Bill Burns, MD

Assistant Residency Program Director

Assistant Professor (CHS), Emergency Medicine & Palliative Care


  • Undergraduate: Marquette University
  • Medical School: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
  • Residency: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine - Chief Resident
  • Fellowship: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Medicine


Bill Burns completed residency training in Chicago at the Northwestern University Emergency Medicine program. After serving as Chief Resident during his fourth year, he completed a fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine. Upon completion of fellowship, Dr. Burns joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and works both in the emergency department and on the palliative care service. 

His professional interests include resident education, EKG interpretation, interpersonal communication, symptom management, and the intersection of emergency and palliative medicine. Along with a team of dedicated EM educators, Dr. Burns created the Foundations EKG curriculum for EM residents which has been implemented widely across the country.

Professional Affiliations

UWEMRP Education Research Group
Emergency Medicine Education Research Alliance 
Foundations of Emergency Medicine