John Burress, MD, MPH, FACOEM

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Areas of Specialization
Occupational Medicine

Medical School
University of Kentucky

Family Medicine Residency in Greenville, SC

Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency / MPH,
Harvard School of Public Health

Board Certification
Family Medicine
Occupational Medicine

Dr. John Burress completed his undergrad studies and Medical School at the University of Kentucky.  After his primary care residency in Family Medicine in Greenville, South Carolina, Dr. Burress attained his Masters of Public Health and completed his clinical Fellowship in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Burress’s clinical training focused on preparing him to serve the working population of his rural hometown in Kentucky and included rotations in plastic surgery, sports orthopedics, and emergency medicine.  However, family obligations lead him to close his practice in Kentucky and relocate back to Boston.  Dr. Burress has 20+ years of experience staffing and directing Occupational Medicine clinics both community and medical center-based.  His interests and strong clinical skill set including soft tissue repair (e.g., suturing) make him an ideal match to care for blue-collar heavy industrial workers including the construction trades.

Occupational and Environmental Medicine in New England

Dr. Burress’s expertise lies in the initial care, evaluation, and treatment of the breath of occupational injuries/illnesses encountered in most workplaces as well as orchestrating the entire care cycle including timely involvement of other subspecialists.  He is passionate about providing the right care and resources up-front to avoid chronicity and aspires to partner with sophisticated employers and organizations that desire high-value outcomes-focused care for their workers.

For 15+ years, in addition to his clinical roles, Dr. Burress has provided disability management consultation to several government agencies and organizations including the Commonwealth of MA HRD WC Unit, PERAC, and more recently Best Doctors Occupational Health Institute.  For 10 years, Dr. Burress actively participated in a major medical center’s Leave of Absence Committee along with labor attorneys and HR representatives.  These experiences combined with his clinical acumen allow Dr. Burress to be an insightful medical evaluator and disability management consultant.

A recognized leader in his field, Dr. Burress serves on MA Dept of Industrial Accidents Health Care Services Board actively participating in injury care guideline development for MA and is the Vice-Chair of the Mass Medical Society’s Public Health Committee.  Dr. Burress also contributes to his national professional society, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), serving on their Council of Education and Academic Affairs and various subcommittees.

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