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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Peter Esselman, MD

Peter C. Esselman, MD, is Chair and Professor, UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. He has been involved in the University of Washington Burn Injury Model System (UW-BIRMS) since 1997 and is currently the Co-Primary Investigator on this grant and the lead investigator on the NWRBMS project, "Return to Work after Burn Injury: Website Dissemination Project".  Dr. Esselman has worked as an Attending Physiatrist at the Burn Center since 1990.

Dr. Esselman’s research interests are in the areas of employment and community re-integration following a burn injury.

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Shelley Wiechman, PhD

Shelley A. Wiechman, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. She has been an Attending Psychologist at the UW Medicine Regional Burn Center since 2001. She is the lead investigator on the NWRBMS project, “Impact of Hypnosis on Post-burn Pain and Itch: Randomized Controlled Study”.

Dr. Wiechman’s research interests are in the areas of depression, distraction, hypnosis, body image, and re-integration following a burn injury.

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Kurt Johnson, PhD

Kurt L. Johnson, PhD, is a Professor and Head of the Division of Rehabilitation Counseling at the UW School of Medicine, UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Johnson continues to assist with further development of the Return to Work website dissemination project.

Dr. Johnson's research interests are in the areas of employment, outcome measurement, technology, and disability policy.

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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 itching, pain control, pain measurement, and employment following a burn injury. 

 

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