Joint Medical Chair

Past Joint Medical Chairs

Colonel (Dr.) Edwin K. Burkett (July 2016 – June 2017)

Burkett picColonel (Dr.) Edwin K. Burkett is the Joint Medical Chair at the National Defense University and the Director, Global Health Division and Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics (PMB), Uniformed Services University (USU). He is a board certified Family Physician, USAF Flight Surgeon, and Air Force International Health Specialist. At NDU he ensures the education of joint leaders on the importance of health as an imperative piece of national strategy and security. At USU he oversees the integration of global health competencies across graduate public health and medical school curriculum, and builds synergy across academic programs and schools. Previously, Col Burkett served as Chief of Global Health at Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM). He has authored policy, doctrine, educational material and articles on the military application of global health to worldwide operations. At USU since 2012, he is the course director for Medical Anthropology and faculty advisor for global health interest group.

Colonel Burkett earned BA degrees in Spanish and Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, his M.D. from USU, degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and a MBA in Strategic Leadership. During his extended tour in Panama he was responsible for military clinical services delivery during the Canal transition in 1999. Dr. Burkett has led at clinical through strategic levels and engaged in health missions in multiple countries. Dr. Burkett is currently on clinical staff at Joint Base Andrews, the Sentara Medical Group, and the Chesapeake Care free clinic and serves on the advisory board for the Center for Global Health at Old Dominion University. Edwin and Lisa were married in 1990 and have three sons Dominic, Harrison, and Alexander.