Adjunct Assistant Professor

Nurses play a key role in delivering excellent patient care.

Kathleen Burke ensures that nurses in the Penn Medicine Health System and nursing students at Penn Nursing have the necessary opportunities to develop professionally and build leadership skills. As corporate director of nursing professional development and innovation for the Penn Medicine Health System, Dr. Burke provides strategic leadership for more than 7,000 nurses. Professional development programs range from one of the first nursing residency programs nationwide to a Distinguished Nurse Clinician Academy.

“I highlight the key role of nurses in providing excellent patient care and provide leadership opportunities for nurses and nursing students.”


  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing , 2001  
  • MSN , Widener University, 1983
  • BSN , Pennsylvania State University , 1976