I am a board-certified general surgeon who has completed an Interdisciplinary Surgical Oncology Breast Fellowship at UAMS-Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute under the tutelage of Dr. V. Suzanne Klimberg. I also serve as the State Air Surgeon (SAS) for the Arkansas Air National Guard.
As a surgeon interested in breast disease, I am educated in a multimodality fashion, developing knowledge of benign and malignant conditions. I am trained in molecular epidemiology; genetics; screening and detection; breast imaging; benign breast disease/breast pain; behavioral, medical, surgical, pathological and radiation oncology; biostatistics, and clinical trial design and analysis.
I also specialize in Laparoscopic Minimally Invasive Surgery, and General Surgery. Additionally, I conduct advanced Endoscopic and Colonoscopic procedures. My practice has included pediatric surgical cases (i.e., appendectomies, circumcisions, herniorrhaphies, etc.)
As the State Air Surgeon (SAS), I ensure the State maintains a viable and healthy force for worldwide deployment. I coordinate with the State’s Army National Guard Surgeon as well as other ANG SASs within the Federal Emergency Management Agency region to identify military medical capabilities. I facilitate appropriate use of medical assets mobilized for state or national emergencies and exercise staff oversight of ANG medical activities. As the senior ANG medical officer in the State, I serve as consultant to the the Adjutant General (TAG) for all medical issues. I also liaison between NGB/SG and all medical units within the State.
Finally, for five years I served as a Clinical Professor for general surgery residents at the Keesler Medical Center in Biloxi, MS which is the largest surgical residency program in the United States Air Force.
Specialties: Surgical Breast Oncology, Breast Diseases (benign and malignant), General Surgery, Aerospace Medicine.
Clinical Specialties & Interests
General Surgery: Breast, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Surgical Oncology (Other than Breast), Minimally Invasive Surgery
Clinical Interests: Breast Neoplasms; Breast; Breast Implants; Segmental Mastectomy; Mammaplasty; Breast Diseases; Mammary Ultrasonography; Breast Self-Examination; Mastectomy; Modified Radical Mastectomy; Radical Mastectomy; Simple Mastectomy; Subcutaneous Mastectomy; Extended Radical Mastectomy
Faculty Appointments & Work History
ATLS InstructorUnited States Air Force, Medical Corps Instructor, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (2008-2012); Instructor, Advanced Pediatric Life Support (2006-2008)
Chief of Aerospace Medicine (SGP) & Senior Flight SurgeonArkansas Air National Guard Little Rock, AR LtCol Burdge is a board certified general surgeon currently serving as Chief, Aerospace Medicine (SGP) and the Senior Flight Surgeon for the 189th Airlift Wing of the Arkansas Air National Guard in Little Rock. As the SGP, he iskey to the integration of Aerospace Medicine Team and the Human Weapon.
Attending Surgeon and Surgical Breast OncologistWilkes-Barre General Hospital Wilkes-Barre, PA As a surgeon interested in breast disease, I am educated in a multimodality fashion, developing knowledge of benign and malignant conditions. I am trained in molecular epidemiology; genetics; screening and detection; breast imaging; benign breast disease/breast pain.
Instructor of Surgery and FellowWinthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR The goal of the Fellowship in Diseases of the Breast is to further the experience of surgeons who wish to pursue careers in the multi-modality clinical care specific to the breast patient and who want additional training in breast cancer research.
Chief of SurgeryUnited States Air Force Al Udeid AB; Qatar United States Air Force Achievement Medal: LtCol Eric C. Burdge distinguished himself by outstanding achievement as Chief, General Surgery, 379th Expeditionary Medical Group, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. During this period, LtCol Burdge provided stellar surgical support for 11,500 coalition forces.
Attending General SurgeonUnited States Air Force Joint Base Balad, Iraq
Ward Rounds AttendingKeesler Medical Center Keesler AFB, MS Clinical Professor, General Surgery Residency Program (2007-2012); Member, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (2008-Present)
Attending Surgeon and Clinical ProfessorKeesler Air Force Base Keesler Air Force Base, MS
Attending General Surgeon and Medical Director374th Medical Operations Squadron Yokota Air Base, Japan
Deputy SGH (chief of medical staff) in TrainingUnited States Air Force Yokota AB, Japan Chairman, Morbidity & Mortality Conference; Deputy SGH (chief of medical staff) in Training (2005)
Education & Training
Air University of the United States Air Force
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
USAF School of Aerospace Medicine
Long Island Jewish Med Ctr
Long Island Jewish Med Ctr
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
University of Washington
University of Washington
University of Washington
Panama Canal College
Certifications & Licensure
PA State Medical License2013 - 2016
AR State Medical License2012 - 2013
WA State Medical License2006 - 2014
MI State Medical License2005 - 2018
NY State Medical License2003 - 2005
American Board of SurgerySurgery
Society for Surgical OncologySSO Approved Surgical Oncology Breast Fellowship
Awards, Honors, & Recognition
Guide to America’s Top Surgeons, (Profiled in the 8th, 9th, and 10th Editions)Consumers’ Research Council of America, Washington, D.C, 2011, 2012, 2013
Marquis Who’s Who in America (Profiled in the 67th Edition). Berkeley Heights, NJ.Marquis Who’s Who, 2013
Charter Member Peer Reviewed PhysiciansPeer Reviewed Physicians, 2013
Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering (Profiled in the 4th and 5th Editions). Berkeley Heights, NJ1998, 1999
Dean William Mecklenburg Polk Research Prize awardedThe Cornell University Medical College, 1998
Parrett Foundation Scholarship for Medicine and Engineering SciencesThe Cornell University Medical College, 1990-1992, 1996-1998, 1998
American Society for Artificial Internal Organs Travel Fellow1994
National Science Foundation–Graduate Engineering Education FellowshipUniversity of Washington, 1992-1994, 1994
Anna J. Grady FellowshipUniversity of Washington, 1991-1992, 1992
Selected for The National Dean’s ListUniversity of Washington, 1989
Roy H. Anderson Memorial Mechanical Engineering ScholarshipUniversity of Washington, 1987-1988, 1988
Selected as an Outstanding College Student of AmericaUniversity of Washington, 1987, 1988
American Institute of Plant Engineers ScholarshipUniversity of Washington, 1986-1987, 1987
University of Washington Student Achievement Award for Academic Excellence1986
Panama Canal Commission Tuition ScholarshipThe Panama Canal College, 1980-1981, 1981
Fellow (FACS)American College of Surgeons
Marquis Who’s Who in America (Profiled in the 67th Edition). Berkeley Heights, NJ
PITAU Sigma International Mechanical Engineering Honor SocietyUniversity of Washington, 1986-Present
TAU BETA PI National Engineering Honor SocietyUniversity of Washington, 1985-Present
Golden Key International Honour SocietyUniversity of Washington, 1985-Present
Phi Theta Kappa Honor SocietyThe Panama Canal College, 1981-Present
Air Force Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award
AF Outstanding Unit Award
National Defense Service Medal
Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
AF Overseas Ribbon Short
AF Overseas Ribbon Long
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
Nipple Skin-Sparing Mastectomy is Feasible For Advanced Disease <http://link.springer.com/article/10.1245%2Fs10434-013-3174-4> Burdge EC, Yuen J, Hardee M, Gadgil P, Das C, Klimberg VS, Annals of Surgical Oncology, 10/2013
A finite-element analysis of the effects of the redistribution of the mitral valve’s principal microstructural components on its biomechanical behavior. Burdge EC, Reinhall PG, Tuttle ME, et al, Ninth Annual Symposium for the Fellowship Program in Academic Medicine, http://books.google.com/books/about/A_microstructural_and_biomechanical_anal.html?id=KLiCNwAACAAJ
Digital analysis of mitral valve microstructure. Burdge EC, Kunzelman KS, Schmidt RA, et al, ASAIO, 23: 28
Determining the expected mean squares and subsequent power calculations: an application to biostatistics. Lindenauer JM, Burdge EC, Philpot JW, Twenty-First Annual SAS® Users Group International Conference, pp. 1426–1430, http://www.sascommunity.org/sugi/SUGI96/Sugi-96-234%20Lindenauer%20Burdge%20Philpot.pdf
An in vitro protocol for evaluation and comparison of membrane oxygenators. Vocelka CR, Burdge EC, Kunzelman KS, et al, 31st International Conference of the American Society of Extracorporeal Technology, J Extra-Corporo, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10146588
Nipple Skin-Sparing Mastectomy is Feasible For Advanced Disease <http://link.springer.com/article/10.1245%2Fs10434-013-3174-4>2012 - 2013 Skin-Sparing Mastectomy (SSM) or Nipple Skin-Sparing Mastectomy (NSSM) are procedures commonly offered as part of the surgical treatment for breast cancer. Each involves a mastectomy with preservation of the skin overlying the breast (in SSM) and often also the skin overlying the nipple areolar comp
A Microstructural and Biomechanical Analysis of the Mitral Valve1991 - 1996 PhD Dissertation Research on the Microstructural and Biomechanical Analysis of the Mitral Valve in both the normal and diseased states.
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