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World-renowned burn expert will head HHS burn research program

World-renowned burn expert will head HHS burn research program

Dr. Marc Jeschke who is a world-renowned expert in the area of burn research will take over as medical director of the HHS burns department. He is also joining HHS as director research next month. Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) is one of just two burn centres in the province.

Dr. Jeschke is a research leader with a proven ability to attract funding and grants from various national programs and agencies to advance innovative medical care in burns. Under his direction since 2010, the Ross Tilley Burn Centre (RTBC) at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre became a leading surgical and burn care institution in North America. Prior to being the Director of the RTBC, Dr. Jeschke held faculty positions at the University of Texas Medical Branch and Shriners Hospital for Children. There, in addition to his work as a surgeon, he coordinated research activities with a focus on increasing productivity and obtaining grants. Dr. Jeschke became an MD in Germany, moved to the United States and obtained a Master of Medical Science degree at the University of Texas, then returned to Germany to complete his PhD (Habilitation) in Experimental Surgery at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the exceptional team at HHS and McMaster University, and building a program to deliver cutting edge care for burn patients from our community,” says Dr. Jeschke.

Under Dr. Jeschke’s leadership, HHS will partner with McMaster to establish a new burn research program within the Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis Research Institute (TAaRI), located at the David Braley Cardiac, Vascular, and Stroke Research Institute on the campus of Hamilton General Hospital (HGH).

The program will enable on-going exploration into novel burn therapies and innovation, including the use of stem cell and skin regeneration techniques. It will include a burn research lab, within which more than 2,500 burn tissue samples will be stored to support research activities. Together, the research and clinical programs will enable a “bench to bedside” approach, where research and patient care inform one another in real-time, meaning patients can benefit from advancements sooner.

“By combining quality care and research, patients will benefit from novel treatments and cutting-edge technology,” says Dr. Jeschke.

All aspects of the burn program will reside on the HGH campus, given the hospital’s designation as a regional trauma centre.

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