sports medicine knee doctor acl surgeon  Dr. Burnham is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine specialist, and knee doctor practicing in Baton Rouge, LA. He specializes in complex knee surgery, ACL and revision ACL surgery, ligament reconstruction and multi-ligament knee injuries, cartilage repair and restoration, knee osteotomy and realignment procedures, hip arthroscopy, hip FAI (impingement), hip labral tear surgery, shoulder surgery, and operative and nonoperative treatment of all sports injuries. He has had experience as a team physician at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels, and continues to educate and train new sports medicine residents, fellows, and athletic trainers.

While maintaining an active clinical practice, he also contributes to advancing the field of sports medicine through musculoskeletal research, and has published over 50 peer reviewed research publications and text book chapters on sports medicine treatment. He has won awards for his research and has had the opportunity to present his work at national and international conferences. In addition to his academic interests, he has served in leadership roles at the regional and national level, and has lobbied on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. numerous times for patient rights. Dr. Burnham also serves as an orthopedic surgeon in the United States Army Reserve.

Dr. Burnham completed his orthopedic surgery and sports medicine residency at the University of Kentucky where he trained with sports medicine knee experts Drs. Darren Johnson (SEC team physician of the year, UK Football Head Team Physician), Mary Lloyd Ireland (former Olympic and UK Football physician), and Christian Lattermann (now Chief of Sports Medicine and Director of Cartilage Repair at Harvard Medical School), and shoulder expert Dr. Scott Mair (UK Basketball). During his time at UK, he also had the opportunity to learn surgical and clinical skills from visiting professors such as Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Thomas Byrd.

Dr. Burnham then completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) under the leadership of ACL and knee experts Drs. Freddie Fu (most published ACL researcher in the world) and Volker Musahl (Pitt Football, Chief of Sports Medicine). He also trained with team physicians Drs. James Bradley (Pittsburgh Steelers, AOSSM president) and Craig Mauro (Pittsburgh Steelers), Dr. Darmesh Vyas (Pittsburgh Penguins), Dr. Bryson Lesniak (Pitt, Carnegie Mellon), shoulder experts Drs. Albert Lin (Pitt, Dusquene University) and Mark Rodosky, and Dr. Vonda Wright (Pittsburgh Ballet, Pitt Baseball). In addition to his orthopedic and sports medicine training, he rotated with neuropsychologist Dr. Michael Collins (co-developer of the ImPACT concussion testing), Dr. Kentaro Onishi (MSK ultrasound expert), Dr. Aaron Mares (non-operative sports medicine), and sports physical therapists James Irrgang (developer of IKDC knee scoring system) and Andrew Lynch.

Outside of work, Dr. Burnham enjoys traveling, running, and outdoor activities with his wife Amié, their three children, and their two Labrador retrievers. Dr. Burnham is enthusiastic about all things sports and fitness related, and is happy to be back in south Louisiana in “sportsman’s paradise.” His father and brother are both practicing physicians in the area.

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Jul 2016 – Jul 2017 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Sports Medicine Fellowship
Fellowship Director: Volker Musahl, MD
Fellowship Chairman: Freddie H. Fu, MD

Jun 2014 – Present United States Army Reserve
Captain, U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps
Jul 2011 – Jun 2016 University of Kentucky Medical Center Lexington, KY
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program
Residency Directors: Todd A. Milbrandt, MD and Carter Cassidy, MD
Residency Chairman: Darren L. Johnson, MD
Jul 2007 – May 2011 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport, LA
Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Jul 1999 – May 2004 Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA
Bachelor of Science (BS), Biology;
Chancellor’s Top 100


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  • Emerging Leader, American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), 2016Ray Neef Memorial (Senior Resident) Award, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, University of Kentucky (UK), 2015 and 2016
  • Ray Neef Memorial (Senior Resident) Award, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, University of Kentucky (UK), 2015 and 2016
  • UK Healthcare Resident of the Month, November 2015
  • Lexington Medical Society Essay Contest Runner-Up, 2015
  • Resident Leadership Forum, AOA, 2015
  • Outstanding Junior Resident Award, UK Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, 2014
  • Best Research Presentation Award, Thomas D. Brower Visiting Professor Symposium, UK Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, 2014
  • Intern Teaching Award, UK College of Medicine, 2012.
  • Outstanding 4th Year Medical Student Award, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport (LSUHSC-S), May 2011.
  • Medical Student Research Grant, LSUHSC-S, 2009-2010.
  • SEC Football Academic Honor Roll, 2002.
  • Football Letterman, Louisiana State University, 2002.
  • Coach’s Award, Varsity Football Team, Louisiana State University, 2001.
  • Athletic Director’s Cup Award, Louisiana State University, 1999-2002
  • National Merit Scholar, 1999.


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2016-2017 Congressional Ambassador, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
2016 – 2017 Chair, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Resident Assembly
2015 – 2017 AAOS Candidate, Resident, and Fellow Committee
2015 – 2016 Vice Chair, AAOS Resident Assembly
2015 – 2016 Leader, Global Health Initiative Workgroup, AAOS Resident Assembly
2015 – 2016 AAOS Annual Meeting Medical Student Program Workgroup
2015 – 2016 Health Policy Committee, AAOS Resident Assembly
2013 – 2015 Chair and Orthopedic Surgery Representative, House Staff Council, UK Healthcare
2013 – 2015 Resident Representative, UK Healthcare Medical Staff Operating Committee
2014 UK Healthcare Executive Leadership Team, ACGME Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program
2013 – 2014 Resident Representative, UK Healthcare GME Committee
2010 – 2011 Student Representative, Medical School Admissions Committee, LSUHSC-S
2010 – 2011 American Medical Association (AMA) Liaison, Louisiana State Medical Society, Medical Student Section
2010 – 2011 Chapter Director, Louisiana State Medical Society, LSUHSC-S
2009 – 2011 Medical Curriculum Council, LSUHSC-S
2009 – 2010 President, Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group, LSUHSC-S


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Feb 2016 Volunteer, Medical Mission Trip to Ambato, Ecuador; Provided orthopaedic surgery services for over 200 local pediatric and adolescent patients
Sep 2009 – May 2011 Coordinator, volunteer activities at Shriners Hospitals for Children (Shreveport, LA) for the Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group
Feb 2010 Co-Coordinator, Fund Raiser for Shriners Hospitals for Children (Shreveport, LA); raised $4000 to purchase wheelchairs and medications
Nov 2009 Coordinator, Jambalaya Sale; raised $1000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association
Aug 2005 – Sep 2005 Volunteer, Red Cross field hospitals in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina
May 2001 – Jun 2001 Volunteer, Medical Mission Trip to South Africa; taught HIV/AIDS awareness to 5000 students at over 40 high schools
Mar 2000 Volunteer, Medical Mission Trip to Nueva Rosita, Mexico


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