Redmond Burke

Redmond Burke

Infobox Celebrity
name = Redmond Burke

image_size = 150px
birth_date = Birth date and age|1958|11|4|mf=y
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education = Stanford University and
Harvard Medical School
occupation = Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Dr. Redmond P. Burke (born November 4, 1958) is a congenital heart surgeon, software developer, author, and founder of The Congenital Heart Institute at Miami Children’s Hospital, and Arnold Palmer Hospital, in Miami and Orlando Florida. He starred in the ABC pilot television show The Miracle Workers, a Dreamworks SKG and Renegade 83 production.


Redmond Burke was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to a US Navy flight navigator, Redmond Joseph Burke, and his wife Claire Lorraine Burke, both from San Francisco, California. He is married to Kim Burke, and they have three daughters.

Burke and his three younger sisters grew up in Cupertino, California. He was educated in public schools - John F. Kennedy Junior High School, and Monta Vista High School, where he co-captained the varsity wrestling and Championship football teams, and won the Outstanding Wrestler award at the [ Central Coast Section Championships] in 1976. Influential coaches included Patrick Lovell, and Duane “Buck” Shore.

Accepted at Yale University, Brown University and Dartmouth College, he attended Stanford University, majoring in Human Biology. He walked on and made the Varsity Football Team as a freshman under NFL Hall of Fame Coach Jack Christiansen. He co-captained the Varsity Rugby Team, touring New Zealand and Canada, where he played wing forward. He graduated with Honors and Distinction, with election to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Distinguished classmates included Pete Higgins, an executive at Microsoft, and Timothy C. Draper, founder of the venture firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Notable professors included Nobel Laureates Linus C. Pauling (Chemistry, 1954 and Peace, 1962) and Arthur L. Schawlow (Physics, 1981).

Burke attended medical school at Harvard University from 1980 to 1984. Influential instructors included Hardy Hendren, Paul Buttenweiser and Judah Folkman.

Burke was selected for General Surgical Residency Training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, under then Surgeon in Chief, John A. Mannick MD, Mosely Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. The Brigham training philosophy was “see one, do one, teach one.” Notable instructors included Nobel Prize Winner Joseph Murray, who performed the world’s first kidney transplant.In 1989, after completing his General Surgery training at the Brigham, and in preparation for his cardiac training, Burke spent a year as a research fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the Spectroscopy Laboratory, under Michael S. Feld, PhD. He investigated the use of laser induced tissue fluorescence spectroscopy to diagnose rejection in transplanted cardiac tissue.

Burke was selected for Cardiac Surgery Training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The program had a history of aggressive innovation, beginning with the pioneering work of Dwight Harken, who performed the first successful open heart surgeries, removing shell fragments from the hearts of WWII soldiers. Professors Lawrence H. Cohn and Jack J. Collins built the Cardiac Surgery Residency Training Program at The Brigham and Women's Hospital, and created a remarkable academic training regimen, producing a legion of Chiefs of Cardiac Surgery across the United States. Professor David Sugarbaker built the first Thoracic Surgery Program at the Brigham, and developed the lung transplantation program there during Burke's training period.

Burke spent six months as the Chief Resident in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery under Professor Aldo Castaneda, and attending surgeons, Richard Jonas, John Mayer, and Frank Hanley. When Dr Hanley accepted the position of Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the University of California in San Francisco, the group offered Burke his position, and he joined the Children's Hospital Boston attending staff in 1992, becoming an Instructor in Surgery at the Harvard Medical School.


Castaneda encouraged Burke to develop a research interest. He explored the possibility of using endoscopic surgical techniques for congenital heart surgery, designing instruments and techniques in the laboratory. He began clinical applications in 1993, subsequently performing a series of surgical firsts, including the world’s first endoscopic vascular ring division, diaphragm plication, and thoracic duct ligation.Burke and Craig Lillehei, an attending pediatric surgeon, also performed the first three pediatric Heart-Lung Transplantations in New England, with the help of colleagues from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital including Malcolm Decamp, and Sari Aranki. In early 1995, Dr Castaneda retired, and Burke was invited to interview for a position as Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Miami Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida.

The Congenital Heart Institute

In 2002, the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, Florida lost their congenital heart program. Burke initiated meetings with administrator Janet Livingstone, CEO John Hillenmeyer, and Medical Director Mark Swanson, proposing that the Miami Children’s Cardiac Team help rebuild the Arnold Palmer Heart Program. The Congenital Heart Institute at Miami Children’s Hospital and Arnold Palmer Hospital was created, with Redmond Burke and Evan Zahn acting as Co-Directors.


Burke was cast as the host of the ABC network television reality program [ The Miracle Workers] , which first aired March 6, 2006. The program followed patients through complex medical treatments, showing the technical and emotional aspects of modern medical care.Burke has appeared on CNN (1996), [ [ Trachea transplant gives teen her voice again] ] Good Morning America (1997, 2006), The Today Show (1997), CNN Entertainment (1996), Extra (2006) and Entertainment Tonight (1996) to describe novel medical achievements.


Blue Angels Flight
Best Doctors in America

Congenital Heart Surgery Videos

* [ Aortic Stenosis - Ross Konno Procedure with Aortic Arch Reconstruction]

* [ Fontan Procedure with Hybrid Pulmonary Artery Stent - Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)]

* [ Vascular Ring Division]

* [ Patent Ductus Arteriusus (PDA) Division performed on Premature Baby]

* [ Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) Repair]

Congenital Heart Surgery Lectures

* [ Heart Surgery, Pressure and Tiger Woods]

* [ Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) Repair]

* [ Hybrid Procedures for Pulmonary Artery Stenosis]

* [ Hybrid Aortic Arch Stenting]

* [ Electronic Medical Record]

* [ Complete Atrio-Ventricular Canal Repair]

* [ Medical Information Management]

* [ Performance Improvement in a Congenital Heart Surgical Program: Measuring and Improving Outcomes after Congenital Heart Surgery]

* [ Congenital Heart Surgery without the Routine Placement of Temporary Pacing Wires]

* [ What’s with this Venous Blood Gas Stuff?]

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* [ Miami Children's Hospital]


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