Dean of Heritage College, Dublin, picked to chair global osteopathic organization

Sep 27, 2018

William J. Burke, D.O., (’88) dean of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Dublin, has been elected chair of the Osteopathic International Alliance, the leading organization for the advancement and unity of the global osteopathic medical profession.

Burke, who has previously served on the OIA’s board of directors, will be installed as the organization’s board chair during its 2018 annual general meeting and conference, which takes place Sept. 27-29 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

“Both our college and Ohio University have forged deep connections in the international community, and Dr. Burke’s leadership role in this worldwide osteopathic body is a stellar example of that,” said Kenneth Johnson, D.O., Heritage College executive dean and Ohio University chief medical affairs officer. “He makes a great ambassador to our thousands of professional colleagues around the globe.”

The OIA was launched in June 2003, incorporated in the United States in December 2004, and in July 2005, held its inaugural conference in Washington, D.C. Today it represents 71 organizations from 20 countries on five continents, including over 120,000 osteopathic practitioners. In February 2018 it was admitted into official relations with the World Health Organization as a non-governmental organization. 

Burke has served on the American Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees since 2010 and has been appointed to numerous AOA bureaus, councils and committees. He currently serves as a founding director of the International Primary Care Educational Alliance, an organization affiliated with the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.  Since 2007, he has made annual trips to Chengdu, Shenzhen and Beijing in China as part of its China Primary Care Program Team. During these trips, he has provided formal and informal education on the outpatient approach to common primary care conditions and family practice residency training.

In 2013, Burke was named dean of the Heritage College’s Dublin campus, which opened in July 2014. When chosen as dean, he had been serving as vice president for medical education at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital in Columbus.