Patient Rating:

4.7 out of 5

223 Patient Ratings
135 Patient Comments

Robert T. Burks, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.7 out of 5

223 Patient Ratings
135 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

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(801) 587-7109 University Orthopaedic Center
590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108


Dr. Robert Burks, Professor, specializing in the field of sports medicine and shoulder surgery. His practice focuses on injuries to and degenerative conditions of the shoulder and knee. Dr. Burks graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1978. He completed his orthopedic residency at the University of California at San Diego and subsequently did a sports medicine fellowship with Dr. Dale Daniel, MD, in 1983. From 1983 to 1986 Dr. Burks was in private practice in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1986 Dr. Burks moved to Wayne State University as director of sports medicine. In the fall of 1988 he joined the University of Utah, Department of Orthopaedics, and has been head of sports medicine since 1992. Dr. Burks practices at the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center and is in clinic on Monday and Thursday.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Orthopaedics - Professor
Board Certification American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (Sub: Sports Medicine)
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Patient Ratings

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Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

January 27, 2015

Dr. Burks was fantastic!

January 20, 2015

It would have been helpful to have the results of my condition in writing. As it stands I know I have a torn ligament in my shoulder and I am still not quite sure which one.

January 09, 2015

The staff maintained my confidence throughout the entire surgical procedure. I will return to have any Ortho surgery without hesitation and will recommend Dr. Burks for any shoulder surgery. I very much appreciated the photos he shared with me via email from the arthroscopic procedure.

December 25, 2014

so far, I'm very pleased with my surgical outcome and my care from Dr. Burks

December 15, 2014

I had a very good experience with both the Fellow and the Attending physician. I did not feel rushed, and felt they were very honest and thorough. Very professional.

December 07, 2014

Every question was answered completely which calmed all my daughters concern and doubts, I could not have asked for more from a physician.

December 04, 2014

Dr. Burks is amazing! I will be back for acl sutn

November 18, 2014

Dr Burks and his staff has treated me extremely well. thank you. They are working hard to get me back to work as well. I will have Dr Burks operate on my other shoulder when the time comes.

November 17, 2014

Dr. Burks always does a great job. He really starts to warm up after years of seeing him. I think that he shows a genuine interest for his patient and does his best to explain all options and help you to come up with a plan that works for both his and the patient. I would recommend him and I definitely have recommended him.

November 17, 2014


November 03, 2014

I have never been more confident in a doctor or his staff. Every visit to the hospital I am treated better than anyone could hope for, very little wait time, great staff, and answer every question I ask. This is behond a doubt the best orthopedic hospital I have ever been to.

October 30, 2014

I did not understand his explanation because he used a lot of medical terms

October 28, 2014

The orthopedic center, staff and physicians were great. I was referred to the Neurology department, unfortunately, there staff was less than considerate and very much the opposite in responding to me. The staff from the Orthopedic Center have even tried to assist me with the Neurology department and getting things moving along. So I am very impressed with ever aspect of your care and how you have worked to help me.

October 19, 2014

Didn't listen to anything I had to say, blew me off

October 05, 2014

Dr. Burks and all the staff are great! Friendly, caring and informative. Thanks to all!

September 30, 2014

I have shouted the praises of Dr Burks to anyone who will listen. As I have told Dr Burks on two occasions that he is my hero! No one could have had a better shoulder-replacement experience than I have had.

September 21, 2014

I have had appointments with Dr. Burks for other problems and I very purposely made this appointment based on my past experiences with Dr. Burk.

September 18, 2014

Dr. Burks was wonderful. He explained what was wrong and what the next steps should be.

August 31, 2014

Dr. Burks is the best. He always takes the time to explain everything. He is very concerned about my personal feelings and gives me the information necessary to make my own decisions

August 21, 2014

Dr. Burks showed concern for me, thought seriously about what was going on and explained what he felt would be the best course of action always making sure that I understood that I was in the driver's seat. He is always kind and personable. I am very grateful to him.

August 20, 2014

Dr. Burks is great!

August 17, 2014

Dr. Burks and all of his staff were exceptional!

August 12, 2014

I was unable to get MRI at my visit and therefore left not knowing the nature of my injury

August 10, 2014

concerned and informative

August 07, 2014

Dr. Burks is an outstanding physician. I really appreciate his expertise and explanations.

August 06, 2014

Dr. Burk's sat directly across from me and discussed my option and answered all of my questions. Dr. Burk's provided enough time even though he was running late. I am impressed with Dr. Burk's thank you letter. He is genuine.

July 25, 2014

I had never had a cortozone shot in my knee before, so my expectations were not very high. But they took great care with me throughout the process. They actually exceeded my expectations in that regard.

July 21, 2014

All were excellent

July 06, 2014


June 16, 2014

Excellent care providers

May 24, 2014

The Dr, the Fellow, and the PA were all extremely helpful.

May 23, 2014

Both Dr Kullar and Dr Burks were focused, efficient, caring. We did not feel at all rushed, but felt both doctors were direct and explained everything fully. They did not promise an absolute and full recovery of range of motion, which impressed me since two other doctors had indicated that possibility. I feel totally confident of my care and made the decision to have my shoulder replaced by Drs Burks and Kullar before I left the Orthopaedoc Center.

May 20, 2014

Extremely happy with outcome and both physicians, Dr. Burks and Dr. Kullar. Very caring and professional.

May 11, 2014

Missed the fact that I had torn my ACL

April 24, 2014

I realize there is nothing having surgery would fix in my situation however, Dr Burke just more or less told me I'd have to deal with it, find a pain management care provider, and left the room. My wife had mentioned that we are very limited to care where we live and thought that Dr Burke would provide us with the next step as I am in severe pain. He left the room and we weren't sure if he was returning with maybe a list of Dr's that I could go to from here or what. We had to ask if we were done, waiting for perscription, list of what was next or what. As it was, we were done! Not happy at all with Dr Burke himself!

April 17, 2014

Exceptional service! Everyone was professional, efficient, and friendly⿦I felt confident in their knowledge throughout the whole process before and after my surgery. It⿿s been a placer having been treated by such a great team.

March 30, 2014

as both shoulders are bad, Dr Burks was very concerned as the one that wasn't the bad one hurt worse. X-rays reveled whymy right shoulder is worse now.

March 27, 2014

Very efficient office great staff.

March 12, 2014

Dr. Burks was great in explaining what the next steps for my recovery are and also answered the questions I had.

February 18, 2014

All good.

January 31, 2014

Dr Burks was very understanding and took the time to answer all my questions.

January 30, 2014

Dr Burks was very nice. He explained my problem and course of action in "English" rather than medical terms. He seems very knowledgeable and was extremely helpful.

January 23, 2014

The most important quality that gives me confidence in Dr. Burks is his skill as a surgeon. As far as I can tell, he did an outstanding job operating on my left rotator cuff. None of the other considerations are as important as that one.

January 20, 2014

Dr. Berks is the best.

January 16, 2014

Dr. Burks provide outstanding and expert care.

January 10, 2014

Since I have no medical background (which I probably should have stated at the beginning of my appointment), it would have been nice to have known a little more about what was wrong with my knee not only in the medical terminology, but also in simple terms. I think if Dr. Burks would have explained to me how my knee/ACL normally works and how it now works after my injury would have given me bit of a clearer picture of my condition.

January 06, 2014

Dr. Burks was great! He explained the surgery in detail, showed me pictures of what he found while he was explaining, and then actually drew me a picture! He was concise and his explanations were thorough and complete. He answered all my questions and concerns. I have since received a very nice letter from Dr. Burks thanking me for letting him treat me and for selecting the U of U. Great customer service from Dr. Burks and his staff for all of my visits. I would recommend him highly!

December 28, 2013

Very thorough and clear about all aspects of my injury, answered all my questions in detail.

December 15, 2013

Dr. Burks is a complete Professional

December 10, 2013

Dr. Burks was thorough in his explanation of each photo and what he found during the surgery, and my outcome.

December 05, 2013

I have already recommended Dr. Burks to three other friends.

November 04, 2013

I am concerned that I will be turned over to P.T. and will be forgotten about, I am still living with pain especially in neck, which I hope will improve with not using my sling any more, but what scars me the most is the pain in my lower back, when I have pain in the arm, shoulder and neck and back, and I wake up feeling like I am 100 yrs. old, I all seems to be related.

November 03, 2013

I felt very good about everything- especially the warnings given to my son about heeding instructions because the healing depended on it. He was very compliant (which is amazing for an active 17YO) and I believe that was due to the excellent information he was given before the surgery.

October 31, 2013

The visit was efficient and factual--just the way I like it. Dr. Burks covered the risks of any surgery, and the outcome of my procedure.

October 29, 2013

I would have liked a bit more information about recovery time and about the exact procedure I needed.

October 14, 2013

I am a bit worried about the outcome of my ability to perform regular tasks again, I am still having a lot of pain especially in the night, My surgery was 5 weeks ago, i do not feel as if I am healing correctly, but I have all the trust in Dr.Burks that I could have, I am looking forward to p.t. however I am scared because It is to painful to imagine in a week.

September 30, 2013

Dr. Burks is the best! Couldn't be happier with my results!

September 27, 2013

Dr Burks was great to speak to. He seemed very experienced and confident. I know I'm in good hands

September 23, 2013

I was respected and treated well by Dr. Burk. He took his time and explained what and why they chose to do the things they did to my knee.

September 20, 2013

Dr Burks and the resident on duty were excellent in answering all of our questions. My wife is a nurse and very thorough in asking questions. They provided explanations on our our concerns and gave suggestions for progression of physical therapy. Dr Burks is a wonderful physician that I will continue to refer all who find themselves in need of his services.

September 04, 2013

I have already recommended Dr. Burks to numerous friends and they have been very happy with him also. Dr. Burks always takes the time to explain all options to me and he makes sure I'm the one who is informed enough to make the decisions I need to make.

September 03, 2013

Dr. Burks could work on his bedside manner a bit, but he is a great surgeon for sure!!! My knee is doing amazing!!! As for his nursing staff and his anesthesiologist that was with me. AMAZING team!!! So caring to me for how scared I was. Trying to make me as calm as they could. Holding my hand while I was going under, and talking to me while I cried going under. :-) Being so calm with me when I woke up in recovery crying and passing out for an hour. That team is amazing!

September 02, 2013


September 01, 2013

I would not go anywhere else

August 30, 2013

everyone was very professional, very kind,a nd very informative

August 30, 2013

Dr. Burks was not only on time, but spent a significant amount of time with me describing my problem and its solution in easy to understand terms.

August 30, 2013

I appreciated that Dr. Burks stepped through the analysis of my MRI and was forthright about what we could and couldn't tell from this. He was very responsive to my questions and concerns.

August 28, 2013

Dr Burks, and his team, are the best!

August 27, 2013

I have been to Dr. Burk's office three or four times now and each time it is a very good experience.

August 23, 2013

althought the outcome of this visit was not what i wanted to hear the overall courtesy shown by dr. burks and staff was outstanding. i would have liked more options, but do understand my limitation since most of it is age related.

August 18, 2013

Have recommended Dr. Burks

August 07, 2013

Kind of wish I had more feedback on what Dr. Burks "thinks" is going on in my knee. Didn't have a lot to go off of, except for him telling me that it's up to me. Either live with it, or we can scope it. It made the decicion very hard, and I have been stressing over this. My surgery is still over a week away, and I still worry if I am making the right decision.

August 05, 2013

terrible bed side manner, could not have cared less

August 05, 2013

Dr. Burks is excellent. I trust him completely with the care of my son and his injury.

August 03, 2013

I did not agree with the decision Dr. Burks recommended for treatment. Nor did I appreciate spending 5 mins with him for an hour long appointment.

July 10, 2013

Way beyond very good.

July 05, 2013

I have already recommended this facility and Dr. Burks

July 01, 2013

Dr. Burks was rude and has a very poor bed side manner. He made me fell as if my issues were not important and that I was a waste of his time. He did not seem concerned with the issues that I am having and he just wanted to get me out of the room. He did not really address me at all he directed all of his comments to his resident and the nurse. I have never been treated so poorly by a doctor at the University. All of the doctors that I have seen up to this point have all been very professional and wanted to see their patients feel better upon leaving. I am hoping that this Dr was just having an off day

June 10, 2013

Drs. Petrone and Burks are the best and they know what they are doing and kept me in the loop all the time.

May 27, 2013

I had the feeling that the Dr. did not want to do shoulder-replacement surgery on me as most of his talk was about the risks of this surgery. I don't think he understood how much pain I was going through and what it was like facing this for the second time. (tore rotator cuff twice in one year). I had scheduled an appt. with him because he had much experience with these types of shoulder surgeries so I was disappointed that he didn't seem very friendly or concerned with what I was going through.

May 15, 2013

While a busy man, Dr Burks spent as much time with me as I needed answering my questions and helping me make the right decision regarding surgery.

May 13, 2013

Dr. Burks is the best. He considers surgery to be the last option. I have already recommended some of my closest friends to Dr. Burks.

April 22, 2013

Dr. Burks is the best!

April 17, 2013

Burks is good.

April 12, 2013

Dr. Burks was so considerate with my injection phobia and made it so much easier to cope with and I am absolutely appreciative of his kindness and his follow-up concern! Thank you!

April 05, 2013

Dr. Burks was very informative and caring.

March 25, 2013

Always a very efficient but quality experience with Ortho staff and in particular, Dr. Burkes

March 22, 2013

In a mad, mad, world of unending frenzy the care provider's made you feel as though you were the only patient that they had to deal with that day. It really makes a difference in how you feel about your visit.

March 22, 2013

Dr. Burks and the resident were very businesslike, efficient, and communicated clearly. All of which I liked. The only negative was that no one asked me about my goals, preferences or concerns before telling me what the treatment plan was. I actually felt great about the treatment plan, but it still would have been better to be asked.

March 19, 2013

I am concerned because I fell last September 2012. The radiologist reading the MRI noted a "graft tear". Dr. Burks disagreed with this prognosis. I have spent the last six months trying to persuade the doctors there that something is not right. I have increasing pain. If the radiologist reads the scan how can there be a disgreement with the surgeons about the outcome of the reading. I feel like I have not been taken seriously.

March 15, 2013

I was extremely impressed with Dr. Burks on this visit. To be perfectly honest, I have met with him on days before where he has clearly been rushed (which is completely understandable given his profession, and because I am sure he has many patients with needs that are far more acute than mine!). In any case, I was extremely appreciative of the thoughtful explanations he provided to me on the challenges I have been having with my knee on this visit. I feel very confident in his abilities as a physician. I am fortunate to be his patient.

March 07, 2013

I would recommend Doctor Burks to my friends and family.

March 05, 2013

Dr Burks is a competent MD, but poor bedside manner and lack of empathy.

February 25, 2013

Both Drs Burks and Linford are great!

February 20, 2013

Dr. Burks is top notch! He listened carefully and formulated a plan that worked very well for me.

February 15, 2013

very good

January 30, 2013

It was the best that I've had.

January 24, 2013

I know that the doctor was very busy. He was efficient and courteous, but he seemed rushed. I would prefer a little more interaction on my first visit. He seemed to be an excellent mentor for his student.

January 19, 2013

I am never very good at processing the information I get from the providers. My medical vocabulary is fairly limited, so I don't follow the explanations, particularly when we're looking at the images from radiology, fast enough. I keep thinking I should record the doctor's explanations with my phone so I can digest them later!

January 18, 2013

Fantastic experience, very open, honest, and confident. Was warned he had no bedside manner... Rubbish, great guy!

January 14, 2013

I would have liked to be able to make a decision regarding the surgical procedure. I felt like I had no decision as to what was done and what was not done. I am worried that I will have to go back in for another surgery due to continued pain and weakness in my biceps.

January 05, 2013

All Very Good...

December 25, 2012

All Good...

December 14, 2012

Sometimes doctors are "above" we common folk and treat us accordingly. Not so with Dr. Burks. I felt that he had genuine compassion for me. He carefully showed me my x-rays and explained the issue and options. He did not push me into anything. He encouraged me to go home and think about them and discuss them with my family. I felt very comforted and comfortable with him. I felt I could have asked any question and not have been judged or treated as "less than." Dr. Burks and his staff were all very personable which gives a patient confidence to ask about things.

December 12, 2012

Dr. Burkes was a second opinion. He instilled immediate confidence, and I made my decision to have Dr. Burkes do my surgery before I left his office.

November 30, 2012

wont go back

November 28, 2012

I always feel like Dr. Burks gives me his full attention and answers any questions I have without talking down to me.

November 24, 2012

Dr. Burks is amazing all around! Very impressed.

November 16, 2012

Dr. Burks is all around perfect. He is an amazing doctor and very caring.

October 29, 2012

I spent significant time with both a resident and the doctor; both were fantastic.

October 24, 2012

Dr. Burks has performed multiple surgeries on many, many members of my family, with excellent results in all cases, and an incredible amount of care. He never talks down to the patient, but explains thoroughly his diagnosis, treatment options, and I felt 100% confident in his care.

October 10, 2012

Dr. Burks is excellent

October 09, 2012

He is highly recommended and that is why I chose him. He is a very nice and awesome doctor.

October 08, 2012

Dr. Burks is simply the best....he shows genuine concern and is always looking for the least invasive measures to treat a problem.

October 08, 2012

I was impressed by the amount of time that Dr. Burks and his associate spent with me. He was very clear, and took time to answer my questions.

October 03, 2012

The above comments are about the PA--Dr. Burks was "very good" in all aspects.

September 26, 2012

I liked his diagnostic approach and I trust his skills, but having me wait this long and acting as if this is trivial left me with a bad first impression.

September 14, 2012

Dr Burkes not sure what I needed until he got inside to look. I know this cannot be helped. I had to think about having the operation for a day.

August 27, 2012

lack of communication between doctor nurses and ma left me out in the cold

June 18, 2012

Best experience I have ever had..

May 15, 2012

Our case was not clear cut, and Dr. Burks spent a lot of time explaining our choices in treatment. He even drew a diagram so we could see where the injury occurred.

May 04, 2012

I had the doctor in mind

April 17, 2012

Love Dr. Burks and his staff

March 20, 2012

I felt heard and understand my problem better, he also discussed solutions to my problem and strategies to treat my pain, I am very pleased

March 16, 2012

Dr. Burks was great.......

March 06, 2012

The doctor and everyone else was very freindly and very helpful

February 28, 2012

It was a good experience.

February 27, 2012

Dr. Gave me no answers and I felt like there was something he was not telling me!

February 17, 2012

I will recommend Dr. Burks to everyone, he was fantastic. He explained everything very very thorough and was very helpful and kind.

February 17, 2012


January 31, 2012

Excellent! CAring, knowledgeable.

January 24, 2012

I would highly... recommend Dr. Burks.

January 24, 2012

Burks did an awesome job with my surgery. I am very happy with the results and the rate at which i progressed.

January 13, 2012

very happy with everything

January 06, 2012

not particularily empathetic about my level of pain connected to the injury

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Orthopaedics - Professor
Board Certification American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (Sub: Sports Medicine)
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 587-5400 University Orthopaedic Center
590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Dr. Robert Burks, Professor, specializing in the field of sports medicine and shoulder surgery. His practice focuses on injuries to and degenerative conditions of the shoulder and knee. Dr. Burks graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1978. He completed his orthopedic residency at the University of California at San Diego and subsequently did a sports medicine fellowship with Dr. Dale Daniel, MD, in 1983. From 1983 to 1986 Dr. Burks was in private practice in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1986 Dr. Burks moved to Wayne State University as director of sports medicine. In the fall of 1988 he joined the University of Utah, Department of Orthopaedics, and has been head of sports medicine since 1992. Dr. Burks is the chairman of Arthroscopic Surgery Seminars, the Robert Metcalf Memorial Arthroscopy Meeting. Dr. Burks has published 53 articles in medical journals and authored 7 book chapters. Dr. Burks is the current secretary of the Arthroscopy Association of North America.


Education History

Type School Degree
Residency University of California - San Diego
Orthopedic Surgery
Fellowship Kaiser Foundation Hospital
Orthopedic Surgery
Internship University of California - San Diego
Orthopedic Surgery
Professional Medical St. Louis University
Undergraduate Southern Methodist University


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