Gilbert Burns

Structure and Function

Office: St. Kitts

Gilbert Burns holds PhD (neuroanatomy) and DVM degrees from Cornell University, as well as a BA in psychology (magna cum laude) from Michigan State University and physician’s assistant certification (PA-C) from the University of Wisconsin. Before coming to Ross, he was an associate dean and professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Burns worked as a primary-care physician’s assistant and a private practice veterinarian.  He is currently the RUSVM interim dean and dean for faculty and academic programs.



Psychology, Michigan State University (BA)
Physician's Assistant, University of Wisconsin, (PA-C)
Cornell University (DVM)
Neuroanatomy, Cornell University (PhD)



Zenner, D, Burns, GA, DeBowes, R, Ruby, KL, and Stoll, S. Veterinary students as elite performers: preliminary insights. J. Vet. Med. Edu. 2005 32(2):242-248.

Gillespie, BA, Ritter, RC, Burns, GA. NMDA channels control meal size via central vagal afferent terminals. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 2005 289(5):R1504-11.

Chung, Yi-Hung, Covasa, M, Ritter, RC, Burns, GA. Hindbrain administration of NMDA receptor antagonist AP-5 increases food intake in the rat. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 2005 290(3):R642-51.

Czaja, K, Ritter, RC, Burns, GA. N-Methyl-D-Aspartate receptor subunit phenotypes of vagal afferent neurons in nodose ganglia of the rat. J Comp Neurol 2006 496(6): 877-885.

Burns, GA, Ruby, KL, DeBowes, RM, Seaman, SJ, and Brennan, JK. Teaching non-technical (professional) competence in a veterinary school curriculum. J Vet Med Edu 2006 33(2):301-308.

Czaja, K, Ritter, RC, Burns, GA. Vagal afferent neurons projecting from the stomach and small intestine exhibit multiple N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor subunit phenotypes. Brain Res. 2006 1119(1):86-93.

Czaja K, Burns GA, Ritter RC. Capsaicin-induced neuronal death and proliferation of the primary sensory neurons located in the nodose ganglia of adult rats. Neuroscience 2008 154(2):621-30.

Guard DB, Swartz TD, Ritter RC, Burns GA, Covasa M. Blockade of hindbrain NMDA receptors containing NR2 subunits increases sucrose intake. Am J Physiol 2009 296(4):R921-8.

Guard DB, Swartz TD, Ritter RC, Burns GA, Covasa M. NMDA NR2 receptors participate in CCK-induced reduction of food intake and hindbrain neuronal activation. Brain Res. 2009 1266:37-44.

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