Burns: Approach to Care

Burn Center

The UF Health Shands Burn Center treats people with burn injuries, severe skin disorders, difficult or chronic wound problems and those requiring assistance following complex corrective or reconstructive surgeries. The UF Health Burn Center offers a full spectrum of care from outpatient service to the most advanced level of inpatient critical care medicine for infants and adults. The UF Health Shands Burn Center has been practicing a multidisciplinary approach since it opened in 1973. A team of plastic surgeons, general surgeons, nurses and social workers work together to provide outstanding care.

David W. Mozingo, M.D., is a professor of surgery and anesthesiology and director of the UF Health Shands Burn Center. Together with Saleem Islam M.D., professor, chief of pediatric surgery and medical director for pediatric burns and wound care, the UF Health Shands Burn Center continues its philosophy that a team approach is the key to saving lives.

History of leadership

In 1973, we opened a six bed Burn Intensive Care Unit with the support of Eugene Tubbs, M.D., who was a legislator, physician and attorney. In 1988, a new unit was opened. Hal G. Bingham, M.D., served as the unit's medical director, overseeing its expansion to eight beds. David W. Mozingo, M.D., became the unit's medical director in 1996 after Dr. Bingham's retirement. Under Dr. Mozingo's direction, the unit was unit certified as a Burn Center with 8 beds and outpatient services expanded to include wound care.