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Michael Burns, MD

Residency and Training:

Emergency Medicine: University of Massachusetts Medical Center, 1991-1994
Fellowship in Medical Toxicology: University of Massachusetts Medical Center, 1994-1996

Academic Rank:

Assistant Professor

About Dr. Burns:

Dr. Burns is currently the Chief of Emergency Medicine at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, MA, a clinical affiliate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He provides administrative and educational oversight for the faculty and senior BIDMC EM residents at this busy, affiliated clinical site. He is a staff Emergency Medicine attending physician and Medical Toxicology consultant at BIDMC and at the MA/RI Poison Control Center located at Children's Hospital. Dr. Burns is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine and American College of Medical Toxicology. Dr. Burns is has research interests in novel drugs of abuse and novel antidotal treatments of new and established poisonings.

Major Publications:


Shannon MW, Borron SW, Burns MJ, (eds). Haddad and Winchester's Clinical Management of Poisoning and Drug Overdose, 4 th edition, Philadelphia, Saunders of Elsevier Inc., 2007.

Original Publications:

Burns MJ, Linden CH, Graudins A, Brown R, Fletcher K. A comparison of physostigmine and benzodiazepines for the treatment of anticholinergic poisoning. Ann Emerg Med 2000; 35(4): 374-381.

Sivilotti MLA, Burns MJ, McMartin KE, Brent J, and the META study group. Toxicokinetics of ethylene glycol during fomepizole therapy: implications for management. Ann Emerg Med 2000; 36(2): 114-125.

Burns MJ, Dickson E, Sivilotti M. Phentolamine reduces myocardial injury and  mortality in a rat model of phenylpropanolamine poisoning. J Tox Clin Tox 2001; 39(2): 129-134.

Dickson E, Sivilotti M, Mangolds G, Joe L, Grazel J, Mori K, Burns MJ. Core rewarming via warm lavage liquid ventilation in a swine model of hypothermia associated ventricular fibrillation . Acad Emerg Med 2001;8(1): 82-84.

Saper RB, Kales SN, Paquin J, Burns MJ, Eisenberg DM, Davis RB, Phillips RS. Heavy metal content of Ayurvedic herbal medicine products. JAMA 2004;292(23):2868


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