Michael Burton, M.D.

Michael Burton, M.D.

Medical Director, Preoperative Clinic

  • Internal Medicine - General Internal Medicine


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Michael Burton, M.D., M.S.P.H., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, where he specializes in the care of hospitalized patients as well as the medical care of patients having surgery.

Dr. Burton attended medical school at Texas Tech, followed by residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He then completed a Masters of Science in Public Health at UAB and the National VA Quality Scholars fellowship in healthcare improvement and patient safety at the Birmingham VA. As one of the Quality Officers for UT Southwestern, he worked to reduce hospital-acquired infections like bloodstream infections from catheters and complications like blood clots (DVT). Currently, he serves as Deputy Chief Medical Informatics Officer for both Clements and Zale-Lipshy University Hospitals, where he oversees implementation of initiatives through the electronic health record to improve the care of patients hospitalized at UT Southwestern.

Dr. Burton is the Medical Director of the General Internal Medicine Preoperative Clinic, where patients are evaluated to ensure that they are medically prepared to have surgery, that risks for serious complications have been identified, that appropriate testing has been performed, and that necessary medication adjustments have been made in preparation for a successful surgery and recovery.

He frequently supervises medical students and resident trainees caring for patients at Clements University Hospital and Parkland Memorial Hospital. He also mentors groups of medical students from the first day of medical school until they graduate.

Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Birmingham VA Medical Center - Fellowship (2008-2010), Internal Medicine
  • Residency - University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine (2004-2007), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (2001-2004)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • The American College of Physicians
  • Society of Hospital Medicine
  • Society for General Internal Medicine
Books & Publications
  • Elimination of hospital acquired conditions
  • Development of medical student curricula in health care improvement and patient safety
  • Designing better systems to identify and intervene on deteriorating patients