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Michael Burton, M.D., M.S.P.H., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a member of the Division of General Internal Medicine. He is the Preoperative Clinic Medical Director at Parkland Health and Hospital System.

Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Burton holds a bachelor's degree in biology with a concentration in neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas. He earned his medical degree at Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Lubbock. He completed internal medicine residency training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He then completed advanced training through the VA Quality Scholars Fellowship Program at the Birmingham VA Medical Center. He also holds a master of science in public health in outcomes research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Burton joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2010.

At UT Southwestern, Dr. Burton is a Colleges Mentor. 

Dr. Burton's clinical interests include caring for hospitalized patients and surgical patients.

Dr. Burton is a member of the American College of Physicians, the Society of Hospital Medicine, the Society for General Internal Medicine, and the Dallas County Medical Society.


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