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 experienced in all levels 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.
Dr. Burval is affiliated with Hendersonville Medical Center and Skyline Trauma Center. He is Board Certified with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Dr. Burval is a graduate of the West Virginia University School of Medicine with Honors and completed his undergraduate degree cum laude in Biology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.Dr. Burval:
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 stop narcotic abuse or the unhealthy habits. I will always tell the patient “like it is” and work passionately towards recovery.