Walter L. Ingram Burn Center
Southeast's Best Burn Care
Burns are the ultimate trauma. Unbearably painful, patients typically deal with extensive physical and emotional scarring. At Grady, we treat the injury – and care for the individual.
Because burns affect every system in a patient’s body, our doctors, nurses, and other burn and wound experts collaborate with specialists from across Grady to deliver the precise combination of care patients need. But, because full recovery is only possible with support and understanding from loved ones, our focus extends to family and friends who can provide ongoing assistance.
Why Choose Us
We understand your concerns and questions. At Grady, you’ll find guidance and support.
Few burn centers have our experience. As Atlanta’s only comprehensive burn center, we care for patients of all ages – adults and children – who have experienced severe burn injuries from flames, scalds, chemical, or electrical accidents, including those requiring complicated wound management. We are also Georgia’s only burn center that’s backed by a level 1 trauma center.
Our 23 private in-patient rooms are equipped with special beds that can regulate temperature and relieve pressure, so we can safely care for even the most critically injured patients. The in-patient unit also has a dedicated space for physical and occupational therapy and a playroom for our young patients. We know burn patients are more comfortable when surrounded by loved ones. Our family waiting area can accommodate overnight stays by immediate family. To make a long-term stay a little easier, we added lockers, laundry, and other amenities.
We treat 3,500 adult and pediatric burn patients each year, addressing their unique needs and distinct physical and psychological challenges. And, since in-patient care can take weeks or months, we make it our business to get to know and understand our patients.
Grady offers one more advantage: We’ve spent more than 125 years building the most comprehensive medical services in Atlanta to deliver the best care possible.
What We Treat
Grady’s provides complete care to burn victims of all ages, whether their burns result from flames, scalds, chemical, or electrical accidents. Some of the most common conditions we treat are:
We care for common adult burns, which tend to involve flame, grease, chemicals, and accelerants like gasoline. Most people burned in Atlanta area vehicular accidents come to Grady because we have the expertise to handle virtually any kind of burn.
Learn more about the various types of burns.
We know how to care for burned children. More than 20 percent of our patients are kids. The most common pediatric burns involve scalds with hot water, such as cooking soups, microwaveable noodles, and overly hot bathwater.
Calciphylaxis is a condition in which calcium accumulates in the skin’s small blood vessels and causes painful skin ulcers. It may cause serious infections.
Hidradenitis suppurativa usually begins as pimple-like bumps on the skin, commonly on the underarms and groin. If it worsens, the pimple-like bumps can grow deep into the skin, become painful, and cause scarring.
Learn more about Hidradenitis suppurativa.
Necrotizing fasciitis is a bacterial infection of the tissue under the skin surrounding muscles, nerves, fat, and blood vessels. The bacteria most commonly get into the body through a break in the skin. Once in the body, they spread quickly and destroy the tissue they infect. Our burn team members have significant experience with the disease.
Learn more about Necrotizing fasciitis
Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a rare, serious disorder of your skin and mucous membranes that’s usually a reaction to a medication or an infection.
Learn more about Stevens-Johnson syndrome here.
Make an Appointment
Call our 24/7 scheduling center at (404) 616-1000.
If you are an existing Grady patient and have a MyChart account, visit MyChart to request your appointment online.
Locations and Directions
Grady Memorial Hospital
80 Jesse Hill Jr Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Inpatient - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
Outpatient - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
(404) 616-1000 (Main)
(404) 616-1000 (Appointments)
Parking is available
- Georgia State Station (0.1 Mile)
- MARTA Blue Line
- MARTA Bus 99
Grady has one of the nation’s more experienced and respected burn units, verified by the American Burn Association. Each year, we care for 3,500 pediatric and adult burn in-patients, providing round-the-clock care.
Our outpatient burn care provides wound management, rehabilitation, and psychosocial support for patients whose injuries do not require ongoing hospitalization, including burn patients after discharge.
Scar revision is surgery to improve or reduce the appearance of scars. It also restores function and corrects skin changes or disfigurement caused by an injury, wound, poor healing, or previous surgery. Our burn team includes several surgeons with deep scar revision experience.
Skin and soft tissue care
Grady treats skin and soft tissue injuries and infections that can threaten tissue and even a patient’s life. Our experts use a combination of medicines and surgery to cure patients and restore them to their daily routines.
These dressings use the antimicrobial properties of silver to prevent bacterial penetration. The advantage of these dressings with burn patients is that they do not require frequent changing, which can be extremely painful for patients.
Child life specialist
Using developmentally supportive play and activities, our child life specialist helps patients prepare for and undergo treatments and procedures. They also help patients and families transition from inpatient care to outpatient care, home care, and the return to school.
Sometimes, the standard of care is not enough. That’s when Grady’s research offers hope.
As one of the nation’s elite teaching hospitals, our clinicians have been involved in research that has literally helped to redefine how burn patients are treated around the world. At any given moment, our team members are involved in research to find better, more effective treatments.
The benefit to patients is clear: They have access to tomorrow’s medicine today, providing options unavailable at many other institutions.
Every hospital treats patients. At Grady, we strive to treat them better, more efficiently, and more effectively. Our mission to care for all who need us attracts heart specialists from across the nation. They are drawn here by the knowledge that we test the limits of medicine by innovating existing standards of care, researching cutting-edge drugs and therapies, and exploring novel treatments.
Our zeal for innovation has given Grady a national reputation for medical advancement in areas like burn, wound care, stroke, neurological diseases, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, infectious diseases, women’s health, sickle cell, and other conditions cared for by specialists in our centers of excellence. Access to all of these accredited practices is available to every Grady patient, and our collegial environment means that specialists routinely help to care for their colleagues’ patients.
Though clinicians are drawn by Grady’s reputation, most are employed by the Emory and Morehouse schools of medicine, which staff our medical services. Grady is one of a handful of U.S. health systems whose patients are cared for by faculty members of two medical schools. This reinforces our commitment to ongoing innovation.