Elizabeth A Burns, MD

Elizabeth A Burns, MD
Elizabeth A Burns, MD

Professor Emerita, Department of Family and Community Medicine


Elizabeth A. Burns, MD, MA, currently serves as the ninth President of Marygrove College, located in Detroit, Michigan. Prior to her appointment as President, she served as Interim Provost at Marygrove.

She retired in July 2015 as Associate Dean for Faculty and Clinical Affairs and Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education/DIO at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. From 2008 to 2012 she served as President and CEO of the Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies which merged into the WMU Stryker School of Medicine in 2012.

Dr. Burns is a magna cum laude graduate of Marygrove College. She earned a medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, interned at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and completed a family practice residency at Harrisburg Hospital, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Her MA is in Health Professions Education from the University of Iowa. She has held leadership positions in three family medicine departments as program director (University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City), professor and head of the Department of Family Medicine (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine), and professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Prior to moving to Kalamazoo she founded and directed the UND National Center of Excellence in Women's Health Region VIII Demonstration Project.

  • Board Certification

    • National Board of Medical Examiners (None)
    • American Board of Family Practice
  • Education and Training

    • Visiting Fellow 1985, Intensive Course in Maternal Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • MA 1981, Health Sciences Education, College of Education: Division of Instructional Design and Technology, University of Iowa
    • Fellowship 1981, Faculty Development, Department of Family Practice, University of Iowa
    • Residency 1979, Family Practice, Harrisburg Hospital,
    • Internship 1977, Flexible Internship, Henry Ford Hospital,
    • MD 1976, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
    • BS 1972, Science (Magna Cum Laude), Marygrove College