Amelia Burgess - MD, MPH

Amelia Burgess - MD, MPH

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My Areas of Practice
In my practice, I focus on youth who are in foster care or have been in foster care in the past, or who are working with child protective services. I also do fetal alcohol syndrome assessments.  I have a special interest in children and adolescents who have experienced abuse and neglect, because chronic stress has real effects on the body and mind.  I am a fellow in medical toxicology, which means that I focus on drug overdose and addiction, environmental exposures, and harmful side effects of medications.  I am particularly interested in children and adolescents who are on many medications for behavior.

General Information

Gender: Female

Accepting New Patients: No

Additional Languages
  • Spanish
  • Haitian Creole
  • French

Education & Certifications

BA cum laude

: Barnard College - Columbia University
New York, NY

Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine Residency: The Children's Hospital of the Cleveland Clinic
Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

MD with Honors in Research: Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, NY

Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 2003; recertified 2013
General Pediatrics

Master of Public Health: Univ. of Minnesota - Minneapolis
Public Health Administration and Policy
Minneapolis, MN

Fellowship in Primary Care Pediatrics:

Univ. of Minnesota - Minneapolis, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health

Primary Care Pediatrics, focus on health of children in foster care
Minneapolis, MN

Transferred to pediatrics: Family Medicine Residency 1998-2000
Family Medicine
University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH

Professional Associations & Awards


·         Advisory Board, Li, Li, Li Read!, an organization that provides comfort to children, promotes literacy, and provides jobs to victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

·        AAP CATCH Planning Grant: Hennepin County Foster Care Health

·        AAP Somali Early Brain Development Grant - physician champion

·         Volunteer, Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos pediatric clinics, Tegucigalpa, Honduras,  January 2011, 2012

·         Mentor, Public Health Intern, 2010

·         Volunteer, St. Croix Field Hospital/World Wide Villages, Leogane, Haiti, May 2010

·         Reviewer, Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (2010 - )

·         Minnesota Medical Home Collaborative.  Team leader, St. Joseph’s Home for Children Community Clinic, Minneapolis, MN. 2006-2007.

·         “Community Partnership for Foster Care Health.”  Principle Investigator.  Workgroup to develop medical home model for children in foster care in Minnesota.  Supported by the University of Minnesota Office of Public Engagement ($5000 seed grant). (Funded 12/2006; Project to run 2/2007-12/2007)

·         Neonatal Services Committee, Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN. 2008-

·         Junior Mentor, Academic Pediatric Association New Century Scholars Program (2006-08)

·         Reviewer, Pediatric Academic Societies.  Reviewed abstracts re: behavioral and developmental pediatrics for 2007 conference. December 2006.

·         Fellow representative to the Training Faculty Committee.  Divisions of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health and Medicine.  2005-2007.

·         Consultant, Needs assessment of children and youth in out-of-home care in Hennepin County.  Provided to St. Joseph’s Home for Children/Catholic Charities Health Task Force.  Fall 2006.

·         Co-leader, Physicians and Foster Parents for Kids: volunteer teaching/coordinating pediatrics residents to teach medical issues to foster parents, 2005.

·         Pediatrics representative to the House Staff Association, 2001-2003.

·         Co-President, Family Practice Interest Group, 1994-1995.

·         Coordinator, Cornell University Medical College Primary Care Week, September 1994.

·         Student Committee: Curriculum Survey for AAMC Reaccreditation, 1994-1995.

·         Volunteer, Homeless Shelter First Aid Project, 1993-1994.

·         Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention, volunteer teacher, 1993-1994.

·         HIV Education in New York City public high school, volunteer teacher, 1994.



Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics

Section membership: Adoption and Foster Care, International Child Health



The Humanitarian Award, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, May 2003

MD with honors in research, 1998

Jay Lawrence Award for Clinical Efficiency in Infectious Diseases, 1998

B.H. Kean International Fellow, 1997-1998



Assistance Psychosociale des Enfants Victimes de Catastrophes, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  March 2011.

REACH Mini-Fellowship in Primary Pediatric Psychopharmacology, Carlsbad, CA. January 2009.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic Consortium, Staples, MN.  October 2007.

Minnesota Medical Home Collaborative, 2006 – 2007, 2009-2010.

Basic Medical Training Academy, Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, St. Paul, MN. (Child Maltreatment).  June 2006.

11th Annual International Health Course, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.  September 1999. “Management of Complex Humanitarian Emergencies: Focus on Children and Families.”  Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital/ Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH. June 1999.


NRP certified 4/2010-4/2012

PALS certified 4/2010-4/2012


As a pediatrician, I work with young people from babyhood to young adulthood. To me, preventing sickness is as important as curing it. Many parents face hard times, such as serious diseases, separation from loved ones, mental illness or drug abuse. I like to help families help their kids to be healthy and strong even when they are facing those challenges. I also enjoy working with families during the good times, teaching and learning about child development.  I love to work overseas because it increases my skills and understanding. I return frequently to Haiti,  where I lived for a year during medical school.  When I am not working, I cook, read, hike and travel with my husband, my two sons, and our dog.