Randall Burd, MD, PhD Chief, Division of Trauma and Burn Surgery

Bio

Biography

Randall Burd, MD, PhD, is a pediatric surgeon and Chief of the Division of Emergency Trauma and Burn Surgery at Children’s National Health System. He leads the Trauma Program at Children’s National, a Level I (highest level) pediatric trauma center designated by the American College of Surgeons, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia. The Trauma Center is a leading center for injured children in the greater Washington, DC, region, treating over 1,200 hospitalized children annually. Dr. Burd also leads the Burn Program at Children’s National, one of two pediatric burn centers designated by the State of Maryland. 

Dr. Burd’s areas of research interest are in developing new approaches for improving teamwork during trauma resuscitation, the initial management, and treatment of injured patients in the emergency department. For the past ten years, Dr. Burd has led a multidisciplinary research team studying errors and teamwork in trauma resuscitation that includes collaborators in emergency medicine and surgery, human factors, informatics, computer science, and biomedical engineering. His research in trauma resuscitation is now funded by two grants from the National Institutes of Health and has been funded in the recent past by grants from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Burd’s group has identified factors associated with team performance and workload and the features of team leadership that influence team performance during trauma resuscitation. His group also has developed novel approaches for tracking people and objects during trauma resuscitation using RFID and computer vision technologies. 

Dr. Burd is a general and thoracic pediatric surgeon specializing in surgery in infants, children, and adolescents. He has specific interest and expertise in neonatal surgery and management of chest wall deformities.

Dr. Burd also is a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences.



Education & Training

Education & Training

  • PhD, 1994
    University of Minnesota
  • MD, 1987
    Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • BA, Mathematics, 1983
    Dartmouth College
Patient Stories

Patient Stories: Randall Burd, MD, PhD

Addie's Story

"One thing to remember as parents going through a medical difficulty, is that no matter how long your stay may be, even if it is planned or unexpected, you will get through it."

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Stephen's Story

"Through the years, we have been in and out of various departments of Children's National and every single experience has been nothing less than outstanding in expertise, treatment protocol, and compassion."

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Noble's Story

"The treatment that we got from Children's was superb. He was well cared for and is now on the other side."

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Factors associated with patient exposure and environmental control during pediatric trauma resuscitation.

(2013) Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

Effect of a checklist on advanced trauma life support workflow deviations during trauma resuscitations without pre-arrival notification.

(2014) Journal of the American College of Surgeons

Improving ATLS performance in simulated pediatric trauma resuscitation using a checklist.

(2014) Annuals of Surgery

Assessment of workload during pediatric trauma resuscitation.

(2012) Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

Supporting information use and retention of pre-hospital information during trauma resuscitation: a qualitative study of pre-hospital communications and information needs.

(2013) AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings

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"Because Children's is equipped with so many specialists who focus not only on diseases, illnesses, and injuries, but also because those experts and specialists have extensively worked with children requiring treatment, we were truly blessed that Children's was where our son was taken for his treatment."

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