James Burt (Jamie) was born and educated in Melbourne. He attended the University of Melbourne and graduated with MBBS in 1988. During his time at university Jamie was awarded the Ryan Prize for Surgery and the Davis and Geck Prize for Surgery.
Jamie then proceeded in surgical training under the supervision of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and became a fellow of the RACS in 1998. In 1997-98 Jamie undertook advanced training in Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Jamie returned to Australia where he was appointed as a member of the Senior Medical Staff at St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne. He maintains his appointment at St.Vincent's to the present day where he mainly involves himself in major microsurgical procedures for cancer reconstruction. Jamie is also involved in advancing efforts for Vascularised Composite Tissue Allotransplantation (hand and face transplants) to be performed at St.Vincent's.
Jamie was appointed Head of Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute in 2003 and served in this position until 2004 where upon he decided to focus his public hospital committment solely at St.Vincent's.