Mrs Phillipa Burns

Mrs Phillipa Burns

Consultant Vascular surgeon


Specialises in

  • Lower limb bypass surgery
  • Minimally invasive varicose vein surgery
  • Carotid artery disease

Also available for:

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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.


General Medical Council Number: C7658129

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mrs Phillipa Burns at Spire include:

Vascular surgery

Other treatments

  • Minimally invasive varicose vein surgery
  • Intermittent claudication
  • Lower limb bypass surgery
  • Complex aortic aneurysmal disease

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Additional information

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.

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.

Away from work, I keep busy with running, cycling and my children.