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 since July 2011. 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 is a Past President and current Secretary-Treasurer 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 the Vice-Chair of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) Training Committee, Dr. Burkart is actively involved in trainee education and medical education at the national level. This committee provides strategic guidance for ATS on issues related to clinical and research training in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. Dr. Burkart serves on the Executive Committee for the ATS Section on Medical Education and works closely with national leaders in medical education. She 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.

Dr. Burkart attends in the MICU, on the pulmonary consultative service, the critical care consultative service and the chronic ventilator management service. 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 scholarly interests focus on medical education and has additional research focuses on the genetics of chronic airflow instruction, lung function, COPD and emphysema. Areas of clinical interest include refractory hypoxemic respiratory failure / ARDS, sepsis, COPD/emphysema and pulmonary hypertension.

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


American Thoracic Society Fellow


Distinguished CHEST Educator Designation


Distinguished CHEST Educator Designation


Ewig Clinical Scholar Award from Columbia University, Department of Medicine


AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar Travel Award


2013 Patient Centered Care Award; Awarded to staff and Medical Directors of ambulatory clinics at NYPH


Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians


AAMC Professional Development Seminar for Early Career Women Travel Award


Alpha Omega Alpha


Richard A Barnett Award for clinical excellence in Internal Medicine, Albany Medical College


Hematology Summer Clinical & Research Fellowship Award


Cum Laude, Villanova University

Other Experience and Professional Membership

2016 – Present
Vice Chair, Training Committee, American Thoracic Society
2017 – 2021
Secretary – Treasurer, Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Program Directors
2017 – 2019
Chair, Education Committee, Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Program Directors
2016 – 2018
Chair, Planning Committee for the ATS Section on Medical Education
2015 – 2016
Nominating Committee for the ATS Section on Medical Education
2015 – 2016
President, Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Program Directors
2013 – 2015
Co-Director of the Mentor-Mentee Program, Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Program Directors
2012 – 2016
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

  • Medical Education
  • Genetics of COPD, Emphysema and Lung Function
  • ECMO

Selected Publications

  1. Ashton RW, Burkart KM, Lenz PH, Kumar S, McCallister JW. Strategies for Success in Fellowship. CHEST 2018;153(1):233-237. PMID: 29307416
  2. Burkart KM, Sofer T, London SJ, Manichaikul A, Hartwig FP, Yan Q, Soler Artigas M, Avila L, Chen W, Thomas SD, Diaz AA, Hall IP, Horta BL, Kaplan RC, Laurie CC, Menezes AM, Morrison JV, Oelsner EC, Rastogi D, Rich SS, Soto-Quiros M, Stilp AM, Tobin MD, Wain LV, Celedón JC, Barr RG. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2018;198(2):208-219. PMID: 29394082
  3. Sharp M, Burkart KM. Trainee Wellness: Why It Matters, and How to Promote It. Ann Am Thorac Soc 2017; 14(4):505-512. PMID: 28165295
  4. Mullon JJ, Burkart, KM, SIlvestri G, Hogarth DK, Almeida F, Berkowitz D, Eapen GA, Feller-Kopman D, Fessler HE, Folch E, illespie C, Haas A, Islam SU, Lamb C, Levine SM, Majid A, Maldonado F, Musani AI, Piquette C, Ray C, Reddy CB, Rickman O, Simoff M, Wahidi MM, Lee H. Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Accreditation Standards: Executive Summary of the Multi-Society Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Accreditation Committee. Chest 2017; 151(5):1114-1121. PMID: 28132754
  5. 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. . Ann Am Thorac Soc 2015;12(4):567-573.PMID:25742296
  6. Agerstrand CL, Burkart KM, Abrams DC, Bacchetta MD, Brodie D. Blood Conservation in Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Ann Thoracic Surg. 2015; 99(2):590-5. PMID: 25499483
  7. 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
    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
  8. 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
  9. 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

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