Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences
Burton W. Wilcke, Jr., Ph.D., graduated from Temple University with a doctorate in Microbiology and Immunology. He then had a career in Public Health spanning twenty-five years at the state and local level in California, Michigan and Vermont. When he arrived at the University of Vermont in September of 2002 he was named Chair of the Department of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences. His publications and presentations cover a range of topics from public health laboratory practice and public health policy to global health.
As Chair of the Department of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences, he oversees several important academic programs that are part of the broader group of health disciplines sometimes referred to as "allied health professions." In his current position he is creating bridges between the healthcare and public health communities. He has served on committees and boards of national health and public health organizations such as the Clinical Laboratory Management Association and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) where he served as President in 1996-1997. Through APHL, he has provided consultation to the World Bank, USAID and CDC on public health projects in Nigeria, Eritrea and Zimbabwe. He also has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization on global public health laboratory infrastructure. He has served on the Editorial Board of the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal and is currently on the Publications Board for the American Public Health Association (APHA). He chairs the Committee on Clinical Laboratory Standards and Practice for APHA. He is the Past Chair of the Public Health Division of the American Society for Microbiology. Recently he was a participant on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee that evaluated the Presidentís Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).