Michael Bursey

Associate Professor

Michael Bursey

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Emergency Medicine


Dr. Max Bursey earned his medical degree at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, VA and subsequently completed an Emergency Medicine residency at Augusta University. After residency training, he served as an Active Duty Army emergency physician at Fort Benning, GA. While at Fort Benning, he held several positions, including Medical Director for the Martin Army Community Hospital Emergency Department, and Medical Director for Fort Benning Fire, EMS, and Air MEDEVAC assets.

During his time at Fort Benning, Dr. Bursey was also instrumental in developing comprehensive clinical and operational protocols on the prevention and management of environmental and exercise associated heat injuries such as exertional heat stroke. Dr. Bursey received multiple awards and recognitions for his extensive work in the field of heat related injuries.

Upon completion of his Active Duty service, Dr. Bursey returned to Augusta University to become the institutions first Emergency Medicine/Anesthesia Critical Care fellow. While training in critical care, he simultaneously completed a separate fellowship in clinical ultrasound. Upon graduating, he accepted a position as an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, and is serving as the Clinical Service Chief for Emergency Medicine Critical Care. He also maintains a joint appointment with the Department of Surgery and serves as an intensivist in the Shock-Trauma ICU.

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  • DO, Osteopathic Medicine/Osteopathy Edward Via Virginia College of, 2012

  • BS, Biology/Biological Sciences, General Roanoke College, 2008


  • Board Certification in Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine American Board of Emergency Medicine, 2021

  • PHY SC Medical Board, 2020

  • Board Certification in Emergency Medicine 2016

  • South Carolina state license 2020

  • PHY GA Medical Board, 2015

  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor Augusta University,

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • REMD 5000

    Emergency Medicine
  • EMED 5001

    Emergency Medicine Clkship

Teaching Interests

Critical Care, Ultrasound, Telemedicine


Selected Recent Publications

  • Early Prediction of Impending Exertional Heat Stroke With Wearable Multimodal Sensing and Anomaly Detection. , 2023
    Journal Article, Professional Journal
  • Estimating Sedentary Breathing Rate from Chest-Worn Accelerometry From Free-Living Data, 2020
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Professional Service

  • The American College of Surgeons 2024 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Martin Army Community Hospital 2017 - 2019

    Role: Attendee, Meeting