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Michael Burton, MD, MSPH, 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. 


Medical School
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (2004)
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine (2007), Internal Medicine
Birmingham VA Medical Center - Fellowship (2010), Internal Medicine

Research Interest

  • Designing better systems to identify and intervene on detiorating patients
  • Development of medical student curricula in health care improvement and patient safety
  • Elimination of hospital acquired conditions


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Nominal group technique: a brainstorming tool for identifying areas to improve pain management in hospitalized patients.
Peña A, Estrada CA, Soniat D, Taylor B, Burton M J Hosp Med 2012 May-Jun 7 5 416-20

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Society for General Internal Medicine
  • Society of Hospital Medicine
  • The American College of Physicians