Dr. Burton is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon. She is also a clinical assistant professor in the Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
She offers her patients exceptional expertise in advanced cardiothoracic surgical techniques. For each patient, she develops a customized, comprehensive, and compassionate care plan.
Dr. Burton has completed specialized training in robotic technique for minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass (MIDCAB). This procedure enables surgical access to the heart with a smaller incision than other coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedures.
In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Burton has conducted research on health disparities in cardiovascular disease, diversity in radiology and molecular imaging, and other topics. She received an innovation research grant from the National Science Foundation for her work on an app for emotional support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Burton has made presentations to her peers as a guest lecturer on subjects including coronary artery disease, primary cardiac tumors, and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. In addition, she has made presentations to the American Heart Association, International Conference on Clinical Ethics and Consultation, and other organizations.
Dr. Burton has published articles on advanced surgical techniques as well as issues such as balancing work and family during the COVID-19 pandemic plus health disparities and social determinants of health. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Cardiac Surgery, JTCVS Techniques, International Social Work, and elsewhere.
Dr. Burton has earned honors including the Coleman Connolly Award in Thoracic Surgery, which recognizes the exemplary efforts of thoracic surgery residents. She also won the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Resident Achievement Award and the Dr. Albert G. Marrangoni Research Award.
She serves on the Stanford University School of Medicine Taskforce for the Mitigation of the Impact of COVID-19 on Women in Medicine. She is also on the School of Medicine’s Women Faculty Network Steering Committee.
She is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians–American Society of Internal Medicine, Lillehei Surgical Society, Women in Thoracic Surgery, Western Thoracic Surgical Association, American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety, Women Health Care Executives, Association of Women Surgeons, Society of Black Academic Surgeons, and American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management.
She has volunteered her time and expertise as a high school medical club faculty mentor, as an elementary school community health nutrition interventionist, and with the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society.
- Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Clinical Assistant Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Board Certification: American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery (2014)
Fellowship: University of North Carolina Dept of Cardiothoracic Surgery NC
Fellowship: University of Minnesota Dept of Cardiothoracic Surgery (2013) MN
Medical Education: Morehouse School of Medicine Office of the Registrar (2005) GA
Residency: UPMC Mercy General Surgery Residency Program (2010) PA
Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, General Surgery (2011)
Fellowship: University of Maryland Div of Cardiac Surgery (2014) MD
MHA, University of Minnesota, Healthcare Administration (2019)
Incidentally Found Ascending AorticThrombus: Presentation and Management.
JACC. Case reports
2021; 3 (13): 1489-1493
Aortic thrombus can be rare, requiring prompt recognition and management to prevent sequelae. Treatment modalities for aortic thrombus include systemic anticoagulation, endovascular, and/or surgical intervention. We present an incidental finding of an aortic annular mass in a 53-year-old male consistent with an aortic thrombus. (Level of Difficulty: Intermediate.).
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jaccas.2021.07.027
View details for PubMedID 34693348
Successful beating-heart repair of pulmonary artery dissection using a composite valve-tube graft.
Journal of cardiac surgery
Pulmonary artery dissection is rare but highly lethal. Recent reports suggest that surgical repair of pulmonary artery dissection may yield good outcomes in selected patients, although postoperative right ventricular failure and death have been described. Currently, only one patient over age 60 years old has been reported to survive open surgical repair of pulmonary artery dissection. Here, we present the case of a sexagenarian with pulmonary artery hypertension complicated by a dissected pulmonary artery aneurysm which was successfully repaired using a composite valve-tube graft under a beating-heart strategy.
View details for DOI 10.1111/jocs.15459
View details for PubMedID 33651429
- A Novel Alternative to The Commando Procedure: Constructing a Neo-Aortic Root by Anchoring to the Sewing Ring of the Replaced Mitral Valve. JTCVS techniques 2020
- COVID-19: Health disparities and social determinants of health INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL WORK 2020
- Remote Working 2.0: Balancing Work and Family during the Coronavirus Pandemic California Management Review 2020
Intracystic Papillary Carcinoma of the Breast.
Radiology case reports
2009; 4 (3): 279
We present the case of a 63-year-old woman with intracystic papillary carcinoma of the breast who presented with a palpable mass, one year after a negative mammogram. Sonography showed a complex mass and ultrasound-guided aspiration cytology was negative, and the patient returned 6 months later with a recurrent mass. Excisional biopsy revealed invasive intracystic papillary carcinoma. Intracystic papillary carcinoma is a rare malignancy of the breast primarily affecting postmenopausal women. As opposed to invasive micropapillary carcinoma, intracystic papillary carcinoma is a low-grade carcinoma with a favorable prognosis.
View details for DOI 10.2484/rcr.v4i3.279
View details for PubMedID 27307817
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Abdominal aortic pseudoaneurysm managed with endovascular stent graft.
Surgical laparoscopy, endoscopy & percutaneous techniques
2009; 19 (3): e106-8
Angioplasty, stenting, endovascular stent grafts, and other minimally interventional techniques are becoming common techniques used for a myriad of vascular pathology. As the technology, comfort level, and technical expertise improve, the envelope of overuse is being approached or possibly superceded. We present an unusual complication of pancreatitis, pseudoaneurysm of the abdominal aorta, which was successfully treated with an endovascular stent graft.
View details for DOI 10.1097/SLE.0b013e3181a493e1
View details for PubMedID 19542831
What do physician extenders in a general surgery residency really do?
JOURNAL OF SURGICAL EDUCATION
2008; 65 (5): 354-358
The 80-hour workweek has forced surgical training programs to employ physician extenders to reduce work hours and improve the educational environment. The purpose of our study was to document objectively the specific workload provided by physician extenders and to evaluate any objective or subjective benefit provided to the residency program.Over 4 consecutive months, all orders written by 2 physician extenders associated exclusively with the general surgery residency program at our institution were reviewed. They were categorized as daytime or evening orders and were subdivided into admission, routine preoperative and postoperative, acute care, daily laboratories, pain medications, Pro re nata (PRN), wound care, and discharge orders. Acute care issues and PRN orders were individually examined and subdivided. The appropriateness, total volume, and the orders for each category were totaled and reviewed.Overall, 3101 total orders (1128 daytime and 1973 nighttime) were reviewed in a 4-month time period. On average, physician extenders at night wrote 35 orders per shift, compared with only 18.8 orders during the day. During the night, admission orders totaled 547 (27.7%), preoperative orders 442 (22%), acute care issues 324 (16.4%), PRN orders 239 (12%), and pain medication and PRN sleeping pills 156 (8%). During the day, routine postoperative orders totaled 305 (27%), daily laboratories 184 (16%), and discharge orders 253 (22%).Physician extenders wrote appropriate orders and reduced resident workload. Educational opportunities increased because fewer residents left conference for acute patient care issues, and 1 fewer resident was absent during the day secondary to 1 less resident being sent home postcall. Performance on the American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination (ABSITE) increased dramatically for a focused group of residents. As the expense of each extender is approximately $90,000, justification to administration is dependent on the institutional support and efficiency of the residency program. A clear simple outcome is that by improving standing orders and clinical pathways, and by using an electronic medical record system, noneducational work hours can be reduced significantly.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jsurg.2008.06.002
View details for PubMedID 18809165
Laparoscopic management of a small bowel obstruction of unknown cause
JSLS-JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY OF LAPAROENDOSCOPIC SURGEONS
2008; 12 (3): 299-302
With the expanding indications for minimally invasive surgery, the management of small bowel obstruction is evolving. The laparoscope shortens hospital stay, hastens recovery, and reduces morbidity, such as wound infection and incisional hernia associated with open surgery. However, many surgeons are reluctant to attempt laparoscopy in patients with significantly distended small bowel and a history of multiple previous abdominal operations. We present the management of a patient with a virgin abdomen who presented with a small bowel obstruction most likely secondary to Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome who was successfully managed with laparoscopic lysis of adhesions.
View details for PubMedID 18765057