Division of Burns Psychiatry Services

Psychiatry Service

The Mass General Sumner Redstone Burn Center Psychiatry Service offers comprehensive psychiatric services for burn patients.
Appointments & referrals Contact us

Call for urgent referrals: 1-800-678-BURN

Overview

The Mass General Sumner Redstone Burn Center Psychiatry Service is one of the few in the country with a dedicated neuropsychiatrist working within a collaborative care model to address the various needs of burn patients in both the inpatient and outpatient hospital setting.

What to Expect

Shamim Nejad, MD (right) with a patient
Shamim Nejad, MD (right) meets with a patient in the Lester and Nancy Fraser Outpatient Burn Center.

The Mass General Sumner Redstone Burn Center Psychiatry Service assists in the evaluation of patients within all locations of the hospital setting: the Department of Emergency Medicine, the Sumner Redstone Burn Center, and the Lester and Nancy Fraser Outpatient Burn Center.

Patients with major burn injuries may experience neuropsychiatric effects from their injuries, including cognitive dysfunction, altered mental status, delirium, acute pain, and adjustment difficulties. Our team provides early interventional care within the acute phase of hospitalization to help minimize potential complications. We closely monitor, evaluate and treat sleep dysfunction, acute pain syndromes, and acute stress reactions during this period.

Our team continues to treat the majority of patients with underlying neuropsychiatric symptoms as they transition from inpatient to outpatient care. This continuity of care helps to minimize difficulties that may arise following the acute phases of injury. We work to manage the patient’s pain symptoms and psychological reactions to injury as well as the functional changes that may result from injury. As part of our multidisciplinary approach, we work with colleagues in the Acute and Critical Care Program to create an individualized outpatient treatment plan for each patient.

A Comprehensive Approach

As part of the Mass General Sumner Redstone Burn Center Psychiatry Service's comprehensive approach to care, we have an attending psychiatrist. We believe in treating each patient along the entire continuum of care, attending to both the physical and psychological symptoms that often accompany burn injuries. Our neuropsychiatrist collaborates with the rest of our team.

Expertise in Psychiatry Consultation and Psychosomatic Medicine

Our service is led by Dr. Shamim Nejad, a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in acute stress of injury. Dr. Nejad completed fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital in psychiatry consultation and psychosomatic medicine with a focus on neuropsychiatry and critical care psychiatry.

Mass General psychiatry residents, along with Mass General psychosomatic medicine fellows who receive specialized training through the Burns Center, assist Dr. Nejad in treating patients within the inpatient care setting.

News

  • Department of Psychiatry hosts inaugural symposium - 5/17/2013, Mass General

    The inaugural MGH Public and Community Psychiatry Symposium provided an opportunity for staff to learn about a wide range of ongoing work related to public sector mental health and to forge new collaborations between colleagues.

  • Tips For Parents At Home In Lockdown With Kids - 4/19/2013, Mass General

    Gene Beresin, MD, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the MGH Center for Mental Health and Media, offers advice for parents at home with their kids in lockdown, as law enforcement continues its investigation.

  • National Quality Forum Endorses Pediatric Symptom Checklist - 4/12/2013, Mass General

    The National Quality Forum endorses the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Pediatric Symptom Checklist, a screening questionnaire used by pediatricians to improve the recognition and treatment of psychosocial problems in children.

  • Research Shows Violent Media Do Not Cause Violent Behavior - 12/26/2012, Mass General

    Gene Beresin, MD, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the MGH Center for Mental Health and Media, and Steve Schlozman, MD, examine research that shows no causal relationship between violent games and violent behavior. They also offer advice for parents on TV watching and video game playing.

  • How Can Parents Help Children After a National Tragedy? - 12/14/2012, Mass General

    Gene Beresin, MD, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the MGH Center for Mental Health and Media, shares advice on how to talk to children and teenagers after a national tragedy.

  • Taking a Deep Breath: Avoiding Holiday Stress - 11/29/2012, Mass General

    Gene Beresin, MD, and Steve Schlozman, MD, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Psychiatry Department offer advice to parents on managing holiday stress.

  • Talking to Kids about the Movie Theater Shooting in Colorado - 7/24/2012, Mass General

    Gene Beresin, MD, co-director of the Center for Mental Health and Media and medical director of the MGH Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic, shares advice on how to talk to children and teenagers about the recent shooting at the movie theater in Aurora, CO.

  • MGH award honors “In Treatment” - 2/4/2011, Mass General

    MGH Hotline 02.04.11 “IN TREATMENT,” a provocative drama series on HBO, offers viewers a glimpse behind the normally closed doors of talk therapy, illuminating the lives and stories of both the main character, a psychoanalyst named Paul Weston – who is in therapy himself – and his many patients.

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Contact

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Sumner M. Redstone Burn Center

GRB 130355 Fruit Street Boston, MA 02114
  • Phone: 617-726-3712

Urgent Referrals

To speak directly with a physician for a referral or consultation, call: 1-800-678-BURN (1-800-678-2876).

 

Ambulatory Referrals

To schedule an outpatient appointment with our burn team, call: 617-726-3712 or refer a patient online.

Appointments & referrals Contact us

Call for urgent referrals: 1-800-678-BURN

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