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Burke named dean of OU-HCOM’s new central Ohio campus
(ATHENS, Ohio – June 12, 2013) 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 the education 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
Dr. Burke will provide leadership and be involved in all aspects of
the new campus’
“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
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
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
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
The central Ohio campus is funded in
part through the
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
“Dr. Burke is a significant addition
to the leadership team and I commend Dr. Johnson and the University
on his selection,” said Richard A.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
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
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.
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is a
national leader in training primary care physicians, which includes
family practice, general internal medicine and pediatrics. More than
half of the Heritage College’s practicing graduates serve as primary
care physicians, and 60 percent choose to stay in Ohio to practice.
The college is number one in Ohio and 11th nationally in medical
schools that graduate physicians who practice in underserved rural
The state’s only osteopathic medical school, the college will open a
campus in Dublin, Ohio in 2014 and one in northeast Ohio in 2015.
The college reaches statewide through its collaboration with 27
teaching hospitals throughout Ohio. This hospital consortium, called
the Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE), is
recognized as one of the largest, most advanced and best-supported
osteopathic medical education consortiums in the country.