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June 12, 2013

Burke named dean of OHIO Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s new central Ohio campus 

The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 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.” 

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

“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,” said Burke. “It’s an honor to be a part of this.” 

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

Construction of the Dublin campus begins in July, and the charter class of 50 medical students will begin classes in July 2014. 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. 

Board-certified in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine, Burke has served in many elected and appointed leadership roles for national and state organizations. He currently serves on the American Osteopathic Association Board (AOA) of Trustees. 

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.

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