Commander Stephen Burgher recently returned from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. He was stationed at the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit on Kandahar Air Field in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he served as the department head Trauma/Emergency Department. He has returned to his emergency medicine practice at Baylor University Medical Center.
Dr. Burgher is a native of Dallas where he lives with his wife of 26 years, Amy. The Burghers have three children: Mary Beth, 23, Stephen, 21 and Thomas, 18. Mary Beth is a graduate of The University of Texas and serves on the youth staff at Park Cities Presbyterian Church where the Burghers are members. Stephen is a senior at UT and Thomas will be a freshman at Ole Miss.
Dr. Burgher graduated from SMU and the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. Upon graduating medical school in 1990, he was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Navy and completed a medical-surgical internship at the Naval Hospital Charleston. He then attended Naval Flight Surgery School at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola. He served as a flight surgeon in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Commander Burgher then attended post-graduate residency training in emergency medicine at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. During this time he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander. He was selected Chief Resident in his third year of training. After completing his specialty training in emergency medicine, Commander Burgher continued on as faculty with the emergency medicine residency program at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.
Commander Burgher left active duty in September 2000 after serving more than 10 years in the US Navy. He entered private practice emergency medicine in Houston, Texas, from 2000-2002 and then moved home to Dallas with his family to practice at Baylor. He entered the Navy Reserves in
December 2010, receiving a commission as a Commander in the US Navy and an assignment as Battalion Surgeon with the US Marine Corps. He deployed in July 2013.
Commander Stephen W. Burgher, Medical Corps, US Navy