types of burn injuries to any part of a child’s body. From caring for children in the Pediatric E.R. to long-term follow-up care, our experts ensure that burn wounds heal properly and optimal functional and cosmetic outcomes are achieved. We treat all types of burns (thermal, scald, chemical and electrical) and care for them at various stages of healing—from acute to healing burns to burn scars.

Our program offers both surgical and nonsurgical care for burns. Additionally, we provide important support to children with burn injuries and their families including pain management, social work, child life, and physical and occupational therapy. We see patients weekly during our outpatient burn program, and our team is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all burn issues.

Shawn Larson, MD, FACS, is the director of the Pediatric Burn Program and oversees all pediatric burn care. The members of our outpatient team include Lauren Indelicato, DNP, APRN, specialized burn nurses, a pediatric occupational therapist, child life specialist and pediatric social worker. On the inpatient side, we have a large multidisciplinary team, led by Dr. Larson and the Division of Pediatric Surgery, which includes chief of pediatric surgery Saleem Islam, MD, MPH, Janice Taylor, MD, MEdMoiz Mustafa, MD., ; and Robin Petroze, MD.

Our pediatric burn program is complementary to our adult burn center at UF Health, which is verified by the American Burn Association. Because of the collaboration among our experts, we can provide comprehensive care and achieve excellent outcomes.