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Department Head and Neck Institute
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations 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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Biography

About Brian Burkey, MD

Brian B. Burkey MD, MEd, FACS is currently Vice-chairman and Section Head of the Section of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology at the Cleveland Clinic Head and Neck Institute.  He also serves as Medical Director of the Center for Consumer Health Information within the Education Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, which is a group of 30 people dedicated to the production of multimedia patient health information for all medical needs of patients and their families.  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

Appointed
2009

Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - Cleveland State University
Adult Learning and Development
Cleveland, OH USA
2014

Fellowship - The Ohio State University Hospitals
Reconstructive & Microvascular Surgery
Columbus, OH USA
1992

Residency - University of Michigan Health System
Otolaryngology
Ann Arbor, MI USA
1991

Internship - St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
General Surgery
Ypsilanti, MI USA
1987

Medical Education - University of Virginia School of Medicine
Charlottesville, VA USA
1986

Undergraduate - Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD USA
1981

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

Certifications

  • Otolaryngology

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

Memberships

  • 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 3/10/2020, 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.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* 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

140 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 4.3
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

33 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2020

Dr. Burkey is a wonderful physician. Kind, courteous, knowledgeable, experienced and takes time to address questions. I felt that I had his complete attention and that he will do his best to address my medical issue before, during, and after surgery.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2020

I love Dr. Burkey! He is so wonderful and has helped me so much!

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2020

DR BURKEY AND STAFF ARE OUTSTANDING

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

My doctor is the best. He makes you feel like a friend, not a patient. He is a great doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

Dr Burkey is the best. I have been seeing him for many years and would not go to anybody but him. He is kind caring and very thoughtful.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

I have already recommended Dr Burkey to my friend's

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

Dr Burkey is a great person and great doctor!

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2020

Dr. Burkey was very thorough he explained everything very well he was very patient he answer all questions that I asked I did not feel rushed he listen to me and I left feeling more educated and comfortable about my situation

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2020

Dr Burky is always very thorough, thoughtful and a great communicator

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2020

Dr. Burkey was very courteous and relaxing, putting any concerns I had at rest.

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

Dr. Burkey is always professional, courteous and a pleasure to see.

Reviewed on May 18, 2020

dr Burkey is the BRST Doctor ever!!! he truly cares about his patients. he saved my life! he listens and gives clear instruction/explanations

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Dr. Burkey was outstanding. Cannot say enough good things about him or our first experience with him.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

Dr. Burkey is absolutely the best physician I have. He is so caring. I have absolute confidence in his skills and knowledge. I saw him for my annual thyroid check during the corona virus crisis. He took all my concerns very seriously, and proceeded with recommendations with an abundance of caution. I feel so fortunate to have found him several years ago.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Dr. Burke is a good man and an excellent MD

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

Love Dr Burkey.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

I have been treated by The Cleveland Clinic for Cancer, so far the it has been great. I don't know how you folks do it. Dr. Berkey and Dr. Nasir treated me great.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

love Dr Burkey, he has the whole package.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Dr.Burkey and his staff always provide great care from check in to check out

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

I have nothing but good things to say about Dr Birkey and his staff. top notch all around

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

outstanding doctor, well informed

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2019

Very nice doctor and very informative with what I needed.

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2019

Dr. Berkey was polite and professional and did not appear to be in a hurry which is very rare these days

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2019

I have usually had a very good experience scheduling with Dr. Burkey.The same applies to this appointment.

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2019

Dr. Burkey is always a great provider and is super friendly. I always enjoy my visits with him.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

I have been a patient of Dr Burkey for seventeen years He gave me a good quality live from reconstruction my vocal cord .He is the most caring person that anyone could meet. I and my family will always thank him .

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2019

Dr Burkey is a fantastic surgeon and human being. probably saved my life.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2019

The doctor eased my mind about my health problem that it could be handled to some degree.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2019

Dr Burkey is the best of the best

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019

The Cleveland Clinic is really trying to looking out for everyone involved with them. Doctors and Patients. Dr. Berkey, JoAnn, and Dr. Nasir treated me very well I received excellent care.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2019

Dr. Burkey was wonderful!

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2019

Have known my care provider for almost 20 yrs. That's why I came to Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Burkey is excellent.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2019

Dr. Burkey requested that another colleague evaluate my needs and she came immediately! Excellent staff cooperation!

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