TOCA would like to introduce you to Dr. Kraig M. Burgess. Dr. Burgess has distinguished himself as an expert in the field of Orthopedic Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery.   Dr. Burgess received his Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University.  His medical school training was completed at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio.

Upon completion of his Internship and Residency in General Orthopedics, Dr. Burgess performed an additional year of Fellowship Training. This fellowship specific training in hand and upper extremity surgery included an enormous variety of reconstructive procedures and extensive trauma training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. U.S. News and World Report consistently rank The Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best overall hospitals and the Orthopedic Surgery Department is among the top 5 year after year.  Dr. Burgess has also successfully completed a Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery.

Dr. Burgess has been involved in both clinical and bio-mechanical research.  He has been published in The Journal of Hand Surgery, the profession’s most prestigious journal.  He has also presented nationally and lectured on topics ranging from joint replacement and tendon injuries to carpal tunnel syndrome and the treatment of improperly healed wrist fractures, just to name a few.  Since practicing in the Phoenix area he has continued to lecture and has been featured in local newspaper write-ups and radio “Ask the Doctor” programs.

Dr. Burgess’ area of interest includes the treatment of traumatic, acquired and reconstructive conditions of the hand, wrist and elbow.  His philosophy focuses on patient education and decision making.  His goal is to educate the patient and allow them to make informed educated decisions regarding both their surgical and nonsurgical treatment options.

Dr. Kraig Burgess with a Trigger Finger patient:

Dr. Burgess remains at the forefront of his profession, serving as a research investigator with TOCA for Xiaflex Collagenase, which is a minimally invasive and cutting edge treatment for Dupuytren’s joint contractures of the hand.  He has also been asked to consult for major orthopedic device companies regarding product development, design and implementation.   He also founded a monthly academic meeting of hand surgeons from around the valley where current concepts in hand surgery are discussed and challenging case presentations are shared as a means of improving patient care.  He is also adjunct faculty at the A.T. Still University of Osteopathic Medicine in Mesa, Arizona

While his patient mix mostly includes infants to grandparents and housewives to the injured worker, he also provides care to high demand professional athletes from football players, golfers, and gymnasts to professional supercross and BMX riders to fellow physicians around the valley.  Dr. Burgess is also a firm believer in giving back.  Dr. Burgess volunteers for an organization called LIGA International “Flying Doctors of Mercy.”

Dr. Burgess will travel with his PA, Lisa and volunteer pilots via single engine aircraft to remote parts of Mexico providing much needed medical and surgical care to some of this country’s most needy children and adults.  To learn more visit TOCA on facebook or on our homepage.  You can also learn more about LIGA at

Dr. Burgess wants your practice experience to be positive in every way possible.  At TOCA, we offer the latest in technology, digital imaging, onsite therapy and orthopedists, specialized splint fabrication and fitting, waterproof casting, in-office Dupuytren’s management, and ultrasound guided sameday injections.  Dr. Burgess has complemented his practice with the help of Lisa Babel, PA-C.  Lisa has been with Dr. Burgess for over 6 years.  The experience and expertise she has gained by working side-by-side both in the office clinic and assisting in surgery with Dr. Burgess for so many years has helped facilitate flow during office appointments and reducing wait times not only on the day of your visit but also in scheduling appointments without a lengthy wait.  This has allowed Dr. Burgess to meet the needs of you and your family when urgent matters arise.  Whether you are seeing Dr. Burgess or Lisa, you can be assured all plan of care decisions are made personally by Dr. Burgess.

Dr. Burgess has a treatment philosophy based on patient education.  As a patient, you can expect to be educated about your condition allowing you to make an educated decision about your healthcare.  You will often times receive educational material to take home with you or even be directed to reputable websites for further information.  The decision to move forward with an operation is never taken lightly and not without exhausting conservative efforts first.  Dr. Burgess feels the best complement he can receive is a referral to friends and family from a happy, satisfied patient.  Feel free to explore prior patient comments on the web before making a decision to seek out an individual provider.

TOCA Talks with Dr. Kraig Burgess: Trigger Finger


Dr. Burgess stays busy raising their son and daughter.  He is a member of Christ Church of the Valley.  Dr. Burgess spends his free time competing in Triathlons of all distances, including the 140.6 mile Ironman New Zealand

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Our Patients love Dr. Burgess!

Amazed at the service I received from you!! I had an appointment with “another” orthopedic practice set for 9 days and they called me the DAY before to tell me they now didn’t take my insurance (info I could have used EIGHT DAYS AGO!!) I endured the pain for 8 days! Then I called your practice and had an appointment in two hours!’s how it went…

I went to TOCA at 2222 E. Highland at 2pm … filled out paperwork and they said they’d get me right in..less than 5 minutes later I’m in the room..less than 3 minutes later Dr. is in..he say X-ray will be right in.. less than 30 seconds later I’m off to X’ray..10 minutes later I’m back in the room…3 minutes later & the Dr. is back in the room and explains no rips or tears just arthritis that I can help heal with anti-inflammatories and excercise…say they will be right in to drain my knee and give me a cortisone shot..less than 1 minute later the tech is there and less than 3 minutes later procedure is done and I have instructions…I ask if it’s OK to see the X-rays and the doctor says “Sure!” and explains everything and give me a quick biology lesson to boot! By MILES the most efficient Doctor visit I have had EVER! Amazing … I’m inviting them to St. Croix! THIS is how to run a practice!!!

Dr. Burgess,

Thank you for Fixing me! :) I’m so glad I get to play softball and basketball again! Thanks to you guys, I’ll be back out there dunking in no time.

P.S. Thanks for letting me keep the plate. It made an AWESOME necklace

Toca is the place to get all your worn out and damaged parts repaired and replaced. I’ve had Dr Cummings repair my knee, Dr Lederman replace my shoulder, Dr Burgess relieve the carpal tunnel pains in my hands. No more numb hands. Plus, Dr Huston helped me with my back. It’s not just the Doctors, but the anesthesiologists they use are all top notch. If you have worn out your body, this is the place to go. Better living through surgery.

Dr. Burgess provides an exceptional level of care. I have had two recent surgeries on both hands and feel my care was better than I could have wished for. Dr. Burgess ensured that I understood my treatment options. Both Dr. Burgess and his assistant Lisa were genuinely concerned about my care and recovery. I would highly recommend Dr. Burgess and his team.

It has been a year since my hand surgery. I still can’t manage to remember the name of the procedure, and I know that every time Lisa asked me if I was glad that I did it – I would say No.

I would answer differently now. Being pain free (and inconvenience free) is an amazing thing. I wanted to thank you both for giving this to me, and to tell you that I think of you both every single time I take dishes out of the dishwasher and carry them effortlessly to the cabinet. I’m not Kidding! I have my mobility back – and life is good. Thank you both!

Dr. Burgess in the News

Dr. Burgess presents one of his patients with Utu Humanitarian certificate which provided a surgery for a patient in great need in an underprivileged community.

Trigger finger is a painful condition that causes the fingers or thumb to catch or lock when bent. In the thumb its called trigger thumb.

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September 16, 2013Meet Dr. Kraig Burgess

TOCA would like to introduce you to Dr. Kraig M. Burgess. Dr. Burgess has distinguished himself as an expert in the field of Orthopedic Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery.

Dr. Burgess serves these TOCA locations: