Dr. Burval is a graduate of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation where he served as Chief Resident. He received extensive training in spinal and orthopedic surgery at the renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation, as well as during his fellowship in Adult and Pediatric Spinal Disorders at OrthoIndy in Indianapolis. At OrthoIndy, he trained under Dr. Terry Trammell who has provided spinal care for all Indy Car drivers since 1984 until retiring in 2014. He was a flight physician for Cleveland Metro LifeFlight from 2004-2008 and is well versed in all aspects of trauma care. He has trained at some of the largest trauma centers in the country, lectured nationally and internationally, written research papers and a book chapter on spine fractures. I love what I do! I am a conservative surgeon who specializes in spine surgery, degenerative spinal disorders, spine tumors, and minimally invasive spine, in addition to the treatment of spine fractures and orthopedic traumatic extremity and hip fractures. I emphasize providing non-operative options first and believe strongly in the use of rehabilitation to improve one's health and pain before considering surgery, as these can often be all that is necessary to relieve back, neck, arm, or leg pain due to spine conditions. However, when surgery is necessary, my staff and I work diligently and quickly towards your recovery. I feel it is important to spend the time to explain your condition thoroughly and answer questions to your satisfaction. I have had back surgery myself and have experienced the severe pain and dysfunction associated with compressed nerves. I feel it is important to not sugar coat any situation and provide you with the best data available and options for your condition. This sometimes means increased waiting time because I spend a large portion of my time face to face with you working with you to get you on the road to recovery as quickly as possible. My motto: "My best effort and your best effort equal success!" Spine pain can be challenging because sometimes there is not a "cure" but never give up. This means sometimes I have to tell patients things they don't want to hear, like narcotic abuse or unhealthy habits. I will always tell you "like it is" and work passionately with you towards your recovery.
Dr. Burval's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Orthopedic Fracture Care
Orthopedic Neck Surgery
Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Burval's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Cervical Spine Disorders
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
Chronic Neck Pain
Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Degenerative Disc Disease
Difficulty With Walking
Hip Pointer Injuries
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Low Back Pain
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Lumbar Spine Fracture
Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
Osteoarthritis of Spine
Osteoporotic Spine Fractures
Pathological Spine Fracture
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Spine Fractures, Traumatic
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
Thoracic Spine Fracture
Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
Tibia and Fibula Fractures
Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
Cervical Disc Replacement
Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
Cervical Spine Reconstruction
Excision of Tibia or Fibula
Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF) of Hip Fracture
Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
Spinal Tumor Surgery
Spine Fracture Treatment
Spine Physical Therapy
Spine Rehabilitation Exercises
Spine and Back Procedures
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Tennessee.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1997
West Virginia University
Medical School | Graduated 2001
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Internship Hospital | Completed 2002
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Residency Hospital | Completed 2007
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2005
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2008
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Burval has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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