Physician Profile: Peter A. Burke, MD, FACS

Peter A. Burke, MD, FACS


Chief, Trauma Services

Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine


Peter A. Burke, MD, FACS is Chief of Trauma Services and Professor of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine. A graduate of Vassar College and Tufts University School of Medicine, he completed his internship and residency at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston. Dr. Burke’s major areas of interest are critical care and trauma and he has a broad surgical practice in all areas of general surgery. He is actively involved in medical student and resident teaching in the areas of trauma, shock, and sepsis. His professional interests include clinical research, liver trauma and nutritional support. Dr. Burke has authored and co-authored numerous chapters and scientific papers and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


Dr. Burke has research interests in gene regulation in injury and the molecular, metabolic, and immunologic responses in sepsis and injury. His research interests and involvement extend from basic science, laboratory based projects to those involving clinical questions and patient studies. In the laboratory, he is involved in looking at changes in transcriptional regulatory mechanisms brought on by injury. Utilizing clinically relative injury models, he has looked at changes in the basic transcriptional regulatory apparatus after injury. Burkes clinical based research involves the study of the effects of critical illness on patients’ immunologic responses. He is extensively involved in the delivery of nutritional support to hospitalized patients as well as those requiring it at home and is presently involved in several ongoing clinical research projects involved with these patients.


Why did you go into trauma surgery?


Trauma surgery provides the unique opportunity to take care of patients both surgically and medically during critical illness.

What makes Boston Medical Center special?

The opportunity to take care of a diverse patient population and work in trauma program steeped in tradition and with a history of providing the highest quality care.


Research/Clinical Interests

  • Clinical research
  • Liver trauma
  • Nutritional support

Board Certifications

  • Basic Clinical Research
  • General Surgery
  • Nutritional Support
  • Trauma Surgical Care

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