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When it comes to burns, every minute counts. Our Kessler Burn Center, the only dedicated burn center in the Greater Rochester area, is experienced in treating the gamut of cases, from minor injuries to severely burned patients.

UR Medicine's Approach

The Kessler Burn Center provides burn care from the time of injury through long-term rehabilitation.

Throughout the healing process, we use the most advanced technologies and innovative treatments available, such as skin grafts and vacuum-assisted closure techniques (VAC).

Skin graft surgery uses healthy skin "donated" from one area of a patient's body and transplanted to the injured area.

When a patient's healthy skin is limited due to injury or is too weak, skin from another person, animal, or a manufactured skin substitute can be used. Another possibility is to use cultured skin—new skin grown in a lab from the patient's own skin cells.

In addition to the Burn Center, the Burn Clinic provides rapid care for people with burns that are not life-threatening. The Clinic allows you to avoid a wait in the Emergency Department.

What Sets Us Apart?

As the region’s the only dedicated burn center, we provide:

  • Access to the latest skin grafting technology, cultured technology and a healing clinic, along with treatments and therapies not available anywhere else in western New York.
  • Expert burn surgeons, supported by a specialized team of doctors, nurses, therapists, and psychologists, all trained in burn care.
  • Critical Care Transport Service for the Greater Rochester region.
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation resources including nutritionists; social workers; child life specialists; and occupational, physical, and respiratory therapists.
  • In 1994, we partnered with Camp Good Days and Special Times and the Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association to create Burn Camp for Children, for children between the ages of 7 and 17 who have been treated for a burn injury in New York State or Ontario, Canada. The four-day overnight summer camp has been entirely underwritten, so there’s no cost to attend. It runs at the end of August at a site near Rochester. For more information, email Paul Schwartzman.


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Kessler Burn & Trauma Center - Rochester

Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642

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