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.