Matthew Burke, MD, FAAFP
New Physician Member
Matthew Burke, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Washington, D.C., serves as the new physician member of the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors. The AAFP represents 129,000 physicians and medical students nationwide. Burke was elected to a one-year term by the new physician constituency during the AAFP National Conference of Constituency Leaders and was confirmed by the AAFP’s governing body, the Congress of Delegates.
A new physician is a doctor in his or her first seven years of practice following residency completion. As the new physician member of the AAFP Board of Directors, Burke represents the interests and opinions of the new physician constituency to the AAFP Board of Directors and the Congress of Delegates. He also advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.
Burke currently is a family physician with Promptcare, an urgent care center in Washington, D.C., where he diagnoses and treats patients who need prompt medical attention for illnesses or injuries that are not life threatening. Prior to working with urgent care patients, Burke was a staff physician at the Georgetown University student health center. He also taught and supervised residents, and taught undergraduate classes about issues such as health policy and social determinants of health.
In addition to providing clinical care, Burke has been an active member of the AAFP since 2012. He has worked with congressional education activities during the annual AAFP Family Medicine Congressional Conference. He served as the new physician alternate delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates in 2015 and has been a new physician representative to the AAFP National Conference of Constituency Leaders since 2014. In addition, Burke served as a member of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors and chair of their Governmental Advocacy Committee.
As a recent Fellow at the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care Visiting Scholar Program in 2009, Burke conducted policy research, taught at the Georgetown University Medical School and cared for patients at Unity Health Care. As a researcher, Burke’s commitment to identifying policies that improve access, quality, and affordability of health services guided much of his work. He has published research on electronic health records, graduate medical education’s impact on production of primary care physicians and general surgeons, and patient-centered medical homes in federally supported health centers.
Burke earned his Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and biology at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He completed his medical degree at Albany Medical College in New York, and his residency in family medicine at Brown University School of Medicine Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Upon completing his residency and fellowship year at the Robert Graham Center, Burke served as a senior clinical advisor on clinical quality and strategic development in the Community Health Center program at the Bureau of Primary Healthcare in the Health Resources Services Administration. He also was a member of the faculty at Franklin Square Medical Center Department of Family Medicine in Baltimore.
Burke is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.