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Robert L. Sheridan, M.D.

Robert L. Sheridan, M.D.

Robert L. Sheridan, M.D., is the interim chief of staff and medical director of the burn service at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston. He is also in the division of burns at Massachusetts General Hospital and is a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Sheridan has a number of active clinical research projects with funding from Shriners Hospitals, foundation and industry. He serves as the director of the clinical research core facility at the Boston Shriners Hospital. His Shriners Hospitals-funded project is a multicenter application of prior research on measuring burn outcomes in children.

Dr. Sheridan’s active research is clinical, including several translational projects involving determination of burn depth and wound healing, wound sterilization, accurate operative blood loss measurement, examination of non-pharmacologic comfort management techniques, and creation of a program in which granular scored burn outcomes information can be used in real-time individual clinical care.

Dr. Sheridan has published over 250 papers, book chapters, editorials and online resources with an h-index of 49. Top-tier publications have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Surgery, Journal of Burn Care, and Journal of Trauma. He has been funded by Shriners Hospitals for Children, Euro-Pro Foundation and several industry groups. 

Dr. Sheridan has received numerous awards and honors including: 

  • Finalist, Schwartz Center’s Compassionate Caregiver Award
  • National Finalist, Medal of Honor Foundation Citizen Service Award
  • American Academy of Chest Physicians Community Service Award
  • Several military awards related to humanitarian and combat deployments

Current positions:

  • Interim Chief of Staff
  • Burn Service Medical Director, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston
  • Division of Burns, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School


  • BA, History, Boston University
  • M.D., Boston University School of Medicine
  • Residency Surgery, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  • Burns and Critical Care, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research

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