is vice speaker of the American Academy
of Family Physicians Congress of
Sussex County in Newton, Vernon, and
received the 2015 Paragon Award for
Water Safety from the International
Swimming Hall of Fame. The award is
given annually to the one individual
worldwide who has contributed the most
to advance aquatics and water safety.
radiology and CT/US/MRI at the
personal news for
Robert Wood Johnson Medicine,
Coordinator, Alumni Affairs,
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
335 George Street
Brown University. Describing the home
care program, Dr. Anderson says,
"Advancements in medical technology
have made it possible for more families
of children with disabilities to provide
care at home." Home care has many
are resilient, but Bob realizes that, for
the parents, the weight of home care is
tremendous--both medically and emo-
cult job easier for them," she says. "So
Bob's an old-time guy: he gives the par-
ents his phone number and makes lots
of house calls."
atrics, family medicine, and medical edu-
cation, Warren Alpert Medical School of
Brown University. "The work he does is
very demanding and challenging. Not
too many people choose to do it, but he
does it happily and is extra-committed
to his patients." Dr. Burke works in the
ambulatory division and could turn his
hospitalized patients over to hospitalists,
adds Dr. Rockney, "but he knows his
patients best and the families know him
best, and they trust him. When their
children are hospitalized, they ask for
him. They're confident in him, so he
sees them there."
"Bob knows his patients and teaches
by example," says Dr. Rockney.
"Some young learners are intimidated
by caring for special-needs patients,"
he adds. "And they're right: it's a lot
easier to examine a 4-month-old baby
than a 16-year-old in a wheelchair."
Burke has provided to them and his
dedication to the care of their children
with special needs.
the fifth month of her pregnancy, when
prenatal testing revealed that her baby
had spina bifida. "Dr. Burke made my
life easy," says Mrs. Perez. "He said,
`You are not alone. We are here to help
you.'" He explained the condition and
Spina Bifida Clinic, where her son,
Kenny, will be a patient until young
adulthood. "It helps so much when you
see that your child isn't the only one."
Dr. Burke, at the Spina Bifida Clinic or
in routine and special-needs visits. Dr.
Burke returns Kenny's bright smile. "I
love Dr. Burke," says Kenny. "He gave
me a big tricycle. It's going to make me
stronger." Adaptive hand tricycles like
Kenny's are designed to build strength
and coordination, while providing
mobility and recreation for children
with limited lower-body strength.
Most of all, it improves his abilities
and lets him do something that other
kids do, even if in a different way.
then there are many who feel he has
paid back for that miracle. Dr. Burke
points out that he made a promise on
the day he was accepted to Rutgers
Medical School; he has been able to
keep that promise over his 35-year
pediatric career, and he looks forward
to continuing to keep it for the fore-