Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School (1978)
Parkland Memorial Hospital (1978), Internal Medicine
Parkland Memorial Hospital (1979), Internal Medicine
Parkland Memorial Hospital (1983), Anatomic & Clinical Pathology
Parkland Memorial Hospital (1985), Neuropathology

Research Interest

  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Pathology of neurofibromatosis type 1 models


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Induction of abnormal proliferation by non-myelinating Schwann cells triggers neurofibroma formation
Zheng H, Chang L, Patel N, Yang J, Lowe L, Burns DK, Zhu Y Cancer Cell 2008 13 117-128
Pten haploinsufficiency accelerates formation of high grade astrocytomas
Kwon C-H, Alcantara S, Zhao D, Chen J, Li Y, Burns DK, Mason R, Lee EY-HP, Wu H, Parada LF Cancer Research 2008 68 3286-3294
Early inactivation of p53 tumor suppressor gene cooperating with NF1 loss induces malignant astrocytoma.
Zhu Y, Guignard F, Zhao D, Liu L, Burns DK, Mason RP, Messing A, Parada LF Cancer Cell 2005 8 119-130
Multifocal motor sensory demyelinating neuropathy: inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy
Oh SJ, LaGanke C, Powers R, Wolfe GI, Quinton RA, Burns DK Neurology 2005 65 1639-1642
Neurofibromas in NF1: Schwann cell origin and role of tumor environment
Zhu Y, Chosh P, Charnay P, Burns DK, Parada LF Science 2002 296 920-922

Honors & Awards

  • Pre-Clinical Distinguished Educator Award
  • Stembridge Faculty Teaching Award
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Recipient, Robert A. Welch Foundation Scholarship
  • Faculty teaching awards, 1984-2008