March 4, 2021 – Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital welcomes Brian Burkey, MD, MEd, FACS, as the inaugural Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. In addition to seeing patients, he also serves as the Institute Chair of Surgical Specialties for the Cleveland Clinic Florida region.  
Dr. Burkey is now accepting new patients at Scully-Welsh Cancer Center at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital, located at 3555 10th Court in Vero Beach. To schedule an appointment, call 772.563.4673.
Dr. Burkey has a 30-year history of treating tumors and cancers affecting the head and neck, with a special interest in thyroid surgery and parotid surgery. His collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to care is instrumental in treating patients with conditions affecting the head and neck that require complex surgical and medical interventions. 
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in Florida, Dr. Burkey served as Vice Chairman and Section Head of the Section of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology at the Cleveland Clinic Head & Neck Institute in Ohio. Dr. Burkey came to Cleveland Clinic after almost twenty years at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, rising to Professor of Otolaryngology and Vice Chairman within that department.
He earned his medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed otolaryngology residency training at the University of Michigan and a fellowship in microvascular and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Ohio State University.
Dr. Burkey has been an American Board of Otolaryngology diplomat since 1992.An active member of the American Head and Neck Society, he currently serves as Vice President of that organization. He serves on the editorial board of multiple journals in the field of otolaryngology, and has lectured extensively on educational and clinical subjects both nationally and internationally. He has authored over 20 book chapters and 120 peer-reviewed articles on head and neck and reconstructive surgery topics. He has been a leader on several cooperative group studies and been a co-principal investigator of NIH-funded research.
About Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital
Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital is a 332-bed, not for profit hospital offering comprehensive medical services to the Treasure Coast community. The Welsh Heart Center, Scully-Welsh Cancer Center and Scully Endoscopy Center offer full-service programs and a multidisciplinary approach. Healthcare professionals represent specialties including orthopaedic services, minimally invasive vascular surgery, neurosurgery, stroke services, robotic surgery, a state-of-the-art wound healing center, bariatric surgery and the only maternity wing in the community. The hospital features all private rooms and is the largest private-sector employer in Indian River County. Learn more at 
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The Cleveland Clinic Florida region is a nonprofit, multi-specialty healthcare provider that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. The Florida region now includes Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, and Cleveland Clinic Weston Hospital, with five hospitals and numerous outpatient centers in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties. The Florida region is an integral part of Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where providing outstanding patient care is based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Physicians at Cleveland Clinic are experts in the treatment of complex conditions that are difficult to diagnose. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Florida, visit Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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