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

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  • Neurosurgeon

Professor of Neurological Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.7 out of 5 (282 Ratings, 59 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

4.7 out of 5 (282 Ratings, 59 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

  • Jan 18, 2019

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

  • 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.

  • Jan 07, 2019

    Did not address my concern.

  • Dec 29, 2018

    Professional, thorough, good communicator

  • Dec 23, 2018

    I felt appt was minimally informative. He seemed in a hurry and like he really didn?t feel I was an appropriate patient for him. He didn?t seem to think a 3 year old MRI needed to be repeated. I left with no real next steps except being referred to the pain clinic. He informed me that the previous diagnosis from Dr Chris Miller, neurosurgeon in Eugene, (spinal stenosis) was incorrect and that I didn?t have spinal stenosis. Dr Miller had described it as serious enough that it had the potential to paralyze me in spine trauma occurred. When I asked what might have made Dr Miller give me this diagnosis, Dr Burchiel replied, ?People tell us all kinds of things? and seemed to indicate the conversation was pretty much over.

  • Dec 23, 2018

    He knows what he's doing, for sure. I trust him with my life (and have twice).

  • Dec 22, 2018

    Very good

  • Dec 16, 2018

    Have seen this provider before - very good and understanding of issues.

  • Dec 13, 2018

    Very professional and I feel 100% confidence in him

  • Dec 13, 2018

    Most informative. Good communicator. Low key and made the patient feel comfortable.

  • Dec 13, 2018

    All services were efficient

  • Dec 07, 2018

    Dr. Burchiel is an amazing, compassionate and caring provider. I talk about him to anyone that will listen.

  • Nov 22, 2018

    Excellent access to a world class physician.

  • Nov 21, 2018

    Very good experience except my appointment was for noon and I didn't get in to see the doctor until 12:45. Otherwise, excellent. Thank you.

  • Nov 20, 2018

    I had an excellent visit with OHSU. Everything went off just like the doctors said it would. The staff were very attentive and friendly and efficient in doing their part. Thanks for your being there. Thanks to the doctors that did the surgery. I haven't had any problems.

  • Nov 10, 2018

    Dr. Burchiel is the only doctor that I can truss to remove the Schwannoma tumors that I have.

  • Nov 09, 2018

    Dr. Burchiel is very good at what he does. He's very....has very good bed side manner. He explains everything very well, shows you pictures of what he is going to do and he wants your input on the whole situation. I would highly recommend him for anything that.... that he does.

  • Nov 07, 2018

    Very professional and kind personnel. My appointment was on time.

  • Nov 03, 2018

    I was tested very well to find out what was going on with me for sure. Very...he explained himself very very well, told me what both symptoms I had going on at the same time, and told me one way possibly to get some relief and which I could not get from anyone else. I think he's a very sharp doctor.

  • Nov 02, 2018

    He was very approachable and informative. I appreciated the opportunity to talk with Dr. Burchiel.

  • Oct 25, 2018

    Dr Burchiel was wonderful. Explained everything very thoroughly.

  • Oct 13, 2018

    Dr. Burchiel is great, always nice to see him.

  • Oct 12, 2018

    Listened, answered questions fullly. Friendly, but did not waste time.

  • Oct 06, 2018

    Dr. Burchiel is tops in his field and I feel in very capable hands.

  • Sep 29, 2018

    He is very competent and able to explain things in a way I can understand.

  • Sep 21, 2018

    Listened to my explanation of my condition; explained options for treatment and/or surgery; answered all questions in understandable manner; very personable; very professional.

  • Sep 20, 2018

    Informative. Was still willing to see me even though I was late

  • Sep 14, 2018

    I have seen Dr Burchiel 3 times since 2014. He takes time to discuss the matter at hand.

  • Sep 07, 2018

    It was a fine appointment I had with the doctor. I was appreciative of his answers, he answered questions that I had, he was very thorough, very forthright and detailed and scientific enough to provide me with information that I was looking for. Thank you.

  • Sep 01, 2018

    Excellent experience with a professional provider

  • Aug 31, 2018

    This was a pre op visit for us, first time there. Everyone was absolutely wonderful. The nurses were very thorough, explained everything in great detail, took time with us, and we even got smiles! When we met the doctor he was as we expected (we had heard he was "top notch AND HE IS!") We liked him very much from the minute he stepped into the exam room. We were given the "red carpet" treatment in all steps from beginning to end. Now, we just have to wait for the surgery. Our experience at OHSU was a great one. Thanks to all that helped us!

  • Aug 29, 2018

    I felt Dr Burchiel was very professional and totally understood what my symptoms were as we went over what I was being seen for. He was very detailed in what the procedure would be for my surgery. I felt total confidence in his plan for my diagnosis. I felt he would be the best neurosurgeon for my care.

  • Aug 27, 2018

    Dr. took little to no time to assess my situation. I felt the whole thing was a waste of time.

  • Aug 27, 2018

    Seems to be caring and responsive to my needs.

  • Aug 26, 2018

    I feel that he is very competent, that he has a lot to share on his knowledge of trigeminal neuroglia. I don't know what else to say about him, he is good at what he does I suppose. So far. Okay. Thanks.

  • Aug 19, 2018

    His skill is what made me seek him out. He has worked on me before. I trust him completely.However I had two issues to discuss with him. Primary is pressure on a nerve in my lumbar that causes pain 24/7. It is often that I loose sleep due to it and I have an insomnia problem already. Secondary was relocation of my pump and catheter. The problem was he really had no time for me to get to the Disc/Pain before he heading out the door. I had to stop him, explain it. He said we will do that after the pump. The pump does not impact my life causing serious pain. I had to be firm on doing the back 1st and pump later. He still had me sign for consent to do the pump in the next three months. A man of skill will be in high demand I know. But I had in talk time with him maybe 5 min tops. He ordered the MRI one month ago but did not have it yet and said he promises to look at it. So I feel I'm going to have to call the office to remind them to remind him. Mean while the pain in my legs does not rest and prevents me from doing even simple things without serious pain.

  • Aug 16, 2018

    Dr. Burthcell is a very fine man. He is very good at listening. He listens and he explains things and I have 100% faith in him. I can say no more than that I'll recommend him to everybody.

  • Aug 14, 2018

    Hello, I, I, I jut think that he, he acts like that he doesn't want to listen, he just, he's very nice, but I just, you know, he seems like he doesn't listen, that he's in a hurry to get out of there and go on to the next patient, or whatever.

  • Aug 08, 2018

    With confidence, he explained to me what abnormal "thing" I have in my brain. Other providers have said well, it's probably a cyst, maybe it's a cyst, I don't think it's a cyst, I think it's this other thing. Of course they told me nothing about the other thing. Just kept telling me to come back in 2 years for another MRI.He told me I have a cavenova, that it's been unchanged for 16 years, I haven't developed any others and I don't need to keep having these MRI's. He told me what a cavenova is and that some people have them all over their brains.I left quote relieved.

  • Aug 03, 2018

    Wonderful bedside manner. Answered all of my questions and was very confident and knowledgeable

  • Aug 02, 2018

    Very much appreciated the doctor?s concern and treatment plan.

  • Jul 31, 2018

    Dr. Burchiel was very thorough and communicative about all possible treatments. He also listened to and responded thoughtfully to questions and concerns.

  • Jul 28, 2018

    He is very competent!

  • 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 25, 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 25, 2018

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

  • Jan 10, 2018

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

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