SOM alumnus, Richard Burke, chosen MAFP Family Physician of the Year

Richard Burke, M.D., ’98, received the 2013 Family Physician of the Year award from the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians.
Richard Burke, M.D., ’98, received the 2013 Family Physician of the Year award from the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians.

Richard Burke, M.D., ’98, a community and family physician in Rock Port, Mo., received the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians’ 2013 Family Physician of the Year Award during the organization’s 65th annual scientific assembly June 7-8 at Lake Ozark, Mo.

The award winner is selected by a committee of family physicians from nominations made by patients, community members and fellow physicians.

After graduating from the UMKC School of Medicine, Burke completed his residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Fayetteville, then returned to his childhood home of Rock Port and joined his mentor, Wallace Carpenter, M.D., in practice. Shortly after Burke’s return, Carpenter retired and Burke continued the practice in Tarkio and Rock Port. Burke was also appointed to the medical staff at Community Hospital in Fairfax, Mo., in 2001 and he continues serving in both his private practice and at the community hospital.

Burke currently serves as the medical director of the local nursing home, ambulance district, and county health agency and mentors local high school students entering the medical field. He is also a preceptor for medical students, physician assistants, and nurses.

Burke resides in Rock Port with his wife, Joanna, and their three children, Journi, Alex, and Aidan. He has been a member of the MAFP since 2001.

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