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Colleen M. Ryan, MD

  • Staff Surgeon, Sumner Redstone Burns Center, MGH
  • Staff Surgeon, Shriners Burns Hospital, Boston MA
  • Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School






Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Stevens-Johnson's syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis
  • Electrical injury
  • Scar management
  • Surgical critical care
  • Burn injury
  • Long-term outcome following burn injury
  • Patient reported outcomes following burn injury
  • Disability assessment following burn injury
  • Disaster medicine
  • Burns and critical care
Medical Education
  • MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center|Residency, Hammersmith Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Surgery
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Maine Community Health Options (MCHO)
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric
Provider Gender


Colleen M. Ryan MD, FACS, is a Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, and has 30 years of clinical experience in burn surgery at the Sumner Redstone Burn Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Shriners Hospitals for Children - Boston.  Dr. Ryan has clinical experience in responding to several burn surge disasters including the 2003 Rhode Island Station Nightclub Fire.  She is Chairperson of the Organization and Delivery of Burn Care Committee of the American Burn Association and serves as the American Burn Association representative to Dr. Robert Kadlec, the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.  Dr. Ryan has authored over 200 publications including topics in burn prevention, burn management, burn outcomes and disaster response.  Dr. Ryan is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster PA, and Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. She completed her surgical residency and fellowship at the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston and the Hammersmith Hospital at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London, respectively.

Research & Publications

Selected Reports:

  • Ryan CM et al. Post-burn pancreatitis. Ann Surg 1995;222:163
  • Ryan CM et al. Objective estimates of the probability of death from burns. N Engl J Med 1998;338:362
  • Yu YM, Ryan CM et al. Energy expenditure in burns. JPEN 1999;23:160
  • Sheridan RL, Ryan CM et al. Outcome of children surviving burns. JAMA 2000;283:69
  • Ryan CM et al. Use of Integra artificial skin. J Burn Care Rehabil 2002;23:311
  • Schneider J, Ryan CM et al. Pain after burns. J Burn Care Res, 2006 27:524
  • Goyal S, Ryan CM et al. Toxic epidermal necrolysis in children. J Burn Care Res, 2009;30:437
  • Schneider J, Ryan CM et al. Barriers impacting employment after burns. J Burn Care Res 2009 30:294

News & Events


Burns Service, Department of Surgery
55 Fruit Street
Gray-Bigelow 1302
Boston, MA
Phone 1: 617-726-3712
Phone 2: 617-413-8625
Fax: 617-726-4127

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