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Title Regional Institute Chair, Surgical Specialties
Department Otolaryngology
Primary Location Scully-Welsh Cancer Center
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Primary Location

Scully-Welsh Cancer Center

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adult Ent/Otolaryngology
  • Airway Reconstruction
  • Airway Stenosis Treatment
  • Cancer Center
  • Clinical Trials
  • Craniomaxillofacial Surgery
  • Diagnostic head and neck
  • Endoscopic Zenker's Diverticulum Surgery
  • Facial Reconstruction
  • Flexible Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy
  • Flexible Fiberoptic Nasal Endoscopy
  • Head and Neck Cancer Surgery
  • Head And Neck Cancer Treatment
  • Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery
  • Head and neck reconstructive surgery
  • Jaw Reconstruction
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Laser Surgery
  • Lateral Skull Base Surgery
  • Microvascular Reconstruction
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Neck Surgery
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Parotidectomy
  • Reconstructive Head And Neck Surgery
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Tracheostomy
  • Tracheotomy
  • Voice And Larynx Surgery
View all 30 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Adult Airway Reconstruction
  • Aerodigestive Tract Disorders
  • Benign Bone Tumors
  • Benign Tumors Of The Head
  • Benign Tumors Of The Neck
  • Cancer
  • Carotid Body Tumor
  • Congenital Head and Neck Disease
  • Eagle Syndrome
  • Facial Nerve Paralysis
  • Goiter
  • Goiter and Thyroid Nodules/Tumors
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Masses
  • Head and Neck Paragangliomas
  • Head and Neck Trauma
  • Head And Neck Tumors
  • Hoarseness
  • Hypopharyngeal Cancer
  • Immobile Vocal Folds
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngeal Stenosis
  • Laryngeal Tracheal Reconstruction
  • Lip and Oral Cavity Cancer
  • Malignant Head and Neck Disease
  • Malignant Tumors Of The Head
  • Malignant Tumors Of The Neck
  • Melanoma
  • Minor Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Mouth Lesions
  • Nasal Cavity Cancer
  • Nasopharyngeal Cancer
  • Oropharyngeal Cancer
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Paraganglioma
  • Parathyroid Cancer
  • Parathyroid Disease Description
  • Parotid Cancer
  • Parotid Masses
  • Parotid Tumors
  • Pediatric Head And Neck Cancer
  • Pediatric Parathyroid Disorders
  • Pediatric Salivary Gland Tumors
  • Pediatric Thyroid Cancer
  • Pediatric Thyroid Disorders
  • Pediatric Thyroid Masses
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Rare Cancer and Blood Disease Program
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Diseases
  • Sarcoma
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skull Base Cancer
  • Subglottic And Tracheal Stenosis
  • Subglottic Stenosis
  • Submandibular Gland Cancer
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Tracheal Stenosis
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Zenker's Diverticulum
View all 64 Specialties +


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About Brian Burkey, MD

Brian B. Burkey MD, MEd, FACS is currently the Institute Chair of Surgical Specialties for Cleveland Clinic in Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Dr. Burkey served as Vice-chairman and Section Head of the Section of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology at the Cleveland Clinic Head and Neck Institute. Dr. Burkey came to the Cleveland Clinic after almost twenty years at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, rising to Professor of Otolaryngology and Vice-chairman within that department.  

Dr. Burkey finished undergraduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University, before obtaining his medical degree at the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine in 1986.  He completed otolaryngology residency training at the University Of Michigan Department Of Otolaryngology and a fellowship in microvascular and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Ohio State University, before launching his career at Vanderbilt.  He has been an American Board of Otolaryngology diplomate since 1992, and his practice has an emphasis on head and neck oncologic and microvascular reconstructive surgery.  He began co-directing the Vanderbilt fellowship in Head and Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery starting in 1992, one of the early fellowships in microvascular surgery, and has trained 30 fellows over his career, almost all of whom have positions in academic otolaryngology both nationally and internationally.  He has continued this fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, which is accredited by the American Head and Neck Society.. 

At Vanderbilt, Dr. Burkey served as residency Program Director for 15 years, which spanned three successful site visits.  Dr. Burkey recently completed a seven-year tenure on the Otolaryngology Residency Review Committee of the ACGME, serving two years as Vice-chairman and two years as Chairman of that body.  He then served as a consultant with ACGME-International and helped three programs in Singapore gain initial accreditation.  He was on the steering committee which founded the Otolaryngology Program Directors Organization (OPDO), and served on the Executive Council and as President of the Society of University Otolaryngologists (SUO).  He has also served as a guest examiner and senior examiner of the American Board of Otolaryngology and has been a member of the Board of Governors and numerous educational committees of the American College of Surgeons. 

Dr. Burkey has been an active member of the American Head and Neck Society, serving on the Educational, Website and Bylaws committees, and just completed his second term on the Council, comprising over twelve years of service.  He currently is the Secretary of that organization.  He serves on the editorial board of multiple journals in the field of otolaryngology, and has lectured extensively on educational and clinical subjects both nationally and internationally.  He has authored over 15 book chapters and 75 peer-reviewed articles on head and neck and reconstructive surgery topics.  He has been a leader on several cooperative group studies and currently is a co-principal investigator of NIH-funded research.  He continues to mentor residents and fellows and is hoping to continue innovation within all areas of medical education.  He completed his Masters degree in Education with an emphasis on the health professions in the summer of 2014.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - Cleveland State University
Adult Learning and Development
Cleveland, Oh USA

Fellowship - The Ohio State University Hospitals
Reconstructive & Microvascular Surgery
Columbus, OH USA

Residency - University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI USA

Internship - St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
General Surgery
Ypsilanti, MI USA

Medical Education - University of Virginia School of Medicine
Charlottesville, VA USA

Additional Training

  • Master's in Adult Learning and Development, with an emphasis on health professions education from Cleveland State University, August 2014

Professional Highlights

  • Member, Otolaryngology Residency Review Committee, ACGME, 2003-2010
  • Chair, Otolaryngology Residency Review Committee, ACGME, 2008-2010
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Secretary, American Head and Neck Society, 2013-present


  • Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Specialty Interests

adult airway reconstruction, aerodigestive tract disorders, airway stenosis, congenital and malignant head and neck disease, craniomaxillofacial, Facial Nerve Paralysis, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, gland/thyroid gland tumors/chemodectomas of the head and neck, head and neck cancer, head and neck endocrine (thyroid and parathyroid) surgery, head and neck paraganglioma, head and neck reconstructive surgery, head and neck surgery, head and neck trauma, Head And Neck Tumors, larynx and tracheal reconstruction, malignant/benign tumors of the head and neck, Microvascular Reconstruction, Microvascular Surgery, pediatric and adult thyroid/parathyroid disorders, reconstructive head and neck surgery, skull base neoplasms, skull base surgery, soft tissue and bony facial reconstruction, thyroid and salivary gland masses and pediatric neck masses, tracheotomy, Vocal Cord Paralysis

Awards & Honors

  • Best Doctors and America's Top Doctors, since 2001
  • America's Top Doctors for Cancer, since 2005
  • America's Top Surgeons, since 2008
  • Distinguished Service Award of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 2009


  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • American Head and Neck Society
  • Society of University Otolaryngologists
  • American Broncho-Esophagological Association
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 9/20/2022, Dr. Burkey has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

157 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

34 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2022

Office was very friendly doctor was very professional and gave you all the information needed in layman terms so you could understand

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2022

Wishing that all of my Dr. Appointments were like this one with Dr. Burkey

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2022

I feel so safe and cared for by Dr. Burkey and his team. Cancer is always scary but he and they have made this process as positive as it can be.

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

I had a very good experience with Dr Burkey and every one of his staff.

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

Dr. Burkey and his staff are fully engaged with understanding and communicate concerns and recommendations well.

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2022

Were absolutely wonderful, Yes I would difinitely recommend him. Dr.Burkey and His staff are GREAT

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2022

Dr Burkey and team are top notch, caring, professionals!

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2022

Dr Burkey and team set the high bar for others to follow.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2022

Brilliant MD with great kindness and taking time to explain every question my wife and I had.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2022

Dr. Burkey is the BEST!!! Enough said!

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2022

Dr Burkey is fantastic. I feel very fortunate to have such an amazing physician following me.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2022

Dr. Burkey is great.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022

Great staff! Compassionate doctor who actually listens to you. Rare to find. Super recommend it!

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022

Probably the best doctor I've been to in years! Not only competent and knowledgeable, but compassionate, good listener, and didn't rush me through my appointment. I wish I could have a primary care doctor like Dr. Burkey.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2022

Dr Burkey is the best! A true example of a caring professional. He took time to listen and made you feel that you are his only patient that day. I never felt rushed and he took time to answer my questions and concern.

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

I have so much confidence in Dr. Burkey, and he is so kind and supportive that I really don't spend much time worrying about my situation. I know I'm in good hands. It's a major relief. I have already told anyone who asks that we are incredibly lucky to have Dr. Burkey and his team in our small community. We are lucky!

Reviewed on May 4, 2022

Dr Burkey is terrific. He is a "straight shooter" and discusses things in terms that I can understand. He is courteous and professional.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2022

Dr. Burkey is great!

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2022

Dr. Burkey is friendly and very knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

Excelleny doctor and staff.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

Doctor very thotough

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2022

Extremely happy with doctor's knowledge, courtesy and professionalism. His PA was excellent, as well

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2022

Dr Burkey and his PA were fantastic. He provided a thorough description of the surgery he will perform, fully consented me himself and was patient and thoughtful in regard to my particular condition and all questions I posed to him.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2022

An unpleasant health issue was handled in 100% personable and pleasant team at dr Burkey's office. High praise to him his PA and nurse

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2022

I had an excellent experience. Great Dr., and staff.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2022

Dr Brian Burkey is a a great Physician!!

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2022

I am so lucky to have been able to get an appointment with Dr Burkey, Kayla, PA and Nurse. They are great !!!

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2022

I will highly recommend Dr Burkey to all my friends and neighbors!

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2022

I would recommend this doctor to anyone!He took his time to inform me of everything.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2022

Dr. Burkey is thorough, listens and involved us in his decisions. I felt comfortable and at ease at all times and would recommend him to all family and friends.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2022

Dr Burkey is compassionate and professional at the same time. He took his time with me and I never felt rushed every time I had an appointment with him. He listens and respects my opinions and concerns as a .

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2022

The doctor and his staff were terrific.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2022

Dr Burkey was awesome. He actually called the Oncologist during the visit to make sure that I could get into see him quickly. Truly amazing level of care

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2022

I have always had a good experience with Dr. Burkey and his team

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