Wayne Burkhead, MD 2019-02-11T19:21:14+00:00

Wayne Burkhead, MD

Sports Medicine Specialist
Carrell Clinic | Shoulder
(214) 220-2468
9301 N Central Expy
Suite 400
Dallas, Texas 75231


  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Back Pain
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fracture
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteopenia
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear


  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Surgery
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Trigger Point Injection
5+ Years of Medical Experience


Dr. Wayne “Buz” Burkhead is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and joined the W. B. Carrell Clinic in 1983. He earned his MD degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He then completed a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. This was followed by a fellowship in reconstructive shoulder surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio under Charles A. Rockwood, Jr., MD, one of the premier shoulder surgeons in the world. The author of scientific articles, book chapters, and textbooks on the rotator cuff and dislocating the shoulder, Dr. Burkhead has lectured at national, as well as international conferences. He was selected 1991 Presidential Guest Lecturer of the Japanese Shoulder Society and was a 1997 Traveling Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Most recently Dr. Burkhead was elected and served as President of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.

Dr. Burkhead is widely known for the creation of the modular replacement for the shoulder, and the development of advanced techniques to improve the results of rotator cuff repair and surgery for the dislocating shoulder. Dr. Burkhead has a particular interest in arthritis of the shoulder, athletic and industrial injuries of the shoulder. He has performed thousands of arthroscopic, reconstructive, and replacement surgeries of the shoulder on patients ranging from the professional athlete to the manual laborer.

The father of three, Dr. Burkhead is the lead singer and founder of the all-doctor classic rock band Doctor. The band continues to play for charitable benefits. It is the only rock and roll band that takes insurance. Dr. Burkhead has 3 CDs of original music which are available in the office and online at Itunes and Spotify. CD sales are donated to his Foundation.

  • If this is a true medical emergency, please dial 9-1-1.


  • Top10MD | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018
  • Dallas Cowboys, Shoulder Surgeon Consultant
  • Presidential Guest Lecturer of the Japanese Shoulder Society, 1991


  • Board Certified, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Fellowship, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Fellowship, Royal College of Surgeons of England, 1997
  • Residency, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
  • Medical School, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX

Hospital Affiliations

  • Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas
  • Baylor University Medical Center
  • North Central Surgical Hospital


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Fellow
  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, Past President
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics


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  • Aetna
  • Beechstreet PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO/POS
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO/HMO Blue Texas
  • Cigna
  • Coventry (First Health)
  • First Health (CCN)
  • Galaxy Health Network
  • Great West HMO / Open Access / POS / PPO
  • Healthsmart / NTHN / EPO / PPO / GEPO / POS
  • Interplan Health
  • Medicare
  • Medicare PFFS (Physician Fee for Service) Plans
  • Pacificare
  • PHCS
  • Secure Horizons
  • Texas True Choice
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare