Dr. Sheldon Burns completed in 2007-08 his 19th season as the Minnesota Timberwolves medical director and his second as Vice President, Team Medical Services.
A physician at Edina Family Physicians, Burns is a board certified Specialist in Family Practice, Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine.
His duties with the Timberwolves include serving as team physician, coordinating medical care and assisting in other club medical matters. For his work with numerous NBA teams, Burns was named the National Basketball Trainers association 2005 NBA Physician of the Year. Burns is also the team medical consultant for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League and Medical Director for the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx and the National Hockey League Minnesota Wild.
He has served as team physician for a total of nine U.S. Olympic and world championship teams, most recently the 2007 USA Basketball Men's FIBA Americas Championship Team. Additionally, he was the team physician for the U.S. women's basketball team at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Dr. Burns has also served as tournament physician for the Minnesota State High School League, team physician for the Minnesota Strikers of the Major Indoor Soccer League and medical director for the former Minnesota Moose of the International Hockey League.
Burns is a Clinical Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School and is active in teaching sports medicine at the Minneapolis Sports Medicine Center.
He was a deputy medical commissioner of the International Olympic Committee and has worked in seven Olympic Games.
A native of Grand Meadow, Minn., and raised in Nisswa, Minn., Burns received his undergraduate degree from Hamline University in St. Paul and earned his medical degree in 1974 from the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Burns, who reside in Minneapolis, has two children, Alicen and Evan.