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Oscar Suman, PhD

Oscar Suman, PhD

Professor, Department of Surgery
Leon Hess Professor for Burn Injuries Research
Director of Children's Wellness Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Galveston, Texas


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815 Market Street
Galveston, Texas 77550
Telephone: (409) 770-6557
Fax: (409) 770-6919
Email: oesuman@utmb.edu

Research Areas

Cardiopulmonary physiology; exercise physiology and burns


PhD 1995 The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology
MS 1986 The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology
BS 1981 The University of Wisconsin-Lacross, Biology, Psychology

Current Funding

71009 (PI: Suman)
Shriners of North America
Oxandrolone and Propranolol Promotes Recovery in the Severely Burned

W81XWH0920194 (PI: Suman)
Department of Defense / American Burn Association
Community-Based Exercise Rehabilitation in Severely Burned Adults

R01 HD049471 (PI: Suman)
National Institutes of Health
Exercise and Quality of Life in Severely Burned Children

71009 (PI - Suman)
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Oxandrolone and Propranolol will Promote Recovery in the Severely Burned

71008 (PI - Herndon)
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Mechanisms of Improved Wound Healing & Protein Metabolism of Insulin & Metformin
Role: Co-I

71006 (PI - Borsheim)
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Amino Acid Supplementation in Recovery from Severe Burn
Role: Co-I

T32 GM008256 (PI: Herndon)
National Institutes of Health
Postdoctoral Training in Trauma and Burns

P50 GM060338 (PI: Herndon)
National Institutes of Health
Mitigation of the Catecholamine Surge in Severely Burned Patients
Role: Co-I

Select Publications

Diego AM, Serghiou M, Padmanabha A, Porro LJ, Herndon DN, Suman OE. Exercise Training After Burn Injury: A Survey of Practice. J Burn Care Res. 2013 Mar 18. [Epub ahead of print]

Porro LJ, Al-Mousawi AM, Williams F, Herndon DN, Mlcak RP, Suman OE. Effects of propranolol and exercise training in children with severe burns. J Pediatr. 2013 Apr;162(4):799-803.e1. [Epub ahead of print] PMCID: PMC3556196.

Rosenberg M, Celis MM, Meyer W 3rd, Tropez-Arceneaux L, McEntire SJ, Fuchs H, Richardson L, Holzer C 3rd, Herndon DN, Suman OE. Effects of a hospital based Wellness and Exercise program on quality of life of children with severe burns. Burns. 2013 Jun;39(4):599-609. PMCID: PMC3554848.

Jeschke MG, Williams FN, Finnerty CC, Rodriguez NA, Kulp GA, Ferrando A, Norbury WB, Suman OE, Kraft R, Branski LK, Al-mousawi AM, Herndon DN. The effect of ketoconazole on post-burn inflammation, hypermetabolism and clinical outcomes. PLoS One. 2012;7(5):e35465. PMCID: PMC3350497.

Herndon DN, Rodriguez NA, Diaz EC, Hegde S, Jennings K, Mlcak RP, Suri JS, Lee JO, Williams FN, Meyer W, Suman OE, Barrow RE, Jeschke MG, Finnerty CC. Long-term propranolol use in severely burned pediatric patients: a randomized controlled study. Ann Surg. 2012 Sep;256(3):402-11. PMCID: PMC3505887.

Porro L, Rivero HG, Gonzalez D, Tan A, Herndon DN, Suman OE. Prediction of maximal aerobic capacity in severely burned children. Burns. 2011 37(4):682-6. PMCID: PMC3081427

McEntire SJ, Chinkes DL, Herndon DN, Suman OE. Temperature responses in severely burned children during exercise in a hot environment. J Burn Care Res. 2010 31(4):624-30. PMC Journal - In Process.

Kulp GA, Herndon DN, Lee JO, Suman OE, Jeschke MG. Extent and magnitude of catecholamine surge in pediatric burned patients. Shock. 2010 33(4):369-74. PMCID: PMC2858869.

Børsheim E, Chinkes DL, McEntire SJ, Rodriguez NR, Herndon DN, Suman OE. Whole body protein kinetics measured with a non-invasive method in severely burned children. Burns. 2010 36(7):1006-12. PMCID: PMC2948638.

Al-Mousawi AM, Williams FN, Mlcak RP, Jeschke MG, Herndon DN, Suman OE. Effects of exercise training on resting energy expenditure and lean mass during pediatric burn rehabilitation. J Burn Care Res. 2010 31(3):400-8. PMC Journal - In Process.