About Thomas Burke, MD

Thomas F. Burke, MD, FACEP, FRSM is Director of the Global Health Innovations Lab in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. After graduating from Albany Medical College in 1989 he completed his residency in emergency medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center Fort Lewis, WA. Dr. Burke spent 7 ½ years in the US Army and over that time was deployed with the Light Infantry as well as the 2nd Ranger Battalion. Dr. Burke was a tactical physician for the FBI Hostage Rescue Team at both the hostage incidents in Waco Texas and Ruby Ridge Idaho. On September 11, 2012 Dr. Burke was in Benghazi, Libya when Ambassador Stevens lost his life.

Dr. Burke’s innovations research experience spans 25 years. Over that time he has pioneered several award-winning scientific advances and translated them into policy and practice; and since 2004 the majority of his work has focused on maternal, newborn, and infant survival. Dr. Burke has led a research program focused on postpartum hemorrhage for the past 10 years and co-chairs the International Federation of OBGYN working group on postpartum hemorrhage. Dr. Burke has authored of over 120 scientific manuscripts and is often invited to speak at high profile forums and leading universities around the globe. Dr. Burke is a senior faculty of the Harvard University Center for African Studies and an active member of the Harvard Medical School Admissions Committee. On June 3, 2019, in a joint UK and India government ceremony in the House of Lords, Dr. Burke was bestowed the title, “Lord of the Planet in Medical Sciences”. Dr. Burke has opened several film festivals and has been profiled for his work by BBC, NPR, FOX Television, ABC, CBS, the London Financial Times, the New Yorker, the Seattle Times, and the Boston Globe, among other news outlets. Dr. Burke is senior advisor to Harvard College’s COVID-19 Task Force on Domestic Violence and Global Alliance for Medical Innovation.

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Mass General Emergency Medicine
55 Fruit St.
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-724-4100

Medical Education

  • MD, Albany Medical College
  • Residency, Madigan Army Medical Center

American Board Certifications

  • Emergency Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine

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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.


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