A. Wesley Burks, M.D.

Wesley Burks, MDDr. A. Wesley Burks is Executive Dean for the UNC School of Medicine. In this role he assists the UNC Dean and Health Care CEO Dr. William L. Roper in providing overall academic leadership for the School of Medicine and the UNC Health Care System, working in close partnership with the leadership of the School of Medicine and the Health Care System. He is also the Curnen Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Burks joined the UNC system in November 2011. Formerly, he was chair of the Department of Pediatrics and the Physician in Chief of the North Carolina Children's Hospital.

Dr. Burks' research interests are in the allergic diseases, particularly adverse reactions to foods. Dr. Burks' heads a research team whose work centers on the molecular identification of the allergens in specific foods, a better understanding of the mechanism of adverse food reactions, and the development of treatment for food allergy in animal models and in clinical studies. Dr. Burks and his colleagues have several ongoing clinical studies with different types of mucosal immunotherapy. His laboratory funding comes from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health and private foundations. Dr. Burks has been published in many distinguished journals and has authored or coauthored numerous articles, chapters and abstracts. He is a past Chair and member of the NIH Hypersensitivity, Autoimmune, and Immune-mediated Diseases study section and is Past President of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Dr. Burks graduated from the University of Central Arkansas and then the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He completed a pediatric residency at the Arkansas Children's Hospital. Dr. Burks subsequently completed a fellowship in allergy and immunology at Duke University Medical Center. He was previously on the faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children's Hospital and Duke University Medical Center.