Dr. Burns is from a small town in Northeast Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Scranton and then attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where he attained a medical degree. While doing a student rotation at the Medical Center of Delaware in Wilmington, Delaware, Dr. Burns became interested in emergency medicine. He trained as a resident in the Medical Center of Delaware emergency medicine residency program and then became an attending physician with DFES. The Medical Center of Delaware has since changed its name to Christiana Care.