Katherine A. Burns, M.D.

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Dr. Burns is a board certified orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty fellowship training in sports medicine. She also completed an international traveling fellowship sponsored by the Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society in 2005 with a focus on shoulder surgery. Her medical interests include diseases of the shoulder, rotator cuff disease and arthritis, labral repairs, shoulder instability, shoulder replacement, and revision shoulder surgery. Having graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in biology and psychology, Dr. Burns was also a member of several honor societies including Phi Beta Kappa and the Premedical Honor Society. After graduating from Baylor College of Medicine, where she was nominated for AOA, she completed a residency program at the University of Utah, one of the top 25 orthopedic programs in the country. Upon finishing her residency, Dr. Burns completed fellowship training for sports medicine at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. Currently, Dr. Burns is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. On a local level, she has been a member of the Saint Louis Metropolitan Medical Society and the Missouri Orthopedic Association. She is active on the hospital staff and was awarded the DePaul Hospital Physician Value Award for Compassion in 2006. Dr. Burns provides care for athletes from high school to the professional levels. She was the team physician for Lindenwood University 2001-2015. She has provided medical coverage to NBA exhibition games, and was the team physician for the St. Louis Quest, a professional women's volleyball team. She is also skilled in caring for injuries of the "weekend warrior." She is also interested in promoting the health and wellness of all Saint Louisans and brought the Gateway to Health Challenge and Dragonboat Festival to Saint Louis through her work at the Civic Entrepreneurs Organization. Staying active and passionate about medical education is her top priority. In addition to advancing her own education, she assists other physicians and physical therapists by providing instructional courses on diseases of the shoulder, knee and hip, particularly in athletes. She has also spoken to wider community audiences including the 2007 Women’s Conference sponsored by the Saint Louis Business Journal. She is actively involved in research to advance the field of orthopedics, and her research has been supported by the Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society and Zimmer.

Certification

2004 Board Certified, The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Recertified through 2024

2007 Board Certified, Sports Medicine, The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Recertified through 2024

Practice History

12/2010-current  SSM Orthopedics

2001-2010  Premier Care Orthopedics, North Div. Signature Health Services

Awards

  • 2015 RJOS/ Zimmer Research Grant
  • 2007 Paul Simon Award, Signature Foundation
  • 2006 Physician Value Award for Compassion
  • 2006 Studer Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership, CEO
  • 2005 Traveling Fellowship, Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society
  • 1994 Nominated AOA
  • 1991  Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1991 Alpha Epsilon Delta, Premedical Honor Society
  • 1989  Golden Key National Honor Society, President
  • 1991 Beta Beta Beta, Biological Honor Society
  • 1989 Phi Eta Sigma, Freshman Honor Society, President
  • 1994  Stalnacker Scholarship for academic achievement
  • 1991 Chancellor’s scholar, 8 of 8 undergraduate semesters
  • 1991 Ossip Award for excellence in undergraduate writing
  • 1991 Outstanding student research in psychology

Presentations

"Shoulder Arthritis and You"
SSM Community Outreach, May 2016
 

"Anatomic and Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty"
SSM Orthopedic Summit, September 2015

"Shoulder Arthritis: Solutions"
SSM Community Outreach, September 2015

"Common Shoulder Problems"
SSM Community Outreach, May 2012

"Postoperative Shoulder Rehabilitation"
SSM Physical Therapy, May 2012

"Sports Shoulder Injuries: Diagnosis and Management"
Lindenwood University Lecture Series, April 2012

"Sports Knee Injuries: Diagnosis and Management"
Lindenwood University Lecture Series, November 2011

"Shoulder Arthritis: Diagnosis and Management"
SSM Community Outreach, October 2011

"Current Concepts: Rotator Cuff 2011"
OrthoSpine and Pain Symposium, April 2011

“Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty”
Up in Arms, Mariott West, October 2010

“Sports Shoulder Pathology”
Lindenwood University, October 2010

“Sports Knee Injuries: Diagnosis and Management”
Lindenwood University Lecture Series, November 2011

“Shoulder Arthritis: Diagnosis and Management”
SSM Community Outreach, October 2011

“Rotator Cuff: Current Concepts 2011”
OrthoSpine and Pain Symposium, April 2011

“Shoulder Physical Exam and Diagnosis”
DePaul Hospital, October 2010, November 2010

“Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty”
DePaul Hospital and STL Home Health, 2008

“ACL Reconstruction: Past, Present, Future”
DePaul Hospital, October 2007

“The Gateway to Health Challenge”
Health Summit 2007, Missouri Foundation for Health

“Power Tools: Business Lessons from the World of Medicine”
St. Louis Business Journal Women’s Conference, 2007

“Women’s Issues in Orthopedics”
Soroptimists Club, 2007

“Bigger Can Be Better”
Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society Biennial Meeting, 2005

“Current Concepts in Shoulder Surgery”
SSM Rehab, Department of Continuing Education, 2004

“Current Concepts: The Hip and Knee”
SSM Rehab, Department of Continuing Education, 2004

“Shoulder Instability: Arthroscopic Stabilization”
Signature Health Foundation, Physical Therapy, 2004

“Shoulder Arthroscopy and Arthroplasty”
SSM Rehab, Department of Continuing Education, 2003

“TKA, THA, ACL, Patellar Instability”
SSM Rehab, Department of Continuing Education, 2003

“Common Sports Injuries”
Depaul Health Center, Community Outreach Series, 2002

“ACL Injuries in the Female Athlete”
One False Move, ACL Symposium, ProRehab CME 2002

“Rotator Cuff Disorders”
CME Series for PCP’s, Alton Memorial Hospital 2002

“Effect of Autograft Placement on Contact Pressures”
Grand Rounds, University of Utah, 1999

“Compartment Syndromes of the Upper Extremity”
Grand Rounds, University of Utah, 1997

“Venous Thromboembolic Disease: Prophylaxis in THA”
Grand Rounds, University of Utah, 1997

Education

2005   Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society Traveling Fellowship in Shoulder – Switzerland, France, United States
 
2000-2001  Sports Medicine Fellowship – Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, CA
 
1995-2000  Orthopedic Surgery Residency – University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
 
1991-1995 Doctor of Medicine – Baylor College of Medicine, Houston,TX
 
1987-1991 B.S. in Biology, Psychology, Magna Cum Laude – University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
 

Activities

  • Team Physician, Lindenwood University 2001-2015
  • Board Member SSM Orthopedics 2011-2014
  • Member, Medical Executive Committee, 2008-2010, 2012-2014
  • Board member and physician advisor, Midwest Health Initiative, 2009-2014
  • Member, Civic Entrepreneurs Organization, 2005-2009
  • Chairman, Gateway to Health Challenge and Festival 2007-2010
  • Board member, Gateway Dragonboat Festival 2007-2010
  • Council Member, Saint Louis Metropolitan Medical Society, 2008-2010
  • Member, Credentials Committee, DePaul Hospital 2004-2007
  • Chairman, Institutional Review Board, DePaul Hospital 2007-2010
  • Board Member DePaul Surgical Center 2008-2009;2014-2016
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Signature Home Health 2004-2007
  • Moderator, Signature Health Care Forum, 2005 and 2006
  • Team Physician, St. Louis Quest, Women's Professional Volleyball, 2001-2002
  • Member, Peer Review Committee, DePaul Hospital 2004-2007

Research

Burns, K. A., Robbins, L. M., Wilson, M.L., LeMarr, A., Childress, A., Morton, D.: Unexpected positive cultures in primary shoulder arthroplasty patients with previous shoulder surgery. Poster, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, 2016.

Burns, K. A., Robbins, L. M.: A comparison of two methods of rehabilitation after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. 2006

Ward, S. R.; Hentzen, E. R.; Smallwood, L. H.; Eastlack, R. K.; Burns, K. A.; Fithian, D. C.; Friden, J.; and Lieber, R. L.: Rotator cuff muscle architecture: implications for glenohumeral stability. Clin Orthop Relat Res, 448: 157-63, 2006.

Burns, K. A., Stevens, P.M.  Coxa Vara: Another option for fixation. J. Ped. Orthop. B 2001; 10(4): 304-10.

Burns, K. A., Burks, R. T., Bachus, K. N. Effect of autograft placement on cartilage contact stress.

Burns, K. A., Lintner, D. M. The radiographic position of the posterior cruciate ligament.

Burns, K. A., Lintner, D. M. Radiographic analysis of PCL reconstruction.

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society

Hospital Staff Appointments

2001-present  De Paul Health Center, Bridgeton, MO

2010-present  St. Joseph’s Health Ctr, St. Charles, MO

2010-present  St. Joseph’s West, Lake St. Louis, MO

2001-2006  Christian NE Hospital, St. Louis, MO

Licensure

Missouri License
California License
Utah License

Personal Interests

Play and coach ice hockey.
Participate and coach in local, state, and national tournaments.
2 children; my son was born in 2000, my daughter in 2003