Meet Dr. Burk 

Dr. Robert W. Burk III – Northeast Florida Plastic Surgeon

Although born in New York state and raised in West Virginia, Ponte Vedra has been home to Dr. Burk for almost 30 years. 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. 

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Dr. Burk believes in staying ahead of the latest medical breakthroughs to deliver the stunning results that he achieves — all with the safest, most advanced surgical techniques. Above all, Dr. Burk is focused on his patients’ wellbeing and satisfaction, helping them to 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.”

Education and Training

Dr. Burk attended the University of Virginia, where he graduated with the 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 five-year general surgery training program. Under the guidance of Dr. Luis Vasconez, a leading plastic surgeon, Dr. Burk completed a two-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

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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.

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Special Achievements

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 five-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
  • Woodward Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Virginia
  • Best Plastic Surgeon, Jacksonville Independent Physician Poll (2009)
  • America’s Best Plastic Surgeon, Newsweek (2021)
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Publications and Presentations

  • Toxic Effects of Catecholamines on Skin, Plastic Reconstruction Surgery (85: 1, 1990): Burk, R.W.; Serafin, D.A., and Klitzman B.
  • Conceptual Considerations in Post-Oncologic Breast Reconstruction, Burk, R.W. and Grotting J.C.: Clinics in Plastic Surgery (22: 141, 1995)
  • Lidocaine and Epinephrine Levels in Liposuction Surgery, Burk, R.W.; Guzman-Stein, G., and Vasconez, L.O.: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (97: 1379, 1996)
  • Endoscopic Forehead Lift: Functional Anatomy and Clinical Demonstration, Vasconez, L.O.; Saltz R.; Burk, R.W., and Isse N.: Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation videotape #9403.
  • A Re-Appraisal of the Nasal Correction in the Rotation Advancement Unilateral Cleft Lip Repair, Burk, R.W. and Howard, P.S.: Accepted to Annals of Plastic Surgery
  • Toxic Effects of Catecholamines on Skin, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, San Francisco, CA (March 1988)
  • Elevation of Malar Fat Pad through a Pre-Hairline Approach, Re-Operative Aesthetic Surgery, Orlando, FL (March 1994)
  • Anatomic Possibilities for Endoscopic Breast Surgery, Endoscopy in Plastic Surgery: A Consensus Multi-Disciplinary Symposium, Birmingham, AL (July 1994)
  • Lidocaine and Epinephrine Levels in Patients Undergoing Liposuction Combined with Other Aesthetic Procedures, Lipoplasty Society of North America Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (September 1994)

Personal Life

Dr. Burk is passionate about his five 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, or 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.

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Hospital Privileges: Baptist Beaches Medical Center

With five locations, Baptist Medical Center Beaches forms the largest network of physician offices in Northeast Florida. These state-of-the-art facilities provide comprehensive care (including 24/7 emergency care) and treat patients of all ages with various conditions.

The surgeons at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery are proud to hold privileges at this esteemed center that has consistently been awarded and honored for its top-notch doctors and high-quality care. Baptist Medical Center Beaches provides a number of services like weight loss surgery, wound care, minimally invasive surgery, and more.

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