Dr. Burnstein is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University. He trained in General Surgery at the University of Toronto and in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Toronto and the Lahey Clinic Medical Centre in Burlington, Massachusetts.
Dr. Burnstein began his career at Dalhousie University in 1986. He was the Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program at Dalhousie University from 1989 – 1992. In 1992, Dr. Burnstein joined the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto, where he has been the Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program (1994 – 2001) and Head, Division of General Surgery, St. Michael's Hospital (1996 –2003). He was the Program Director of the University of Toronto Residency Program in Colon and Rectal Surgery from 1996 - 2011.
Dr. Burnstein is a Member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and is an Examiner for the American Board. He has served as an Associate Editor of Diseases of the Colon and Rectum and an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Surgery. He has served as the President of the Canadian Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and as the Chair of the Royal College of Canada Specialty Committee for Colon and Rectal Surgery.
Dr. Burnstein is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto, and practices at St. Michael's Hospital.