Glenn D. Burns, MD

Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
88th Mdos/Sgoe, 4881 Sugar Maple Dr, Wright Patterson AFB, OH 45433-5529


International humanitarian and disaster medicine, leadership education, medical education curriculum development and tactical medicine.

Academic Service

Editorial Boards

  • Journal of Special Operations Medicine (US Special Operations Command: MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.)


  • Academic Affairs Committee (American College of Emergency Physicians)
  • Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee (American College of Emergency Physicians)
  • Pediatric Disaster Management Committee (Department of Homeland Security)
  • Clinical Curricular Development Committee (Uniformed Services University)
  • Military Medical Defense Committee (Israeli Defense Force)


  • Assistant Professor, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine (Dayton, Ohio)
  • Assistant Professor, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Bethesda, Md.)
  • Visiting Professor, Hadassah Medical School ( Jerusalem, Israel)
  • Medical Director, USAF Emergency Physician Assistant Fellowship (Andrews AFB)
  • Course Director, 79th Medical Group Acute Care Nurse Practioner Program (Andrews AFB)
  • Program Director, Military Training Network Advanced Cardiac Life Support (NCR, Washington, D.C.)
  • Program Director, 79th Medical Group Pediatric Advanced Life Support Course
  • Medical Student Coordinator, USUHS Emergency Medicine Clinical Clerkship

National/International Presentations

  • Pediatric Disaster Response—What we could do better, Department of Homeland Security Conference, Sept 2010.
  • Hemostatic agents in Pre-Hospital Trauma, International Conference on Emergency Medicine, Suntec City, Singapore, Jun 2010.
  • What Iraq and Afghanistan have taught us about the need to change pre-hospital medicine in the U.S., Grand Rounds, Drexler University School of Medicine, May 2010.
  • Evaluation of the Acute Abdomen for Primary Care, American College of Physicians—DoD Chapter, Oct 2010.
  • The Acute Red Eye—when to refer. CapCon Conference Family Medicine Board Review Course Washington DC, Jun 2010.
  • Unique Challenges of Military Medical Education, Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem Israel, May 2009.
  • Making a Battlefield Physician, Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem Israel, May 2009.
  • The Acute Red Eye—when to refer, CapCon Conference Family Medicine Board Review Course Washington DC, Jun 2009.

Military Service

Dr. Burns has been in the U.S. military for over 20 years. During this time, he has served in a variety of positions. He began his career by enlisting in the Marine Corps and gravitated into the special operations community. By the time of his matriculation at medical school in the summer of 1997, he had completed the Army Special Forces Qualification Course as well as earning the rating of Master Parachutist, Combat SCUBA Diver and Military Freefall Parachutist. After graduating medical school, Dr. Burns completed his emergency medicine residency at the Air Force’s integrated residency with Wright State University, where he also served as chief resident. Following completion of residency, Dr. Burns served as a staff emergency physician and deployed in direct support of ground combat operations with U.S. Special Operations Command in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He then served as billeted faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, where he designed and developed the current operational medicine and leadership curriculums. Currently, Dr. Burns is the Commanding Officer of the Emergency Services Flight at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the largest emergency medicine flight in the U.S. Air Force.

Personal Information

His academic interests include tactical and operational medicine, toxicology and critical care. He is currently involved in academics on the national and international level, is involved in tactical medical care with a federal SWAT team, and continues to stay engaged in clinical medicine. He is married to a medical school classmate who is now a pediatric neurologist.

Education History: 

Residency: Wright State University School of Medicine (2005)

Medical School: Uniformed Services University School of Medicine (2002)

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