Terrence (Terry) Burns, M.D.,Ph.D.

K12 Neurosurgery Awardee
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Mayo Clinic- , Rochester, MN

Dr. Terrence (Terry) Burns is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic, where he is also a Senior Associate Consultant in the Department of Neurologic Surgery. His clinical interests include surgical neuro-oncology, brain tumor clinical trials, regenerative neurosurgery, translational neuro-regeneration, radiation-induced brain injury, neurosurgical innovation, and cognitive outcomes as well as quality of life. Dr. Burns’ research focuses on developing regenerative strategies to optimize neurological function and quality of life for patients with brain tumors, neurological injuries and neurodegenerative diseases. Certain risk factors can increase likelihood of both neurological disease and certain brain tumors, and treatments for brain tumors can cause additional injury to the surrounding brain. Dr. Burns' work seeks to enhance defenses against the molecular changes occurring in tumors, aging and neurodegeneration to prolong both survival and quality of life. Using genetic, molecular, bioinformatics and bioengineering strategies, Dr. Burns aims to understand and overcome the challenges of clinical translation for neuro-regenerative therapies.

After receiving his undergraduate degree at Columbia Union College and spending time as a visiting student at the Karolinska Institute, Dr. Burns completed his M.D., Ph.D., and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He completed his residency and fellowship in neurological surgery at Stanford Hospitals and Clinics.