Dr. Burns is a board certified orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty fellowship training in sports medicine. She also completed an international traveling fellowship sponsored by the Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society in 2005 with a focus on shoulder surgery. Her medical interests include diseases of the shoulder, rotator cuff disease and arthritis, knee ligament reconstruction, cartilage resurfacing and arthritis, and problems of the female athlete.
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Having graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in biology and psychology, Dr. Burns was also a member of several honor societies including Phi Beta Kappa and the Premedical Honor Society. After graduating from Baylor College of Medicine, where she was nominated for AOA, she completed a residency program at the University of Utah, one of the top 25 orthopedic programs in the country. Upon finishing her residency, Dr. Burns completed fellowship training for sports medicine at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego.

Currently, Dr. Burns is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society and the American Medical Women's Association. On a local level, she is a member of the Saint Louis Metropolitan Medical Society and the Missouri Orthopedic Association. She is active on the hospital staff and was recently awarded the DePaul Hospital Physician Value Award for Compassion in 2006.

Dr. Burns provides care for athletes from high school to the professional levels. She is the team physician for Lindenwood University. She has provided medical coverage to NBA exhibition games, and was the team physician for the St. Louis Quest, a professional women's volleyball team. She is also skilled in caring for injuries of the "weekend warrior." She is also interested in promoting the health and wellness of all Saint Louisans and brought the Gateway to Health Challenge and Dragonboat Festival to Saint Louis through her work at the Civic Entrepreneurs Organization.

Staying active and passionate about medical education is her top priority. In addition to advancing her own education, she assists other physicians and physical therapists by providing instructional courses on diseases of the shoulder, knee and hip, particularly in athletes. She has also spoken to wider community audiences including the 2007 Women’s Conference sponsored by the Saint Louis Business Journal.


  • Burns, K. A., Robbins, L. M.: A comparison of two methods of rehabilitation after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair.
  • Ward, S. R.; Hentzen, E. R.; Smallwood, L. H.; Eastlack, R. K.; Burns, K. A.; Fithian, D. C.; Friden, J.; and Lieber, R. L.: Rotator cuff muscle architecture: implications for glenohumeral stability. Clin Orthop Relat Res, 448: 157-63, 2006.
  • Burns, K. A., Stevens, P.M. Coxa Vara: Another option for fixation. J. Ped. Orthop. B 2001; 10(4): 304-10.
  • Burns, K. A., Burks, R. T., Bachus, K. N. Effect of autograft placement on cartilage contact stress.
  • Burns, K. A., Lintner, D. M. The radiographic position of the posterior cruciate ligament.
  • Burns, K. A., Lintner, D. M. Radiographic analysis of PCL reconstruction.


  • 2004 Board Certified, ABOS
  • 2007 Board Certified, Sports Medicine, ABOS


• 2007 Paul Simon Award, Signature Foundation
• 2006 Physician Value Award for Compassion
• 2006 Studer Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership, CEO
• 2005 Traveling Fellowship, Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society
• Nominated AOA
• Phi Beta Kappa
• Alpha Epsilon Delta, Premedical Honor Society
• Golden Key National Honor Society, President
• Beta Beta Beta, Biological Honor Society
• Phi Eta Sigma, Freshman Honor Society, President
• 1994 Stalnacker Scholarship for academic achievement
• Chancellor's scholar, 8 of 8 undergraduate semesters
• 1991 Ossip Award for excellence in undergraduate writing
• 1991 Outstanding student research in psychology


• Team Physician, Lindenwood University 2001-current

• Member, Civic Entrepreneurs Organization, 2005-current

• Chairman, Gateway to Health Challenge and Festival

• Council Member, Saint Louis Metropolitan Medical Society

• Member, Credentials Committee, DePaul Hospital 04-07

• Chairman, Institutional Review Board, DePaul Hospital

• Board Member DePaul Surgical Center

• Member, Advisory Committee, Signature Home Health 04-07

• Moderator, Signature Health Care Forum, 2005 and 2006

• Team Physician, St. Louis Quest, Women's Professional Volleyball, 2001-2002

• Member, Peer Review Committee, DePaul Hospital 2004-07



"Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty"
DePaul Hospital and STL Home Health, 2008


"Reconstruction: Past, Present, Future"
DePaul Hospital, October 2007
"The Gateway to Health Challenge"
Health Summit 2007, Missouri Foundation for Health


"Power Tools: Business Lessons from the World of Medicine"
St. Louis Business Journal Women's Conference, 2007


"Women's Issues in Orthopedics"
Soroptimists Club, 2007


"Bigger Can Be Better"
Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society Biennial Meeting, 2005


"Current Concepts in Shoulder Surgery"
SSM Rehab, Department of Continuing Education, 2004


"Current Concepts: The Hip and Knee"
SSM Rehab, Department of Continuing Education, 2004


"Shoulder Instability: Arthroscopic Stabilization"
Signature Health Foundation, Physical Therapy, 2004


"Shoulder Arthroscopy and Arthroplasty"
SSM Rehab, Department of Continuing Education, 2003


"TKA, THA, ACL, Patellar Instability"
SSM Rehab, Department of Continuing Education, 2003


"Common Sports Injuries"
Depaul Health Center, Community Outreach Series, 2002


"ACL Injuries in the Female Athlete"
One False Move, ACL Symposium, ProRehab CME 2002


"Rotator Cuff Disorders"
CME Series for PCP's, Alton Memorial Hospital 2002


"Effect of Autograft Placement on Contact Pressures"
Grand Rounds, University of Utah, 1999


"Compartment Syndromes of the Upper Extremity"
Grand Rounds, University of Utah, 1997


"Venous Thromboembolic Disease: Prophylaxis in THA"
Grand Rounds, University of Utah, 1997