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R. Phillip Burns, MD, FACS

Dr. Burns, board certified through the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), specializes in breast and advanced laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Burns jointly founded University Surgical Associates in 1976.

Dr. Burns has office hours at the Erlanger Medical Mall Tuesday (1 – 5 pm), Wednesday (10:30 am – noon; 12:30 – 4:30 pm), and Friday (10 am – noon).  He performs surgery at Erlanger Hospital, the Plaza Surgery Center at Erlanger, Parkridge Hospital and CHI Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Burns is professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga, and Chairman of the Board of University Surgical Associates.

Nurse:  Amanda Taylor, CCMA, CST
Contact: (423) 757-0751

Education

Undergraduate
Univ. of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN
1960 - 1963

Graduate
UT College of Medicine
Memphis, TN
1963 – 1966

Internship
Univ. of Tennessee
City of Memphis Hospitals
Memphis, TN
1967

Residency
General Surgery
Univ. of Tennessee
City of Memphis Hospitals
Memphis, TN
1970 –1974

Academic Appointments

1978 – present
Professor and Chairman
Department of Surgery
UT College of Medicine
Chattanooga, TN

1976 – 1978
Associate Professor
Department of Surgery
UT College of Medicine
Chattanooga, TN

1975 – 1976
Director of Emergency Services
University of Tennessee
City of Memphis Hospitals
Memphis, TN

1974 – 1976
Assistant Professor of Surgery
UT College of Medicine
City of Memphis

Veterans Administration and 
W. Tennessee Chest Disease Hospital
Baptist Memorial Hospital
Memphis, TN

Certifications 

Diplomate, ABS, 1975
Medical License - Tennessee, 1967
Medical License - Georgia, 1983

Military Service
Captain, U.S. Air Force
1968–1970

Honors/Awards
1979
Clinician of the Year Award
UT College of Medicine, Chattanooga
Department of Surgery

1981
Baroness Award for Teaching Excellence
(Chattanooga Golden Apple)

1985
Special Recognition Faculty Award
Surgical Housestaff

1987
Baroness Award
Teaching Excellence

1995
Special Recognition Faculty Award
UT College of Medicine
Department of Surgery
Chattanooga, TN

1999
McCravey Award
Teaching Excellence

2007
Baroness Foundation 
Outstanding Physician Award
Teaching Excellence

2009
Outstanding Tennessee Physician Award
Tennessee Medical Association


Professional Organizations: Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society; Tennessee Medical Association; American Medical Associaiton; American College of Surgeons; American Surgical Association; Southern Surgical Association, President, 2006 – 2007; Southeastern Surgical Congress, President, 2006 – 2007; Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract; Association for Academic Surgery; Harwell Wilson Surgical Society; Residency Review Committee for Surgery, ACGME; Alpha Omega Alpha, Beta Chapter of Tennessee.