Jefferson University Hospitals

Burn Center

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Burns are common injuries that range in severity from small cooking accidents to large industrial burns.

At the Jefferson Burn Center, you'll have access to the medical team behind our Level 1 Trauma Center, including surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, physical therapists, occupational therapists and case managers – who will treat and manage your injuries so that you can get back to your routine. In addition to our acute burn treatment setting, Jefferson also offers an outpatient office and JeffConnect for follow-up visits and less severe cases.


In 2016, the American Burn Association reported 486,000 burns injuries that required medical treatment.

Types of Burns Treated

First-degree burns are superficial, red and sometimes painful. Second-degree burns may cause the skin to be red, blistered and swollen. They're oven very painful. Third-degree burns are whitish, charred or translucent, and there is no sensation of a pin prick on the burned area. Depending on the severity or size of the injury, you may be discharged home or to a long-term care facility.

The American Burn Association lists 10 types of burn injuries that should be treated at a burn center, including:

  • Burns that cover more than 10 percent of the body
  • Burns involving the face, hands, feet, major joints, perineum or genitalia
  • Third-degree burns of any kind
  • Electrical burns
  • Inhalation injuries due to fires
  • Chemical burns
  • Burns in patients with preexisting medical conditions
  • Burns in patients who also experience another trauma 
  • Burns in children in facilities not equipped to handle burns in patients of all ages
  • Burns in patients who require additional social, emotional or long-term interventions

The Rule of Nines

Burn Center Rule of Nines

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Are you familiar with the rule of nines method? This method helps doctors assign a percentage to your burn that’s either nine or a multiple of nine to determine how much of the body is damaged. It's used for:

  • Second-degree burns, also known as partial-thickness burns
  • Third-degree burns, known as full-thickness burns

Program Overview

Since 1987, Jefferson has been an accredited Level 1 Regional Resource Trauma Center in Philadelphia and a referral center for multiple suburban communities and trauma centers in the region to treat a wide variety of trauma-related conditions.

Leading the team, William B. Hughes, MD, Director of the unit, has treated every type of burn injury for the past 20 years – from small cooking accidents or frostbite to large electrical burns. 

Dr. Hughes is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery, with practice experience in critical care, trauma, burn and general surgery. He's co-author and editor of The Essential Burn Unit Handbook, and one of the most respected burn surgeons in the area.

Division Leadership


For Physicians

Call 1-800-JEFF-121 (1-800-533-3121) to expedite time-sensitive emergency transfers and nonemergent transfers for tertiary care services at Jefferson Health Hospitals. You will be connected to an attending physician and JeffSTAT.

For Patients

Patients should call 911 or go to the emergency department to be examined by burn specialists for any type of burn.

Request An Outpatient Appointment

Our follow-up and rehabilitation services are located in our outpatient office: 

1100 Walnut Street, 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Hours: Appointments can be made on Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Availability varies.  

Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) or make an appointment online.