The Department would like to recognize Professor of Radiology Dr. Charles Burke for his December 2019 appointment as Executive Vice Chair. Dr. Burke joins Interim Chair Dr. Keith Smith in serving as the Department’s top administrators. The Chair’s office leadership transition follows Dr. Matt Mauro’s 12+-year service (2007-2019) as Department Chair. In September 2019, Dr. Mauro shifted to an operations-focused role as UNC Faculty Physicians’ newly named President.

Dr. Burke’s Department appointment dates back to residency (1997-2001), during which he served as Chief Resident (1999-2000). He completed a Vascular-Interventional Radiology fellowship in the Department in 2002. Post-fellowship, he joined Department faculty as an Assistant Professor (2002-2005). Following a year in private practice in his home state of Arkansas (2005-2006), he returned to UNC in 2006. He was promoted to Professor of Radiology in 2016.

Burke’s leadership record within the Department of Radiology has grown significantly over his years on faculty. His departmental positions have included: 1) Vice Chair of Interventional Services (2015-2019); 2) VIR Fellowship Director (2007-2016); 3) VIR Division Chief (2008-Present); and 4) VIR Educational Liaison (2012-2015). Graduating residents chose Burke as the 2004 Charles A. Bream Teaching Award recipient for excellence in teaching.

At UNC Health Care System (UNC HCS) and UNC’s School of Medicine (SOM), Burke’s leadership roles have included: 1) UNC HCS Heart and Vascular Service Line Physician-in-Chief (2017-present); 2) Chair and Co-Chair of multiple UNC Heart and Vascular Care Committees; 3) SOM Credentialing Committee (2015-present); and 4) SOM applicant interviewer (2006-2011).

In the field, Dr. Burke was named “America’s Top Radiologist” by Consumers Research Council of America multiple years. He has served in multiple North Carolina Radiological Society (NC-ACR) top leadership positions, including President (2015-2016). For the American Board of Radiology (ABR), Burke has served as an Oral Board interviewer (2008 – present), and received the ABR’s Volunteer Service Award twice (2012, 2014). An active Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) member, he has coordinated many workshops and presented his IR research extensively at the SIR’s annual meeting. In 2013, he was named a Society of Interventional Radiology Fellow (FSIR).

As VIR Division Chief, Dr. Burke has led the division during a time of tremendous growth, with an expansion in faculty from 4 in 2008, to 8 currently (and a 9th faculty member set to join in summer 2020).  During this time, there has been an expansion of clinical services to multiple off-site locations, development of a robust research program, and the implementation of a new IR residency.

Regarding Dr. Burke’s appointment, Dr. Smith noted:

“Charles brings a wealth of experience and institutional knowledge to this Executive Vice Chair position. I have enjoyed getting to work with him more in the departmental administration over the past few years, and I am really looking forward to working together. I have already come to appreciate and rely on his efficient and calm leadership.”