• Director, Anterior Segment Diseases and Surgery Center, UH Case Medical Center
  • Professor, Ophthalmology, CWRU School of Medicine



I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, with a double major in Biology and Chemistry. In addition, I was the top premedical student in the honors program, and the university’s Central Ohio Heart Association Undergraduate Research Scholar. During that time I held multiple leadership positions on campus including, 3 years as the president of the Black Student Union, 2 years as class representative to college council, and senior class vice-president.

Although I received offers of admission and Full scholarships from the University of Michigan, The Ohio State University, Meharry medical College, and Harvard. I chose Case Western Reserve University and attended on a full academic scholarship.

Upon graduation from CWRU, I interned at Mt Sinai Hospital of Cleveland in both internal medicine and Ophthalmology. I was enthusiastic about entering residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland, as this was the only hospital I interviewed at and ranked. Upon completion of residency, I was asked to join the full time faculty, as the first comprehensive trained Ophthalmologist to join the staff. After two years of cataracts, plastics, glaucoma, retina detachments and a variety of lasers, I decided to specialize. I did a 13 month Glaucoma Fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins,, with Dr. Harry Quigley. I then returned to Cleveland to practice as the first Fellowship trained physician at the University Hospitals of Cleveland and Chief of the Ophthalmology Service at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center.

During my tenure as Director or the glaucoma at University Hospitals, the Service and my practice has grown rapidly. As a halftime provider, I deliver nearly 5,000 patient visits and 400 procedures a year. In addition, I am proud of the accomplishments at the VAMC. In the last 28 years as chief, we have grown from a 3 room eye clinic, into a 10,000 square foot facility. One that is second to none in this region in the ability to provide Ophthalmic care. Our intraocular surgical simulator,the eyesi machine, was a first in the region. And our one of a kind 65 inch 3D surgical monitor viewing system in the operating room. In fiscal year 2012, our resident doctors performed over 7600 exams, and more than 1,000 intraocular cases.

Dr. Burney is currently a Professor of Ophthalmology in the CWRU School of Medicine, the Director of the Glaucoma Service at UHMG, and the Director of Ophthalmology at the VAMC Wade Park Campus in Cleveland, Ohio. His select accomplishments include:

  • Best Doctors every year since 1996
  • AAO Award for Best poster 2010
  • Top Mentors Sward University Hospitals House Staff 2010
  • Patient’s choice Award 2013
  • Over 100 lectures local, regional, national, and international
  • VAMC Wings Award for outstanding leadership 2004 (only 50 selected in the country each year)

Board Certifications

American Board of Ophthalmology - Ophthalmology

Education & Training


1974, Ohio Dominican University

Medical / Professional School(s)

1978, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine




1983, Ophthalmology - University Hospitals of Cleveland


1986, Glaucoma - Johns Hopkins Hospital


Cataract and Lens Implant Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Eye Exams, Glaucoma

Office Locations

UH Case Medical Center
Department of Ophthalmology
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
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UH Landerbrook Health Center
5850 Landerbrook Dr
UH Eye Institute, Ste 306
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
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Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

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For calendar year 2013, Edward Burney, MD did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.