Kristin M. Burkart, M.D., M.Sc.

Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center
Program Director, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
Medical Director, Chest Clinic


Kristin M Burkart, MD, MSc is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and the Program Director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship. Dr. Burkart earned her medical degree at Albany Medical College, where she was named to Alpha Omega Alpha; she completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where she was honored to be selected as chief medical resident for an additional year. Dr. Burkart completed her fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine during which time she also earned her Master of Science in Epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Burkart attends in the MICU, on the pulmonary consultative service, the critical care consultative service and the chronic ventilator management service. She is committed to providing quality palliative care at end-of-life and is an active member of the NewYork Presbyterian Hospital Ethics Committee. Dr. Burkart is dedicated to providing high-quality care for the diverse, under-served patient population cared for in the Chest Clinic for which she is the medical director.

Dr. Burkart’s research focuses on the genetics of chronic airflow instruction, lung function, COPD and emphysema. She is currently working on genome-wide association studies of lung function among European-Americans, African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans in large multicenter consortia. Additional areas of interest include epidemiology of COPD/emphysema, phenotyping of these common diseases and associated pulmonary vascular diseases.

Dr. Burkart is the President of the Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors, an organization whose mission is to provide leadership and support for pulmonary and critical care training program directors around the country. As a committee member on both the American Thoracic Society Training Committee and the American College of CHEST Physicians Training and Transitions Committee, Dr. Burkart is actively involved in trainee education at the national level. These committees provide strategic guidance for ATS and CHEST on issues related to clinical and research training in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. As a nominating committee member for the ATS Section on Medical Education, Dr. Burkart closely with national leaders in medical education. Dr. Burkart is dedicated to providing an educational and research environment for her fellows that fosters their development into compassionate and exceptional clinical physicians, clinician-educators, and physician-investigators.

Education and Training

Bachelor of Science in Biology, Villanova University, 1988-1992
Graduate School:
Master in Science in Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health, 2003-2006
Medical School:
Albany Medical College, 1992-1996
Internal Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences, 1996-1997
Internal Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences, 1996-1999
Chief Residency:
Internal Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 1999-2000
Clinical Fellow, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Boston University School of Medicine, 2001-2004
Research Fellow, Pulmonary Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, 2004-2005

Selected Honors and Awards

  • 1990 Phi Sigma, Biology Honor Society
  • 1991 Alpha Epsilon Delta, Pre-Med Honor Society
  • 1992 Cum Laude, Villanova University
  • 1994 Hematology Summer Clinical & Research Award
  • 1995 Alpha Omega Alpha
  • 1996 Fredrick H. Hesser Prize for clinical excellence in Neurology, Albany Medical College
  • 1996 Richard A. Barnett Award for clinical excellence in Internal Medicine, Albany Medical College
  • 2008 AAMC Professional Development Seminar for Early Career Women Faculty Travel Award from College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University
  • 2011 Fellow American College of Chest Physicians

Other Experience and Professional Membership

President, Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors
Nominating Committee for the ATS Section on Medical Education
President-elect, Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Program Directors
Training Committee Member, American Thoracic Society
Co-Director of the Mentor-Mentee Program, Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors
Training and Transitions Committee Member, American College of CHEST Physicians



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  • Pulmonary Disease Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Medical Ethics

Clinical Expertise

  • Respiratory failure / acute respiratory Distress syndrome
  • ECMO-refractory hypoxemic respiratory failure
  • ECMO-PH crisis/Right ventricular failure
  • Sepsis
  • Critical illness
  • General pulmonary medicine
  • Medical ethics & palliative care
  • COPD/emphysema

Clinical Centers

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine Diplomate, 1999, 2009
  • Pulmonary Disease Diplomate, 2003, 2013
  • Critical Care Medicine Diplomate, 2004, 2014


Research Interests

  • Genetics of COPD & emphysema
  • Pulmonary vascular disease associated with COPD & emphysema
  • ECMO for hypercapneic respiratory failure
  • Outcomes in patients on ECMO for hypoxemic respiratory failure

Selected Publications

  1. Burkart KM, Manichaikul A, Wilk JB, Ahmed FS, Burke GL, Enright, Hansel NH, Haynes D, Heckbert SR, Hoffman EA, Kaufman JD, Kurai J, Loehr L, London SJ, Meng Y, O’Connor GT, Oelsner E, Petrini P, Pottinger TD, Powell CA, Redline S, Rotter JI, Smith LJ, Soler Artigas M, Tobin MD, Tsai MY, Watson K, White W, Young TR, Rich SS, R Barr RG. APOM and High-Density Lipoprotein are associated with Lung Function and Percent Emphysema. Eur Respir J 2014; 43: 1003-1017. PMID: 23900982
  2. KM Burkart, S Barton, J Holloway, I Yang, J Cakebread, W Cruikshank, F Little, MD, Xi Jin, L Farrer, J Clough, Tm Keith, S Holgate, D Center, G O’Connor. Association of asthma with a functional promoter polymorphism in the Interleukin-16 gene. Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology. 117(1):86-91, 2006. PMID:16387589
  3. S Nowbar, KM Burkart, R Gonzales, A Fedorowicz, W Gozansky, J Gaudio, M Taylor, C Zwillich. Obesity-associated hypoventilation in hospitalized patients: prevalence, effects, and outcome. Am J Med. 116 (1):1-7; 2004. PMID:14706658
  4. Oelsner EC, Pottinger TD, Burkart KM, Allison M, Buxbaum SG, Raghavan S, Rabinowitz D, Enright P, Hansel N, Kumar R, Larkin E, Lange L, Loehr L, London SJ, O'Connor GT, Papanicolaou G, Petrini M, Redline S, Thyagarajan B, Tracy R, Wilk J, White W, Rich SS, Barr RG. Adhesion molecules, endothelin-1 and lung function in seven population-based cohorts. The Candidate-gene Association Resource (CARe). Biomarkers. 2013 May; 18(3):196-203. PMID: 23557128
  5. Abrams D, Brenner K, Burkart KM, Agerstrand C, Thomashow B, Bacchetta M, Brodie D. Pilot study of extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal to facilitate extubation and ambulation in COPD exacerbations. Ann Am Thorac Soc 2013;10(4):307-314. PMID: 23952848
  6. Abrams D, Prager K, Blinderman C, Burkart KM, Brodie D. Ethical dilemmas encountered with the use of ECMO in adults. Chest 2014; 145(4):876-882 PMID: 24687709
  7. Bosslet GT, Burkart KM, Miles MC, Lenz PH, Huebert CA, McCallister JW. Preparing for Fellowship in Internal Medicine: Steps for Success with a Focus on Pulmonary and/or Critical Care Programs. Annals of ATS; EPub ahead of print March 2013. PMID:25742296

View Dr. Burkart's full list of publications from PubMed