TAMPA, Fla., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chief of Staff of Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston, Ronald G. Tompkins, M.D., Sc.D., was installed the 32nd President of the American Burn Association at the annual convention in March. Born in Many, Louisiana, Dr. Tompkins received his undergraduate degree in 1972 from Tulane University and graduated from the Medical School at Tulane in 1976. After graduating from medical school, he served an internship and residency in surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital between 1976 and 1985. During that period he also completed the requirements for the Sc.D. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in medical and chemical engineering. He has held fellowships in chemical and medical engineering at M.I.T. and a clinical fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He is certified in the fields of general surgery and surgical critical care by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Tompkins has been Chief of Staff at the Boston Shriners Hospital since 1990. In addition, he is Chief of the Trauma, Burns and Critical Care Service at Massachusetts General Hospital, and is the John F. Burke Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, and most recently was appointed a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. He is a member of 40 national and international societies and holds leadership positions in many of these organizations. He is currently serving as an active director of the American Board of Surgery and is chairman of the In Training/Basic Science Examination Committee of this board. Dr. Tompkins was instrumental in the development of the Burn Center Verification Program and the American College of Surgeons National Trauma Registry, which includes the development of the Burn Registry. He is chairman of the Task Force on Pediatric Burns Outcomes cosponsored by the ABA and the Shriners Hospitals for Children. He is also Director of Research at the Boston Shriners Hospital. He has made numerous contributions to burn care and research contributing more than 250 original reports to the scientific literature covering clinical issues in burn care as well as basic and clinical research. Among his research interests he has particular interests in hepatic tissue engineering involving studies in cryopreservaton, and liver cell biology. Dr. Tompkins and his wife, Denise, live in Boston and have three children, Megan, Ryan and Cate. As leaders in the care of children with severe burns, Shriners Hospitals have been involved in the ABA for several years. In the past five years, two other Shriners Hospitals' burn physicians served as president of the ABA -- David Herndon, M.D., Chief of Staff of the Galveston Shriners Hospital, was president in 1994; and Glenn Warden, M.D., Chief of Staff of the Cincinnati Shriners Hospital, in 1993. For more information on Shriners' network of 22 hospitals that treat children with orthopaedic problems, burns and spinal cord injuries, please write to International Shrine Headquarters, Public Relations Dept., 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL, 33607, or visit our Web site at www.shrinershq.org. If you know a child Shriners can help, call 1-800-237-5055 in the United States and 1-800-361-7256 in Canada. Shriners Hospitals provide free treatment to children under age 18 without regard to race, religion or relationship to a Shriner.
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