Almost 100,000 Americans are hospitalized each year due to serious burns.

At the Firefighters Burn Center we help burn survivors return to normal, productive lives as quickly as possible. Our surgery, wound care, rehabilitation, and restorative medicine services are available to adolescents (14 and up) and adults devastated by serious burns. Firefighters Burn Center has earned verification from the American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS), making it the only Burn Center in Tennessee to earn this distinctive honor. Firefighters Burn Center takes part in a variety of education and community outreach activities with the goal of preventing burn injuries. William L. Hickerson, M.D., is the Medical Director at the Firefighters Burn Center.  For more information about the Burn Center, call 1-800-351-3434.

Our full-service Burn Center:

  • Treats more than 500 patients annually, including 300 inpatient admissions
  • Is the only full-service Burn Center of its kind within a 150-mile radius of Memphis
  • Features 14 beds, an outpatient clinic, surgery facilities, a rehabilitation center, a research division, and special cutting-edge burn care equipment

Meet our Medical Director: William L. Hickerson, M.D., FACS

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.

William L. Hickerson, M.D., FACS
William L. Hickerson, M.D., FACS
Ram Velamuri, MBBS, MS, DNB, MRCS-Ed
Ram Velamuri, MBBS, MS, DNB, MRCS-Ed

Meet our Associate Medical Director: Ram Velamuri, MBBS, MS, DNB, MRCS-Ed

Working with burn patients is a challenge, but one Dr. Ram Velamuri embraces with skill and compassion. As Associate Medical Director at the Firefighters Burn Center, Dr. Velamuri helps lead a team that takes a multidisciplinary, family-focused approach to caring for patients.

Dr. Velamuri earned his medical degree at Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College in India. He held residencies at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and a fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, a sought-after presenter at national and international conferences and author of over a dozen publications and articles. He is plastic surgery program director at University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Dr. Velamuri is grateful for mentors who have shown him the important role plastic surgeons play in the successful treatment of burns. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, he works with patients not only when they need critical care, but when they are recovering and returning to day-to-day life. By providing lifesaving surgeries and those that address cosmetic and functional deficiencies, Dr. Velamuri helps patients achieve not only life, but quality of life.

Recent News