David T. Burke, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in the Emory University School of Medicine. His appointment is effective Oct. 1, 2007.
Dr. Burke, who comes to Emory from Harvard University Medical School, has served as the medical director of the Clinical Unit of Traumatic Brain Injury at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston since 1997.
"Dr. Burke is a specialist in the treatment of patients with traumatic brain injuries and has built a solid record of scholarship, clinical leadership and teaching," says Thomas J. Lawley, MD, dean of Emory School of Medicine.
"As one of the founding members of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard, Dr. Burke directed the residency program since 1996 and received many accolades from trainees for his dedication and clinical expertise," says Dean Lawley. "In addition to his proven leadership, Dr. Burke's international interests fit well with our global health initiatives."
Dr. Burke is founder and editor-in-chief of Rehab in Review, and he has reviewed manuscripts for multiple peer-reviewed journals. He has several interests in musculoskeletal and sports medicine, and he has become a nationally recognized expert in martial arts. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and in this role has developed self-defense guidelines for airline personnel.
Dr. Burke earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, and completed his internship and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans. He holds an MA in clinical psychology from Wichita State University.
He currently is president of the New England Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, as well as a member of the President's Council Executive Committee for the Association of Academic Physiatrists.