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Richard Burgess, MD, PhD

Richard Burgess, MD, PhD
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Department Epilepsy Center
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations


Avon Hospital

33300 Cleveland Clinic Blvd
Avon, OH 44011
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Specialties & Treatments

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
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Epilepsy
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About Richard Burgess, MD, PhD

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 Burgess 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, totaling over 400 by 2011. 

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - University Hospitals Regional Hospitals
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Graduate School - Case Western Reserve University
MSc, Biomedical Engineering
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - Lafayette College
Electrical Engineering
Easton, PA USA

Additional Training

  • National Institutes of Health Senior Staff Fellow.

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.


  • - Clinical Neurophysiology - Subspecialty Cert
  • 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

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".


  • 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.
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 8/17/2022, Dr. Burgess 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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