Dr. Burnikel was raised in Pittsburgh and has recently joined the San Diego
medical community. He has a keen interest in complex arthroscopy of the
shoulder, knee and ankle, but treats a wide variety of general orthopedic
conditions. Dr. Burnikel maintains an active interest in total joint replacement
and fracture care, both of which were strong components of his residency training.
Following his tour of duty with the U.S. Navy, he completed an additional
year of training specifically in sports medicine. This provided him with
focused and advanced training in the operative and non-operative treatment
of rotator cuff tears, cartilage and ligament injuries of the knee, shoulder
instability and other sports-related injuries.
He has provided team coverage for the Boston Celtics, Merrimack College
Athletics, Naval Academy Preparatory School and multiple Orleans and Jefferson
Parish High School football teams.