Dr. Burruss graduated from The University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences and has practiced Plastic Surgery practice for over 28 years. He has served as Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Tennessee, Memphis and as Chief of Plastic Surgery, Acting, at the Veterans Administrative Medical Center.

Dr. Burruss believes plastic surgery means many things to each of us. Whether it is the reconstruction of a child’s cleft lip or an adult with excess eyelid skin, Dr. Burruss feels that plastic surgery can help restore the joy of life. He has had the opportunity to practice plastic surgery in an academic environment and now in private practice with the Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis.

Dr. Burruss' specific interests include cosmetic and aesthetic surgery of the face, eyelids and ears, surgery of the breast and reconstruction of the nose after skin cancer. As a director of the local Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Team, he enjoys the challenges of pediatric cleft care.

Dr. Burruss considers it a privilege and great responsibility to be entrusted with providing this specialized surgical care for his patients.

“We restore, repair and make whole those parts which nature has given but fortune has taken away, not so much that they may delight the eye, but that they may buoy up the spirit and help the mind.” - Gaspar Tagilliacozzi, 1597

Curriculum Vitae


Oxford College of Emory University, 1972
Emory University
BS Biology, 1974

University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences
Memphis, TN, M.D., 1977


High Honors in Biology
Emory University

Phi Sigma Society
Emory University


University of Tennessee Integrated Surgical Residency Program, 1977-7


University of Tennessee Integrated Surgical Residency Program, 1982-86
Chief Resident of Surgery, 1985-86
University of Tennessee Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Program, 1986-88

Work History

7/88-9/92 – UT Department of Plastic Surgery – Assistant Professor
Memphis, TN

9/92-7/94 – Solo private practice
Memphis, TN

7/94-present – Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis
Memphis, TN

Military Service

USAF Medical Corps
Little Rock, Arkansas

Primary Care Physician, 1978-82

Board Certification

American Board of Surgery
, December, 1987

American Board of Plastic Surgery
, November, 1990

Medical Licensure


Medical Awards & Honors

Resident Research Award
Harwell Wilson Surgical Society 1987

Society Memberships

American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Active Member

Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation

American College of Surgeons, Fellow Southeastern Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons, Active

American Cleft Palate Association

Tennessee Medical Association

Memphis & Shelby County Medical Society

University Appointments

Assistant Professor Plastic Surgery

University of Tennessee, Memphis

July, 1988 September, 1992

Chief of Plastic Surgery, Acting

Veterans Administrative Medical Center

July, 1988 September, 1992

Clinical Faculty

University of Tennessee, Memphis September 1992-2011

Hospital Affiliations

Baptist Memorial Hospital

Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center

Methodist Hospitals of Memphis

Local Committees

Medical Executive Committee

Baptist Memorial Hospital, 2005-2011

Chair, Metro Credentials Committee

Baptist Memorial Hospital, 2005-2011

Operating Room Committee

Baptist Memorial Hospital 1993-95

Chair, Operating Room Committee

Baptist Memorial Hospital 1995

Graduate Medicine Education Committee

Baptist Memorial Hospital 1988-95

Vice Chairman-Department of Plastic Surgery

Baptist Memorial Hospital 1994-95

Chairman – Department of Plastic Surgery

Baptist Memorial Hospital 1995-96

Third Party Insurance Committee

Memphis & Shelby County Medical Society 1994-95

Practice Management Committee

Tennessee Medical Association – 1998-99

Office Based Surgery Task Force

Tennessee Medical Association – 1999-2000

National Committees

Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation

Research Fund Proposals Committee-1992-94


“Small Bowel Obstruction from an Antacid: Bezoar: A Ranitidine Antacid Reaction?”; Burruss, G.L., Van Voorst, S.J., Crawford, A.J., Bhattacharya, S.K., The Southern Medical Journal 79: pp 917-918, 1986

“Penetrating Carotid Artery Injuries”, Burruss, G.L., Mangiante, E.C., Fabian, T.C., Journal of the Tennessee Medical Association 79: pp 492-493, 198

“Efficacy of Simultaneous Debridement and Flap Closure of Pressure Sores in the Spinal Cord Patient”; Burruss, G.L., White, C., in the Proceeding of the Fifth Interna- tional Seating Symposium “Seating the Disabled”, 1989

“The Management of Mid-face Fractures with Intracranial Injury”, Brandt, K.E., Burruss, G.L., Hickerson, W.L., White, C.E., DeLozier, J.B., The Journal of Trauma 31, No. 1, pp 15-19, 1991


“Spinal Shock: The Early Hemodynamic Manifestations in Acute Cervical Cord Injury”; Fabian, T., Burruss, G.L., Stanford, G., Payne, L., Patterson, R., First International Shock Congress, June, 1987


“Intracranial Injury Association with Mid-face Fractures”, Brandt, K., Burruss, G.L., Hickerson, W.L., White, D., & DeLozier, J.B Western Trauma Association

Crested Butte, Colorado – February, 1990

“Microsurgical Reconstruction in Skull Base Surgery”, Burruss, G.L., Southern Medical Association, Nashville, Tennessee-October, 1990

“Management of Traumatic Soft Tissue Injuries During Ilizarov External Fixation” American Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons Seattle, Washington September, 1991

“Management of Traumatic Soft Tissue Injuries During Ilizarov External Fixation” Orthopaedic Trauma Symposium

Ilizarov Method Courses

Richard’s Manufacturing

The Racquet Club of Memphis, TN

April 30, 1993

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