David T. Burke, MD, MA, is professor and chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University’s School of Medicine. He came to Emory University from Harvard Medical School, where he was a founding member of the Harvard Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. There he served as the director of education and Inaugural Program Director for the Department. That Program is now ranked #2 in the US News and World Report Rankings.
Dr. Burke was the director of the 54 bed brain injury Unit at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston and is now the director of the Brain Injury Clinic at Emory. He has been recognized by Atlanta Magazine at one of Atlanta’s Top Doctors for the past five consecutive years.
Dr. Burke has more than 100 publications, and is nationally and internationally recognized for his educational contributions to the field as well as his research into understanding the mechanisms and treatment of patients with injuries to the brain.
Dr. Burke is editor-in-chief and founder of Rehab in Review, officially recognized and distributed by our leading national and international academic societies. It is now the most widely read publication in our field.
Dr. Burke has a third-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. At the time of his arrival at Emory, he was the reigning American Tae Kwon Do Association Massachusetts State Champion. Some of the research that he will reference today is from his study of the Martial Arts in the motion analysis lab.