William Burns, MD

  • Emergency Medicine


As a physician specially trained in emergency medicine, William Burns, MD, leads a team of expert health care clinicians who treat people with illnesses or injuries that could be life-threatening or pose an immediate risk to their health and well-being. Injury or illness can be caused by disease, infection, stroke, heart attack, or bodily trauma, and may include symptoms such as fevers, vomiting, bleeding, shortness of breath, dizziness, weakness and pain. He speaks with patients, obtains lab tests and imaging, such as X-rays to diagnose the injury or illness and provides necessary treatment.   

Whether it is a life-threatening event, such as a heart attack, or a condition needing rapid treatment, such as pneumonia, Dr. Burns attentively and compassionately listens to all patients to understand their health care needs and provide the most advanced medical care available. 

Dr. Burns professional interests include resident education, EKG interpretation, interpersonal communication, symptom management, and the intersection of emergency and palliative medicine.

Languages spoken
  • English
University affiliation

Education & credentials

Board certifications
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Medical School
  • Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL

Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL