NWRBMS Regional Burn Model System Personnel

NWRBMS research team
NWRBMS research team

Nicole S. Gibran, MD, Project Director

Nicole Gibran, MD, is the Medical Director of the UW Medicine Regional Burn Center and professor in the UW Department of Surgery. She has been involved in the University of Washington Burn Injury Model System/Northwest Regional Burn Model System since 1997. Dr. Gibran has worked as an Attending Surgeon at the Burn Center since 1990.

Dr. Gibran’s research interests are in the areas of wound healing, response to injury, long-term functional and psychological outcomes, burn registries, and scarring. She is also passionate about development of quality metrics to validate and improve care of the burn patient – locally regionally, nationally and internationally.

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Tam N. Pham, MD

Tam N. Pham, MD, is the Associate Director of the UW Medicine Regional Burn Model System and Associate Professor, UW Department of Surgery. He has been involved in the Northwest Regional Burn Model System (NWBMS) since 2016 and is currently a lead Investigator on the research project, ‘Virtual-environment Home Rehabilitation: A Randomized Controlled Trial’.  Dr. Pham has worked as an Attending Surgeon at the Burn Center since 2007.

Dr. Pham’s research interests are in the areas of home rehabilitation, health and quality of life, particularly in the elder patient with a burn injury.

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Aaron Bunnell, MD

Aaron Bunnell, MD is an Assistant Professor in the UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. He has been an Attending Physiatrist at Harborview Medical Center since 2013 and is the Medical Director of Inpatient Rehabilitation Consults. He co-leads the NWRBMS project, ‘Virtual-environment Home Rehabilitation: A Randomized Controlled Trial’.

Dr. Bunnell’s research interests are in the areas of acute inpatient rehabilitation of stroke and early mobilization and rehabilitation of critically ill patients.

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Barclay Stewart, MD, PhD, MPH

Barclay Stewart MD has joined the UW Medicine Regional Burn Center and the NWRBMS investigative team. Dr. Stewart is an Assistant Professor in the UW Department of Surgery.

Dr. Stewart’s research interests are in the areas of health equity, epidemiology, injury prevention, and trauma system development. He is passionate about patient and community engagement in research and turning research findings into action.

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Gretchen Carrougher, RN, MN

Gretchen J. Carrougher RN, MN, is a Research Nurse Supervisor in the UW Department of Surgery and is the NWRBMS Program Coordinator. In this role, Ms. Carrougher works with all NWRBMS investigators to successfully manage our research and grant projects.

Ms. Carrougher’s research interests are in the areas of burn nurse competencies, itching, pain control, pain measurement, and employment following a burn injury.

Claudia P. Baker, BA

Claudia Baker is a Research Assistant in the UW Department of Surgery. Ms. Baker is often the person who is reaching out to study participants to ask research-related questions in follow-up. Ms. Baker is also a SOAR volunteer in the Burn Center.

Stephen Sibbett, BA

Stephen Sibbett is a Research Assistant in the UW Department of Surgery. While in school, Mr. Sibbett volunteered with the UW Burn Team at Harborview during the summer. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2018 with a degree in genetics.