Frederick Burkle, MD, MPH

Frederick Burkle, MD, MPH

Visiting Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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Professor Burkle spent his career in complex humanitarian emergencies related to war and conflict. Currently he conducts research on the common thread of public health emergencies seen in future global health crises and the implications and challenges for practice, policy, public health and the directions for education. He is Senior Fellow & Scientist at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard University and Senior International Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. He received his MD from the University of Vermont, is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, attained a public health degree from UC Berkeley, Residency in Pediatrics from Yale, Adolescent Medicine Fellowship from Harvard, Psychiatry Residency from Dartmouth, and diplomas in health emergencies in large populations from the University of Geneva and tropical medicine from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He was former Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Global Health at USAID and Interim Minister of Health in Iraq during the emergency and recovery phase of the 2003 Iraq war. He has worked for the Red Cross, WHO, and major NGOs serving on the Board of Directors of the International Rescue Committee and the Scientific Advisory Committee for the American National Red cross. He is a retired Navy Reserve Captain having served with the Marines in 5 major conflicts and in humanitarian crises and as a civil-military liaison. A retired Navy Reserve Captain he served with the Marines in Vietnam in 1968 receiving the Bronze Star with Valor, Combat Action Ribbon and Cross of Gallantry, the Persian Gulf War receiving a Bronze Star as Senior Medical Officer of the largest trauma center since WW II, the Kurdish Crisis, the war in Yugoslavia, and the War in Somali. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Science in 2007.

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