Dr. Burke became program director in 2015, but he has been working with The Wright Center since medical school. He was the first resident to enroll in The Wright Center’s parallel DO program and served as PGY3 Chief Resident. After completing residency, he became Associate Program Director, where he discovered his passion for working with residents. “Every day I learn from my residents,” Dr. Burke says. “I learn how to keep the passion and love for medicine alive and how to approach every patient with a new perspective.” In 2018, Dr. Burke led the effort to attain program accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). He is dedicated to preserving the program’s osteopathic core and empowering residents to lead clinical and educational initiatives. In prospective residents, he looks for candidates “with qualities such as empathy, determination and humility who will grow up to become the next leaders and pioneers in the field of medicine.” In recognition of his excellence in teaching, Dr. Burke received the 2018 Faculty of the Year Award.
Dr. Burke also works at The Wright Center for Community Health Mid Valley Practice, where he encourages patients to take an active role in their own wellness. He is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) certified and can assist individuals struggling with substance use disorder. In addition, he serves as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) and as a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists.
Dr. Burke resides in his hometown of Archbald. “I am deeply invested in the population and couldn’t think of a better community to serve,” he says. Dr. Burke and his wife Denise are the proud parents of four and grandparents of three.