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

Meet Dr. Burgess

Our Patients love Dr. Burgess!

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!

After years of basal arthritic pain in my thumb joint I had Dr. Kraig Burgess perform surgery. I’m as good a new. NO PAIN! I can’t thank him and his staff enough. I highly recommend Dr. Kraig Burgess.

Dr. Burges, Lisa and TOCA Team


I wanted to drop you a line and thank you for the excellent work you did on my right hand in July/August of 2015.

This email is a long time coming, at least once a month since the accident I think of the outstanding mobility I have. I am thankful I don’t have any real long lasting effects from the break.

Today, I hung crown molding using a heavy nail gun, went shooting with friends and took my girls to climb zone.  Each of these tasks are possible because of the great work you, Lisa and the rest of your team did.

By the time I left Arizona in January of 2016 I was able to do 45 push-ups on my knuckles (standard push-ups did quite work by then) and 10 pull-ups.  These were the necessary numbers to be competitive for the USSS Protection Details. Six months after I transferred to WDC I was chosen for the Presidents detail.

I have been busy with the transition.  Please share my thanks with the TOCA team.  I placed a photo in the attachment I thought you guys might like… Me on the left, Former POTUS and two other USSS guys after a protection assignment at the beach.

Thank you Dr. Burgess & Staff!

Dear Dr. Burgess & Staff,
I wanted to thank you for your care when repairing my broken hand. As a young musician, it was devastating to think I would never play the way I used to. With your compassion, knowledge and professionalism I have made a 100% recovery!
Thank you for everything you did at TOCA 🙂


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: