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Burn Section, Dept. of Surgery

Staff member in Burn Unit

The burn service is a unique rotation that will challenge one's stamina, critical care skills, and mental fortitude.  However, it is also very educational, gratifying, and a distinct chance to be part of a truly multidisciplinary team.  Residents that rotate on the burn service consist of Emergency Room interns and General Surgery second-year residents.  This rotation is distinctive in that residents work directly with the attending on a daily basis, in both the ICU and operating room, providing an opportunity for mentorship and growth.  Residents are expected to be the “keepers” of the service, and inform the fellow/attending regularly on changes in patient condition. 

Interns and residents rotating on the service will also receive a copy of the “Burn Surgery Pocket Guide” on their first day. The manual is an invaluable resource and will answer 90% of your questions on how the service is run and how to care for our burn patients.

The Burn Surgery Fellowship is a one year non-ACGME accredited fellowship that strives to train those interested in the complete care and management of the burned patient. The Burn service also cares for a spectrum of soft tissue disorders including Stevens-Johnson/Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, electrical injury, and frost bite injury. Fellows actively participate in all aspects of patient care including ICU management, operative intervention, reconstruction, and clinic responsibilities. Fellows also play an active role in educating team members including giving lectures to medical students/residents, and continuing medical education talks to nursing staff. There are opportunities for research and away rotations at other burn centers as well. Interested applicants should contact Trina Smidt at:

Applicants must have either completed a General Surgery residency, or are currently in a General Surgery residency program (PGY-3 or greater).

Current Fellow

Jessicah Hard, MD

Jessicah Hard, MD

Jessicah grew up in St. Louis, MO. She attended an 8-year integrated undergraduate and medical school program at St. Louis University. As a high school and undergraduate student she did research under Dr. Brent Znosko at St. Louis University, which focused on the thermodynamics of RNA tertiary structures. She graduated with a BS in Biology in 2011. In medical school she worked under Dr. Patrick Stuart, and this research focused on Fas-Fas ligand interactions and the relationship to HSV keratitis in mice. She graduated from St. Louis University with her MD in 2015.

Jessicah then relocated to Denver, Colorado when she matched at the University of Colorado for her General Surgery Residency; she just completed her 3rd year. Jessicah developed an interest in burn surgery, and will be the Burn Surgery Fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Other interests include music (she has played many musical instruments, with her favorites being the oboe and saxophone), enjoying nature, and petting every dog she sees.

Past Fellows

Peng Yu, MD
Peng Yu, MD

Burn Fellow 2013-2014

Gaurav Chandra, MD
Gaurav Chandra, MD

Burn Fellow 2012-2013

Thea Price, MD
Thea Price, MD

Burn Fellow 2011-2012

Arek Wiktor, MD
Arek Wiktor, MD

Burn Fellow 2010-2011

Joshua Goldberg, MD
Joshua Goldberg, MD

Burn Fellow 2005-2006


The burn service welcomes any medical students enrolled in a surgical rotation that are interested in participating in the care of the burned patient.  Students can request this rotation thru Mary Kay Anderson.  The burn service provides an in depth exposure to the unique pathophysiologic processes of the burned patient, and to managing critically ill patients with complex wounds.  Students are expected to be active participants in burn rounds, burn clinic, and the operating room.  The operative experience is especially rich as cases always require multiple team member involvement.  Students will have the opportunity to place central lines, perform fascial excisions, harvest skin, and perform skin grafts. 

If interested in rotating on the burn service, please contact Mary Kay Anderson: 

Mary Kay Anderson
Medical Student Program Coordinator
Department of Surgery

We look forward to having you rotate on our team!


“My day with the Burn service was one of my best during the surgery rotation. (It was actually one of the best of med school but I didn't want to sound like I was trying too hard!)  The challenges they are faced with and the tools used to solve them are unique to the burn service and provide exposure to surgical cases you won't see on the general surgery rotation. The cases I saw were some of the most vivid I have had in medical school and will stay with me for a very long time. The nature of the surgeries also allows much more student participation and I felt like a useful member of the team.  I would definitely recommend to other students to spend some time with Dr. Wiktor and Dr. Lindberg if they get the opportunity.”

-Greg Zablocki, MSIII (Class of 2012)