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Jeremy Goverman, MD, FACS is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and is triple board certified in General Surgery, Critical Care, and Plastic Surgery. He completed an additional one year of Burn training at the Sumner Redstone Burn Center. Dr. Goverman works in the Department of Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and specialized in the the treatment of Burns, Scars, and Complex Wounds.
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After obtaining my Medical Degree, I spent 9 years obtaining specializations that would allow me to provide the highest quality burn care to my patients - from the moment of injury, to discharge from the hospital, and then re-entry into the community. After a five year residency in General Surgery, I received additional training in burn surgery, surgical critical care, and plastic surgery. This has afforded me the unique privilege of treating patients with burns throughout their recovery. As part of the multidisciplinary team of burn care providers at the Sumner Redstone Burn Center and the Fraser Outpatient Burn Center at MGH, we can handle the most complex burn injuries.
In addiition to the comprehensive treatment of acute burns and burn reconstructive surgery, we also specialize in the treatment and cosmetic restoration of scarring from all causes. Our Scar and Laser Program within the Burn Center utilizes the latest technologies to help prevent, treat, and minimize scarring.
The focus of my clinical research has been on the use of laser for the treatment of burn and traumatic scarring. I have performed over 700 laser treatments specifically for scarring from multiple causes. In addition, I am the principle investigator for several multicenter randomized trials on burn treatments. One such trial, the DETECT study, utilizes a strong enzyme (Nexobrid) to remove burned skin without surgery and often reduces the need for skin grafting. The DETECT study hopes to pave the way for FDA approval of his product in the United States. We also have experience using ReCell, a regenerative skin cell suspension, that is sprayed onto wounds to help skin regenerate.
My basic science research focuses on the creation of a full thickness skin graft from decellularized pig skin. Thin skin flaps are treated with detergents that remove the native cells, leaving behind a framework, or matrix, which can then be seeded with a patients' own cells. Ultimately, this could eliminate the need for skin grafting using the patient’s own skin.
View my most recent publications at PubMed
The use of CO2 fractional photothermolysis for the treatment of burn scars. J. Burn Care Res. 2016
Our Natural Defense: The Skin. Critical Care Medicine, 2014.
Hand Burns. Oxford Specialist Handbook of Burns, First Edition, 2013The Role of a Dedicated Staff Psychiatrist in Modern Burn Centers. Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters, 2013. Burn Critical Care, Surgical Clinics of North America, 2014.
Massachusetts General Hospital burn surgeons have assessed the mechanism of action and efficacy of ablative fractional resurfacing as potential therapy for burn scars.
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