Robert (Bob) Burke
Bob Burke is delighted to serve as a faculty member for ART CART. After a distinguished twenty-five year career in health services research, focusing on health care quality, finance, and health service program administration and evaluation for aging services, Robert E. Burke, PhD joined the Milken Institute School of Public Health, Department of Health Service Management and Leadership in 2002 as the Director of the Wertlieb Educational Institute of Long Term Care Management. In 2003, Dr. Burke was appointed the interim chair of the Department of Health Service Management and Leadership. In 2005 he was appointed the permanent chair and served in that capacity until June 30, 2014 when the department was merged with the Department of Health Policy into a new department, The Department of Heath Policy and Management. Dr. Burke continues to serve the new department. In 2009, he was appointed the Gordon A. Friesen Professor of Healthcare Administration. With more than 3,500 alumni, this department celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. It is one of most distinguished and oldest departments to train senior health care administrators.
As a person of service, Dr. Burke works beyond the wall of his academic department. He has led several studies for the research efforts for the District of Columbia Department of Health Finance that measured the impact of health programs for the District’s Elderly. With funding from the US Department of Labor and the American Health Care Association he has directed domestic and international long term care nursing workforce development projects.
In 2003 Dr. Burke was appointed by the United States Secretary of Veteran Affairs as a special consultant to a study the management of asset and program relocation. In 2008 Dr. Burke was appointed by the United States Secretary of Veteran Affairs to a five year term on the Veterans Administration Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation. In 2010 Dr. Burke as Principal Investigator was awarded a three-year grant from The Office of the National Coordinator of United State Department of Health and Human
With the completion of these studies, Dr. Burke was asked to serve on other projects.
Starting in 2013 Dr. Burke spearheaded GW’s effort to work with the District of Columbia Government and the World Health Organization so that The District of Columbia as an Age Friendly may be able to join the forty cities around the world that already have that designation. Also in 2013 Dr. Burke coached a team of graduate students for the LeadingAge funded Hackfest where students work together to provide viable solutions for seniors. In 2014 he coached the winning Hackfest Team. In 2015 he received the Education Award from the American College of Healthcare Administrators for his work in training future nursing home administrators.
Dr. Burke has managed several international projects. He serves on the GW Medical Center International Medicine Team. The team has worked to develop health care management and administrative support services to Jazan and Dammam in the Kingdom and Saudi Arabia, and to the countries of Rwanda, China, The Netherlands, Kuwait and the federal government of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
He holds earned bachelor and master’s degrees from Boston College and an earned doctorate in Philosophy (Medical Sociology) from University of Florida.