Dr. Scott Hultman | Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Dr. Scott Hultman | Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon


>>My name is Scott Hultman, and I am the director of the
Johns Hopkins Burn Center. My role is to provide medical,
and surgical, services, to our burn patients, when
they’re both acutely injured, as well as during their
reconstructive period. As a plastic surgeon, who
takes care of burn patients, I’m also really committed
to their final outcome. Not just the actual technical exercise of their reconstruction, but also how they feel about themselves. Can they return to work,
to school, to church? Can they lead normal, fulfilling, lives? So these outcomes are
really important to study, in conjunction with the
different surgical elements that we also pursue. I am very much a hands-on surgeon. I’m a surgeon who loves to operate, to take care of patients. I like to plan the treatment that I’ll have with the
patient, in careful detail. I also like to have that patient be a part of that planning process. So, for burn reconstruction,
there are many options that we can pursue. And usually, we find a best fit, between the doctor and the patient. My job is to help the patient understand the options that are available. But the patient needs to tell me what the most important
issues are for them, to feel better about themselves, and to restore their form and function. My research experience in the past, has involved stem cell technologies, as well as tissue engineering of skin. But currently, I’m focusing on clinical outcomes of our patients. Specifically, those who’ve
been injured by burns. I’m primarily interested in
restoring form and function. And so, therefore, we are really pushing the state-of-the-art, with scar revisions, scar technologies, to the point that we want to
restore form and function. Specifically, I’m interested in laser therapies, to treat scars, as well as new emerging
fat grafting techniques. And then finally, cellular and
drug delivery to the scars, so that we can minimize, or
even avoid, surgery, altogether. One of the things that I try
to communicate with patients on their very first visit, is that I will be with them
for their entire process. Whether that be a single
operation, or years of care. It’s really important
that I establish that bond in that first meeting, so that when we do experience
challenging situations, or difficult decisions, they
know that they can rely on me, and the Johns Hopkins HealthCare system. (soothing music)


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