Meet Dr. Burk
Although born in New York state and raised in West Virginia, Ponte Vedra has been home to Dr. Burk for almost 30 years. Robert W. Burk III, is a Northeast Florida board-certified plastic surgeon who performs cosmetic procedures and reconstructive surgeries. Dr. Burk is highly sought-after for his vision of balanced body aesthetics.
With genuine intellectual curiosity, Dr. Burk has traveled around the country and world to partner with elite global surgeons to increase his knowledge and add to his repertoire. Dr. Burk believes in staying ahead of the latest medical breakthroughs to deliver the stunning results that he does, all with the safest, most advanced, surgical techniques.
Dr. Burk is passionate about his 5 children and granddaughter who keep him on his toes. He has tirelessly coached many of them in basketball, baseball or football throughout their lives. When not on the grass field, Dr. Burk is surfing, going to the gym, and shaking his head at his favorite professional sports teams on TV. When time allows, Dr. Burk and his beautiful wife Rabiah, who is a clinical mental health counselor, enjoy traveling to St. Barth, being foodies in New York City and hosting epic events in their new home.
Above all, Dr. Burk is focused on his patients’ well-being and satisfaction by helping them attain the results they desire with his surgical abilities, keen eye, and sharp mind. Dr. Burk is a true artist, although he often says, “I have to give credit to my mother [a couture tailor] for my skilled hands.”
Specialties and Skills
Extensively trained in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, Dr. Burk offers a variety of procedures to his patients. However, he places an emphasis on endoscopic and aesthetic plastic surgery to help transform and enhance his beloved patients safely and reliably.
Education and Training
Dr. Burk attended the University of Virginia where he graduated with highest distinction. At the prestigious Duke University, Dr. Burk earned his medical degree. From there, he attended the University of Florida in Gainesville where he completed his 5-year General Surgery training program. Under the guidance of Dr. Luis Vasconez, a leading plastic surgeon, Dr. Burk completed a 2-year Aesthetic and Endoscopic Plastic Surgery residency at the University of Alabama – Birmingham.
Board Certification – The American Board of Plastic Surgery
Board Certification - The American Board of Surgery
1980 – 1981 Rice University, Houston, Texas
1981 – 1984 University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, Echols Scholars, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Bachelor of Arts (Biology/Psychology)
1984 – 1988 Duke University, School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina, Medical Degree
1988 – 1989 University of Florida, Department of Surgery, Gainesville, Florida, Internship
1989 – 1993 University of Florida, Department of Surgery, Gainesville, Florida, Residency
1993 – 1995 University of Alabama-Birmingham, Division of Plastic Surgery, Birmingham, Alabama, Residency
Dr. Burk has been board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery since 1997. Throughout his career, Dr. Burk has given numerous lectures and published a variety of scientific articles on various plastic surgery topics. While at the University of Virginia, Dr. Burk was inducted into the distinguished Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences. In addition, during his chief year in his 5-year surgical program, Dr. Burk was chosen as the Outstanding Teaching Resident.
Awards, Honors and Professional Memberships
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgery
American Board of Surgery
American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Florida Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
Duval County Medical Society
Florida Medical Association
Phi Beta Kappa, University of Virginia
Best Plastic Surgeon, Jacksonville Independent Physician Poll, 2009
Publications and Presentations
Burk, R.W., Serafin, D.A. and Klitzman B. Toxic Effects of Catecholamines on Skin, Plastic Reconstruction Surgery, 85: 1, 1990.
Burk, R.W. and Grotting J.C. Conceptual Considerations in Post-Oncologic Breast Reconstruction, Clin. Plast. Surgery, 22: 141, 1995.
Burk, R.W., Guzman-Stein, G. and Vasconez, L.O. Lidocaine and Epinephrine Levels in Liposuction Surgery, Plastic Reconstruction Surgery, 97: 1379, 1996.
Vasconez, L.O., Saltz R., Burk, R.W. and Isse N. Endoscopic Forehead Lift: Functional Anatomy and Clinical Demonstration, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Video Tape #9403.
Burk, R.W. and Howard, P.S. A Re-Appraisal of the Nasal Correction in the Rotation Advancement Unilateral Cleft Lip Repair, accepted to Annals Plastic Surgery.
Toxic Effects of Catecholamines on Skin, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, San Francisco, California, March 1988.
Elevation of Malar Fat Pad through a Pre-Hairline Approach, Re-Operative Aesthetic Surgery, Orlando, Florida, March 1994.
Anatomic Possibilities for Endoscopic Breast Surgery, Endoscopy in Plastic Surgery: A Consensus Multi-Disciplinary Symposium, Birmingham, Alabama, July 1994.
Lidocaine and Epinephrine Levels in Patients Undergoing Liposuction Combined with Other Aesthetic Procedures, Lipoplasty Society of North America Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, September 1994.