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

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Program Director, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
Medical Director, Chest Clinic

Bio

Dr. Burkart is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University and the Program Director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship. She is also the Director of the Chest Clinic. Dr. Burkart graduated AOA from Albany Medical College, completed her residency and chief residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and completed her fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. She has a Master of Science in Epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Burkart attends in the MICU, on the pulmonary consultative service, the ICU 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 Ethics Committee. Dr. Burkart is dedicated to providing high-quality care for the diverse, under-served patient population cared for in the Chest Clinic.

Dr. Burkart’s research focuses on the genetics of COPD and emphysema. She is involved in two genome-wide association studies of lung function among European-American and African-American participants in a large consortium of NHLBI cohorts. Additional areas of interest include the epidemiology of COPD/emphysema, and pulmonary vascular disease associated with COPD/emphysema. Dr. Burkart works with Graham Barr on the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) investigating associations between candidate genes related to vascular endothelial pathways and COPD/emphysema as well as genetic and epidemiologic investigations of lung function and CT percent emphysema in MESA.

Education and Training

Undergraduate:
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
Internship:
Internal Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences, 1996-1997
Residency:
Internal Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences, 1996-1999
Chief Residency:
Internal Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 1999-2000
Fellowship(s):
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

2014-Present
American Thoracic Training Committee, Member
2014-2015
Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors, President-Elect
2013-Present
Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors, Co-Director of Mentor-mentee program
2012-Present
American College of Chest Physicians, Training and Transitions Committee member

Clinical

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Specialties

  • 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, 2009
  • Pulmonary Disease Diplomate, 2003
  • Critical Care Medicine Diplomate, 2004

Research

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. JB Wilk, NG Shrine, LR Loehr, JHZhao, A Manichaikul, LM Lopez, AV Smith, SR Heckbert, J Smolonska, W Tang, DW Loth, I Curjuric, J Hui, MH Cho, JC Latourelle, AP Henry, M Aldrich, P Bakke, TH. Beaty, AR. Bentley, IB Borecki, GG Brusselle, KM Burkart, T Chen, D Couper, JD Crapo, G Davies, J Dupuis, N Franceschini, A Gulsvik, DB Hancock, TB. Harris, A Hofman, M Imboden, AL James, K Khaw, L Lahousse, LJ Launer, A Litonjua, Y Liu, KK Lohman, DA Lomas, T Lumley, KD Marciante, WL McArdle, B Meibohm, AC Morrison, AW Musk, RiH Myers, KE North, DS Postma, BM Psaty, SS Rich, F Rivadeneira, T Rochat, JI Rotter, M Soler Artigas, JM. Starr, AG Uitterlinden, NJ Wareham, C Wijmenga, P Zanen, MA Province, EK. Silverman, IJ Deary LJ Palmer, PA Cassano, V Gudnason, RG Barr, RJ Loos, DP Strachan, SJ London, H Boezen, N Probst-Hensch, SA Gharib, I.P Hall, GT O’Connor, MD Tobin, BH Stricker. Genome wide association studies identify CHRNA5/3 and HTR4 in the development of airflow obstruction. American Journal Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 186 (7):622-632, 2012. PMID:22837378
  6. Hancock DB*, Soler Artigas M*, Gharib SA*, Henry A*, Manichaikul A*, Ramasamy A*, Loth DW*, Imboden M, Koch B, McArdle WL, Smith AV, Smolonska J, Sood A, Tang W, Wilk JB, Zhai G, Zhao JH, Aschard H, Burkart KM, Curjuric I, Eijgelsheim M, Elliott P, Gu X, Harris TB, Janson C, Homuth G, Hysi PG, Liu JZ, Loehr LR, Lohman K, Loos RJF, Manning AK, Marciante KD, Obeidat M, Postma DS, Aldrich MC, Brusselle GG, Chen T-H, Eiriksdottir G, Franceschini N, Heinrich J, Rotter JI, Wijmenga C, Williams OD, Bentley AR, Hofman A, Laurie CC, Lumley T, Morrison AC, Joubert BR, Rivadeneira F, Couper DJ, Kritchevsky SB, Liu Y, Wjst M, Wain LV, Vonk JM, Uitterlinden AG, Rochat T, Rich SS, Psaty BM, O’Connor GT, North KE, Mirel DB, Meibohm B, Launer LJ, Khaw K-T, Hartikainen A-L, Hammond CJ, Gläser S, Marchini J, Kraft P, Wareham NJ, Völzke H, Stricker BHC, Spector TD, Probst-Hensch NM, Jarvis D, Jarvelin M-R, Heckbert SR, Gudnason V, Boezen HM, Barr RG, Cassano PA†, Strachan DP†, Fornage M†, Hall IP†, Dupuis J†, Tobin MD†, and London SJ† (2012). Genome-wide joint meta-analysis of SNP and SNP-by-smoking interaction identifies novel loci for pulmonary function. PLoS Genetics, 8(12): e1003098 2012. *These authors contributed equally to this work. †These authors jointly directed the work. PMID:23284291
  7. 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
  8. 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

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