Leading Faculty

Dr. Joseph P. Burns

Joseph Burns, MD, specializes in comprehensive shoulder surgery, including new arthroscopic reconstruction of large and irreparable rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, labral tears, shoulder replacements, knee ligament reconstruction and sports medicine.

Dr. Burns grew up in Connecticut and attended Yale University where he played on both the football and baseball teams, earning the C. Gilbert Shepherd Award for leadership and interest in Yale Athletics.

After graduating from Yale, he spent a year traveling and visiting family in Australia and New Zealand, before returning to attend Georgetown Medical School in Washington, D.C. While at Georgetown, Dr. Burns became interested in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, graduating with honors. He then attended the University of Connecticut for orthopedic internship and residency.

After completing his orthopedic residency, Dr. Burns completed the sports medicine fellowship at Southern California Orthopedic Institute, during which he received specialized training in arthroscopic surgery, complex shoulder issues, and sports injuries. He spent one year in Atlanta as the sports and shoulder specialist for Resurgens Orthopaedics before returning to California to join the staff of SCOI.