Dr. Paula Burgess received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Emory University School of Medicine in 1979. She did 4 years of post-graduate residency training in General Surgery at the Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, including Emory Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital, before choosing a career in Emergency Medicine. She became Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and devoted 20 years to a clinical practice that also included leadership roles as the Director of the Emergency Department at several different hospitals.
In 2000 Dr. Burgess received her Master of Public Health degree from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and in 2002 she joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a senior scientist. She has worked as a medical epidemiologist and toxicologist and her publications encompass topics of environmental health, toxicology, traumatic brain injury, risk analysis and mitigation, disaster communication, and international public health. She has worked internationally on problems as diverse as a lead poisoning epidemic in Nigeria and a health diplomacy mission focused on infant mortality in Afghanistan.
Dr. Burgess received formal training and education in medical acupuncture from the Helms Medical Institute of UCLA and is credentialed by the Georgia Composite Medical Board and the Texas Medical Board to practice acupuncture as a licensed physician. Her training includes 5 element acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and French energetic acupuncture. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Medical Acupuncture.
Dr. Burgess is a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. In addition to her work at Bridging Traditions Acupuncture, she is an active member of Acupuncturists Without Borders, especially at the Texas-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley.