Palmer Q. Bessey, M.D.
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Palmer Q. Bessey, M.D.


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Gender: Male
Language: English


Personal Statement

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My career is dedicated to the care of people with serious injuries from trauma and burns. We strive not only for survival, but also quality of life.

Each day is a gift.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Surgery, General
  • Nutrition
  • General Surgery
  • Critical Care Medicine


  • Burn
  • Burn Surgery
  • Trauma
  • Wound Healing


Born: Glen Ridge, NJ. School: Public school, Montclair, NJ. College: B.A., Williams College (Major: Chemistry, Theatre). Graduate: M.A. University of Oregon (Chemistry). Medical: M.D., University of Vermont. Residency: University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) (Surgery). Fellowship: Harvard, Brigham & Women's Hospital (Surgical Metabolism and Nutrition).

Faculty Appointments:

  • Instructor, Assistant and Associate Professor (Surgery), UAB.
  • Associate Professor (Surgery), Washington University, St. Louis.
  • Professor (Surgery), University of Rochester.
  • Professor (Surgery), Weill Medical College, Cornell University.

    Hospital Appointments:

  • Chief of Trauma and Burns, UAB Hospitals.
  • Director of Trauma, Burns Critical Care, Barnes Hospital (St. Louis).
  • Director of Trauma, Burns, Critical Care, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester.
  • Associate Director, William Randolph Heast Burn Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital.



Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

Castle Connolly 2011-2014, "Best Doctors in America"

US News & World Report, 2011-2014, "America's Top Doctors"

Castle Connolly Best Doctors in America, 2010-2014

New York SuperDoctors, 2009-2014

Alpha Omega Alpha.

Gilbert W. Gabriel Award in Theatre.

NDEA Title IV Graduate Fellowship


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery (Surgical Critical Care)

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Aronson Family Foundation Professor in Burn Care - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Professor of Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., University of Vermont College of Medicine, 1975
  • M.A., University of Oregon, 1970


Insurance Plans Accepted

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Locations and Appointments

External Relationships

External Relationships

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