OU-COM alumnus elected to AOA Board of Trustees
William J. Burke, D.O., F.A.C.O.F.P. (’88),
of Gahanna, was elected to the American Osteopathic Association
(AOA) Board of Trustees during its recent annual business meeting in
Chicago. He is an AOA board-certified family physician.
look forward to continuing my service to the osteopathic medical
profession in this new capacity,” Burke said.
fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
(ACOFP), Burke serves as program director of the family medicine
residency at Doctors Hospital in Columbus. He also is an associate
professor of family medicine at the Ohio University College of
Osteopathic Medicine (OU-COM).
addition to his responsibilities on the Board of Trustees, Burke
serves the AOA as vice chair of the Council on Continuing Medical
Education and as a member of the Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical
Education and Research and the Council on Research. At the state
level, he is a past president of the Ohio State Society of the ACOFP
and of the Columbus Academy of Osteopathic Medicine.
Burke has received numerous awards, including the Family Physician
of the Year Award in 2010 from the Ohio State Society of the ACOFP,
the Outstanding Faculty and the Distinguished Service awards from
OU-COM, and just last year, the Distinguished Service Award from
Ohio University. He also received the AOA’s Clinical Assessment
Program Residency Program of the Year Award in 2009 from the
American Osteopathic Foundation.
He served on the
Ohio University Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1996 to
2003, including two years as chairman. He also served as president
of OU-COM’s Society of Alumni and Friends for three years and as
chair of the OU-COM Advisory Board for five years. As a medical
student, he served as president and vice president of the Student
Government Association. He is a 1984 graduate of Capital University
After earning his osteopathic medical degree from OU-COM, Burke
completed his internship and residency at Doctors Hospital, where he
served as chief resident.
traveled to China four times as part of a humanitarian group to
evaluate the state of primary care medicine and to provide medical
assistance in the aftermath of the 2008 earthquake. To read about
Burke’s visits to China, go to
Burke and his wife, Deborah, have two children, Lydia and Ross.