Running a nationally renowned burn centered that treats more than 500 patients annually is no small task. For seven years William L. Hickerson, M.D., FACS, has been the medical director for the Firefighters Burn Center at Regional Medical Center, the only full-service Burn Center of its kind within a 150-mile radius of Memphis.
Dr. Hickerson completed his medical degree at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center as well as residency programs for general surgery and plastics. He has authored more than thirty medical articles and abstracts about trauma, plastic surgery, skin care, and wound care and has given more than fifty invited lectures on wound and burn care as far away as Israel and Japan. He is currently Professor of Plastic Surgery at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
His expertise in skin substitutes and reconstructive surgery has earned Dr. Hickerson global recognition, but his hours on the front line in the operating room are what demonstrate his commitment to his patients and his field. Burn surgeries can be long, detail-oriented work. Because these patients cannot regulate their own body temperatures, the operating room is kept very warm, often in the 90s. OR staff often wear ice vests to keep cool during the long surgery. Dr. Hickerson has performed surgeries in these conditions for more than 30 years. That’s compassionate care.