Donald S. Burke is dean of the Graduate School of Public Health, director of the Center for Vaccine Research, and associate vice chancellor for global health at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also first occupant of the UPMC-Jonas Salk Chair in Global Health and a distinguished university professor of health science and policy.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Burke received his BA from Western Reserve University and his MD from Harvard Medical School. He trained in medicine at Boston City and Massachusetts General Hospitals and in infectious diseases at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Throughout his professional life, Burke has studied prevention and control of infectious diseases of global concern, including HIV/AIDS, influenza, dengue, and emerging infectious diseases. He has lived six years in Thailand, worked extensively in Cameroon, and conducted field epidemiology and vaccine studies in numerous other developing countries. He has approached epidemic control using strategies “from the bench to the bush.” He now leads a trans-disciplinary team that develops computational models and simulations of epidemic infectious diseases and uses these simulations to evaluate prevention and control strategies. Burke has been at the University of Pittsburgh since 2006.