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Why Choose Us?

Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center has earned an international reputation for excellence in holistic burn care, treating more than 10,000 patients since 1973. We also treat non-burn injuries, such as "road rash," medication reactions and other skin diseases that result in conditions similar to those experienced by burn patients.

Our Burn Treatment Team

Our burn treatment team — including physicians and surgeons, plastic surgeons, pediatric specialists, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, psychologists, social workers, case managers pharmacists, nutritionists, respiratory therapists, patient care technicians, clinical educators, and secretaries — is dedicated to providing the highest quality burn care. 

Since Crozer-Chester Medical Center became an accredited trauma center in 1987, the Burn Treatment Center has met the educational requirements set by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation. It is the first burn center accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).  In June 2000, the Burn Treatment Center became the first in suburban Philadelphia to meet the criteria of the American Burn Association's Burn Center Verification/Consultation Program, the highest standard of care for burn patients as approved by the American College of Surgeons.

Our Physicians

Linwood R. Haith, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., F.C.C.M.

Medical Director and Chief of Burn Surgery

Linwood R. Haith, Jr., M.D., is the Medical Director of the Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center and Chief of Burn Surgery at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Board-certified in General Surgery and Critical Care Surgery, Dr. Haith is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Haith earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed residencies in General Surgery at Yale New Haven Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He is a member of the American Burn Association and the International Society for Burn Injuries and a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine. Since 1998, he has served on the board of directors of the Burn Foundation of Philadelphia.

Mary Lou Patton, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S., F.S.S.O., F.C.C.M.

Medical Director

Mary Lou Patton, M.D., is the Medical Director of the Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Board-certified in Surgery and Critical Care, Dr. Patton is a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons, Society of Critical Medicine and Society of Surgical Oncology.

Dr. Patton earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio and completed her residency in General Surgery at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. She is a member of the American Burn Association and the International Society of Burn Injuries. Since 1994, she has served on the board of directors of the Burn Foundation of Philadelphia.

Robert E. Guilday, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Associate Director

Robert E. Guilday, M.D., is the Associate Director of the Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center and the Department of Surgery of Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Board-certified in General Surgery, he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Guilday earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and completed a residency in General Surgery at Lankenau Hospital. Dr. Guilday is an author of research publications related to burn treatment and surgery. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Burn Association.

Kerry M. Ross, M.D.

General Surgeon

Kerry Ross, M.D., a general surgeon who graduated from Temple School of Medicine in 2003, is where he was elected to the AOA Medical Honor Society. He completed his residency program at The Christiana Healthcare System, Newark, Delaware. He specializes in general surgery, including laparoscopy, endoscopy and procedures of the abdomen, breast, skin and underlying tissues as well as endocrine system. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the American Medical Association.

Request An Appointment

You can conveniently request an appointment online 24 hours a day seven days a week. To speak with someone immediately, call us at 1-800-CK-HEALTH (1-800-254-3258).