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Bill Burke

William Burke

Photo courtesy of: OU-HCOM

william burke

William Burke

Photo courtesy of: OU-HCOM

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Burke named dean of OU-HCOM's new central Ohio campus


The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (HCOM) announced the appointment of William J. Burke, D.O., FACOFP, as dean of the college's new central Ohio campus in Dublin. He will start July 22. 

"Dr. Burke is an outstanding leader in the osteopathic profession, a leader here in Ohio, and he has long been deeply committed to the college and to teaching generations of primary care physicians," said Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., executive dean of Heritage College. "In Bill we've found the ideal dean for our growth as we further develop to meet Ohio's need for primary care, especially in our underserved communities." 

Dr. Burke will provide leadership and be involved in all aspects of the new campus' growth and development. 

"Ohio University has held a special place in my heart for nearly 30 years," said Dr. Burke. "The opportunity to work collaboratively with our faculty and staff, OhioHealth and other important central Ohio health systems, our alumni, the Dublin community and physicians throughout the region is truly a unique opportunity to build something of enduring value for Ohio. It's an honor to be a part of this."

A 1988 graduate of the Heritage College, Dr. Burke is currently the vice president for medical education at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital in Columbus. OhioHealth is the Preeminent Education Partner for the Heritage College's central Ohio campus. 

Construction of the Dublin campus begins in July 2013, and the charter class of 50 medical students will begin classes in July 2014. The campus is being developed on 14.8 acres of land and the state-of-the-art facilities will initially occupy 65,000 square feet across three buildings. Students at this campus, who are being recruited now, will complete all four years of medical school in central Ohio.  

The central Ohio campus is funded in part through the historic $105 million gift in 2011 from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation, one of the largest private donations ever directed to higher education in Ohio. The gift is the largest in support of primary care medical education and is intended to address pressing health delivery issues across the state and nation, including the shortage of primary care physicians. The campus in Dublin is being developed in direct response to that shortage. 

"Dr. Burke is a significant addition to the leadership team and I commend Dr. Johnson and the University on his selection," said Rick Vincent, president of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations. "His experiences and skill set will complement those of the excellent faculty and staff at the Heritage College. This is an impressive team that will make important long-term contributions to the greater-Ohio community and beyond."

Dr. Burke has served in many elected and appointed leadership roles for national and state organizations. He currently serves on the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees and is past president of the Ohio chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. Over the years, he has been a strong advocate for both the Heritage College and Ohio University. He was twice a trustee of the Ohio University Foundation and a director on the Ohio University Alumni Board of Directors, including two years as chair. He served as president of the College's Society of Alumni and Friends and chaired the Heritage College Advisory Board for five years.

Dr. Burke has received numerous awards over the course of his career, including HCOM's Distinguished Service Award in 2006 and Ohio University's Distinguished Service Award in 2009, the American Osteopathic Foundation's Distinguished Service Award in 2008, and the Ohio State Society of the American College of Osteopathic Physicians' Family Physician of the Year Award in 2010. In May, he was awarded the Ohio Osteopathic Association's Trustees' Award at the Ohio Osteopathic Symposium.

Dr. Burke is board-certified in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine. He is a clinical professor of family medicine. Dr. Burke serves as a key member of an AOA team that has been working with health professionals in China to assist the country's transformation from a specialty-driven medical system to one more focused on primary care. Dr. Burke has traveled there in this capacity on twelve occasions in the past seven years, including in the spring of 2008, just 10 days after an earthquake struck Sichuan province, killing and injuring thousands and leaving millions homeless. Dr. Burke and his wife, Deborah, assisted displaced families and distributed food and medical supplies to those in need.