Burke Named 2013 FPOY

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June 10, 2013 – Rock Port Physician Named MAFP Family Physician of the Year

The Missouri Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) presented Richard Aron Burke, MD, of Rock Port, Missouri, with the 2013 Family Physician of the Year Award at the Academy’s 65th Annual Scientific Assembly held June 7-8 in Lake Ozark, Missouri.  Dr. Burke was chosen as the award recipient by a committee of family physicians from nominations made by patients, community members and fellow physicians.

Dr. Burke grew up as the son of a local farmer who also worked for the locally owned utility company for over 30 years and a high school teacher and coach in Rock Port, Missouri. He attended Rock Port R-II High School and in 1998 graduated second in his class at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine. After completing his residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Fayetteville, Arkansas, he returned to his home community and joined his mentor, Dr. Wallace Carpenter, in practice. Shortly after his return, Dr. Carpenter retired and Dr. Burke continued his practice in Tarkio and Rock Port and was appointed to the Medical Staff at Community Hospital – Fairfax in 2001 – both positions in which he continues serving today. He currently serves as the Medical Director of the local nursing home, ambulance district, and county health agency. Not only does Dr. Burke mentor local high school students into the medical field, he is also a preceptor for medical students, physician assistants, and nurses.

Dr. Burke resides in Rock Port with his wife, Joanna, and their three children, Journi, Alex, and Aidan. He has been a member of MAFP since 2001.

Founded in 1947, the MAFP is a non-profit professional medical society of more than 1,900 physicians, residents and medical students across the state.  Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is 228 million office visits each year — nearly 84 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Headquartered in Jefferson City, the MAFP is dedicated to optimizing the health of patients, families, and communities of Missouri through patient care, advocacy, education, and research.  The MAFP is a constituent chapter of the AAFP, one of the largest national medical organizations, representing 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide.  It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care. The AAFP is headquartered in Leawood, Kansas.

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“Richard Aron Burke, MD Named 2013 Missouri Family Physician of the Year”
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