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Jeffrey M. Burns, MD, MS

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Professor, Neurology

Co-Director, SOM-Kansas City

Director of the Clinical And Translational Science Unit, Director of the Clinical And Translational Science Unit

Director, Memory Care Clinic, University of Kansas Health System

Division Director, Neurocognitive Division, SOM-Kansas City, Neurology

Professional Background

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with majors in English and Japanese, Dr. Burns completed medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He next completed his neurology residency at the University of Virginia followed by specialized training in Alzheimer's through a two-year fellowship at the Washington University in St. Louis. He then returned to his hometown of Kansas City to start the Alzheimer's clinical program at KU in 2004 while completing a masters in clinical research at KU in 2008.

Education and Training
  • BA, English and Japanese, University of Notre Dame
  • MD, Medicine, University of Kansa Medical Center
  • MS, Clinical Research, Biostatistics, and Epidemiology, University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Alzheimer's Disease, Washington University , St. Louis, MO
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc.
  • Medical Doctor (MD), Kansas State Board of Healing Arts
  • Physician and Surgeon, Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
Professional Affiliations
  • Alzheimer's Disease Center Clinical Core Steering Committee and Clinical Task Force, Chair, 2022 - Present
  • Alzheimer's Association Clinician Scientist Fellowship, Member, 2019 - Present
  • Alzheimer's Disease Center Clinical Core Steering Committee and Clinical Task Force, Member, 2012 - Present
  • Academy of Clinical Research Professionals, Member, 2005 - Present
  • American Academy of Neurology, Member, 1999 - Present



Dr. Burns started the Alzheimer’s disease (AD) clinical research program at KU in 2004. His goal has been to stimulate and support AD and aging research locally while pursuing research investigating how various lifestyle factors influence brain aging and AD. Dr. Burns has received NIH funding for his work assessing the roles of lifestyle factors (such as exercise, diet, and blood pressure) influence brain aging and AD progression focused on the long term goal of preventing dementia.

Additionally, Dr. Burns directs the KU ADC Clinical Core and the AD Clinical Trials Unit, which is part of the national Alzheimer’s Clinical Trial Consortium. Dr. Burns also started and directs the KU Memory Care Clinic. His clinical and research experience have informed and motivated the need for new models of care for our aging population.

Current Research and Grants
  • Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative 3 (ADNI3), University of Southern California, PI
  • Grill, J., D, Raman, R, Ernstrom, K, Sultzer, D., L, Burns, J., M, Donohue, M., C, Johnson, K., A, Aisen, P., S, Sperling, R., A, Karlawish, J. 2020. Short-term Psychological Outcomes of Disclosing Amyloid Imaging Results to Research Participants Who Do Not Have Cognitive Impairment.. JAMA neurology
  • Erickson, K., I, Grove, G., A, Burns, J., M, Hillman, C., H, Kramer, A., F, McAuley, E, Vidoni, E., D, Becker, J., T, Butters, M., A, Gray, K, Huang, H, Jakicic, J., M, Kamboh, M., I, Kang, C, Klunk, W., E, Lee, P, Marsland, A., L, Mettenburg, J, Rogers, R., J, Stillman, C., M, Sutton, B., P, Szabo-Reed, A, Verstynen, T., D, Watt, J., C, Weinstein, A., M, Wollam, M., E. 2019. Investigating Gains in Neurocognition in an Intervention Trial of Exercise (IGNITE): Protocol.. Contemporary clinical trials, 85, 105832
  • Grill, J., D, Kwon, J, Teylan, M., A, Pierce, A, Vidoni, E., D, Burns, J., M, Lindauer, A, Quinn, J, Kaye, J, Gillen, D., L, Nan, B. 2019. Retention of Alzheimer Disease Research Participants.. Alzheimer disease and associated disorders
  • Vidoni, E., D, Perales, J, Alshehri, M, Giles, A., M, Siengsukon, C., F, Burns, J., M. 2019. Aerobic Exercise Sustains Performance of Instrumental Activities of Daily Living in Early-Stage Alzheimer Disease.. Journal of geriatric physical therapy (2001), 42 (3), E129-E134
  • Liu, Y, Perdomo, S., J, Ward, J, Vidoni, E., D, Sisante, J., F, Kirkendoll, K, Burns, J., M, Billinger, S., A. 2019. Vascular Health is Associated with Amyloid-β in Cognitively Normal Older Adults.. Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD
  • Szabo-Reed, A., N, Vidoni, E, Binder, E., F, Burns, J, Cullum, C., M, Gahan, W., P, Gupta, A, Hynan, L., S, Kerwin, D., R, Rossetti, H, Stowe, A., M, Vongpatanasin, W, Zhu, D., C, Zhang, R, Keller, J., N. 2019. Rationale and methods for a multicenter clinical trial assessing exercise and intensive vascular risk reduction in preventing dementia (rrAD Study).. Contemporary clinical trials, 79, 44-54
  • Taylor, M., K, Swerdlow, R., H, Burns, J., M, Sullivan, D., K. 2019. An Experimental Ketogenic Diet for Alzheimer Disease Was Nutritionally Dense and Rich in Vegetables and Avocado.. Current developments in nutrition, 3 (4), nzz003
  • Gupta, A, Thomas, T., S, Klein, J., A, Montgomery, R., N, Mahnken, J., D, Johnson, D., K, Drew, D., A, Sarnak, M., J, Burns, J., M. 2018. Discrepancies between Perceived and Measured Cognition in Kidney Transplant Recipients: Implications for Clinical Management.. Nephron, 138 (1), 22-28
  • Taylor, M., K, Sullivan, D., K, Swerdlow, R., H, Vidoni, E., D, Morris, J., K, Mahnken, J., D, Burns, J., M. 2017. A high-glycemic diet is associated with cerebral amyloid burden in cognitively normal older adults.. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 106 (6), 1463-1470
  • Harn, N., R, Hunt, S., L, Hill, J, Vidoni, E, Perry, M, Burns, J., M. 2017. Augmenting Amyloid PET Interpretations With Quantitative Information Improves Consistency of Early Amyloid Detection.. Clinical nuclear medicine, 42 (8), 577-581