Dr. James Burns, MD
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Dr. James Burns, MD


Ear, Nose, and Throat | Male


Dr. James Burns, MD is an ear, nose, and throat doctor who practices in Boston, MA. He is 51 years old and has been practicing for 26 years. Dr. Burns is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Dr. Burns' Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Reviews (6)
in Jupiter, FL |
Extremely qualified and understanding, and most importantly patient since most people coming in for throat exams are anxious. highly recommend.
in Ponte Vedra, FL |
Can never say enough great comments about Dr. Burns. I am going on nine years as his patient for RRP, and the level of care, patience with my recurrent questions, and his compassion, never cease to suprise. He is a great doctor and a kind and wonderful person. His team and staff are the best of the best.. I am a very grateful patient.
in Hingham, MA |
Great experience from start - finish. Dr. Burns & his staff are amazing team. He stayed late to accommodate me & patiently answered my countless questions. The day of surgery, Dr. Burns & team were friendly, reassuring & kind. 12 hours after vocal cord surgery, I can hear the improvement - my voice sounds 100% better, I can laugh out loud now, raise my voice in a social setting to be heard. I'm so happy I chose him for my surgery. He is truly one of the best in the world.
in Watertown, MA |
Dr. Burns is an angel on earth. He saved my life and I am forever grateful to him. He's dedicated, kind and sincere. I really can't say enough good things about him. Thank you Dr. Burns for everything you have done for me and my family.
in Cambridge, MA |
Dr. Burns exudes jackass. Every question is a dumb question. And he'll even refuse (literally!) to answer some basic ones, like what is voice therapy?. He has more important things to do. He is clearly knowledgeable. But due to a complete lack of empathy and interpersonal skills it is hard to know whether to trust what he says. The other staff are wonderful.
in Winthrop, M |
Have had problem speaking since an accident 3 months. Dr. Burs explained in details all options and recommended a specific procedure I agreed to have. He showed me pictures of the area injured and explained all the steps and expectations. The staff was friendly and made sure that everything went well.
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Dr. Burns' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Ear, Nose, and Throat
  •  Board certified in Otolaryngology
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Board Certifications

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  • Otolaryngology

Conditions Treated

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Laryngitis
  • Cough
  • Deafness
  • Deviated Septum
  • Dysphagia
  • ENT Cancer
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Disorders
  • Fracture
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngitis
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Leukoplakia
  • Oral Cancer
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Throat Cancer (Hypopharyngeal)
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Tonsillitis
  • Vocal Cord Nodule
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Cord Polyp


  • Medical School

    Graduated in 1991

  • Internship Hospital
    University of Virginia

    Completed in 1992

  • Residency Hospital
    University of Virginia

    Completed in 1996

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Ear, Nose, and Throat

Procedures Performed

  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  • ENT Surgery
  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Laryngectomy and Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction