Dr. John W. McBurney, MD

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Dr. John W. McBurney, MD

Neurology | Male

The Oregon Clinic 1040 NW 22nd Ave Ste 420, Portland, OR 97210 Get Directions
(503) 963-3100

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I am committed to providing holistic, compassionate, patient-centered care for patients and families confronting neurological illness, especially epilepsy. I recognize...Read more

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I was born and raised in Opelika, a small town in east Alabama. I was the first person in my...Read more

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Dr. McBurney has been a godsend to my family and I. I've seen many specialists, including other neurologists, and he is leaps and bounds superior to them in all aspects of his profession, including empathy! He listens to you, accepts your input and provides his own. He explores options most Drs are too narrow minded to even think of. I highly recoomend you see this man if you have any medical need that even remotely requires a neurologist. I will continue to see him as long as I can!
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Specialties

  • Neurology

Board Certifications

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  • Neurology

Conditions Treated

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuritis
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cluster Headache
  • Concussion
  • Confusion
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Dementia
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Diplopia
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Insomnia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Meningiomas
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myelopathy
  • Myoclonus
  • Narcolepsy and Cataplexy
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Parkinsonism
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Syncope
  • Tension Headache
  • Thrombosis
  • Tourette's Syndrome
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertigo
  • Visual Field Defects

Procedures Performed

  • EEG (Electroencephalogram)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic

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  • 0
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    No malpractice history found for Oregon.

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    Sanctions

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    Board Actions

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Education

  • Medical School
    Emory University

    Graduated in 1981

  • Internship Hospital
    Walter Reed Army Medical Center

    Completed in 1982

  • Residency Hospital
    Walter Reed Army Medical Center

    Completed in 1985

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University Of Arizona

    Completed in 2014

    Walter Reed Army Medical Center

    Completed in 1989

  • Undergraduate School
    Auburn University

    Graduated in 1977

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Specializes in Neurology
  • Board certified in Neurology
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. McBurney says...

I was born and raised in Opelika, a small town in east Alabama. I was the first person in my family to graduate from college, graduating cum laude from Auburn University (sorry Duck fans) in 1977. My clinical career actually begin in 1974 when I began working as a nursing assistant in the same hospital I was born in and where I continued to work full time until my graduation. At Auburn I was in the marching band, sitting second chair first trumpets. I then attended Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta on a military scholarship. I started my post-graduate training as a psychiatry intern at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC but changed to neurology, graduating in 1985.  I was a solo neurologist at Ft. Benning, GA after graduation for 3 years. I became interested in epilepsy as a result of taking care of patient's with medically refractory at Ft. Benning. I was encouraged to pursue additional training in EEG and Epilepsy by Dr. J. Kiffin Penry, who was then a dean at Wake Forest and was the former founder of the epilepsy branch at the National Institutes of Health. I returned to Walter Reed to do my fellowship in 1988. As a fellow I spent half the year at NIH working with Susumo Sato and William Theodore in the clinical center. I was also centrally involved in starting a epilepsy surgery program at Walter Reed. For this I was awarded the Erskine Graves Award for the outstanding graduating fellow in 1989.

After fellowship I was assigned to Madigan Army Medical Center near Tacoma, WA where I fell in love with the pacific northwest. At Madigan I was able to establish a dedicated epilepsy monitoring unit and sleep lab. In addition, I was involved in starting the neurology residency there and acted as assistant chief of neurology, director of EEG and Sleep and deputy residency director. When I retired from the Army in 1998 I was awarded the Legion of Merit, the highest award given to uniformed service members in peacetime. I was then faculty at the University of Alabama Birmingham where I divided my time between the Epilepsy Center and Sleep Center. I left academics and pursued private and group practice opportunities. In 2005 I was selected to Best Doctors.

In 2012 I entered a new phase of my career when I enrolled in the fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine. This is the program founded by Andrew Weil MD and is a 2-year, 1000 contact hour distance learning fellowship with 3 weeks in residence in Tucson. I feel this experience has broadened my perspective on what constitutes health and healing. It has reinvigorated my passion for patient care. 

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Dr. McBurney's Care Philosophy

I am committed to providing holistic, compassionate, patient-centered care for patients and families confronting neurological illness, especially epilepsy. I recognize that while seizure control is the main goal of treatment, epilepsy is a complex illness that touches every aspect of life. Quality of life is paramount. I believe that mindfulness and compassion are the cornerstones of effective management of chronic illness.