Mary Cassidy Burns OTR/L, CHT
Assistant Professor
Senior Hand Therapist
Institute for Plastic Surgery



Mary Burns is an occupational therapist and Certified Hand Therapist at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Occupational therapy from The College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. Upon graduation, she worked for Memorial Medical Center’s rehabilitation unit, burn unit, hand therapy clinic and amputee clinic from 1983 to 1987. From 1987 to 1989 Ms. Burns was a staff occupational therapist at The Hand Rehabilitation Center of Indiana in Indianapolis. She joined SIU in 1989 as a hand therapist to help develop the newly formed SIU Hand Therapy Center. She is an assistant professor in the Institute for Plastic Surgery.

Ms. Burns has given presentations locally, regionally and nationally and has authored several book chapters, journal articles and educational pamphlets. She is a member of The American Society of Hand Therapists and the American Association for Hand Surgery.

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