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Thomas F. Burke, M.D.

TitleAssistant Professor of Surgery
InstitutionMassachusetts General Hospital
AddressMassachusetts General Hospital
Global Health and Human Rights
5 Emerson Pl
Boston MA 02114

 current student opportunities
Available: 12/05/12, Expires: 12/31/14

Sagam Hospital is a rural 52-bed community hospital in a beautiful setting in Western Kenya. We have a secure home that comfortably sleeps 8, with 2 full-time in-country program coordinators and a full-time presence of at least one attending level MGH-appointed, attending level physician. Residents (PGY2 and above) rotate through on no less than 4 week blocks. MGH has formal MOUs with Sagam Community Hospital and Maseno University Medical School. A Maseno University Medical School 4-year residency in family and emergency medicine, that we are supporting, is slated to begin in September of 2013. We have a senior US nurse on-site developing quality improvement programs. HMS students may carry out a supervised clinical experience across a wide variety of diseases, illnesses and injuries. Participation in development and execution of hospital quality improvement projects, as well as community health outreach activities (e.g., health insurance subsidy study). Students could posit testable research questions based on these MGH activities at Sagam. Contact Dr. Thomas Burke,, and Dr. Roy Ahn,, Phone (617) 584-0064.

Available: 09/01/11, Expires: 09/30/14

Several programs/projects on global health and human rights. Examples: * Assisting creating best evidence training tool kits about human trafficking (and measuring impact) * Innovations in addressing malnutrition in Uganda (and measuring impact)

Available: 12/05/12, Expires: 12/31/14

This study is a multi-national implementation and evaluation of uterine balloon tamponade (UBT) to treat post-partum hemorrhage. Health care workers will be trained in UBT use and PPH management, and data related to UBT usage will then be collected from their health care facilities. Students will, under supervision of MGH Principal Investigator, be involved in field data collection and analysis related to the effectiveness of the UBT intervention, and may participate in conducting UBT trainings for clinic staff. Students will work with an MGH mentor to carve out a portion of the overall UBT project data for a scholarly student project.

 completed student projects
International Collaborations in Medical Education - Tanzania
International, 01/07/08 - 03/28/08
Building health care capacity in Southern Sudan: a medical education collaborative at the University of Juba College of Medicine
International, 09/04/10 - 11/14/10

 selected publications
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  1. Macias Konstantopoulos W, Ahn R, Alpert EJ, Cafferty E, McGahan A, Williams TP, Castor JP, Wolferstan N, Purcell G, Burke TF. An international comparative public health analysis of sex trafficking of women and girls in eight cities: achieving a more effective health sector response. J Urban Health. 2013 Dec; 90(6):1194-204.
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  2. Fehling M, Nelson BD, Ahn R, Eckardt M, Tiernan M, Purcell G, El-Bashir A, Burke TF. Development of a community-based maternal, newborn and child emergency training package in South Sudan. Public Health. 2013 Sep; 127(9):797-805.
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  3. Nelson BD, Stoklosa H, Ahn R, Eckardt MJ, Walton EK, Burke TF. Use of uterine balloon tamponade for control of postpartum hemorrhage by community-based health providers in South Sudan. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2013 Jul; 122(1):27-32.
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  4. Ahn R, Alpert EJ, Purcell G, Konstantopoulos WM, McGahan A, Cafferty E, Eckardt M, Conn KL, Cappetta K, Burke TF. Human trafficking: review of educational resources for health professionals. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Mar; 44(3):283-9.
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  5. Nelson BD, Ahn R, Fehling M, Eckardt MJ, Conn KL, El-Bashir A, Tiernan M, Purcell G, Burke TF. Evaluation of a novel training package among frontline maternal, newborn, and child health workers in South Sudan. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2012 Nov; 119(2):130-5.
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  6. Rouhani S, Meloney L, Ahn R, Nelson BD, Burke TF. Alternative rehydration methods: a systematic review and lessons for resource-limited care. Pediatrics. 2011 Mar; 127(3):e748-57.
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  7. Williams TP, Alpert EJ, Ahn R, Cafferty E, Konstantopoulos WM, Wolferstan N, Castor JP, McGahan AM, Burke TF. Sex trafficking and health care in Metro Manila: identifying social determinants to inform an effective health system response. Health Hum Rights. 2010; 12(2):135-47.
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  8. Patel RB, Ahn R, Burke TF. Human trafficking in the emergency department. West J Emerg Med. 2010 Dec; 11(5):402-4.
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  9. Patel RB, Burke TF. Urbanization--an emerging humanitarian disaster. N Engl J Med. 2009 Aug 20; 361(8):741-3.
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  10. Nelson BD, Herlihy JM, Burke TF. Proposal for fellowship training in pediatric global health. Pediatrics. 2008 Jun; 121(6):1261-2.
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  11. Levine AC, Marsh RH, Nelson SW, Tyer-Viola L, Burke TF. Measuring access to emergency obstetric care in rural Zambia. Int J Emerg Med. 2008 Jun; 1(2):113-9.
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  12. Surman OS, Saidi R, Burke TF. Regulating the sale of human organs: a discussion in context with the global market. Curr Opin Organ Transplant. 2008 Apr; 13(2):196-201.
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  13. Surman OS, Saidi R, Purtilo R, Simmerling M, Ko D, Burke TF. The market of human organs: a window into a poorly understood global business. Transplant Proc. 2008 Mar; 40(2):491-3.
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  14. Hashikawa C, Burke TF, Pallin DJ, Briggs-Malonson M. Analgesia administration for acute abdominal pain: a survey of emergency physicians. Ann Emerg Med. 2007 Jul; 50(1):91-2.
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  15. Vinson DR, Burke TF, Sung HM. Rapid reversal of life-threatening diltiazem-induced tetany with calcium chloride. Ann Emerg Med. 1999 Nov; 34(5):676-8.
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  16. Plotkin FR, Burke TF. Vertex epidural hematoma: a diagnostic challenge. Ann Emerg Med. 1994 Aug; 24(2):312-5.
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