Tina Palmieri, M.D.Tina Palmieri, professor and director of the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at UC Davis Medical Center, was inducted as president of the American Burn Association (ABA) at the association's annual meeting in Seattle this week.

"Being president of the ABA is an honor and privilege," said Palmieri. "I am representing some of the most dedicated medical professionals and have the opportunity to shape the future of burn care, including clinical practice, prevention, research and teaching."

Serving the burn community both locally and nationally, Palmieri led the presentation, "Anatomy of the National Burn Repository," at the annual ABA meeting. She has held leadership roles in the ABA for many years. She chaired the Program, Education and Research Committees and was on the Steering Committee for the ABA Multicenter Trials Group, which unites burn researchers to perform meaningful outcomes research.

Palmieri organized, obtained funding for and published findings of the Burn State of the Science Consensus Conference, which set the research priorities for burns over the next decade. Her work has helped garner millions of dollars in funding for burn outcomes research.

"The main goal of my research is to improve the quality of life of people who have sustained burn injury," said Palmieri. "Survival alone shouldn't be our goal anymore. It should be to give people the best possible quality of life after a burn injury."

Palmieri has expertise in treating both pediatric and adult burn injuries. In addition to her position at UC Davis, she is Assistant Chief of Burns at Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California.

The ABA is dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by burn injury through patient care, education, research and advocacy. ABA membership includes burn care physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, psychologists, rehabilitation experts, researchers, firefighters, burn survivors and others with interest in the field of burn care.

UC Davis Medical Center is a comprehensive academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health. Centers of excellence include the National Cancer Institute-designated UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center; the region's only level 1 pediatric and adult trauma centers; the UC Davis MIND Institute, devoted to finding treatments and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders; and the UC Davis Children's Hospital. The medical center serves a 33-county, 65,000-square-mile area that stretches north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada. It further extends its reach through the award-winning telemedicine program, which gives remote, medically underserved communities throughout California unprecedented access to specialty and subspecialty care. For more information, visit medicalcenter.ucdavis.edu.