The 2016 David Hume Lecture will be given by James F. Burdick, MD.
Dr. Burdick obtained an MD in 1968 at Harvard Medical School, did Surgical Residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and became interested in vascular surgery. In addition, a clinical research position for 2½ years in NCI/Surgery in the Public Health Service resulted in his interest in immunology. These things led to a Fellowship in Transplantation at the Massachusetts General, followed by an appointment at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, where he had a career doing vascular surgery and abdominal organ transplants for 25 years.
His academic work has included laboratory and clinical research in controlling the allograft immune response. He is Professor of Surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, was on the Board of the Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition (Network 5) and the Council of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, and is a Past President of the South Eastern Organ Procurement Foundation and Past President of UNOS, the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network contractor. In July 2003 he accepted the position of Director of the Division of Transplantation in the Healthcare Systems Bureau in Health Resources Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He served in this position for five years. He served as Editor of the Curriculum for the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and is a Occasional Contributor to Transplant News. He is on the Board of the Baltimore City Medical Society of the Maryland MedChi.
He has written blogs and op-eds on health care reform. He is writing a book about ideas for further health care reform after the Affordable Care Act.