Burton W. Wilcke, Jr., Ph.D., SM (ASCP)

Associate Professor, Department of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences

Burton Wilcke Office: 302G Rowell
Phone: (802) 656-0525
Email: Burton.Wilcke@uvm.edu

Dr. Burton Wilcke is a professor in the Department of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences. He served as department chair from September 2002 - June 2013. In his current academic role he is creating linkages between the healthcare and public health communities. Prior to coming to the University of Vermont in the fall of 2002 Dr. Wilcke had a career in public health spanning twenty-five years at the state and local level in California, Michigan and Vermont. Immediately prior to joining the faculty at UVM, he was the Director of Health Surveillance for the Vermont Department of Health. He has served on committees and boards of state and national public health organizations including the Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the Vermont Public Health Association (Past-President), the Association of Public Health Laboratories (Past-President), the American Public Health Association (Chair, Publications Board) and the American Society for Microbiology (Past-Chair, Public Health Division). Dr. Wilcke has served on the Editorial Board of the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal and was co-editor for the Public Health Reports Supplement on Public Health Laboratory Systems. He is on the Editorial Board of the 20th edition of the Control of Communicable Diseases Manual published by the American Public Health Association. He was a participant on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee that evaluated the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Currently he chairs the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee for the United States Department of Health and Human Services. He is also on the Accreditation Committee for the Public Health Accreditation Board. For the 2014-15 academic year, he is serving as the Interim Chairperson for the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science.


Ph.D., Temple University, School of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, 1976
M.S., Wagner College, Bacteriology and Public Health, 1971
B.A., Hartwick College, Biology, 1969

Courses Taught

Clinical Microbiology
Health & Human Behavior
One Health
Principles of Immunology
Principles of Microbiology

Research Interests
Selected Publications

Ridderhof, JC, BW Wilcke. Laboratory systems: At the crossroads. Public Health Reports 128 Supplement 2:1-6, 2013.     

Wilcke, BW, SY Del Rio Daher, KJ Breckenridge. Supporting public health laboratory systems research. Public Health Reports 128 Supplement 2:10-13, 2013.

Blumen, SR, S Naud, MV Palumbo, B McIntosh, BW Wilcke. Measuring the application of quality system essentials in the Vermont clinical laboratory system. Lab Medicine 42: 151-157, 2011.

Wilcke, BW, SL Inhorn, JR Astles, B Su, A Wright, VA White. Laboratory services in support of public health: A status report. Public Health Reports 125 Supplement 2:40-46, 2010.

Blumen, SR, S Naud, MV Palumbo, B McIntosh, BW Wilcke. Knowledge and perceptions of quality systems among Vermont laboratorians. Public Health Reports 125 Supplement 2:73-82, 2010.

Inhorn, SL, JR Astles, BW Wilcke, VA White. The state public health laboratory system. Public Health Reports 125 Supplement 2:4-17, 2010.

Wilcke, BW. Finding the knowledge in information. Clinical Laboratory Science 21: 265-266, 2008.

Professional Affiliations

American Association of Bioanalysts
American Public Health Association
American Society for Microbiology
American Society of Clinical Pathology
Association of Public Health Laboratories
Northeast Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Vermont Public Health Association