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Dr. Burns is a surgeon at the MGH Center for Laryngeal Surgery who specializes in voice disorders, laryngeal cancer, and airway reconstruction. He has developed a national and international reputation in clinical care and laryngeal research.
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Dr. James Burns is a laryngeal surgeon at MGH's Voice Center. He specializes in treatment of laryngeal diseases with emphasis on medical and surgical management of voice and swallowing disorders. He teaches Harvard Medical School students and co-directs the laryngeal surgery fellowship program at MGH. He also lectures extensively at several Boston music conservatories.Dr. Burns has been elected to Castle Connelly's "Best Doctors in America" and Boston Magazine's "Top Docs" every year since 2010.Dr. Burns is Vice President of the American Bronchoesophagological Association and received the Broyles-Maloney award from the ABEA in 2014. Dr. Burns received an Honor Award for meritorious service from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 2013.Dr. Burns received his medical degree from the University of Virginia Medical School. He was inducted in the AOA medical honor society and was the recipient of the Gratton Alexander Litz Award for excellence on the medicine clerkship. He completed residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 1996 at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. His Fellowship in Laryngeal Surgery was completed in 2003 at MEEI. Dr. Burns served on active duty with the United States Air Force from 1996-2000. He served as medical director of the Otolaryngology service at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and received the Air Force Commendation Medal.
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Friedman AD, Hillman RE, Landau-Zemer T, Burns JA, Zeitels SM. Voice Outcomes for Photoangiolytic KTP Laser Treatment ofEarly Glottic Cancer. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngology2013; 122: 151-158.
Barbu AM, Burns JA,Lopez-Guerra G, Landau-Zemer T, Friedman AD, Zeitels SM. Salvage EndoscopicAngiolytic KTP Laser Treatment of Early Glottic Cancer After FailedRadiotherapy. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2013; 122: 235-239.
Best SM, Kobler JB, Friedman AD, Barbu AM, Zeitels SM, Burns JA. Effect of Mandibular Tori onGlottic Exposure During Simulated Suspension Microlaryngoscopy. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2014; 123: 188-194.
Zeitels SM, Burns JA.Oncologic Efficacy of Angiolytic KTP Laser Treatment of Early GlotticCancer. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2014;(e-pub).
Ainsworth TA, Kobler JB, Loan GJ, Burns JA. Simulation Model for Transcervical Laryngeal InjectionProviding Real-time Feedback. Ann OtolRhinol Laryngol 2014; (e-pub).
Burns JA. (2014). American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head andNeck Surgery Foundation, Home Study Course, Section 6 - Laryngology, VoiceDisorders and Bronchoesophagology, Section Editor
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