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

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  • Neurosurgeon

Professor of Neurological Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.6 out of 5 (459 Ratings, 139 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 (459 Ratings, 139 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

  • Nov 17, 2019

    Could not have been better

  • Nov 15, 2019

    On time and confident. Answered all my questions and explained procedure.

  • Nov 06, 2019

    Great experience, staff very friendly and caring, clean and efficient facility. Loved the new dining area and fireplace while waiting for my husband’s surgery.

  • Nov 01, 2019

    Dr Burchiel is an incredibly gifted neurosurgeon who has been caring for me since 2003. He has guided me through and treated me beautifully for functional pain and mobility problems. Despite his vast expertise in far more intricate neurological presentations than my basic needs he has been patient with my frustrations. I would not go anywhere else. Thank you!

  • Oct 30, 2019

    My experience with this provider, he was extremely thorough, over viewing my records, and had a great bed side manner.

  • Oct 25, 2019

    Very comfortable to talk with about my conditions

  • Oct 21, 2019

    I found this provider to be somewhat abrasive. He seemed to be quite tired. He took notes during the visit on the paper that covers the exam table. And then when he left, he left the notes there. I thought that was unusual instead of entering it ... things into the computer. I ... he also had the resident ask the same questions that he asked when he came in. The other thing that was unusual, it was ... this was the first visit with him and he said that he had a meeting with other doctors to ask what they were going to do with me, which I thought was very unusual, since that was our first visit. And again, I found him somewhat abrasive.

  • Oct 17, 2019

    I went in for my appointment and was taken in right on time and was explained what I needed and given information for my next appointment.

  • Oct 17, 2019

    Got my questions answered and was very pleased

  • Oct 14, 2019

    Very responsive, very convenient to get to, and incredibly professional.

  • Oct 08, 2019

    Always treated with respect and professionalism.

  • Oct 04, 2019

    Well, it was just a good experience. I'd recommended it. I'll highly recommended. I don't have anything else to say about it because it was a great experience.

  • Oct 03, 2019

    Very professional, knows his stuff.

  • Sep 29, 2019

    Dr B was pleasant, answered our questions in was we could understand, unhurried.

  • Sep 27, 2019

    Appointment started on time ~ Bill was met by a great gal who took information foe the doctor. Dr. Rae gathered more to info & Dr. Burchiel came in shortly after. Thank you all, so much!

  • Sep 27, 2019

    Dr. Burchiel was clear, concise and addressed every one of my concerns. He outlined a plan for care and instructed be to our next steps. After five years of struggles, it was relieving to find Dr. Burchiel and staff.

  • Sep 27, 2019

    Dr. Berko is excellent. Fabulous surgeon, wonderful person to talk with and deal with.

  • Sep 25, 2019

    I researched so I knew Dr Burchiel was my best chance of understanding my condition. He was very helpful and made me feel I was not coping with my condition without help.

  • Sep 22, 2019

    I had a very good experience with the doctor - he just told me give me the answers that I wanted, and he was very good at explaining why I'm having a problem, and so we're hoping that what you told me to do helps - and that's it.

  • Sep 22, 2019

    I would like to have a better idea of different procedures that I could have had - that's it.

  • Sep 21, 2019

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

  • Sep 11, 2019

    My experience was fine. I was glad to get someone who is willing to do something for my back and ... other than to be treated like I was here in Ugene ... or Springfield and that's it.

  • Sep 05, 2019

    He was attentive to my concerns,

  • Sep 01, 2019

    I just had a overall very good experience. Everything went very smoothly. Everything was completed on time, everything went well. And that's about all I can say. People are very accommodating. Friendly and courteous and just general. A good experience. With the staff and what not, okay, well. That's all for now. Bye. Bye.

  • Aug 30, 2019

    Dr. Burchiel?s fellow was right on time and very accessible. I have had this surgery several times so didn?t have many questions but those I did have he answered without any hesitation. He knew his stuff. (Please pardon the casual answer but I couldn?t find a better way to say it.)

  • Aug 13, 2019

    Very professional. Explained the cause and best way to fix the issue.

  • Aug 11, 2019

    Very polite and straight to the point which was awesome! He took time to explain what will happen during the procedure and showed me on my MRI's where the nerves had been pulled out. I appreciated the time he took with me. I was very please

  • Aug 09, 2019

    I just wanted to say that I had very wonderful treatment - Dr. Burchiel is just great, he told me everything I wanted to know and I appreciate him very much. Thank you.

  • Aug 09, 2019

    it was good as always

  • Aug 02, 2019

    I like the way he listened to everything I said and took under consideration my concerns and he also had a sense of humor, which I liked, helped in a serious situation.

  • Jul 31, 2019

    It appears that since my condition didn't fall within the narrow bounds of his desired practice, I was wasting his time.

  • Jul 31, 2019

    Yes, I don't know exactly what to say except. I'm very very impressed with Dr. Burchiel. He helped a lot and answering a lot of questions and explained a lot and I I just feel a lot more confident then I did about my problem. So I appreciate it.

  • Jul 29, 2019

    Very thorough and encouraging.

  • Jul 28, 2019

    they explained everything, was friendly, and fast

  • Jul 28, 2019

    This is the third time for a TN procedure. It is a difficult condition to treat, but he does continue to treat, and works with me to make it better.

  • Jul 28, 2019

    Very pleased with assessment, explanation & plan for treatment.While I have absolutely no objection to having an M.D. Fellow involved/included, it would have been nice to have had an explanation of his role/status prior to being seen by him prior to being seen by Dr. Burchiel.

  • Jul 26, 2019

    Dr. Burchiel is very professional, explains everything, and answers all the questions that you have. Everyone at OHSU was amazing and I really appreciate their time, energy and effort.

  • Jul 25, 2019

    He is awesome. Answers all questions and truly believes it what us goung on.

  • 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 14, 2019

    Dr. Burchiel is very interested in your health care and he is very good at what he does and he is very personable and I would recommend him to anyone. He's done a great job on me.

  • Jun 14, 2019

    Hi, Dr. Burchiel was hands down the most condescending physician I've ever met in my life. Not only was he condescending and rude, he was actually inaccurate on some of his understanding of the nerve that was damaged. Then when I looked at my notes in my chart, he not only wrote the wrong nerve in my note, but he additionally wrote the wrong muscles that he tested in my notes. I work in the medical field. So I know this. I've literally never met a doctor who is so rude, so condescending, had such a bad bed side manner, and he was so unwilling to work collaboratively to understand what was going on with me. I would never ever recommend him to anybody and this is the first physician I've ever said that about. I see other physicians at OHSU & I find their care to be wonderful.

  • Jun 14, 2019

    Dr Burchiel seemed to be talking more to the resident MD, teaching him about my case rather than speaking to me. Distant and non-connected to the patient.

  • Jun 14, 2019

    PersonableGood listenerMade clear the treatment options and his preferenceExcellent consultation

  • Jun 12, 2019

    I had to wait 30 minutes past my appointment time. Then I had to wait longer for Dr Burcheil to review my records. He seemed to be elsewhere instead of the appointment, Before he came into the room I heard someone telling him that I was still in the room. He told them thanks for reminding him. I didn't get any warm and fuzzy feelings this time around.

  • 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 08, 2019

    Very thorough and caring doctor, Dr. Burchiel listens and helps move forward with a plan. Staff also very pleasant and efficient.

  • Jun 07, 2019

    As far as personnel was concerned, I was extremely pleased and treated with such courtesy and professionalism. I.... I was very impressed.

  • Jun 07, 2019

    I was very pleased with the provider. I wish I could have gotten that MRI on my neck done before I came up to Portland though. I look very forward to getting this procedure done as soon as possible. Thank you, Kim Burchiel.

  • Jun 07, 2019

    It was short but very through, a very smart man.