Dr Matthew Burn

Dr Matthew Burn

General (internal) medicine, Geriatric medicine 04336639

  • Fee assured
  • Open Referral network
Fee assured
Open Referral network

Specialises in

  • Stroke medicine


  • Face-to-face consultations
  • Video and telephone consultations

About me

Dr Matthew Burn is a Consultant Stroke Physician based in Buckinghamshire and East Berkshire, where he has been a Consultant since 2005.

After medical school in Cambridge and London, Dr Burn continued his training in general medicine and elderly care in London, before sub-specialising in Stroke Medicine. He did a Stroke Fellowship in St George’s Hospital and worked as a Consultant in the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital before moving to Buckinghamshire in 2005 to set up a Stroke service. He has been director of the department of Stroke, Neurology, and Neurorehabilitation in Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust since 2011. Bucks now has the largest stroke service in Thames Valley, serving patients from Bucks and from East Berkshire, and the service routinely receives an ‘A’ rating in the national stroke audit (SSNAP) ranking it among the best in the country.

Dr Burn has been the regional clinical lead for Stroke for Thames Valley since 2014, covering Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Berkshire. He has a strong interest in research and has held posts as the research director for Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, and as stroke research lead for Thames Valley Clinical Research Network.

Dr Burn has been seeing patients privately since 2007. He now focuses both his NHS and private practice exclusively on patients with Stroke and TIA and associated conditions. His approach to clinical care is characterised by:
• A careful diagnostic approach, facilitated by having seen thousands of patients with Stroke/TIA and with conditions mimicking Stroke/TIA over 15+ years as a consultant
• A detailed evaluation into the underlying cause of the stroke, including in cases of “Young Stroke” (<60 yrs) where the causes are often different
• Intensive risk factor control to minimise the risk of stroke recurrence
• Where appropriate, such as in the frail elderly, a more pragmatic approach which may include reducing medication
• A team approach to clinical care, for example involving neurological physiotherapists and neuropsychologists as necessary

In addition he has built up strong links with other medical specialists in Buckinghamshire and Thames Valley, and in particular radiologists, vascular surgeons, and cardiologists specialising in procedures to prevent stroke such as closure of a “hole in the heart” (patent foramen ovale).

Areas of interest

Prevention, including management of high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and strategies for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation; Acute treatment of Stroke; Assessment of patients with suspected TIA, including conditions that can “mimic” TIA, such as migraine, syncope (fainting), or partial seizures; Investigation into the mechanism of Stroke and TIA; Stroke rehabilitation

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