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Camden Burns, MD, joins the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at IU School of Medicine

Cam Burns

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery<~ ink.aspx?_id="92302C6E9AFF496F9C96F9952B50ABB7&_z=za"> at IU School of Medicine<~ ink.aspx?_id="92302C6E9AFF496F9C96F9952B50ABB7&_z=za"> continues to expand its subspecialty expertise with the recent recruitment of orthopaedic trauma and spine surgeon, Camden Burns, MD<~ ink.aspx?_id="92302C6E9AFF496F9C96F9952B50ABB7&_z=za">. A graduate of Marshall University School of Medicine, Dr. Burns completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at State University of New York at Stony Brook, and is dual fellowship-trained in orthopaedic trauma (University of Kentucky) and spine surgery (Harvard University Combined Massachusetts General – Brigham and Women’s Hospital). Dr. Burns now serves as an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery as the department’s only spine surgeon.<~ ink.aspx?_id="92302C6E9AFF496F9C96F9952B50ABB7&_z=zp">

What will your responsibilities at IU School of Medicine entail?
<~ ink.aspx?_id="92302C6E9AFF496F9C96F9952B50ABB7&_z=zstrong">From an educational standpoint, I am responsible for the training of orthopaedic surgery residents to become competent surgeons, as well as to teach orthopaedic knowledge and skills to medical students, nurses and other allied professionals at IU School of Medicine. Clinically, I will provide care to patients with degenerative and traumatic disorders of the spine, as well as fractures of the extremities.<~ ink.aspx?_id="92302C6E9AFF496F9C96F9952B50ABB7&_z=zp">

What made you decide to pursue a career in orthopaedic surgery, and why spine and trauma?
<~ ink.aspx?_id="92302C6E9AFF496F9C96F9952B50ABB7&_z=zstrong">As a lifelong athlete, I’ve learned firsthand how the musculoskeletal system is not only the foundation of our bodies, but our foundation for everyday function as well. I chose both spine surgery and traumatology because I want to help patients afflicted by these injuries and conditions get back to a healthy, functional lifestyle.<~ ink.aspx?_id="92302C6E9AFF496F9C96F9952B50ABB7&_z=zp">

What are your current research interests?
<~ ink.aspx?_id="92302C6E9AFF496F9C96F9952B50ABB7&_z=zstrong">My research interests are primarily focused in areas of spine and extremity trauma, and postoperative pain control following spine surgery.<~ ink.aspx?_id="92302C6E9AFF496F9C96F9952B50ABB7&_z=zp">

What are your goals for orthopaedic research and education at IU School of Medicine?
<~ ink.aspx?_id="92302C6E9AFF496F9C96F9952B50ABB7&_z=zstrong">In regard to research, my goal is to help direct and assist quality research endeavors that will improve patient care, medical education, and the promotion of IU Health as a national leader in health care. I’m very committed to improving spine education for residents, particularly in trauma and emergency conditions. There are plans for a Spine Fellowship Program within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.<~ ink.aspx?_id="92302C6E9AFF496F9C96F9952B50ABB7&_z=zp">

Why did you choose to become a part of the IU School of Medicine faculty?
<~ ink.aspx?_id="92302C6E9AFF496F9C96F9952B50ABB7&_z=zstrong">I came to IU School of Medicine not only for the school’s commitment to student education and research initiatives, but for the quality care that faculty physicians provide to patients each and every day. The emergence of IU Health in the past 20 years has been impressive, to say the least. There is still so much potential for growth and development in patient care and research, and I’m excited to be an integral part of that process.<~ ink.aspx?_id="92302C6E9AFF496F9C96F9952B50ABB7&_z=zp">

Outside of work, what are your hobbies and interests?
<~ ink.aspx?_id="92302C6E9AFF496F9C96F9952B50ABB7&_z=zstrong">Anything involving sports and/or being outdoors – running, golfing, fishing, and attending sporting events and concerts.<~ ink.aspx?_id="92302C6E9AFF496F9C96F9952B50ABB7&_z=zp">

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