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Sheldon R. Burns, MD, ABFD

Dr. Sheldon Burns joined Edina Family Physicians in 2001. He has over 40 years of clinical experience. Areas of special interest in addition to Family Practice include Sports Medicine. He is a member of the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians and was MN Family Physician of the year in 2014 and received their annual Merit Award for outstanding contributions to family practice in 1985.

Dr. Burns was inducted into the Minnesota "Wall of Fame" at the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN for Contributions as a Minnesotan to the United States Olympic Teams. He received the Larry Neumann Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota Athletic Trainers Association in 1996. He was also recognized in the Journal of American Medical Association in 1992 for the discovery of the largest reported outbreak of food borne illness from a commercial airline flight affecting twenty-four states and four countries. Dr. Burns was also awarded the Jerry "Hawk" Rhea Award for Outstanding NFL Team Physician in 2019.

During his education Dr. Burns received his Bachelor of Arts degree with High Honors and Distinction from Hamline University in 1971. He attended medical school at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 1974. He completed his residency at the University of Minnesota and earned his board certification in the areas of Family Practice, Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine.

Dr. Burns personal hobbies include travel and sporting events.

Office Location(s):

Edina Family Physicians (Main)

5301 Vernon Avenue South
Edina, Minnesota 55436

Location Phone Main: 952-925-2200
Additional Location Phone: Scheduling: 952-925-2200
Location Fax: Location Fax: 952-925-0335

My Phone: 952-925-2200
Fax: 952-925-0335

Accepting new patients:
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Doctor Burns
Sheldon R. Burns, MD, ABFP

Other Certifications: Instructor in Emergency Medical Services, Rochester Area Vocational Technical Institute Eau Claire, WI Area Vo-Tech Institute Board of Directors, Great River Homes for the Mentally Retarded Instructor, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Elective Orthopedics Wabasha County Coroner Field Commander, Colorado Search and Rescue Guest Scholar and Lecturer: Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden Max Planck Institute, Groningen, West Germany University of East Anglia, Norwich, England University of Edinborough, Edinborough, Scotland Liverpool Polytechnic, Liverpool, England

Honors and Awards:

Top Doc Award : 2009-2010
Dr. Burns has received the distinguished Top Doc award for 2009/2010 from Mpls. St. Paul Magazine. This award is given in recognition for the exceptional patient care he provided to his patients. Recipients of this award are chosen by their peers.
NFL Team Physician Award: Rhea Award for Outstanding NFL Team Physicians 2019

American Board of Family Practice, Certified 4 times

*   Medical Director, Institute for Athletic Medicine – 14 locations
*   Medical Director, MN Timberwolves, MN Wild, MN Lynx
*   Team Physician, Minnesota Vikings
*   Medical Staff, Fairview Southdale Hospital, Methodist Hospital
*   Medical Staff, Community Clinic, Wabasha, MN
*   Medical Staff, Minneapolis Sports Medicine Center
*   Deputy Medical Commisioner, Intern’l Olympic Committee
*   Team Physician, World Championship Teams
*   Team Physician, United States Olympic Teams
*   Team Physician, MN State High School League Tournaments
*   Assoc. Professor and Clinical Professor, Univ. of Minnesota

Founder of the 1st sports medicine course in the medical school
Top Doctor, Twin City Parent Magazine
Top Doctor, (voted by peers) Mpls. St. Paul Magazine
Member, Wabasha County Medical Society
Member, Minnesota Medical Association


“Has Protective Equipment Changed the Way America Plays?”
Ergonomics, November 1988

Neurologic Injuries in Ice hockey
Neurologic Aspects of Sports Medicine: Jordan, Tsairis and Warren

On Field preparation for Competition
Orthopaedic Knowledge update sports Medicine, Griffin, Lethay, M.D.’s 1998. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.


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