John R. Burleson, MD graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry. He earned his medical degree from University of Texas Medical School in Houston, TX. After medical school, he went to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center where he completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery, and spent an additional year completing an extensive research curriculum in orthopedic spine surgery. Pursuing a specialty in spine surgery, Dr. Burleson was trained as a Spine Surgery Fellow at the Texas Back Institute.
Dr. Burleson is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and the North American Spine Society. Furthermore, he holds membership in the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and the New England Spine Study Group. Dr. Burleson has published in scientific journals and authored the first textbook chapter in the world on 3D printing in spine surgery. He plans to continue his research in spinal disease and injuries and to present his findings at national and international meetings.
Dr. Burleson specializes in orthopaedic spinal surgery with an emphasis on minimally invasive techniques. Many of his patients do not require surgery, and are often successfully treated using nonsurgical options. For those who do require surgery, he uses the least invasive operative solution possible to help the patient heal quickly and achieve the very best outcome. He utilized robotic assisted surgery when possible to achieve as much precision as possible. He is also interested in implant design, prototyping, and 3D printing. He enjoys staying on the forefront of technology while also taking care to assure that all implants and techniques have been rigorously tested and validated.