Richard Burgess, MD, PhD

216.444.7008

Richard Burgess, MD, PhD

Appointed: 1986

Richard Burgess, MD, PhD
Department: Epilepsy Center
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code S51
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.7008
WorkFax:216.445.4378
Richard Burgess, MD, PhD
Department: Neurology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code S51
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.7008
WorkFax:216.445.4378
Surgeon:
No
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

After obtaining a B.S. with honors in Electrical Engineering, Richard C. Burgess received the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and M.D. degrees from Case Western Reserve University in 1975 and 1977 respectively and completed his residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland in 1980. From 1980 to 1986, he was at the National Institutes of Health investigating computer techniques for neurophysiological monitoring of intensive care patients.

In 1986 he joined the Professional Staff in the Department of Neurology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Burgess formed a group responsible for applications of computers to clinical neurophysiology and clinical information support systems. From 1990 to 2004, Dr Burges was Head, Section of Neurological Computing at the Cleveland Clinic, technical director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at the v.Bodeschwingsche Anstalten Bethel in Bielefeld, Germany, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology.

In addition, Dr. Burgess was president of Vangard, a commercial entity formed in 1994 as an outgrowth of the technology which was developed by the Section of Neurological Computing for assessment of patients with epilepsy and other neurological disorders. Vangard was sold into the private sector in 2000.  Dr. Burgess has leadership and board positions in the American Epilepsy Society and the American Clinical MEG Society, and he is a member of the the American Clinical Neurophysiological Society, the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, the American Academy of Neurology, and the American Medical Association.

Most recently, he has been responsible for bringing to the Cleveland Clinic magnetoencephalography, a sophisticated functional measurement system for assessing normal and abnormal brain function.  The MEG system was installed at CCF in 2008, and Dr. Burgess now conducts assessments of more patients with complicated epilepsy than at any other center, totalling over 400 by 2011. 

Professional Highlights

  • From 1988 to 2001, Dr. Burgess was the Technical Director of the von Bodelschwinghsche Anstalten Bethel Epilepsy Program, Krankenhaus Mara, in Bielefeld, Germany, successfully transferring the CCF EEG-video monitoring technology to this European medical partner.
  • Dr. Burgess established the Section of Neurological Computing and became its Section Head in 1990.
  • From 1988 to 1997 he was associate editor of the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology.
  • As president of Vangard, Dr. Burgess received the Ohio Governor’s Excellence in Exporting Award and was recognized by Crain’s Cleveland Business as a Cleveland Technology Leader.
  • Dr. Burgess is Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, where he has been primary thesis advisor to Ph.D. and M.S. students, as well as an undergraduate teacher.
  • As a leader of the ACMEGS Clinical Practice Guidelines taskforce, Dr. Burgess has promulgated magnetoencephalography guidelines in 2011, recently also endorsed by the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society.

Education & Fellowships

Residency - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
1980
Internship - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
1978
Medical School - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
1977
Doctorate - Case Western Reserve University
Biomedical Engineering
Cleveland, OH USA
1975
Undergraduate - Lafayette College
Electrical Engineering
Easton, PA USA
1969

Certifications

  • American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology, Inc.- Clinical Neurophysiology

Specialty Interests

clinical neurophysiology, computer processing of electrophysiologic signals, continuous computerized neurophysiologic assessment, dipole modeling, EEG, EEG/MEG and related translational research, Epilepsy, forward modeling of electrophysiological signals, magnetoencephalography, medical informatics, MEG, principal components analysis, Sleep Disorders, telemedicine

Awards & Honors

  • Hans Berger Award, American Electroencephalographic Society
  • Ohio Enterprise Development Innovations Award
  • Epilepsy Staff Teacher of the Year

Additional Training

  • National Institutes of Health Senior Staff Fellow.

Innovations & Patents

Dr Burgess developed a comprehensive, computerized EEG-video recording and analysis system for continuous monitoring of patients with neurological disorders, used at the Cleveland Clinic for 18 years, and sold in seven countries as the "Vangard System".

Memberships

  • American Epilepsy Society (committee chairman).
  • American Clinical MEG Society (board of directors).
  • American Academy of Neurology.
  • American Clinical Neurophysiology Society.
  • American Medical Association.
  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.

Treatment & Services

  • Clinical Trials
  • Dipole Modeling
  • Epilepsy Surgery Evaluation
  • Magnetoencephalography (meg)
  • Neuroimaging (mri, Pet, Spect, Meg Scans)
  • Neurophysiology
  • Novel Epilepsy Imaging (PET, SPECT, MEG, fMRI)
  • Principal Components Analysis
  • Telemedicine
  • Video EEG Monitoring

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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  • English
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