Dr. Kraig Burgess, DO

Dr. Kraig Burgess, DO

Orthopedic Hand Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 45
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TOCA would like to introduce you to Dr. Kraig M. Burgess. Dr. Burgess has distinguished himself as an expert in the field of Orthopedic Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. Dr. Burgess received his Bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University. His medical school training was completed at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. Upon completion of his Internship and Residency in General Orthopedics, Dr. Burgess performed an additional year of Fellowship Training. This fellowship specific training in hand and upper extremity surgery included an enormous variety of reconstructive procedures and extensive trauma training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. U.S. News and World Report consistently rank The Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's best overall hospitals and the Orthopedic Surgery Department is among the top 5 year after year. Dr. Burgess has also successfully completed a Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery. Dr. Burgess has been involved in both clinical and bio-mechanical research. He has been published in The Journal of Hand Surgery, the professions most prestigious journal. He has also presented nationally and lectured on topics ranging from joint replacement and tendon injuries to carpal tunnel syndrome and the treatment of improperly healed wrist fractures, just to name a few. Since practicing in the Phoenix area he has continued to lecture and has been featured in local newspaper write-ups and radio "Ask the Doctor" programs. Dr. Burgess' area of interest includes the treatment of traumatic, acquired and reconstructive conditions of the hand, wrist and elbow. His philosophy focuses on patient education and decision making. His goal is to educate the patient and allow them to make informed educated decisions regarding both their surgical and nonsurgical treatment options. Dr. Burgess remains at the forefront of his profession, serving as a research investigator with TOCA for Xiaflex Collagenase, which is a minimally invasive and cutting edge treatment for Dupuytren's joint contractures of the hand. He has also been asked to consult for major orthopedic device companies regarding product development, design and implementation. He also founded a monthly academic meeting of hand surgeons from around the valley where current concepts in hand surgery are discussed and challenging case presentations are shared as a means of improving patient care. He is also adjunct faculty at the A.T. Still University of Osteopathic Medicine in Mesa, Arizona While his patient mix mostly includes infants to grandparents and housewives to the injured worker, he also provides care to high demand professional athletes from football players, golfers, and gymnasts to professional supercross and BMX riders to fellow physicians around the valley. Dr. Burgess is also a firm believer in giving back. Dr. Burgess volunteers for an organization called LIGA International "Flying Doctors of Mercy." Dr. Burgess will travel with his PA, Lisa and volunteer pilots via single engine aircraft to remote parts of Mexico providing much needed medical and surgical care to some of this country's most needy children and adults. To learn more visit TOCA on facebook or on our homepage. Dr. Burgess wants your practice experience to be positive in every way possible. At TOCA, we offer the latest in technology, digital imaging, onsite therapy and orthotists, specialized splint fabrication and fitting, waterproof casting, in-office Dupuytren's management, and ultrasound guided sameday injections. Dr. Burgess has complemented his practice with the help of Lisa Babel, PA-C. Lisa has been with Dr. Burgess for over 6 years. The experience and expertise she has gained by workingside by side both in the office clinic and assisting in surgery with Dr. Burgess for so many years has helped facilitate flow during office appointments and reducing wait times not only on the day of your visit but also in scheduling appointments without a lengthy wait. This has allowed Dr. Burgess to meet the needs of you and your family when urgent matters arise. Whether you are seeing Dr. Burgess or Lisa, you can be assured all plan of care decisions are made personally by Dr. Burgess. Dr. Burgess has a treatment philosophy based on patient education. As a patient, you can expect to be educated about your condition allowing you to make an educated decision about your healthcare. You will often times receive educational material to take home with you or even be directed to reputable websites for further information. The decision to move forward with an operation is never taken lightly and not without exhausting conservative efforts first. Dr. Burgess feels the best complement he can receive is a referral to friends and family from a happy satisfied patient. Feel free to explore prior patient comments on the web before making a decision to seek out an individual provider. Dr. Burgess and his wife, Jamie stay busy raising their son and daughter. They are members of Christ Church of the Valley. Dr. Burgess spends his free time competing in Triathlons of all distances, including the 140.6 mile Ironman New Zealand

6320 W Union Hills Dr Ste B1800

Glendale, AZ 85308

Contact Information

(602) 277-6211

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Osteoarthritis of Hands
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more than 99% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
very high
more than 99% of peers
Hand Conditions
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Care Philosophy

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  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
    Accredited by: American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteopenia
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture


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  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dupuytren's Contracture Injection
  • Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Joint Drainage
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Steroid Injection
  • Tommy John Surgery
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Replacement

Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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  • Ohio University College Of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1999
  • South Pointe Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2004
  • The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2005

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Burgess' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Burgess to family and friends
based on 120 total reviews (20 with comments)
Dr. Burgess' 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 Comments (20)
in Phoenix, AZ |
Dr. Burgess is AMAZING! He has done two surgeries for me and assisting me with a 3rd issue with my right hand. He has awesome bedside manner and really cares about his patients. He takes a conservative approach trying to fix it and uses surgery only as a last option. You cannot do better than Dr. Burgess. I highly recommend him and his PA, Lisa.
Fountain Hills, AZ |
Dr. Burgess and his team are amazing! Not only is Dr. Burgess and amazing surgeon, but his clinical skills and bedside manner are truly the best. I would highly recommend Dr. Burgess for all your hand, wrist and upper body needs. You won’t get a better Physician! Thank you Dr. Burgess and Team!
in Glendale, AZ |
Great appointment. I would recommend anyone to go see Dr. Burgess
Phoenix, AZ |
Great service, very knowledgeable and clear. I would recommend.
Phoenix, AZ |
He was a really good doctor. He diagnosed me quickly and gave me my options. He explained each option well so I was able to make a decision I am happy with. I would highly recommend him.
in Mesa, AZ |
Dr. Burgess is extremely knowledgeable and thorough with his care for my issue. His Assistant Lisa is the best and I highly recommend both Dr. Burgess and Lisa for your care.
in Peoria, AZ |
Dr Burgess is extremely knowledgeable and very kind. He makes time to answer any and all questions you may have.
in Surprise, AZ |
Expert, clear, understandable medical service. Always friendly and takes all the time needed without rushing in and out of the exam room.
in Arizona |
Dr Burgess is a. very caring and compassionate physician. He takes the time to communicate to the patents and their families . I had difficult hand surgery at the end of May and I am finally starting to feel better. Thank you Dr. Burgess!
in Glendale Az |
Dr Burgess is a professional , talented and caring surgeon . Takes his time to evaluate the issues and explains in detail the options and answers all questions pertaining to treatment and recovery and excellent bedside manor on my surgery day . I had no worries going into surgery . Front desk staff are always friendly and helpful at Arrowhead location ??
in Phoenix, AZ |
I made an appointment with Dr. Burgess when I found out that my carpal tunnel syndrome returned after 22 yrs of having surgery. It was the first time meeting him. He was on time which is a rare thing nowadays. He thoroughly explained to me that surgery would be the way to go. He was very professional and let me know of the whole process and who will assist me, beside him. It was an overall very good experience and I would trust Dr. Burgess again with my orthopedic needs he specializes in.
I met with the doctor's NP, who was SO knowledgeable and kind. She really knows her Hand Specialties! Walked out feeling wonderful!!
in Phoenix |
I could not have asked for a better surgeon. After getting passed from surgeon to surgeon, Dr. Burgess was not only willing to take on the challenge, he was very positive that it would be a success. He did an amazing job and for the first time in a year, I'm without pain!
in Chandler, AZ |
Dr. Burgess completed a thumb repair for me in 2007 and it is till doing great! Great results.
in Fountain Hills, AZ |
It took two months to receive treatment for swelling that would not subside. Denied there was a fracture where in fact the MRI ordered showed a fracture. Condescending, argumentative, and down right rude. Actually implied I was lying...not on one occasion, but two. As a result of his unavailability, fractures healed incorrectly. His only concern is with small fracture, not the rest of my hand that now has very limited mobility and is impacting my ability to do my job. TOCA in general...1 star.
Mesa, AZ |
I made an appointment to see Dr. Burgess and when I got into the room, his PA Lisa came in to talk to me about my hands. She took it upon herself to explain my arthritis and that cortisone shots are normally done. I kept wondering why I could not talk to the doctor! The appointment was made to see him, not some assistant trying to play doctor! I was very disappointed and will not return.
in Phoenix, AZ |
Burgess was awesome Toca was awesome Gateway was awesome the therapy at 63avd and U/H was terrible my girl was so bad mad me cry like after 3 days of surgery she so needs alot more training this is my 4th surgery for same thing been their done that and they need to turn off tv all the men were like watching ftball like really wronggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg felt like a MAN CAVE train your hand therapist more before putting them on floor she was horrible even the stint was bad
Scottsdale, AZ |
Excellent! He did a thorough hands on exam; listened carefully; answered all of my questions and was caring and compassionate! Great Dr.
Peoria, AZ |
Knowledgeable, caring, humble and kind.
Phoenix, AZ |
He is great
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Abrazo Arrowhead Campus
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Banner - Unviersity Medical Center Phoenix
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Phoenix, AZ 85006
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Banner Estrella Medical Center
9201 W Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85037
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HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center
250 E Dunlap Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85020
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HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center
9003 E Shea Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
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Oasis Hospital
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Phoenix, AZ 85008
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