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Niel H. Burns

Niel H. Burns, MD

Family Medicine
4.7 / 5 (Based on 49 Ratings) Learn More

“Compassionate care is at the forefront of how I treat patients. My advice is always based on what’s best for the patient.”

Office Information

About Me

Comprehensive Care for the Family

As a primary care physician in Pierre, SD, Dr. Burns provides comprehensive care for the whole family, while specializing in pediatrics and geriatrics. He’s also experienced in performing office procedures such as minor skin biopsies and surgeries.

Dr. Burns strives to earn the trust of his patients by offering advice and care that’s in their best interest. “I’m very easy going and open minded, so patients can feel free to ask me anything,” he says. “I want them to be comfortable knowing that they can trust me to provide the best care possible.”

Spanish-speaking patients can also receive care from Dr. Burns, who is fluent in Spanish.

An Active Lifestyle

Dr. Burns’ go-to advice for patients is to get at least seven hours of sleep each night and find ways to incorporate exercise into your daily life. He stays active with archery, bow-hunting, fishing, kayaking, distance running and golfing. He also enjoys cooking and reading.



University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Vermillion, Medical School


Siouxland Medical Education Foundation-Family Medicine Center, Sioux City, IA, Family Medicine

Professional Memberships

  • American Medical Association
  • South Dakota State Medical Association
  • American Academy of Family Physicians


  • Basic Life Support
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support
  • Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics


September 22, 2019
Really glad I found Dr. Burns and his nurse
September 06, 2019
Dr Burns is easy to talk to!
August 26, 2019
She is a newborn so that is why the no to talk about items
August 01, 2019
keep up the good work! Thank you.
June 07, 2019
You need more doctors!
June 01, 2019
I don't need care very often. I try to stay healthy. But all my providers have retired or left over the past few years and it was difficult finding someone to see me even though I have been a patient at the clinic for almost 30 years. Your receptionists kept asking me whio my regular doctor is, and when I said I needed to establish a new relationship I was told that most of the doctors aren't accepting new patients. It seems I'm being punished for maintaining my health and only rarely needing check-ups.
May 29, 2019
Even when I told the nurse some things, it didn't seem like she listened all the time.
April 18, 2019
I felt the nurse could have been a little more personable on my last visit. It was awkward...
April 13, 2019
I was satisfied with my visit.
April 10, 2019
Very kind and caring
February 11, 2019
Overal experience was great. And outside concerns brought to dr. We're addressed. I much appreciated the time taken. Overal a good experience!
February 01, 2019
Dr Burns has a great way of establishing rapport with his patients. He was professional, understanding and humorous. It made my visit to the clinic when I felt exhausted from being sick more comfortable. I have recommended him as a doctor to several people since my visit.
January 30, 2019
Doctors dont record info correctly. Hygiene us HORRIBLE.

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