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

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Faculty profile
  • Neurosurgeon

Professor of Neurological Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.6 out of 5 (395 Ratings, 93 Comments)


  • Neurological Surgery

Special focus on

  • Neurosurgery
  • Parkinson's and Movement Disorders
  • Residency:

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

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


Dr. Burchiel is the John Raaf Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Neurological Surgery at OHSU, he served as department chair for 27 years from 1988-2015.

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.

Visit the Department of Neurological Surgery's website for information about academics, conferences, residency and fellowships.

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  • English

Memberships and associations

  • President of the Western Neurosurgical Society, 2007

Patient Ratings

4.6 out of 5 (395 Ratings, 93 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Sep 21, 2019

    Top Notch Doctors!! They know what they are doing.

  • Sep 05, 2019

    He was attentive to my concerns,

  • Jul 28, 2019

    they explained everything, was friendly, and fast

  • Jun 18, 2019

    Dr Burchiel and his staff were extremely kind and handled my surgery with great knowledge and care. Thank you

  • Jun 15, 2019

    Friendly,but brief (a busy man1) Shares information well, Answers all questions thoroughly, met with attending family to answer question/provide additional information.

  • Jun 08, 2019

    Dr. Burchiel was professional, but also kind. He was willing to answer all questions. It was a pleasure working with someone of his caliber.

  • Jun 02, 2019

    Everything i know went very well and healing perfectly well

  • May 24, 2019

    My stay at OHSU is very good. People were pleasant, and the operation went smoothly. And that's about all I could say, they've done a good job. Thank you. Bye.

  • May 11, 2019

    I was treated with respect and the staff was extremely helpful and the appointment was on time

  • May 04, 2019

    He always is able to answer my questions and is approachable!

  • May 04, 2019

    Have met with Dr. Burchiel 3 times in past 3 years regarding my trigeminal neuralgia. He has been professional, thorough, helpful and will now be performing surgery to hopefully mitigate the condition so that I do not experience severe pain (or any pain) in the future.

  • May 03, 2019

    He was absolutely amazing, thorough, questionable to me towards me in regards to wanting to know details. I appreciated him much as well as his assistant.

  • May 03, 2019

    He is kind and knowledgeable about my weird condition! Greatly appreciated!

  • May 02, 2019

    It was a very good experience. I had the very best of care before, during and after the surgery and in the recovery room. Everyone worked together to anticipate my every concern and need. I highly recommend this provider. I had the same surgical replacement of a morphine pump, several years ago. The procedure and care at that time cannot compare to the excellent quality of my experience of yesterday. I wish to thank everyone who participated in my care of yesterday, in making this so. I highly recommend OHSU.

  • May 01, 2019

    He was awesome. Answered questions and was upfront and honest.

  • Apr 28, 2019

    Yes, Dr. Burchiel was very kind, very considerate. The staff, the nurses, the anesthesiologist, all of them were very helpful and very kind and considerate. Thank you.

  • Apr 26, 2019

    Just Great!

  • Apr 25, 2019

    He is a great surgeon, the DBS procedure has improved the quality of my life with Parkinson's.

  • Apr 23, 2019

    Excellent Dr with knowledge and great bedside manner.

  • Apr 20, 2019

    Very positive. He instilled confidence in me. I feel that I will be in very capable hands for surgery.

  • Apr 19, 2019

    this was a surgery and everyone ROCK especially " Jared" the CNA II.

  • Apr 18, 2019

    Prompt, professional and so far....a good job.

  • Apr 12, 2019

    Meeting the Dr was great. Learning what the Dr was planning on doing to me during my surgery was very helpful and helped me be at ease.

  • Apr 12, 2019

    Always feel like in excellent care

  • Apr 12, 2019

    Very pleasant visit.

  • Apr 04, 2019

    Everything was on time.Easy to find and park.Dr. Kim Burchiel and staff were very professional.Ever question I had was answered.Entire visit was very pleasant.Parking was free??

  • Mar 29, 2019

    I was very pleased with my experience everyone was so pleasant.Dr was good at explaining my problem and what he could do

  • Mar 29, 2019

    He was very knowledgeable and explained a lot in a short time. He answered most of my questions before I had to ask them and allowed me the time to discuss the rest with him. He treated me respectfully, as an equal. I don't think scheduling is something he's much involved in, but I left with a somewhat vague notion of the pre-surgery testing, etc., that's involved. I hope I find out about those things soon so I can make some plans.

  • Mar 29, 2019

    He was honest

  • Mar 22, 2019

    I felt Dr. Kim Burchiel was very intelligent on explaining to me what was going on with my condition. And I was pleased to hear what he had to say and I....I would recommend him highly to anybody else. Thank you.

  • Mar 20, 2019

    I found Dr Burchiel very informative and he explained everything well. He answered my questions and knew what he was talking about.

  • Mar 13, 2019

    Very friendly staff and Doctors. This is my first time visiting OHSU and am looking forward to continuing care. The only thing I can suggest is for new patients especially poor country folk like me is better detail of the facility and parking we had no idea where to go and had difficulty understanding signs in parking garage.

  • Mar 07, 2019

    Had the bonus of an accompanied resident in tow so we’re able to track his diagnosis

  • Feb 24, 2019

    My experience was very positive. I was treated with kindness and respect. I was able to relax and not be nervous.

  • Feb 18, 2019

    Excellent communication skills. Relaxed demeanor.

  • Feb 18, 2019

    Dr Burchiel was very thorough, he explained all our options and answered all our questions. He was terrific!

  • Feb 18, 2019

    Doctor was rude, plain and simple. Obvious he did not want me as a patient.

  • Feb 10, 2019

    I love that he was willing to answer my concerns in detail and my daughters that came with me.

  • Feb 10, 2019

    Nice and to the point

  • Jan 30, 2019

    Dr. Burchiel was very professional and very caring and he was upfront with all the information and I just extremely loved his professionalism and the way that he took care of my husband. Thank you.

  • Jan 29, 2019

    I didn't get the best news I was hoping for, but I did find out that I wish I would have known about this doctor in the first place a couple years ago. I got in got out. Listened to what I had to say, told me what I needed to hear and like I said, I wish I would have known before. If something ever changes, I need to come see him, I will do that. Thank you.

  • Jan 28, 2019

    Yes, I was very pleased with my communication with Dr. Burchiel and his professional manner and feel very... very happy in his care.

  • Jan 27, 2019

    First class

  • Jan 24, 2019

    Yes, the doctor made me very comfortable and explained everything to me, not recommending letting me make my choice on what I wanted to do, and it was pleased with my choice, and just explained everything quite a few times. So I really really understood - understand - everything he's going to do and I was very comfortable with them and his mannerism was was very very good choice patients. I'm so pleased I went to him. Thank you.

  • Jan 18, 2019

    Saw lots of surgicsl staff. I did not see dr burchiel. He did talk with my husband.

  • Jan 17, 2019

    He was very good at explaining what would take place and also at explaining any of my husband sick? And so we just really appreciate him more than we can ever say. And that's about all. I have to say so I'm glad he's attending our son.

  • Jan 16, 2019

    With the exception of finding our way from the parking garage to the ninth floor check-in desk, everything went well. Everyone we had contact with was friendly and professional.

  • Jan 12, 2019

    Dr. Burchiel, he's a wonderful doctor, I would not hesitate at all to go back to him if I had to or recommend him to anybody. Couldn't ask for any better.

  • Jan 11, 2019

    I don't really fair ... think it's fair to be asking me now, I am just in the start of my procedure. I think the outcome, which will be in the next couple weeks, would be the time to ask me, not after this first follow up, this first start of my appointment. Thank you.

  • Jan 10, 2019

    Very knowable and helpful explaining what he will do and what to expect. We feel very lucky to have some one here with his expertise.