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Joseph D. Burns, M.D.


joseph-burnsAssistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Boston University School of Medicine
72 East Concord Street, Neurology C-3
Boston, MA 02118

Phone: 617-638-5436
Fax: 617-638-5354
Email: Joseph.Burns@bmc.org

Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA (2003)
Internship: Lahey Clinic Medical Center, Burlington, MA (2004)
Residency: Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA (2007)
Fellowship: Cerebrovascular Disease, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (2008), Critical Care Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (2009)
Board Certifications: Neurology, Vascular Neurology, Neurocritical Care
Special Interests: Intracerebral hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage, unruptured intracranial aneurysms, acute ischemic stroke, cryptogenic stroke, acute neuromuscular disease, status epilepticus, neurologic complications of critical illness, traumatic brain injury.


Recent Publications

Thaci B, Burns JD, Delalle I, Vu T, Davies KG. Intractable hiccups resolved after resection of a cavernous malformation of the medulla oblongata. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2013 Oct;115(10):2247-50. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2013.07.005.

Rabinstein AA, Fugate JE, Mandrekar J, Burns JD, Seet RC, Dupont SA, Kauffman TJ, Asirvatham SJ, Friedman PA. Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in cryptogenic stroke: a case-control study. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2013 Nov;22(8):1405-11. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2013.05.013.

Stevenson E, Schembri F, Green DM, Burns JD. Serotonin syndrome associated with clozapine withdrawal. JAMA Neurol. 2013 Aug;70(8):1054-5. doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2013.95.

Burns JD, Green DM, Lau H, Winter M, Koyfman F, DeFusco CM, Holsapple JW, Kase CS. The effect of a neurocritical care service without a dedicated neuro-ICU on quality of care in intracerebral hemorrhage. Neurocrit Care. 2013 Jun;18(3):305-12. doi: 10.1007/s12028-013-9818-1.

Orehek EK, Burns JD, Koyfman F, Azocar RJ, Holsapple JW, Green DM. Postpartum trifecta: simultaneous eclamptic intracerebral hemorrhage, PRES, and herniation due to intracranial hypotension. Neurocrit Care. 2012 Dec;17(3):434-8. doi: 10.1007/s12028-012-9742-9.

Burns JD, Green DM, Metivier K, DeFusco C. Intensive care management of acute ischemic stroke. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2012 Aug;30(3):713-44. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2012.05.002. Review.

Burns JD, Shehee TC, Clearfield A, Hobbs DT. Separation of americium from curium by oxidation and ion exchange. Anal Chem. 2012 Aug 21;84(16):6930-2. doi: 10.1021/ac3018394.

Westwood AJ, Burns JD, Green DM. Teaching NeuroImages: Pseudo-subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurology. 2012 Feb 21;78(8):e54. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e318247ccae.

Joshi AD, Pontecorvo MJ, Clark CM, Carpenter AP, Jennings DL, Sadowsky CH, Adler LP, Kovnat KD, Seibyl JP, Arora A, Saha K, Burns JD, Lowrey MJ, Mintun MA, Skovronsky DM; Florbetapir F 18 Study Investigators. Performance characteristics of amyloid PET with florbetapir F 18 in patients with alzheimer’s disease and cognitively normal subjects. J Nucl Med. 2012 Mar;53(3):378-84. doi: 10.2967/jnumed.111.090340.

Green DM, Burns JD, DeFusco CM. ICU management of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. J Intensive Care Med. 2013 Nov-Dec;28(6):341-54. doi: 10.1177/0885066611434100.

Westwood AJ, Burns JD, Kase CS. Teaching NeuroImages: Isolated pineal hemorrhage. Neurology. 2011 Oct 18;77(16):e95. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e318233b37f.

Voetsch B, Tarlov N, Nguyen TN, DeFusco C, Barest GD, Norbash A, Green DM, Burns JD. Asymmetric posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome complicating hemodynamic augmentation for subarachnoid hemorrhage-associated cerebral vasospasm. Neurocrit Care. 2011 Dec;15(3):542-6. doi: 10.1007/s12028-011-9635-3.

Dorfman JD, Burns JD, Green DM, DeFusco C, Agarwal S. Decompressive laparotomy for refractory intracranial hypertension after traumatic brain injury. Neurocrit Care. 2011 Dec;15(3):516-8. doi: 10.1007/s12028-011-9549-0.

Burns JD, Rabinstein AA, Roger VL, Stead LG, Christianson TJ, Killian JM, Brown RD Jr. Incidence and predictors of myocardial infarction after transient ischemic attack: a population-based study. Stroke. 2011 Apr;42(4):935-40. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.110.593723. Epub 2011 Mar 24.

Fugate JE, Burns JD, Wijdicks EF, Warner DO, Jankowski CJ, Rabinstein AA. Prolonged high-dose isoflurane for refractory status epilepticus: is it safe? Anesth Analg. 2010 Dec;111(6):1520-4. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0b013e3181f6da34.

Yee AH, Burns JD, Wijdicks EF. Cerebral salt wasting: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2010 Apr;21(2):339-52. doi: 10.1016/j.nec.2009.10.011. Review.

Burns JD, Jacob JT, Luetmer PH, Wijdicks EF. CT perfusion evidence of early global cerebral hypoperfusion after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage with cardiac arrest. Neurocrit Care. 2010 Apr;12(2):261-4. doi: 10.1007/s12028-009-9297-6.

Abou Zeid NE, Burns JD, Wijdicks EF, Giannini C, Keegan BM. Atypical acute hemorrhagic leukoencephalitis (Hurst’s disease) presenting with focal hemorrhagic brainstem lesion. Neurocrit Care. 2010 Feb;12(1):95-7. doi: 10.1007/s12028-009-9293-x.

Burns JD, Kosa SC, Wijdicks EF. Central pontine myelinolysis in a patient with hyperosmolar hyperglycemia and consistently normal serum sodium. Neurocrit Care. 2009;11(2):251-4. doi: 10.1007/s12028-009-9241-9.

Burns JD, Rabinstein AA, Cloft H, Lanzino G, Daniels DJ, Wijdicks EF. Minimally conscious state after ruptured giant basilar aneurysm. Arch Neurol. 2009 Jun;66(6):786-8. doi: 10.1001/archneurol.2009.67.

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