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Melinda S . Burnett, MD

Clerkship Director, Neurology M3 Clerkship - Neurology Clerkship Site Director

Associate Professor


School of Medicine
Neurology Residency Program

Melinda S . Burnett, MD

Clerkship Director, Neurology M3 Clerkship - Neurology Clerkship Site Director

Associate Professor

Dr. Burnett is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska.   She is a movement disorders specialist, seeing patients with Parkinson’s disease, tremor, difficulty walking, ataxia, and other conditions that affect movement.  She also serves as Neurology Clerkship Director for the Creighton School of Medicine.
Dr. Burnett graduated from the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.  During medical school, she spent an additional year completing a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship.  She then did her medical internship and neurology residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where she served as chief resident.  After a movement disorders fellowship at Mayo, she did a movement disorders research fellowship at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia.  After training, she worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and in the Mayo Clinic Health System in southern Minnesota before moving to Omaha and joining the Immanuel Neurological Institute in December 2017. 
Dr. Burnett is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society, the Association of University Professors of Neurology, and the American Neurological Association.  She has published research papers on Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders and is the recipient of a Melvin Yahr Early Career Award in Movement Disorders Research as well as the Creighton Medical School Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2019.

Teaching Interests

  • Neurology: Movement Disorders

Research Focus

Parkinson's disease, gait disorders, ataxia, dystonia, botulinum toxin injections, medical education




Associate Professor


  • 16th Eur.Congr.Clin.Microbiol.Infect.Dis.

    34, p. 1-2 2021
  • Neurology: Clinical Practice
    Three Adult-Onset Autosomal Recessive Ataxias: What Adult Neurologists Need to KnowAUTHORS: Jordan Paulus and Melinda Burnett 2020
  • Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery
    Luke Kiefer, Daniel Adam, Dharani Mudugal, Melinda S. Burnett. "Viral meningitis mimicking benign intracranial hypertension: A report of two cases."
    20: 100646, p. 1-4 2020
  • Parkinsonism and Related Disorders
    Matsumoto JY, Fossett T, Kim M, Duffy JR, Strand E,McKeon A, Lee KH, Stead M, Burnett M, Adams AC,Klassen BT.Precise stimulation location optimizes speechoutcomes in essential tremor.
    32: Nov 2016, p. 60-65 2016
  • Parkinsonism and Related Disorders
    Cutsforth-Gregory JK, Ahlskog JE, McKeon A,Burnett MS, Matsumoto JY, Hassan A, Bower JH.Repetitive exercise dystonia: A difficult totreat hazard of runner and non-runnerathletes.
    27: Jun 2016, p. 74-80 2016
  • Mayo Clinic Scientific Press
    Burnett, MS. “Hyperkinetic Movement Disorders:Tremor and Myoclonus.” Mayo Clinic NeurologyBoard Review. Ed. Kelly D Flemming and Lyell KJones.
    Chapter 24 2015
  • JAMA Neurology
    Burnett MS, Witte RJ, Ahlskog JE.Swiss Cheese Striatum: Clinical Implications.
    71(6), p. 735-41 2014
  • Parkinsonism and Related Disorders
    Czarnecki K, Jones DT, Burnett MS, Mullan B,Matsumoto JY.SPECT perfusion patterns distinguishpsychogenic from essential tremor.
    17(5), p. 328-32 2011
  • Parkinsonism and Related Disorders
    Dickson DW, Fujishiro H, Orr C, DelleDonne A, Josephs KA, Frigerio R, Burnett M, Parisi JE, Klos KJ, Ahlskog JE. Neuropathology of non-motor features of Parkinson disease. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. Review
    Suppl 3:S1-5., p. PMID: 20082965 2009
  • Archives of Neurology
    DelleDonne A, Klos KJ, Fujishiro H, Ahmed Z, Parisi JE,Josephs KA, Frigerio R, Burnett M, Wszolek ZK, Uitti RJ,Ahlskog JE, Dickson DW.Incidental Lewy body disease and preclinicalParkinson disease.
    65(8), p. 1074-80 2008
  • Movement Disorders
    Fujishiro H, Frigerio R, Burnett M, Klos KJ, Josephs KA,DelleDonne A, Parisi JE, Ahlskog JE, Dickson DW.Cardiac sympathetic denervation correlateswith clinical and pathologic stages of Parkinson’sdisease.
    23(8), p. 1085-92 2008
  • Acta Neuropathologica
    Dickson DW, Fujishiro H, Delledonne A, Menke J,Ahmed Z, Klos KJ, Josephs KA, Frigerio R, Burnett M,Parisi JE, Ahlskog JE.Evidence that Incidental Lewy Body Disease isPre-symptomatic Parkinson’s Disease.
    115(4), p. 437-44 2008
  • Neurocritical Care
    Zubkov AS, Klassen BT, Burnett MS, Rabinstein AA.Bilateral internal carotid artery occlusions resultingin near total acute brain infarction.
    7(3), p. 247-249 2007
  • American Journal of Epidemiology
    Burnett MS, Strain KJ, Lesnick TJ, de Andrade M, RoccaWA, Maraganore DM.Reliability of Self-reported Ancestry amongSiblings: Implications for Genetic AssociationStudies.
    163(5), p. 486-92 2006


  • Neurology
    The rise (and fall?) of an unwelcome presence
    89 (24), p. 2506-2507 2017
  • Kegelmeyer LM, Cheeseman LT, Burnett MS, van Hummelen P, and Wyrobek AJ. A groundtruth approach to accurate quantitation of fluorescence microarrays. Proc. Microarrays: Optical Technologies and Informatics, Michael L. Bittner, Yidong Chen, Andreas N. Dorsel, Edward R. Dougherty, Eds.,
    SPIE Vol. 4266, 2001, p. 35-45 2001


  • "The Clinical Assessment of Movement Neurophysiology", Neurology Department Grand Rounds, Creighton SOM 2020
  • "Update on Sleep in Movement Disorders", invited lecture for the 16th Annual Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Update, Omaha, NE via Zoom 2020
  • "The Movement Neurophysiology Lab", Invited Lecture, Movement Subspecialty Didiactics, Department of Neurological Sciences, University of Nebraska Medical Center 2020
  • "Inpatient Movement Disorders", Creighton/CHI Neurology Department Grand Rounds 2019
  • "Update on Parkinson's Disease", for the 7th Annual Creighton/CHI Neurology Update for Primary Care Conference 2019
  • "Approach to the Diagnosis & Treatment of Adult-Onset Cerebellar Ataxia", Creighton/CHI Neurology Department Grand Rounds, Immanuel Medical Center 2019
  • "The Epic Journey of the Uterus: Update on Functional Movement Disorders", Neurology Grand Rounds, Creighton 2018
  • "Update on Parkinson, for the 7th Annual Neurology Update for Primary Care Conference, Hilton Omaha 2018
  • "Overview of Movement Disorders", Immanuel Medical Hospital General Staff meeting 2018
  • Grand Rounds, Department of Neurology School of Medicine, "Tau in the Tropics" 2017
  • Neuroanatomy: Treasures From the Bilge. Guest lecturer, St. Martinus University School of Medicine, Curacao 2015
  • Update on Ataxia. Invited speaker, Parkinsons Disease & Other Movement Disorders Conference, Mayo Arizona 2014
  • Burnett MS, Simpson EP, Wong LJ, Josephs KA. Symptomatic palatal tremor in a patient with mitochondrial recessive ataxia syndrome (MIRAS). Poster Presentation, Movement Disorder Society 12th International Congress, Chicago, IL 2008
  • Burnett MS, Josephs KA, Ahlskog JE. Swiss Cheese Striatum: Clinical Spectrum. Poster Presentation, American Academy of Neurology 60th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL 2008
  • Burnett MS, Fujishiro H, Frigerio R, Klos KJ, Josephs K, DelleDonne A, Parisi JE, Ahlskog JE, Dickson DW. Cardiac Sympathetic Denervation Is Early and Progressive in Lewy Body Disease. Poster Presentation, World Federation of Neurology XVII Congress on Parkinsons Disease and Related Disorders, Amsterdam, NE 2007
  • Burnett MS, Chahal P. Metastatic adenocarcinoma masquerading as necrotizing external otitis. Poster presentation, Minnesota American College of Physicians, Minneapolis, MN 2003
  • Burnett MS, Hopf HW, Turner RS. The effects of intramuscular anesthetic on the sensory and motor symptoms of Parkinsons disease.Poster presentation, Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Orlando, FL 2002
  • Burnett MS, Hopf HW, Turner RS. The effects of intramuscular anesthetic on the sensory and motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Poster presentation, Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Orlando, FL 2002


  • First Melvin Yahr International Young Scientist Award for Outstanding Work in the Field of Brain and Movement Disorders Research
    Mayo Clinic
  • Golden Apple Teaching Award, 2018-2019 school year
    Medical Students of Creighton