Coppinger appoints Dr. Burns to Erlanger Board of Trustees

Erlanger Health System

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger appointed a well-known longtime surgeon and mentor to physicians in training to Erlanger Health System's board of trustees.

Dr. R. Phillip Burns, of University Surgical Associates, is certified through the American Board of Surgery, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga.

"He brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience" to the volunteer post, Coppinger said during the Hamilton County Commission meeting Wednesday. "I can't remember having a more qualified candidate."

Coppinger said he selected Burns because "he has a love for Erlanger," he understands the hospital's importance to this community and is well respected among physicians.

Commissioner Chip Baker called it "a great move."

"He's made that hospital what it is," Baker said.