Taryn Travis is an attending burn surgeon at The Burn Center of Medstar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. She is an assistant professor of surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and an adjunct assistant professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Dr. Travis grew up in Southern California in a family with a long history of service in law enforcement. When her father was involved in a large burn injury, his survival, recovery and return to duty for the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department led her to pursue a career helping others survive burn injury.
Dr. Travis attended the University of California, Santa Barbara for her Bachelor of Science degree in Cell and Developmental Biology and completed her MD at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. After medical school, Dr. Travis moved to Washington, DC to complete her general surgical training at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She spent two additional years during this surgical training as a research fellow investigating wound healing and hypertrophic scar at the Firefighter’s Burn and Surgical Research Laboratory at Medstar Washington Hospital Center. After surgical residency, Dr. Travis stayed at The Burn Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center for her burn fellowship before joining the faculty.
Dr. Travis oversees the laser and scar reconstruction program at The Burn Center and has a special interest in improving long term scar outcomes for our burn survivors. Her research interests encompass hypertrophic scar, laser scar revision, dyspigmentation, and wound healing.