Mrs Phillipa Burns
Consultant Vascular surgeon
MBChB, FRCS (Ed), MD
I undertook my surgical training based in Edinburgh. This included two years doing research into arterial disease and a years fellowship in Sydney, Australia where I received advanced training in minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of vascular disease.
I 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.
I undertake all aspects of vascular surgery. I have extensive experience in the management of varicose veins, including radiofrequency ablation, open surgery and foam sclerotherapy. I am one of the specialist team, based at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, which manages complex aortic aneurysms for the whole of Scotland.
In addition, I have helped implement the use of Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) in Edinburgh a newer, less invasive method of treating abdominal aortic aneurysms. My other areas of expertise are in carotid artery surgery, lower limb bypass surgery and the formation of fistulae for haemodialysis access.
I play a leading role in the education of junior surgeons, running both practical and online vascular surgical courses.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mrs Phillipa Burns at Spire include:
I 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. My research into the complications of venous disease was awarded a prize at the American Venous Forum, California. I am 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 he has on-going research into arterio-venous fistulae for haemodialysis.
Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Edinburgh