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Dr. Wolf is an established researcher and internationally-renowned clinician in the field of burn and trauma care.  After residency in General Surgery at the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 1995, he completed Research and Clinical Fellowships in Burn, Trauma, and Critical Care at the Shriners Hospital and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB).  From there, he joined the Faculty in the Department of Surgery at UTMB, where he rose to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure before accepting the position of Director of the Burn Center at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research and Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio (UTHSCSA) during the Iraqi and Afghani conflicts.  In 2008, Dr Wolf was named the Betty and Bob Kelso Distinguished Chair in Burns and Trauma at UTHSCSA and Vice-Chairman for Research in the Department of Surgery at UTHSCSA.  In 2011, Dr Wolf brought his skills to UT Southwestern as the Vice-Chairman for Research and the Burn Section Chief.  His training in burns, critical care, and research is comprehensive, which he has used over the last 19 years to become an established and world-renowned researcher and clinician in the field of burns, trauma, and metabolism.

Dr. Wolf has 330 published research articles of which 239 were peer-reviewed with some in leading journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, and Annals of Surgery.  He received an NIH R-01 grant investigating the effects of insulin treatment in the severely burned as Principal Investigator, and served as the Principal Investigator on two other grants from the Shriner’s hospital (approximately $250,000/year in total).  He also received a three grants from the Department of Defense $1.42M) for similar work, and was the Task Area Manager for Clinical Trials at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research, where he was responsible for managing a $1.5M/year research budget.  He currently serves as the Principal Investigator of an $8M grant through the American Burn Association for 5 separate and distinct prospective clinical trials in burns, two Department of Defense grants investigating the effects of disuse and injury on muscle metabolism and development of a decision support tool for feeding in the ICU, and is the Principal Investigator on an NIH-sponsored T32 grant for investigations in trauma and burns.   

Steve is a National and International leader in the field of burns, trauma, and surgery.  He is a member of 23 Medical Societies, serving on governance committees in 12.  He has served as the Editor-in-Chief for Burns, the journal of the International Society of Burn Injury for 12 years, and sits on the Editorial Board for The Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation.  He has also been an invited reviewer in 30 other journals, including the Lancet, Annals of Surgery, Pediatrics, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine.  He has been invited to speak around the world in Europe, Turkey, Singapore, Mexico, Vietnam, Taiwan, China, Indonesia, Japan, Brasil, Australia, and New Zealand about the work he is doing.  He has served on several Veterans’ Administration Merit Award Study Sections, and is a member of the Shriners’ Hospitals for Children Research Advisory Board and Medical Advisory Board.  He has mentored 29 fellows in research, and 15 fellows in Burns and Critical Care, 18 of whom currently hold faculty positions at distinguished Universities throughout the world.  


Medical School
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (1990)
University of Missouri at Kansas City (1995), General Surgery
Research Fellowship
Shriners Hospital for Children - Galveston (1996), Burn Surgery
The University of Texas Medical Branch (1997), Burn Surgery

Research Interest

  • Clinical Trials in Burns and Trauma
  • Decision support technologies
  • Exercise Metabolism
  • Metabolism after severe injury
  • Outcomes after Injury
  • Pathophysiology of Injury
  • Tissue Regeneration


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Blood utilisation in the treatment of the severely burned. In The Compendium. American Association of Blood Banks 1999

Wolf SE (1999). New York, Elsevier

General Considerations. In Burn Care

Wolf SE (1999). Austin, TX, Landes Biosciences Vademecum

Multiple Organ Failure. In Burn Care

Jarrar D, Wolf SE (1999). Austin, TX, Landes Biosciences Vademecum

Daily Work. In Burn Care

Wolf SE, Sanford AP (1999). Austin, TX, Landes Biosciences Vademecum

Nutritional Support in the Severely Burned Patient. In Update in Intensive Care Medicine

Wolf SE, Sanford AP, Herndon DN (2000). Berlin, Springer-Verlag

Burns and Radiation Injuries. In Trauma Handbook

Wolf SE (2002). New York, McGraw-Hill

Manipulation of the Metabolic Response to Injury. In Current Opinion in Surgery

Wolf SE (2003). New York, Mosby

Hypotension I and II. In Decision Making in Critical Care

Wolf SE (2005). New York, Mosby

Infections and Burns. In Infections in Critical Illness

Wolf SE, Pruitt BA (2006). Philadelphia, Saunders

Enteral nutrition following severe burn. In Clinical Nutrition: Enteral and Tube Feeding

Woodside KJ, Wolf SE (2006). Philadelphia, Saunders

Non-thermal Burns. In Burn Care

Pierre EJ, Wolf SE (1999). Austin, TX, Landes Biosciences Vademecum

Epidemiological, demographic, and outcome characteristics of burn injury. In Total Burn Care

Pruitt BA, Wolf SE, Mason AD (2007). Philadelphia, Saunders

Critical Care in the Severely Burned: Organ Support and Management of Complications. In Total Burn Care

Wolf SE, Chung KK (2007). Philadelphia, Saunders

Treatment of Burns. In Irwin and Rippe's Textbook of Critical Care

Wolf SE, Pruitt BA (2006). Philadelphia, Saunders

Innovative Regenerative Medicine Approaches to Skin Cell-Based Therapy for Patients with Burn Injuries. In Regenerative Medicine

Gerlach JC, Wolf SE, Johnen C, Hartmann B (2007). Philadelphia, Saunders

Critical Problems in the Care of the Severely Burned. In Acute Care Surgery and Trauma: Evidence Based Practice

Wolf SE (2009). New York, Informa

Nutritional Considerations in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. In Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, and Emergency Surgeries

Dahagam D, Wolf SE (2010). London, Taylor and Francis

The use of human cadaveric skin allograft in burns surgery. In Tissue and Cell Clinical Use

Dziewulski P, Wolf SE (2012). Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell

Critical questions in support of the burned patient. In Acute Care Surgery and Trauma: Evidence Based Practice, 2nd Edition

Bernal E, Wolf SE (2015). New York, Informa

Transfusion therapy in the care of trauma and burn patients. In Rossi?s Principles of Transfusion Medicine, 5th Edition

Hess JR, Holcomb JB, Cripps M, Wolf SE (2015). Singapore, Elsevier

Metabolic Response to Burn. In Burn Care for the Surgeon

Wolf SE (2016). Amsterdam, Springer-Verlag

Honors & Awards

  • Health Care Heroes Outstanding Physician Award
    San Antonio Business Journal (2009)
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year
    Department of Surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch (2001-2002)
  • Medical Education Scholar
    University of Texas Medical Branch (1998-1999)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • International Society of Burn Injury, Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee (2015-2016)
  • International Society of Burn Injury, Steering Subcommittee, Clinical Practice Guidelines (2015-2016)
  • Shock Society, Development Committee (2015-2017)
  • Shock Society, Development Committee (2015-2017)
  • Shriners Hospitals of North America, Medical Advisory Board (2015-2024)
  • American Burn Association (2014-2016)
  • Surgical Infection Society, Scientific Studies Committee (2014-2017)
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration (2014)
  • American Burn Association, Board of Trustees (2013-2022)
  • American College of Surgeons, North Texas Chapter (2013-2015)
  • Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Research-Scholarship Committee (2013-2016)
  • Inernational Association for Surgical Metabolism and Nutrition (2013-2017)
  • American Board of Surgery (2012-2016)
  • American Burn Association, Burn Center Verification Committee (2009-2021)
  • Shriners Hospitals of North America, Research Advisory Board (2006-2018)
  • American Burn Association (2004-2022)
  • Burns (2004-2022)