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Kim J. Burchiel M.D., F.A.C.S.

  • (503) 494-4314
    • Professor of Neurological Surgery School of Medicine
    • John Raaf Professor Neurological Surgery School of Medicine
    • Head, Division of Functional Neurosurgery Neurological Surgery School of Medicine

Kim J. Burchiel, M.D., F.A.C.S. is the John Raaf Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Neurological Surgery at OHSU. Dr. Burchiel attended undergraduate school at the University of California Davis and completed his residency in Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington in 1982. He remained on the faculty there from 1982 through 1988, when he moved to OHSU to head up, what was at that time, the Division of Neurosurgery. Dr. Burchiel is past Chairman of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pain, past-President of the American Board of Pain Medicine, past-President the Society of University Neurosurgeons, and past-President of the Western Neurosurgical Society. He has been a Director and Vice-Chairman of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, he is Past-Secretary and President of the Society of Neurological Surgeons, and he is a member and current Chairman of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Neurological Surgery. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from both the Society of University Neurosurgeons, and the American Association of Neurological Surgery. In September 2015, he was the Honored Guest of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual meeting in New Orleans, and in 2016 he was the Honored Guest of the American Association for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.

Dr. Burchiel is Head of the Division of Functional Neurosurgery at OHSU, and also directs the Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery fellowship program that encompasses the surgical treatment of pain, movement disorders, and epilepsy. Beginning in 1994, he has now trained over 40 fellows in Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery. His major clinical interests are in Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for movement disorders and other conditions, and the surgical treatment of pain, particularly trigeminal neuralgia. His research interests are concerned with the physiology of nociception and neuropathic pains, including trigeminal neuralgia, the neurosurgical treatment of movement disorders, epilepsy surgery, image-guided neurosurgery, and the application of DBS to the problem of obesity. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and his five published textbooks include the Surgical Management of Pain (1st and 2nd editions), Spinal Cord Injury Pain: Assessment, Mechanisms, Management, and Microelectrode Recording in Movement Disorder Surgery. 

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  • Residency:

    • Neurosurgery - University of Washington, Seattle, Wash
  • Certifications:

    • Board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, 1984

Memberships and associations

  • President of the Western Neurosurgical Society, 2007


  • "Destructive procedures for control of cancer pain" Journal of Neurosurgery January 2011
  • "Has the amount of spontaneous electrical activity in experimental neuromas been overestimated?" Somatosensory Research  1987
  • "An anthropomorphic phantom study of the accuracy of CyberKnife spinal radiosurgery" Neurosurgery November 2004
  • "Operant control of precentral neurons" Experimental Neurology  1980
  • "Implantation of Laminotomy Electrodes for Spinal Cord Stimulation in Spinal Anesthesia with Intraoperative Dorsal Column Activation" Neurosurgery November 2003
  • "Is trigeminal neuralgia a neuropathic pain?" Journal of Pain  1993
  • "Cushing and Bovie" Journal of Neurosurgery April 2005
  • "Summary statement" Spine December 15 2001
  • "Correlation between withdrawal symptoms and medication pump residual volume in patients with implantable synchromed pumps" Neurosurgery August 2004
  • "Visual and auditory evoked responses during penicillin induced generalized spikewave activity in cats" Epilepsia  1975
  • "Combination of functional magnetic resonance imaging-guided neuronavigation and intraoperative cortical brain mapping improves targeting of motor cortex stimulation in neuropathic pain" Neurosurgery June 2008
  • "Surgery to treat focal frontal lobe epilepsy in adults" Neurosurgery September 1 2002
  • "Commentary" Neurosurgery October 2013
  • "Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy" Journal of Neurosurgery December 2009
  • "Functional magnetic resonance imaging-integrated neuronavigation" Neurosurgery October 2004
  • "Correspondence of microelectrode mapping with magnetic resonance imaging for subthalamic nucleus procedures" World Neurosurgery March 2005
  • "Sensitivity of high-resolution three-dimensional magnetic resonance angiography and three-dimensional spoiled-gradient recalled imaging in the prediction of neurovascular compression in patients with hemifacial spasm" Journal of Neurosurgery  2009
  • "Intrathecal hydromorphone for chronic nomalignant pain" Pain Medicine  2001
  • "Painful nerve injuries" Acta neurochirurgica. Supplement  1993
  • "Radiographic evaluation of trigeminal neurovascular compression in patients with and without trigeminal neuralgia" Journal of Neurosurgery April 2009
  • "Analysis of complications of radiofrequency pallidotomy" Neurosurgery January 1 2003
  • "Carbamazepine inhibits spontaneous activity in experimental neuromas" Experimental Neurology  1988
  • "Ectopic action potential generation in peripheral trigeminal axons" Experimental Neurology  1978
  • "A meta-regression of the long-term effects of deep brain stimulation on balance and gait in PD" Neurology October 5 2010
  • "Glycerol neurolysis" Journal of Neurosurgery  1985
  • "The effect of deep brain stimulation randomized by site on balance in Parkinson's disease" Movement Disorders  2014
  • "Clinical guidelines for intraspinal infusion" Journal of Pain and Symptom Management August 2000
  • "Neurostimulation for chronic noncancer pain" Journal of Neurosurgery  2006
  • "Pain responses to perineuromal injection of normal saline, gallamine, and lidocaine in humans" Pain  1989

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