Clay M. Burnett

Clay Burnett, MD, FACS, specializes in complex coronary artery disease; aortic and aortic root pathology; the management of diseased cardiac valves, including TAVR procedures; and the treatment of benign and malignant pulmonary diseases.


Dr. Burnett joined Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Associates in June 2019, after practicing at Advent Health, Florida Hospital in Orlando for the preceding five years.

Raised in Northern Virginia, Dr. Burnett attended East Carolina University (ECU) on a football scholarship, graduating in 1977. During graduate school, he worked in a leading immunology and transplant laboratory, where he developed a strong interest in transplantation. Dr. Burnett subsequently entered East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine, graduating in 1984, before beginning a five-year general surgery residency at the University of South Florida. He then completed a one-year fellowship in cardiac transplantation and mechanical assist devices at the Texas Heart Institute before completing a two-year cardiothoracic surgery residency there under the renowned Dr. Denton A. Cooley.

After completing his training, Dr. Burnett returned to his alma mater, ECU, to begin the Cardiac Transplantation Program at ECU School of Medicine. He subsequently entered private practice in Savannah, Georgia, and then practiced in Kansas City prior to moving to Orlando.

 Dr. Burnett is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Thoracic Surgeons, the International Society of Heart Transplantation and the American College of Cardiology, among other distinguished surgical societies. He is board-certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.


  • 1977

East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 

  • 1984

East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine, Greenville, NC 

  • 1990

Texas Heart Institute, Houston, TX, Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Assist Devices

  • 1992

Texas Heart Institute, Houston, TX, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery


  • 1987

Creighton University
Omaha, Nebraska

  • 1991

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Maywood, Illinois

  • 1996

Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, Illinois
General Surgery

  • 1999

Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois
Cardiothoracic Surgery

Professional Skills

Vascular Surgery
100 %
Endovascular Therapy
100 %
Outside of practicing medicine, Dr. Burnett likes to woodwork. He has made gifts for his employees, like a cutting board and a jewelry box. He is also a big Batman fan.
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