Joseph P. Burns, MD

Joseph P. Burns, MD

Specializes in Comprehensive, Minimally Invasive Reconstructive Shoulder Surgery, Arthroscopic Reconstruction of the Knee, and Sports Medicine. 


Fellowship-Trained Sports Medicine Surgeon

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Joseph Burns, MD, specializes in comprehensive shoulder surgery, including new arthroscopic reconstruction of large and irreparable rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, labral tears, shoulder replacements, knee ligament reconstruction and sports medicine.

Dr. Burns grew up in Connecticut and attended Yale University where he played on both the football and baseball teams, earning the C. Gilbert Shepherd Award for leadership and interest in Yale Athletics.

After graduating from Yale, he spent a year traveling and visiting family in Australia and New Zealand, before returning to attend Georgetown Medical School in Washington, D.C. While at Georgetown, Dr. Burns became interested in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, graduating with honors. He then attended the University of Connecticut for orthopedic internship and residency.

After completing his orthopedic residency, Dr. Burns completed the sports medicine fellowship at Southern California Orthopedic Institute, during which he received specialized training in arthroscopic surgery, complex shoulder issues, and sports injuries. He spent one year in Atlanta as the sports and shoulder specialist for Resurgens Orthopaedics before returning to California to join the staff of SCOI.

Dr. Burns has a special interest in the shoulder. He has helped to develop some of the most innovative surgical techniques available, developing minimally invasive arthroscopic alternatives to some of the shoulder's most difficult problems, including irreparable large rotator cuff tears and arthritis. He teaches and lectures at national meetings regularly, and has been invited to be a guest lecturer at international meetings as well. He has published and continues to publish original research papers, has written many textbook chapters, and has also co-authored a textbook for orthopedic surgeons entitled “Shoulder Arthroscopy” (Lippincott, 2014).

Dr. Burns also serves on several leadership committees of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, working on groundbreaking research and development to improve the methods for teaching surgical skills to surgeons. He is also a consultant for several shoulder and knee research groups. Since 2012, Dr Burns has been annually selected by his peers as a SuperDoctor in the Los Angeles area.

Dr. Burns is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is also a member of the California Orthopaedic Association,  Arthroscopy Association of North America and of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Dr. Burns is available to see patients at the Valencia and Van Nuys offices.


  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Sports Medicine
  • Elbow Injuries


Practice Coordinator: (818) 901-6600 Ext. 6571

Surgery Scheduler: (818) 901-6600 Ext. 6579

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Workers' Comp: Yes

“I recently hurt my knee at work. No big deal. I thought I would just go through the motions and get back on my feet. After some questionable care at the treating facility, I fought with the insurance carrier and had my case transferred to Southern California Orthopedic Institute. I soon found out my knee was worse than I thought. Dr. Burns recommended surgery based on a torn meniscus, along with a bone fracture, and a couple of other painful problems. These problems made it difficult at best to walk and move around. After undergoing arthroscopic surgery with Dr. Burns, I was up and walking within 2 days. By the 4th day, I got rid of the crutches and cane and was walking unassisted. It has now been a little over 2 weeks since the surgery and I now can do things with my grandkids again. I even took them to Disneyland and was able to walk the entire park with only minor discomfort. Thanks to Dr. Burns and the staff at Southern California Orthopedic Institute, I am well on my way to a full recovery! -- Thomas G.”
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