Thomas F. Burke, M.D., is an attending physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine. He is also an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Harvard Medical School.


Emergency Medicine


Clinical Interests
  • Global health
  • Human Rights
  • Public Health and Safety
  • Malnutrition
  • Maternal Health
  • Anti-Trafficking
Medical Education
  • MD, Albany Medical College
  • Residency, Madigan Army Medical Center
Board Certifications
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric

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Thomas F. Burke, M.D., an attending physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine, graduated from Albany Medical College. Next, he completed his residency in emergency medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center Fort Lewis, WA. Dr. Burke is also an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

In 1998 Dr. Burke launched and presided over the nongovernmental organization, IICEM, whose principal purpose was to assist physician leaders around the world in the development of their own emergency systems. In the following years their activities included: pediatric seminars for Eastern Europe, an Eastern European program in domestic violence, an intensive 2-month training for Romanian physicians (in the US). The organization also developed the trauma system for the country of Romania. During this time Dr. Burke was also the medical director of the International Torture and Trauma Program (ITTP). This is a program focused on increasing the capacity of global social leaders in the fight against torture and trauma. In November of 2006 he began a new position as the founding director of the Center for Global Health (CGH) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He is now the chief of the Division of Global Health and Human Rights in the Department of Emergency Medicine. The Division's mission remains focused on caring the world's most vulnerable through education, research, and service. At the Division the aim is to provide a catalytic environment for those who seek engagement, education, or research opportunities in global health while additionally executing world leading initiatives in such areas as fighting malnutrition and improving maternal and fetal care. Dr. Burke also runs an annual Harvard Summer Program in Kisumu, Kenya, "Innovations and Technologies for Health Care Transformation in Africa".

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

The extensive research agenda of the Division of Global Health and Human Rights has included scholarly activity focused on health and human rights in the realm of human trafficking and slavery, humanitarian assistance, peace measurement, malnutrition, and maternal and newborn health.

View my most recent publications at PubMed

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News & Events


  • HAZMAT Team Training Slideshow

    View a slideshow with scenes from an early morning exercise that the MGH HAZMAT team members participated in.

  • Celebrating 200 Years: 1811 - 2011

    Since 1811, people have counted on Mass General for answers, innovations and medical leadership. As our third century dawns, we remain ready to serve.

  • Mwapusukeni: You Have Survived

    The Division's South Sudan Maternal, Newborn, and Child Survival Initiative is working to provide innovative training in emergency care to frontline health workers throughout the new nation.

  • Frank Robinson's Story

    Watch 46-year-old Frank Robinson tell the story of his life-saving experience at Mass General after a massive coronary.


Emergency Medicine
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-643-8796
Fax: 617-724-0917

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