After a 10-year career as an actor, Chris Burke went back to school for his nursing degree and joined the Johns Hopkins PICU in October 2013. As a nurse practitioner, he handles the day-to-day management of critically ill children and young adults. He sees patients with all types of conditions but is especially interested in those with neurologic disorders, such as epilepsy, and in postoperative neurosurgical management. He is also involved in the PICU UP project that aims to increase the activity of children in the PICU. The part of his job that he finds most rewarding is earning the trust of patients and their families and teaching families about their child’s diagnosis. In the future, he hopes to do research, publish, and obtain an academic position in which he could teach. When not at work, Mr. Burke enjoys rock climbing around the country, traveling, camping, and hiking.
Mr. Burke obtained his bachelor’s in fine arts from the University of Windsor in 1998 and completed his BSN at Ryerson University in Toronto in 2007. He earned an MSN in pediatrics from the University of Toronto in 2012 and a second MSN in pediatric critical care from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013.