Donald S. Burke, MD
Donald S. Burke, MD, is dean of the Graduate School of Public Health and associate vice chancellor for global health. He is the UPMC Jonas Salk Professor of Global Health and Distinguished University Professor of Health Science and Policy.
At Pitt, Dr. Burke leads the development of computational models and simulations of epidemic infectious diseases to evaluate prevention and control strategies. His research focus includes the development of diagnostics, clinical vaccine trials, population-based field studies, and modeling epidemic control efforts. He has also studied prevention and control of infectious diseases of global concern, including HIV/AIDS, influenza, dengue, and emerging infectious diseases and has performed field epidemiology and vaccine studies across various developing countries, including Thailand and Cameroon. Dr. Burke spent six years in Thailand on active duty with the U.S. Army conducting disease research at the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences in Bangkok. He also led military disease research at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He spent 23 years on active duty and retired at the rank of colonel.
Before coming to Pittsburgh, Burke was Professor of International Health and Professor of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
He is one of the world's foremost experts on the prevention, diagnosis, and control of emerging infectious diseases and infectious diseases of global concern, especially HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis A, and avian influenza. His research has spanned a wide range of scientific activities, including development of new diagnostics, field studies, clinical vaccine trials, computational modeling of epidemic control strategies, and health policy analysis. He has lectured widely on the history of microbiology and vaccines.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Burke received his BA from Western Reserve University and his MD from Harvard Medical School. He was an intern and resident in medicine at Boston City and Massachusetts General Hospitals and trained as a research fellow in infectious diseases at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.