Consultant Profile

Mr Paul Burns

Mr Paul Burns MBChB, FRCS (Ed), MD
Practicing at:
Spire Edinburgh Hospitals, Spire Murrayfield Edinburgh
  • Vascular surgery
    Special clinical interests:

    Minimally invasive varicose vein surgery
    Intermittent claudication
    Lower limb bypass surgery
    Complex aortic aneurysmal disease
    Vascular access for haemodialysis
    Carotid artery disease

    Research interests:

    Mr Burns spent two years performing research into Intermittent Claudication, which resulted in the award of a higher degree – MD, from the University of Edinburgh and publications in several international journals.  His research into the complications of venous disease was awarded a prize at the American Venous Forum, California.  He is part of a research team which was recently awarded a grant of over £1 million to investigate the growth of abdominal aortic aneurysms.  In addition has on-going research into arterio-venous fistulae for haemodialysis. 

    Current NHS and /or university posts:

    Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
    Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

    Year of first medical qualification:
    Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

    Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

    Contact Details 
    Telephone number to make a private appointment:
    0131 316 2530
    Personal email address:
    Monday morning
    Background Information 
    Professional profile:

    Mr Burns undertook his surgical training based in Edinburgh.  This included two years doing research into arterial disease and a year’s fellowship in Sydney, Australia where he received advanced training in minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of vascular disease.

    He was appointed as a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, and an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh in 2009. 

    Mr Burns undertakes all aspects of vascular surgery.  He has extensive experience in the management of varicose veins, including radiofrequency ablation, open surgery and foam sclerotherapy.  Mr Burns is one of the specialist team, based at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, which manages complex aortic aneurysms for the whole of Scotland.  In addition, he has helped implement the use of Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) in Edinburgh – a newer, less invasive method of treating abdominal aortic aneurysms.  His other areas of expertise are in carotid artery surgery, lower limb bypass surgery and the formation of fistulae for haemodialysis access. 

    Mr Burns plays a leading role in the education of junior surgeons, running both practical and online vascular surgical courses. 

    Personal profile:

    Away from work, Mr Burns keeps busy with running, cycling and his children. 

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    Mr Paul Burns

    Mr Paul Burns Vascular surgery Consultant, private hospital specialist.

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