Burgess received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, where he served as an assistant professor from 1998-2000. He earned a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1997 and was a postdoctoral research associate in 1998 at Iowa State University’s Department of Energy – Ames Laboratory. He served on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, as assistant professor and, most recently, as associate professor in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2015, he was appointed chair of the Department of Medical, Laboratory, Imaging and Radiologic Sciences in the College of Allied Health Sciences at Augusta University. Burgess oversees three nationally accredited professional programs, including Clinical Laboratory Science, Nuclear Medicine Technology and Radiation Therapy and a rapidly growing research agenda that attracts significant extramural funding. He has research interests in the development of personalized patient diagnostics, including identifying a reliable predictor of children at risk for high cholesterol and cholesterol efflux as a diagnostic for cystic fibrosis.
Development of personalized patient diagnostics, Radiology, Medical Imaging