Daniel J. Burval, M.D.


  • Spine


  • Hendersonville


Daniel J. Burval, M.D. is a graduate of the Cleveland Clinic where he served as Chief Resident. He received extensive training in spinal and orthopedic surgery at the renowned Cleveland Clinic, as well as during his fellowship in Adult and Pediatric Spinal Disorders at OrthoIndy in Indianapolis. At OrthoIndy, he trained under Dr. Terry Trammell who has provided spinal care for all Indy Car drivers since 1984 until retiring in 2014. He was a flight physician for Cleveland Metro LifeFlight from 2004-2008 and is experienced in all levels of trauma care. He has trained at some of the largest trauma centers in the country, lectured nationally and internationally, written research papers and authored a book chapter on spine fractures.

Dr. Burval is a graduate of the West Virginia University School of Medicine with Honors and completed his undergraduate degree cum laude in Biology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is Board Certified with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Burval is affiliated with Hendersonville Medical Center and Skyline Trauma Center.

Outside of work, he cherishes his family, enjoys the water and is an avid runner and skier. He participates with local Boy Scout Adventure trips and is active in his church.

“I love what I do! I am a conservative surgeon who specializes in spine surgery, degenerative spinal disorders, spine tumors, and minimally invasive spine, in addition to the treatment of spine fractures and orthopedic traumatic extremity and hip fractures. I emphasize providing non-operative options first and believe strongly in the use of rehabilitation to improve one’s health and pain before considering surgery, as these can often be all that is necessary to relieve back, neck, arm, or leg pain due to spine conditions. However, when surgery is necessary, my staff and I work diligently and quickly towards your recovery. I feel it is important to spend the time to explain your condition thoroughly and answer questions to your satisfaction.

I have had back surgery myself and have experienced the severe pain and dysfunction associated with compressed nerves. I feel it is important to not sugar coat any situation and provide you with the best data available and options for your condition. This sometimes means increased waiting time because I spend a large portion of my time face to face with you working with you to get you on the road to recovery as quickly as possible. My motto: “My best effort and your best effort equal success!” Spine pain can be challenging because sometimes there is not a “cure” but never give up. This means sometimes I have to tell patients things they don’t want to hear, like stop narcotic abuse or the unhealthy habits. I will always tell the patient like it is and work passionately towards recovery.”


State of Tennessee Medical Board (active)
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
TN BWC MIR Certification
Certified Independent Medical Examiner - American Board of Independent Medical Examiners


- Case Western Reserve University (1997, Biology) 1993-1997, Cleveland, OH

Medical School:
- West Virginia University School of Medicine (2001) 1997-2001, Morgantown, W.V.

- Cleveland Clinic Foundation 2001 – 2002, General Surgery Internship, Cleveland, OH

- Cleveland Clinic Foundation 2002 – 2007, Orthopedic Surgery Residency, Cleveland, OH

- Cleveland Clinic Foundation 2005, Spine Fellowship, Cleveland, OH
-OrthoIndy 2007-2008, Spine Fellowship, Indianapolis, IN


Book Chapters:

  • 'Cervical Burst Fractures' Management of Spine and Spinal Cord Trauma: An Evidence Based Analysis. Thieme Medical Publishers 2008

Peer Review Publications:

  • Phelan MP, Schils J, Burval D, Isada C. Methicillin-Resistant Staphloccocus Aureus Heel Abscess: An Uncommon Emergency Department Diagnosis J Emerg Med. Aug 5, 2008.
  • Burval DJ, Milks R, Ingleocu S, McLain R. Primary Pedicle Screw Augmentation in Osteoporotic Lumbar Vertebrae. Spine. 32(10):1077-1083, May 1, 2007.
  • Burval DJ, Pre-Hospital Management of Patients with Multiple Orthopaedic Injuries
  • Cleveland Metro LifeFlight Newsletter, Winter 2006
  • Dumot JA, Burval DJ, Sprung J, Waters JI-I, Mraovic B, Karafa MT, Mascha EJ, Burke DL. Outcome of adult cardiopulmonary resuscitations at a tertiary referral center including results of "limited" resuscitations. Arch Intern Med. 2001 Jul 23; 161(14): 1751-8.


  • 2005 North American Spine Society Resident Travel Scholarship
  • 2006 AOA-OREF-Zimmer Resident Leadership Forum Recipient

Memberships & Associations

  • North American Spine Society 2004-Present
  • American Academy Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Tennessee Medical Association
  • Emergency Medical Technician EMT-A 1994 Cleveland, OH Advanced Trauma Life Support
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support