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 (453 Ratings, 39 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 (453 Ratings, 39 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey

  • Friendliness/courtesy 4.6
  • Explanations about your problem/condition 4.7
  • Concern shown for your questions/worries 4.6
  • Effort made to include you in treatment decisions 4.6
  • Used words you could understand 4.7
  • Amount of time spent with you 4.5
  • Your confidence in care provider 4.7
  • Likelihood of recommending to others 4.6
  • Likelihood of recommending to others 4.9

Patient Comments

  • May 09, 2018

    I feel very comfortable that you will take out my brain tumor with minimal loss of function.

  • May 09, 2018

    Dr Burchiel is the premiere neurosurgeon in the Pacific Northwest. We are 100% confident in the care and abilities of Dr Burchiel and his staff.

  • Feb 15, 2018

    I was thoroughly explained everything I needed to know and more and was overwhelmed with the kindness and information that I was given about my condition really appreciate these doctors

  • Jan 18, 2018

    Spent a lot of time going over various options so that I didn't receive over-kill treatment for my condition.

  • Jan 04, 2018

    after 7 yrs of being on my own, i just needed to be back on his radar

  • Nov 30, 2017

    My husband, daughter who is an RN, and myself all feel very comfortable with Dr. Bursheil and his staff and when time comes for another appointment we know they will all be there to help me.

  • Nov 21, 2017

    I overall appreciated my consult with Dr. Burchiel and came away with a better understanding of the surgery my neurologist recommended. I did notice that the after visit summary indicates that Dr. Burchiel described risks of the surgery including death and vision loss that he did not mention during the visit. My husband was at the appointment with me and confirmed that these risks weren't brought up. I assume this is because Dr. Burchiel used a standard template for his summary. However, it did leave me with an uncomfortable feeling that there are more risks to this procedure than I was initially led to believe and that possibly Dr. Burchiel didn't thoroughly address these risks with me. We're talking about brain surgery, so this type of missed information is potentially very significant.

  • Oct 05, 2017

    The reasons I put fair on some of the questions were because I was of the understanding that my CT scan and MRI were being examined ahead of the appointment. I have had a craniotomy at Virginia Mason Hospital in 2006 and when I arrived for my appointment, the neurosurgeon was prepared for me and knew what needed to be done. It seemed my CT scan especially was being looked at now, and a lot of time was spent with no conversation, only looking at the scan. Maybe because I was so concerned, it seemed like a long time. When a person has had craniotomy surgery previously, I was surprised that he appeared to be looking at my scans for the first time when we were in the room. This could be my perception, but a bit unsettling.

  • Oct 05, 2017

    Dr Burchiel is an extraordinarily gifted neurosurgeon who obviously takes pride and is meticulous in his work. He has seen me for over 13 years. I feel I have the best possible care and outcomes with his work.

  • Sep 21, 2017

    my husband and I were both comfortable with this doctor. I left feeling like a person that needed care. he was friendly and very informative. I have already recommended this office.

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