Education & Training

Medical School

University of Michigan Medical School


Internal Medicine

  • University of California at Davis School of Med


American Board of Internal Medicine.


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Academic Information

Professor of Medicine
Thomas W. Burns, MD, Distinguished Professor in Diabetes
Professor, Vice Chair of Medicine for Diversity and Inclusion


One Hospital Dr
MA202 Medical Sciences Addition
Columbia, MO 65212
United States

P. 573-882-2273

Research Interests

  • Molecular biology of complex quantitative traits in underserved populations
  • Human performance in extreme environments
  • Trauma casualty care
  • International public health and underserved populations
  • Adrenergic receptors and autonomic responses to stress
  • Alpha-2 adrenergic receptors

Awards & Honors

  • 1973 Reagents’ Award, University of Michigan
  • 1977 James B. Angell Scholar, University of Michigan
  • 1978 Medical Student Research Fellow, American Heart Association
  • 1980 Most distinguished paper, University of Michigan Medical Student Research Forum
  • 1981 Medical Student Research Fellow, American Heart Association
  • 1981 Dean's Award for the Most Outstanding Medical Student Research, University of Michigan
  • 1981 Henry J. Kaiser Foundation Merit Scholar
  • 1986-1991 Clinician Scientist Award, American Heart Association
  • 1987 Minority Faculty Research Development Award, Wayne State University Medical School
  • 1992-1997 Established Investigator Award, American Heart Association
  • 1994 Easterling Memorial Lecturer, National Kidney Foundation
  • 1995 Fogarty Minority Faculty International Research Fellow, National Institutes of Health
  • 2002 Roy Wilkins National Achievement Award for Distinguished Public Service, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Annual Meeting
  • 2003 AOA Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Michigan Medical School Representative