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Dell R. Burkey, MD

Dell R. Burkey, MD Physician

Clinical Director, Outpatient Pain Clinic at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Dr. Burkey is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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About Dr. Dell R. Burkey

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-20100, 2011-2012

Clinical Specialties


  • Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Anesthesiology, 1985

Clinical Expertise:

  • Acupuncture
  • Acupuncture Pain
  • Back Pain
  • BOTOX® Injection
  • Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI)
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)
  • Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)
  • Facial Nerve Pain (Neuralgia)
  • Facial Pain
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)
  • Fibromyalgia (Fibrositis)
  • Foot Pain
  • Hand Pain
  • Hidradenitis (Sweat Glands Disease)
  • Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Pain
  • Lumbar Puncture (Spinal Tap)
  • Motor Point Blocks
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Neuroma (Nerve Tumors)
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Non-Operative Hand Nerve Injury Repair
  • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Pain - Non-Pharmacological Treatment
  • Pain Management
  • Spinal Disc Degeneration
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Pain
  • Spine Problems (Non-Operative)
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Testicular Pain
  • Thoracic Pain
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia (Tic Douloureux)
  • Trigger Point Joint Injections
  • Undiagnosed Shoulder and Upper Arm Pain
  • Wrist Pain

Description of Clinical Expertise

Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Acupuncture.

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine
Residency: Temple University Hospital


American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, National American Medical Association, National American Society of Anesthesiologists, National American Society of Interventional Pain Practitioners, National American Society of Regional Anesthesiologists, National American Society of Regional Anesthesiologists, National Pennsylvania Medical Society, Local Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists, Local Philadelphia County Medical Society, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Burkey is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Medicine Rittenhouse Long-Term Acute Care Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Burkey, DR: Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence Guidelines Pain Medicine Journal 6 (5): 397,2005.

Burkey AR, Burkey DR: Review: Drugs for Pain Anesth Analg. 97 (4): 1208-1209,2003.

Burkey DR: Practical Management of Pain, 3rd Ed. Anesth Analg. 92 (2): 561,2001.

"Anesthesia Care Team - The Anesthesiologist and CRNA" Television Interview : 2000.

"Alternative Medicine" Temple University Radio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : 1997.

Academic Contact Info

680-T Dulles Building
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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