Burns, Will

Assistant Clinical Geneticist

Burns, Will

Dr. Burns completed his Medial Genetics residency through the Greenwood Genetic Center in 2021. He rejoined the Center as a clinical geneticist in 2022 following a fellowship in Medical Biochemical Genetics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Burns has a special interest in metabolic disorders, and he sees patients in both general genetics and metabolic clinics through the Columbia office.  He is board certified in Medical Genetics (2021) and board eligible in General Pediatrics and Medical Biochemical Genetics.

Contact Information

Office: 803-799-5390
[email protected]


  • BS, Cell and Molecular Biology and History, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 2011
  • MS, Human Genetics, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 2012
  • MD, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC, 2016
  • Residency, Pediatrics, Palmetto Health Richland, Columbia, SC, 2016-2019. Chief in 3rd year
  • Residency, Medical Genetics, Greenwood Genetic Center, 2019-2021
  • Fellowship, Medical Biochemical Genetics, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, 2021-2022
  • Assistant Clinical Geneticist, Greenwood Genetic Center, 2022-present

Selected Publications

  • Burns, W., Chaudhari, B. P., & Haffner, D. N. (2022). Neurogenetic and Metabolic Mimics of Common Neonatal Neurological Disorders. Seminars in Pediatric Neurology, 42, 100972. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spen.2022.100972
  • Castle, A., Salian, S., Bassan, H., Sofrin-Drucker, E., Cusmai, R., Herman, K. C., Heron, D., Keren, B., Johnstone, D. L., Mears, W., Morlot, S., Nguyen, T., Rock, R., Stolerman, E., Russo, J., Burns, W. B., Jones, J. R., Serpieri, V., Wallaschek, H., Zanni, G., … Campeau, P. M. (2021). Expanding the Phenotypic Spectrum of GPI Anchoring Deficiency Due to Biallelic Variants in GPAA1. Neurology. Genetics, 7(6), e631. https://doi.org/10.1212/NXG.0000000000000631
  • Ziats, C. A., Burns, W. B., Tedder, M. L., Pollard, L., Wood, T., & Champaigne, N. L. (2021). 3-Methylglutaconic aciduria in carriers of primary carnitine deficiency. European Journal of Medical Genetics, 64(12), 104365. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejmg.2021.104365
  • Burns, W., Bird, L. M., Heron, D., Keren, B., Ramachandra, D., Thiffault, I., Del Viso, F., Amudhavalli, S., Engleman, K., Parenti, I., Kaiser, F. J., Wierzba, J., Riedhammer, K. M., Liptay, S., Zadeh, N., Porrmann, J., Fischer, A., Gößwein, S., McLaughlin, H. M., Telegrafi, A., … Lyons, M. J. (2021). Syndromic neurodevelopmental disorder associated with de novo variants in DDX23. American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A, 185(10), 2863–2872. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajmg.a.62359


Mother and son

A Rare Beauty

The lobby of the JC Self Research Institute at GGC was transformed into a garden – of sorts. The art exhibit titled ‘Rare Roses’ consisted of 12 paintings that depict real roses with genetic variations. The series was created by Nicole Shannon, an artist from Greenville. Nicole was inspired by her son, who has a rare genetic disorder, and other individuals with genetic differences. Quinn, now 4, was born with a myriad of health issues and ...

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