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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

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