Sam is a board certified civil trial lawyer. He has worked with burn survivors with serious injuries for over thirty years. He has also developed innovative techniques for demonstrating the cause and origin of fires caused by defective products. Sam has also done extensive research on the medical, surgical and psychological implications of burn injuries. As a senior lecturer to the Department of Surgery at Columbia Presbyterian and the American College of Trial Advocacy, Sam draws from his connections to the legal and medical world in order to help civilian and military burn survivors. Sam enjoys spending his time volunteering at burn camps and developing growth strategies so that they may serve greater numbers of children.
Hani Mansour, M.D.
Dr. Mansour is certified by the American Board of Surgery in general surgery and surgical critical care. He has additional certification as an instructor in Advanced Burn Life Support from the American Burn Association. Mansour is a researcher and author of numerous articles and continuing education videos for medical professionals. Results of his experience and clinical research were presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Burn Association in 1997, 1998 and 1999. Dr. Mansour joined Saint Barnabas Medical Center in 1981. Mansour received his medical degree at St. Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon in 1973 and completed a general surgery residency at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Mansour attained the rank of major in the United States Army and served as staff surgeon at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Unit at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas from 1979-1981 and later as chief of the Burn Study Branch at Brooke Army Medical Center.
Yuliana Eshel, O.T.
Yuliana Eshel is the Chief Occupational Therapist of Schneider Children Medical Center in Israel (SCMCI). Since 1987, Eshel has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist, specializing in feeding therapy and rehabilitation. She trains and mentors new therapists and also presents her department’s fieldwork and research at prestigious medical conventions and conferences in Israel and around the world. Eshel hold a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is currently studying for her Master’s in Occupational Therapy in Tel Aviv University and Health Organization Management at Beer Sheva University. Since 2009, Arbel has served as the co-camp director of Camp Sababa.
Nili Arbel, B.P.T, MPT
Nili Arbel has served as the Chief Physical Therapist at Schneider Children Medical Center in Israel for over 20 years. In this time, she has contributed to the hospital’s development by expanding the services of the Physical Therapy department to new medical fields, from outpatient clinics to post operation rehabilitation. Arbel holds a bachelor’s in physical therapy from Tel Aviv University and a Master in Public Health Administration from Clark University. She is also one of the few senior physical therapists in Israel who specializes in child development, As part of the collaboration between Schneider’s and Shanghai Children Hospital, Arbel has visited China several times to guide and tutor local staff in western physical therapy techniques. Since 2009, Arbel has served as the co-camp director of Camp Sababa.
Thomas Bojko, M.D., M.S., J.D.
Dr. Bojko has made many contributions to the educational, clinical and administrative aspects of critical care medicine and children’s hospital development. He is a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine, and served as a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Critical Care Executive Committee from 2000-2006, and as a member of the Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine (COPEM) from 2002 to 2008. In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Bojko received a Master of Science Degree in Health Care Management, Administration and Policy from New York University’s Robert. F. Wagner School of Public Service, and a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law. Previously, Dr. Bojko was the Executive Director of Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, NJ, and before that he was Associate Professor and Senior Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Pediatrics, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Director of Medical Services and Clinical Operations at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Director of the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program.
Josef Tuazon, DPT
After earning his doctorate degree as part of the first doctorate class of Physical Therapy in the State of New Jersey in 2003, Josef, affectionately referred to as “The Fight Doc” due to his background as a professional athlete, has worked in a variety of settings from intensive and critical care units, telemetry, cardiac rehab, joint replacement, medical-surgical floors, sub-acute rehab facilities, as well as numerous physician’s offices and out-patient clinics. Josef has studied the ancient Eastern art of holistic Thai massage and reflexology, a blend of hands-on stretching and yoga techniques. He has combined Eastern philosophies and Western clinical techniques to create unique physiotherapy treatments.
Jennifer Wall-Dean, M.D.
Mrs. Wall-Dean has carried out a medical career at hospitals in Lehigh Valley, Phoenix as well as Boston. She is the founder and President of the “Africa Burn Relief Program.” Exhibiting her commitment to the program, Dr. Wall-Dean has made several trips to Africa where she has performed life-changing surgeries
Josef Haik, M.D.
Dr. Josef Haik is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and a specialist in the treatment of burns. He has worked in burn reconstruction and intensive care at the Burn Unit of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada. Not only this, but Dr. Haik is also involved in raising public awareness of the severity of burns and in creating projects for burn prevention on local, regional and national levels. He is the chairmen of the Burn Prevention Committee of the Israeli Council of Trauma; treasurer of the Israeli Society of Burn Injuries; and treasurer of the Israeli Society of Plastic Surgery. Today, Dr. Haik is leading the effort to build and operate an advanced, hi-tech Burn Center at Sheba, which will serve as a regional burn center for all of central Israel.
Ruth Rimmer, M.D.
Dr. Ruth Rimmer has contributed over 16 years of experience in Burns and Trauma Care to her Life Care Planning business. She specializes in planning future care needs for: severely burned pediatric and adult Patients, patients with traumatic injury, electrical injuries, and amputations. Dr. Rimmer is prepared to provide the actual costs of equipment, services, treatments, surgeries, supplies, and medication and to outline educational and/or vocational training needs and costs of care projected over a client’s lifetime. Dr. Rimmer is also a well-respected researcher in the field of burn care and has presented her findings both nationally and internationally, allowing her to attain extensive experience in both radio and television.
Chad Perlyn, M.D.
Dr. Perlyn is a plastic surgeon at the Miami Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Florida International University College of Medicine. Dr. Perlyn attended medical school at the University of Miami and studied general and plastic surgery at Washington University/Barnes Hospital in Saint Louis. Following the completion of his plastic surgery training, Dr. Perlyn went on to study craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery. As a pediatric plastic surgeon, his practice is dedicated solely to caring for children and young adults with congenital or acquired anomalies and injuries.
Anjay Khandelwal, M.D.
Dr. Khandelwal is the director of the Burn Center and the Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He is among a select group of surgeons in the Unites States trained in both burn/burn reconstruction and surgical critical care. Dr. Khandelwal is also a member of the Educational Committee and International Outreach Committee at the American Burn Association and is actively involved in burn research. He brings dedicated, compassionate and personal care to all of his burn patients.Haiti Medical Mission Volunteer
Luce Sajous, M.S. Ed.
Luce is a licensed teacher who has worked as a special education teacher and with kids with autism. Luce met Sam Davis at “Sending Our Love to Haiti,” and has been a part of the team ever since.
Spencer Aronfeld, Esq.
Spencer Aronfeld is a Florida attorney who founded Aronfeld Trial Lawyers in Miami, Florida in 1991, and has since been representing the seriously injured in the State of Florida and across the country. In 2010, Spencer founded Lawyers to the Rescue, a non-denominational humanitarian organization committed to bringing legal assistance and humanitarian support to people around the world in times of crisis.. Lawyers to the Rescue speaks out publicly in an effort to bring attention to forgotten crises, alerts the world to abuses occurring behind the headlines, and brings public attention to any inadequacies of the legal system.
Karl Schwartz is a writer/researcher for the Journal of Burns Fires and Explosions. Karl’s mission is to make knowledge about burn care that was once only accessible to medical professionals become accessible to all. His job is to review scientific analysis and data from medical journals and explain them in articles that will be readily available and easily understood by the general public. He currently lives in Cresskill, New Jersey and holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. He hopes to one day teach high school English.
College and High School Interns
Alana Davis: Alana is a junior at Boston University’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She is a human physiology major in the pre-med department. This will be her fourth summer of volunteering with Burn Advocates Network. She has traveled on a mission to Haiti and has been a counselor at the Susquehanna Burn Camp and Camp Sababa.
Karla Castro: Karla Castro is currently a senior attending Bergen County Technical High School. Her love her for International Studies brought her to Burn Advocates where she would learn and help network with burn organizations around the world. Karla helps handle the fundraising and research aspect of Burn Advocates.
Mathew Palakudiyil: Mathew Palakudiyil is currently a senior attending Bergen County Technical High School.Aspiring to continue his passion in Computers he plans to attend Rutgers University and major in Information Technology. Mathew helps handle the Technical and SocialMedia aspect of Burn Advocates.
Alyssa Boehle: Alyssa is a sophomore at New York University, studying Cinema Studies. She helps build BAN’s social media presence and creates videos of our work.
Allison Hojsak: Allison is a sophomore at Brown University, studying Computer Science. She has designed our website and helps build our social media presence.
Jared Konner: Jared is a senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder, studying Neuroscience. He is currently working on our new, upcoming publication, The Journal of Burns, Fire and Explosion