The 2019 Porter Prize will awarded to physician, virologist, and researcher, Donald S. Burke, MD, in recognition of his contributions to health promotion and disease prevention. The awards luncheon will occur at noon on Friday, September 13 at the University Club, Ballroom A, following the half-day Festschrift Symposium honoring his career.
From 2006 through June 2019, Burke has served as dean of the Graduate School of Public Health and associate vice chancellor for global health at the University of Pittsburgh, making him the longest serving dean in school history.
After receiving his MD from Harvard Medical School, Burke trained in medicine at Boston City and Massachusetts General Hospitals and in infectious diseases at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He served 23 years on active duty in the U.S. Army where he conducted research on prevention of diseases of military importance.
Throughout his professional life, Burke has studied prevention and control of infectious diseases of global concern, approaching epidemic control using strategies “from the bench to the bush.” He now leads a trans-disciplinary team that develops computational models and simulations of epidemic infectious and chronic diseases and uses these simulations to evaluate prevention and control strategies.