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Sports Medicine

Dr. Burnworth graduated cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a dual major in chemistry and biology in 1995. He received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999. He completed his internship and residency at the Family Medicine Residency Program at Palmetto Health Richland in 2002, in Columbia, SC. He then served in the United States Air Force at Eglin AFB, FL as a family medicine physician. He participated in two humanitarian missions to Suriname and Peru and two deployments supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom 2002-2006. He then completed a primary care sports medicine fellowship at the Sports Medicine Center at Cone Health, in Greensboro, NC in 2007. He then practiced at the Moore Center for Orthopedics, in Columbia and Lexington, SC until July of 2013. While at the Moore Center he started and served as the medical director the first sports medicine concussion center serving the Midlands of SC. He is board-certified in family medicine and sports medicine. He is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Burnworth’s clinical areas of interest are acute and non-operative management of orthopedic and sports injuries, concussion management and care of the endurance athlete. An avid runner himself, Dr. Burnworth enjoys caring for runners of all ages and abilities. He has competed at high school, college, and amateur events from track and field to ultra marathons.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Biology: University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina, Cum Laude, 1995
  • USAF Officer Training School: Air University, Maxwell AFB - Gunter Annex, Montgomery, Alabama, July 1995
  • Doctor of Medicine: University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1999
  • Family Medicine Residency: Palmetto Health Family Medicine Center, Columbia, South Carolina, 1999 - 2002
  • Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship: Cone Health, Greensboro, North Carolina, 2006 - 2007

Certification & Licensure

  • Board Certification: Primary Care Sports Medicine
  • Board Certification: Family Medicine

Professional Memberships

  • Member, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
  • Member, American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Member, North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians
  • Member, Western Carolina Medical Society


  • Fields, K. B., Burnworth, C. M., & Delaney, M. (2007). Should athletes stretch before exercise? Sports Science Exchange, 20, 1-6.

Scientific Presentations

  • South Carolina Athletic Training Association, "Atypical Presentation of Concussions, Case Studies," 2013
  • South Carolina School Nurses Association, "2013 Update on Concussion Management," 2013
  • Brain Injury Association of South Carolina, "2013 Update on Concussion Management," 2013
  • Speaker, "Brain Injury Day," South Carolina State House, 2012
  • South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, "Concussion Management," 2011

Teaching Experience

  • MAHEC Volunteer Teaching Faculty for Residents, 2013 to Current
  • MAHEC Volunteer Teaching Faculty for Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, 2015 to Current
  • Moore Center for Orthopedics, Columbia and Lexington, SC, Medical Preceptor for High School, College, and Medical Students, 2010 - 2013
  • Medical Director Phase 2 Site, Interservice Physician Assistant Program, Eglin Air Force Base, FL, 2004 - 2006

Honors & Awards

  • United States Air Force Achievement Medal, 2003
  • United States Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, 2006
“Dr. Burnworth is caring. I was diagnosed with a broken ankle, and we’re trying to get it to heal without surgery using a leg brace and a walker. I’ll have a follow-up visit in two weeks.”
– Philip A.
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