Ted M Burns

Ted M Burns, MD

General Neurology Appointment
Primary Location:
Adult Neurology Clinic

4th Floor

1221 Lee St.

Charlottesville, VA 22903



ABMS Certification:
Neurology; Clinical Neurophysiology
Research Interests:

Neuromuscular diseases, especially peripheral neuropathy, plexopathy, myasthenia gravis and ALS

Clinical Practice:
ALS, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Degenerative Disc Disease, Myasthenia Gravis, Carpal Tunnel Release, Peripheral Nerve Surgery, Lumbar Stenosis, Electromyography (EMG), Guillain-Barré Syndrome, Neurology Services, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease



Dr. Ted M. Burns’ clinical practice focuses on neuromuscular diseases. He is the vice chair of clinical affairs in the Department of Neurology and in 2009 was awarded Endowed Chair, Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor. He is also the head of the Neuromuscular Disorders Division and director of the Electromyography Laboratory. Dr. Burns is board-certified in both neurology and clinical neurophysiology.

Dr. Burns obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas, where he went on to earn his medical degree. He completed his residency in neurology at the University of Virginia, as well as a fellowship in neuromuscular disease and electromyography. He completed an additional fellowship in peripheral nerve disease at the Mayo Clinic. He returned to UVA to join the faculty in 2002.

Dr. Burns has over 100 publications. His academic interests include the development and validation of user-friendly outcome measures for myasthenia gravis (MG) and other neuromuscular disorders. He is also interested in podcasting for the education of physicians, patients and families and is creator and editor of the Neurology journal’s weekly podcast and the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine’s podcast. He is also creator of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation’s podcast series designed to educate patients and families about practical aspects of MG.

Dr. Burns is married and has three children. 

  • 2018 Master Clinician Award, University of Virginia
  • 2018 National Distinguished Researcher Award, American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • 2009 Endowed Chair, Harrison Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor in Neurology
  • 2006 Master Education Award, University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • 2005 Dean's Teaching Award of Excellence, University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • 2005-2018 Best Doctors in America® List
  • "Doctor of the Year" Award, Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America

American Brain Foundation/American Academy of Neurology (ABF/AAN) recently created the "Ted M. Burns, MD, Humanism in Neurology Award," to be awarded annually to one neurologist who best exemplifies humanism in patient care. The first recipient will be awarded in April, 2020.

Master Clinician Award, University of Virginia, is awarded annually to two clinicians at UVA who have demonstrated clinical excellence, as determined by their peers.

Distinguished Researcher Award, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) is a national award given to one recipient annually for research excellence.


University of Kansas, 1994
Neurology, University of Virginia
Peripheral Nerve Disease, Mayo Clinic; Neuromuscular Disease & Electromyography, University of Virginia