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Shane Burch MD
Assistant Professor in Residence
BiographyDr. Burch received a BSc and MSc from the University of Western Ontario in 1994 before attending medical school at the University of Toronto. Upon completion of undergraduate medical training in 1998 he entered residency in the Division of Orthopedics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Burch completed his residency in Toronto in 2004 and completed a Spine Fellowship at UCSF. During his residency Dr. Burch became interested in the treatment of metastatic spine disease and bone tumors. He identified the difficulty with current management methods of metastatic bone disease and conceived the idea of treating these disorders with photodynamic therapy (PDT). Dr. Burch has active collaborative research with the biophotonics group at the University of Toronto and the Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology (CBST) at the University California - Davis. In addition he is actively investigating the role vascular mechanisms play in the etiology of scoliosis. He has been supported in his research by CBST, the Canadian Institute of Health Research Grant and grants from the Canadian Breast Cancer Society.
- 2005- Present: Assistant Professor in Residence, University of California San Francisco, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
- 2005 - Present: Researcher and Project Leader, Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology University of California Davis
- 1988 - 1992: B.Sc.(Hon), University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
- 1992 - 1994: M.Sc., University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
- 1994 - 1998: M.D., University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
- 1998 - 2000: L.M.C.C., The Medical Council of Canada
- 1998 - 2004: University of Toronto - Residency Training Program, Toronto, Ontario
- 2002-2003 Research: Application of Photodynamic Therapy in the Treatment of Spinal Metastases, Department of Orthopedics and Division of Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto: Sunnybrook and Womens College Health Science Centre and Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, Ontario
- Supervisors: Dr. Albert Yee, Dr. Brian Wilson
- Jun 2004: FRCS(C), Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Orthopedic Surgery)
- 2004 - 2005: Spinal Surgery Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco, UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, California, USA
- Photodynamic therapy for the treatment of metastatic breast carcinoma to the spine: development and validation in a preclinical model. Albert JM Yee (PI), Co-Investigators: Burch,S, Bisland SK, Whyne CM, Finkelstein JA, Wilson BC: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Ontario Chapter (2007)
- Photodynamic therapy and the treatment of spinal metastases. Shane Burch, Stuart K Bisland, Co-investigators:Yee, A, Finkelstein, JF, Wilson, B. Canadian Institute of Health Research: Proof of Principle - Phase I. (2005)
- Mok JM, Pekmezci M, Piper SL, Boyd E, Berven SH, Burch S, Deviren V, Tay B, Hu SS. Use of C-reactive protein after spinal surgery: comparison with erythrocyte sedimentation rate as predictor of early postoperative infectious complications. Spine, 2008 Feb 15;33(4):415-21.
- Burch S, Hu S, Berven S. Aneurysmal Bome Cyst of the Spine. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2008 Jan ;19(1) 41-7.
- Akens MK, Yee AJ, Wilson BC, Burch S, Johnson CL, Lilge L, Bisland SK. Photodynamic Therapy of Vertebral Metastases: Evaluating Tumor-to-Neural Tissue Uptake of BPD-MA and ALA-PpIX in a Murine Model of Metastatic Human Breast Carcinoma. Photochem Photobiol. 2007 Sep-Oct;83 (5):1034-9.
- Bisland SK, Johnson C, Diab M, Wilson BC, Burch S. A new technique for physiodesis using photodynamic therapy. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2007 Aug;461:153-6.
- Burch S. Surgical complications of spinal deformity surgery. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2007 Apr;18(2):385-92
- J Siewerdsen, D Moseley, S Kim, S Burch, S Bisland, A Bogaards, D Jaffray, Development of a Mobile C-Arm Platform for Cone-Beam CT Guidance of Surgical Procedures. Abstract 2040, AAPM 46th Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. July 2004
- Burch S, Bisland S, Wilson B, Whyne C, Finkelstein J, Yee AJ: Percutaneous photodynamic therapy for the treatment of metastatic breast carcinoma to the spine: A novel application. Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance third scientific conference, Ottawa, Ontario, Oct 25, 2003.
- Burch S, Bisland S, Bogaards A, Whyne C, Finkelstein J, Wilson B, Yee A: Evaluation of spinal metastases in a preclinical rat model of human breast carcinoma. International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, ISSLS, Annual Meeting; Spine Week 2004, Porto, Portugal, Jun 5, 2004.
- Burch S, Bisland S, Bogaards A, Whyne C, Finkelstein J, Wilson B, Yee A: Photodynamic Therapy for the traetment of spinal metastases. International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, ISSLS, Annual Meeting; Spine Week 2004, Porto, Portugal, Jun 5, 2004.
- Burch S, Bisland S, Bogaards A, Whyne C, Finkelstein J, Wilson B, Yee A: Photodynamic therapy for the treatment of spinal metastases: a preclinical study. Canadian Orthopaedic Association, Annual Meeting 2004, Calgary, Alberta, Jun 19, 2004.
- S.K. Bisland, C. Chien, and B.C. Wilson, S. Burch Preclinical in vitro and in vivo studies to examine photodynamic therapy for the treatment of osteomyelitis. Proc SPIE vol. 5689-7, Jan 2005.
- S.K. Bisland, A. Yee, J. Finkelstein, B. Wilson S. Burch. Photodynamic of diseased bone. Optical Society of America. Munich, Germany. June 2005
Grants and Awards
- Canadian Back Institute Award, 2002 Kennedy Visiting Professorship Day, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Toronto "Photodynamic Therapy: Potential Use in Spinal Metastases" Shane Burch, Albert Yee, Joel Finkelstein, Brian Wilson. 2002
- Canadian Back Institute Award, 2003 Kennedy Visiting Professorship Day, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Toronto "PDT for the treatment of spinal metastasis; preclniical study" S. Burch, SK Bisland, A. Bogaards, CM Whyne, B Yang, AJM Yee, Joel Finkelstein, Brian Wilson. 2003.
- Best Paper Award: "Evaluation of spinal metastases in a preclinical rat model of human breast carcinoma": International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, Annual Meeting (Medtronic Sofamor Danek), Porto, Portugal, May 30 to June 5, 2004. 2004
- Best Paper Award: "Use of photodynamic therapy to treat vertebral metastases in rat and porcine models" UHN Research Day. S Burch, SK Bisland, A. Bogaards, CM Whyne, B Yang, AJM Yee, Joel Finkelstein, Brian Wilson. October 2004
- Photodynamic therapy and the treatment of spinal metastases. Shane Burch, Stuart K Bisland, Co-investigators:Yee, A, Wilson, B. Canadian Institute of Health Research: Proof of Principle - Phase I.
Membership & Committees
- Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
- Canadian Medical Association
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