GROSSMAN BURN CENTERS PHYSICIANS

Dr. Brian Evans

Dr. Brian Evans is a board certified plastic surgeon.  He has been with the Grossman Burn Center since 2003 specializing in reconstructive surgery for burn patients. He also has a cosmetic surgery practice in Beverly Hills. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and Case Western University Medical School.  He did his general surgery residency at the Medical College of Toledo and his Plastic surgery residency at Cornell University Hospital. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and Los Angeles Society of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Megan L. Garcia

Dr. Megan L. Garcia is a board certified general surgeon who has been working at the Grossman Burn Center at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri since it opened in 2013. She earned her medical degree from the University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Medicine. She completed her medical residency at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Dr. Garcia is a Fellow (FACS) with the American College of Surgeons, an Inductee into the Arnold P. Gold Honor Society and a Looking to the Future Scholarship recipient for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Dr. Jeffrey W. Colyer

Dr. Jeffrey W. Colyer has been working for the Grossman Burn Center since 2017, specializing in reconstructive cases.  Dr. Colyer earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in international relations from Cambridge University, and a medical doctorate from University of Kansas, School of Medicine.  At home in Kansas, Dr. Colyer is driven to serve his community.  As a craniofacial/plastic surgeon he is passionate about reconstructing complex skull and facial deformities in children. Sworn in as the 47th Governor of the state of Kansas in 2018, Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. is a fifth generation Kansan from Hays who is dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives on the personal, state, national and international level.

Dr. Rachael Williams is a board certified general and critical care surgeon who has been working at the Grossman Burn Center at Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield, California since 2018. She received her MD degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 2009, and completed her general surgery residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2014. Her burn and surgical critical care fellowships were done at Grady Memorial Hospital from 2014-2016. During her postgraduate training years she won three best oral presentation awards at annual meetings of the Southern Regional Burn Conference. A highlight of her 2015-2016 surgical critical care fellowship was her initiation of a clinical trial investigating non-invasive cardiac output monitoring in burn patients. Dr. Williams has published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and the Journal of Burn Care and Research, and is a reviewer and guest editor for the Journal of Global Infectious Diseases.

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Dr. Stella Cohen

Dr. Stella Cohen is a board certified pulmonary and critical care specialist who joined the team at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital in 2018. She believes in a compassionate, communicative, and educational approach to patient-centered care. Her specialties include burn airway management, pulmonary disease, internal medicine, and critical care.

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Dr. Malcolm I. Smith

Dr. Malcolm I. Smith has more that 25 year's experience managing patients in various medical and surgical intensive care units and wards.  He graduated from University of Southern California Medical School and then trained at UCLA in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine. He has been on faculty at UCLA since 1994 and is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at David Geffen - UCLA School of Medicine.

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Dr. James Maliszewski

Education: University of Illinois College of Medicine Graduate Degree.  Mayo Clinic Residency in Internal Medicine, completed 1985.

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Dr. J. Simon Szeto

Dr. J. Simon Szeto is a board-certified internist serving patients in Kansas City and its surrounding communities. Dr. Szeto practices with Internal Medicine Associates of Kansas City and is on staff at Research Medical Center since 1980. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the Southwest Clinical Society, the Greater Kansas City Society of Internists, the Metropolitan Medical Society and the American Society for the Study of Headaches. He has been an active participant in numerous clinical trials, which has allowed his patients access to cutting-edge treatments and medicines. He has served in numerous leadership positions for area professional organizations and as a medical consultant or medical director for several corporations.

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Dr. Muhammad Ashraf-Alim

Dr. Muhammad Ashraf-Alim graduated from Dow University in Pakistan, Summa Cum Laude in 1989.
He did his residency in internal medicine at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan and a fellowship at UCLA.  He has been a consult in pulmonary medicine and sleep disorder medicine in Bakersfield for more than twenty years. Special interests include COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and sleep apnea.

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Dr. Ilyas Burny

Dr. Ilyas Burny is double boarded in pediatrics and critical care medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics. He joined Valley Children’s as a pediatric hospitalist in May 2011. He currently provides pediatric intensivist coverage on behalf of Valley Children’s Medical Group at Lauren Small Children’s Center and the Grossman Burn Center at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. He has more than 20 years’ pediatric experience in ambulatory and emergency department settings. He came to Valley Children’s from Children’s Hospital, University of Missouri-Columbia in Columbia, Missouri, where he served as an assistant professor and pediatric intensivist. Prior to that, he worked as a pediatrician at SEMO Health Network, a federally qualified community health center (FQHC) in New Madrid, Missouri. He received his medical degree from Osmania Medical College, Osmania University, in Hyderabad, India. His postdoctoral experience includes completing a residency in pediatrics at Hurley Medical Center, Michigan State University in Flint, Michigan, and a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Wayne State University, in Detroit. During his career, Dr. Burny has held various pediatric positions in India, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia. He has published his work in peer-reviewed journals such as the “Journal of Pharmacy Technology” and “Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.” Topics have included medication use and errors in tertiary-care children’s hospital intensive care unit, and diagnosis and management of acute thiamine deficiency in diabetic ketoacidosis. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and Society of Critical Care Medicine.

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Dr. Ricardo Rene Flores

Dr. Ricardo Rene Flores is double boarded in pediatrics and critical care medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics. He joined Valley Children’s as a pediatric pulmonologist in February 2017.  He currently provides pediatric intensivist coverage on behalf of Valley Children’s Medical Group at Lauren Small Children’s Center and the Grossman Burn Center at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital.  He received his medical degree from David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and has been in practice for more than 20 years.  He is currently licensed to practice medicine in California and Iowa. 
 

Kurt Richards

Kurt Richards is a Physician Assistant who has been working at the Grossman Burn Center since 2003. He received his Physician Assistant license from Western University of Health Sciences and his Masters of Science from Arizona School of Health Sciences.  He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, California Academy of Physician Assistants, and the American Burn Association. Kurt handles Burn Unit inpatient and outpatient care, he is an assistant surgeon on burn and trauma cases.

Bob Hafner

Bob Hafner is a Nurse Practitioner who has been working at the Grossman Burn Center at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri since it opened in 2013. He received his Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Indiana, and his Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Kansas. He is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the American Burn Association. Bob handles inpatient and outpatient care in the burn center, and assists in surgeries with both burn and trauma cases. Bob has also been serving our country in the US Army Reserves since 1995.

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Ngawina Komen

Ngawina Chisala-Komen is a Physician Assistant who joined the Grossman Burn Center in March of 2020. She attended New Mexico State University where she completed her Bachelors in Biochemistry and Microbiology.  During this time, she worked in medical research in cerebral malaria in children in Malawi, sub-Saharan Africa.  Ngawina then attended Charles R Drew University where she completed her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies.  She is also a member of AAPA, CAPA and American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants.  Ngawina is responsible for the comprehensive treatment of burn patients at our Bakersfield Memorial Hospital location including both inpatient and outpatient care of pediatric and adult patients.  She also acts as an assistant surgeon on all acute burn and reconstructive surgical cases.

Dr. Jonathan Simons

Dr. Jonathan Simons has been in private practice since 1995. From that time he has been the Director of psycho social services at the Grossman Burn Center.  His education includes the University of Southern California, Antioch University and Ryokan College where he received his Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Simons is a specialist in providing trauma-related psychotherapy, grief and bereavement-related psychotherapy, and chronic health related psychotherapy.  He lectures frequently on the topic of Psychological Trauma and Recovery. Dr. Simons is a member of several associations for marriage and family therapists, in addition, he is a founding member of SCAN (suspected child abuse and neglect) team at the Grossman Burn Center.

Dr. Alexander Majidian

Dr. Alexander Majidian is a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon.  He attended Tulane University School of Medicine, followed by a general surgery residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and a plastic surgery residency at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.  He subsequently completed fellowships at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C..

He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and an instructor in Advanced Burn Life Support for the American Burn Association.  He is also a Medical Expert for the California Medical Association  Dr. Majidian has published numerous articles in plastic surgery and burn surgery, and has worked at the Grossman Burn Center since 1996.

Dr. Matt Young

Dr. Matt Young has worked for the Grossman Burn Center since 1978, specializing in Pediatrics. He attended University of Texas Medical School.  He did his pediatric residencies at the Bowman-Gray School of Medicine and Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. He was Chief Resident at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCLA at the University Of California Los Angeles School Of Medicine.  He is a member of the American Burn Association, California Burn Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, International Society of Burn Injuries and the Los Angeles Pediatric Society. He has done many lectures on Pediatric Burns and Child Abuse.

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Dr. Chidinma Chima-Melton

Dr. Chidinma Chima-Melton is a physician leader dedicated to delivering evidence based compassionate care to vulnerable populations. She began her academic career receiving her medical degree from Stony Brook University School of Medicine, New York where she graduated with honors. She completed her training in Internal Medicine at Yale University where she developed a love for pulmonary physiology and the complexities of ICU care. She accepted a fellowship position in Pulmonary and Critical Medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Following graduation from her fellowship, Dr. Chima-Melton joined the faculty at UCLA Health where she currently practices as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine. She has worked as an Intensivist and Internist specializing in the care of Burn patients. She currently serves as the Medical Director for Quality in the Department of Medicine and Regional Medical Director for the Pulmonary Division.  A board-certified pulmonologist and intensivists, she splits her clinical time between the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital, a busy outpatient pulmonary practice and managing critically ill adults and those admitted with advanced lung diseases.  

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Dr. Maryum H. Merchant

Dr. Maryum H. Merchant worked as a private practice hospitalist in Southern California for three years after completing her residency in Internal Medicine at UCSF-Fresno in 2007. She then pursued a fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Over the course of her fellowship, she has gained significant experience in managing patients with advanced lung disease, including transplant, chronic obstructive lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, and interstitial lung disease. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at David Geffen - UCLA School of Medicine. She is a lead pulmonary/critical physician for Burn care at Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital. She is also a member of American College of Chest Physician (ACCP) and American Thoracic Society (ATS).