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


Gender: Male
Language: English
Insurances Accepted View

Locations and Appointments



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


  • Burn
  • Burn Surgery
  • Trauma
  • Wound Healing


Board Certifications

  • Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care

Clinical & Academic Positions

  • Aronson Family Foundation Professor in Burn Care - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Professor of Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Attending Surgeon - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Education & Training

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


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Personal Statement

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.


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.



Insurance Plans Accepted

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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

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