About Us

Northwest Regional Burn Model System Personnel

 

Nicole S. Gibran, MD, Project Director

Nicole Gibran, MD, is the Medical Director of the UW Medicine Regional Burn Center and professor in the UW Department of Surgery. She has been involved in the University of Washington Burn Injury Model System/Northwest Regional Burn Model System since 1997. Dr. Gibran has worked as an Attending Surgeon at the Burn Center since 1990.

Dr. Gibran’s research interests are in the areas of wound healing, response to injury, long-term functional and psychological outcomes, burn registries, and scarring. She is also passionate about development of quality metrics to validate and improve care of the burn patient - locally regionally, nationally and internationally.

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Tam N. Pham, MD

Tam N. Pham, MD, is the Associate Director of the UW Medicine Regional Burn Model System and Associate Professor, UW Department of Surgery. He has been involved in the Northwest Regional Burn Model System (NWBMS) since 2016 and is currently a lead Investigator on the research project, 'Virtual-environment Home Rehabilitation: A Randomized Controlled Trial'.  Dr. Pham has worked as an Attending Physiatrist at the Burn Center since 2007.

Dr. Pham's research interests are in the areas of home rehabilitation, health and quality of life, particularly in the elder patient with a burn injury.

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Aaron Bunnell, MD

Aaron Bunnell, MD is an Assistant Professor in the UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. He has been an Attending Physiatrist at Harborview Medical Center since 2013 and is the Medical Director of Inpatient Rehabilitation Consults. He co-leads the NWRBMS project, 'Virtual-environment Home Rehabilitation: A Randomized Controlled Trial'.

Dr. Bunnell's research interests are in the areas of acute inpatient rehabilitation of stroke and early mobilization and rehabilitation of critically ill patients.

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Gretchen Carrougher, RN, MN

Gretchen J. Carrougher RN, MN, is a Research Nurse Supervisor in the UW Department of Surgery and is the NWRBMS Program Coordinator. In this role, Ms. Carrougher works with all NWRBMS investigators to successfully manage our research and grant projects.

Ms. Carrougher’s research interests are in the areas of burn nurse competencies, itching, pain control, pain measurement, and employment following a burn injury. 

Lara A. Muffley, BS.

Lara Muffley is a Research Scientist in the UW Department of Surgery. Ms. Muffley is key to our dissemination efforts, particularly in how we showcase our research findings using data visualization.

Claudia P. Baker, BA.

Claudia Baker is a Research Assistant in the UW Department of Surgery. Ms. Baker is often the person who is reaching out to study participants to ask research-related questions in follow-up. Ms. Baker is also a SOAR volunteer in the Burn Center. 

About NIDILRR
 

NIDILRR is a federal government grants-making agency that sponsors grantees to generate new disability and rehabilitation knowledge and promote its use and adoption. Promoting the use and adoption of new disability and rehabilitation knowledge by various stakeholders helps people with disabilities in the following ways:

  • It improves their ability to perform activities of their choice in the community;
     
  • It expands society's capacity to provide full opportunities and accommodations for its citizens with disabilities.

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