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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 Airway Reconstruction
  • 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
  • Lateral Skull Base Surgery
  • Microvascular Reconstruction
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Neck Surgery
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Parotidectomy
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Tracheostomy
  • Tracheotomy
  • Voice and Larynx Surgery
View all 29 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • 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 Nodule
  • Goiter Tumor
  • 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 Tumors of the Head
  • Melanoma
  • Minor Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Mouth Lesions
  • Nasal Cavity Cancer
  • Nasopharyngeal Cancer
  • Neck Cancer
  • Oropharyngeal Cancer
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Paraganglioma
  • Parathyroid Cancer
  • Parathyroid Disease
  • 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 Stenosis
  • Submandibular Gland Cancer
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Thyroid Tumor
  • Tracheal Stenosis
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Zenker's Diverticulum
View all 63 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

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

Residency - University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI

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

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

Undergraduate - Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

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 9/24/2023, 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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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

182 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

26 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2024

Dr. Burkey and PA were top notch! I was very pleased with the knowledge and care received.

Reviewed on May 29, 2024

Dr Burkey and his staff areTHE BEST!

Reviewed on May 29, 2024

Dr Burkey is a true professional and a great Dr.

Reviewed on May 1, 2024

Dr Burkey and the staff were very knowledgeable and thorough.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2024

Already recommended Dr. Burkey to a friend

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2024

Dr Burkey is excellent and allowed for questions and conversation

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2024

Dr. Burkey is personable and highly competant -- and I have complete faith in him for my cancer care.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2024

Dr Burkey is incredibly good with patients

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2024

The whole care team at Dr Burkey's office is terrific

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2024

Dr. Burkey and his PA Kayla went beyond supportive/courtesy. Made a scary surgery as easy as possible.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024

I have been a patient of Dr. Burkey since 2018 and his caring personal approach was instrumental in my cancer journey and remission. My highest recommendation.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024

Dr. B_____ is FABULOUS.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

Dr. Burkey is a fantastic doctor explaining in detail my situation and his recommended course of action He is very reassuring, calm and patient. I am very fortunate that he is my doctor!

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2024

Dr Burkey was excellent! He explained the entire procedure and answered all our questions.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

Dr. Burkey was down to earth, caring, concerned about my feelings, explained everything well and took a lot of time with me. I have complete confidence in his advice.

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2023

Dr. Burkey was wonderful. He provided detailed answered to all my questions. He made sure I understood and eased any of my concerns. I would highly recommend him and am pleased he is taking me as patient for any future needs.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2023

My experience with Dr. Berkey was amazing very professional made things very easy to understand left there was no questions unanswered. Thanks again to Dr. Berkey And staff

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

Dr. Burkey was amazing! I am so glad I chose to see him. He was very courteous, kind, professional and informative. I like the fact he didn't push surgery on me just yet. He let me have a say in what I wanted to do. I would DEFINITELY recommend Dy. Burkey.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2023

Dr. Burkey is an exceptional physician. It is rare to find such a brilliant physician who is also caring and friendly. We recommend Dr. Burkey to anyone.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2023

Dr Burkey was able to work me in two weeks before a scheduled follow up appt due to concerns I was having about my tongue. He allayed my fears, but as a precaution, he prescribed further testing just to make sure everything was as it seemed. I appreciate the fact that both he and his staff took me as his last appt on a vey long, busy day. He and his staff are always pleasant and reassuring. They saved my life two years ago and are continuing to help me enjoy a life with my family. Thank you, team Burkey.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2023

Dr. Burkey thinks things through. When he answers a question or gives his professional opinion, you can see him thinking about the best way to deliver an honest answer. I appreciate that.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2023

Dr Burkey and Staff were courteous, professional and informative. They delivered news re a bad diagnosis quite well.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

Dr Berkey is outstanding

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2023

Dr Burkey is 5 stars! Top DOC and team!

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2023

Exceptional care by Dr. Burkey and team!!!

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2023

It's so reassuring to have Dr. Burky at the hospital.

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