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Education & Training

  • Fellowship, Pediatric Surgery, 1997
    Children's Hospital of Michigan
  • Residency, Surgery (General Surgery), 1995
    University Of Minnesota
  • PHD, 1994
    University of Minnesota School of Nursing
  • Fellowship, 1993
    University Of Minnesota
  • MD, 1987
    Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
  • BA, Mathematics, 1983
    Dartmouth College

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery/Pediatric Surgery

National Provider ID: 1255400099


Randall Burd, M.D., Ph.D., is a pediatric surgeon and chief of the Division of Trauma and Burn Surgery at Children’s National Hospital. 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, D.C., 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 is a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Burd received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. He completed his surgical residency and obtained his Ph.D. in surgery/microbiology at the University of Minnesota and completed a pediatric surgical fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit.

Dr. Burd is a general and thoracic pediatric surgeon specializing in surgery on infants, children and adolescents. He has a specific interest and expertise in neonatal surgery, minimally invasive surgery, pediatric burn care and pediatric trauma.

Dr. Burd’s areas of research interest are in developing new approaches for improving teamwork during the initial management and treatment of injured patients. For the past 15 years, Dr. Burd has led a multidisciplinary research team studying errors and teamwork in trauma resuscitation, including collaborators in emergency medicine and surgery, human factors, informatics, computer science and biomedical engineering. His research in trauma resuscitation is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and 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. His group also has developed novel approaches for tracking people and objects using computer vision and speech recognition technologies.

Dr. Burd is an active member of the American Pediatric Surgery Association, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the American Burn Association. He served as a founding member and past president of the Pediatric Trauma Society, an organization focused on improving the care of injured children and adolescents by developing optimal care guidelines, education, research and advocacy.

Research & Publications

Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Recent National Trends in Utilization and Inhospital Outcome

(2007) Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine

American Association for the Surgery of Trauma

(2008) Quantifying Error Types, Timing and Attribution in Trauma Resuscitation

American Pediatric Surgical Association

(2007) Pediatric Bayesian Logistic Injury Severity Score (P-BLISS): An Accurate and Generalizable Method for Predicting Mortality in Injured Children

Bayesian Logistic Injury Severity Score A Method for Predicting Mortality Using International Classification of Disease9 Codes

(2008) Academic Emergency Medicine

Bioethical Principles and Clinical Decision Making

(2005) Learning Surgery: Fundamentals of Basic Science and Clinical Evidence

Evaluation Between the Relationship Between Mechanism of Injury and Outcome in Pediatric Trauma

(2007) Journal of Trauma

Evaluation of Race and Insurance Status as Predictors of Undergoing Laparoscopic Appendectomy in Children

(2007) Annals of Surgery

Increasing Prevalence of Gastroschisis Repairs in the US 19962003

(2007) Journal of Pediatric Surgery

Prevention and Treatment of Infection

(2006) Pediatric Trauma: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Principles of Perioperative Care of the Pediatric Surgical Patient

(2005) Learning Surgery: Fundamentals of Basic Science and Clinical Evidence