Russell A. Burnham, APA-C
Russell A. Burnham, APA-C
Team Principal, Founder
Russ Burnham has an extensive military background, starting with his training at the US Army Medical Department in the Interservice Physician Assistant Program as an undergraduate student and Tripler Army Medical Center as a graduate student. Afterward, he served as a special staff officer for the 1-89 Cavalry Regiment, 2BCT, 10th Mountain Division as well as a squadron physician assistant; the 1-32 Infantry Battalion, 3BCT, 10th Mountain Division as a battalion physician assistant; HHBN/2-12 Cavalry, 1BCT, 1st Cavalry Division as a battalion physician assistant; 1-227 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division as an aeromedical physician assistant, and finished his Army career as the Senior Medical Advisor for 1st Battalion, 3rd Security Forces Assistance Brigade.
During his time in the military, Burnham provided medical care to numerous men and women in austere environments having deployed to Afghanistan twice, most recently returning in summer 2020 where he served as the Senior Medical Advisor to the Afghan National Army 201st Corps Surgeon and the Regional Hospital Commander who oversaw the medical care for six most eastern provinces in Afghanistan and 25,000 Soldiers. He also completed numerous trainings and programs, including the CJ Reddy Leadership Course; the U.S. Army Flight Surgeon Course; the AMEDD Captain’s Career Course; the Mountain Warfare; Tactical Combat Medical Care (TCMC); and the AMEDD Officer Basic Course.
Burnham is also the recipient of many awards and decorations, including recognition as only the second Soldier in history to be recognized as the US Army Soldier of the Year in 2003. He is a Sergeant Audie Murphy Inductee, the 2007 U.S. Army Medical Command NCO of the Year; and was awarded the Ditch Medicine award in 2014 by the US Central Command Surgeon for outstanding battlefield medicine and leadership.
Burnham is a physician assistant and writer for Medical Equation in West Lake Hills, Texas, for which he is deeply involved in Workers' Compensation reviews as well as personal litigation medical cases with Dr. Obermiller.
Russ’s interests in occupational medicine grew out of his time as Aeromedical Physician Assistant and recognized the strikingly similar parallels between the Fire Service and Army Aviation. He continues to research and understand the dynamics of how cardiovascular disease, cancer and human performance intersect. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the National Fire Protection Association as well as the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
Rio Salado College, Associate Degree in General Studies
University of Nebraska, B.S. in Biology
University of Nebraska, M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies
Texas State Medical License
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants-Certified
Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Advanced Trauma Life Support
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Basic Life Support
Member, American Academy of Cardiology
Member, National Fire Protection Association
Active Medical Licenses