Burke, Rachel A.

  • Assistant Professor, Surgical Oncology, Surgery


  • Education

    Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY 07/2007 - 06/2009

    General Surgery Residency, Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA 06/1997 - 07/2003

    M.D., Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD 08/1993 - 05/1997

    B.A. in Biochemistry (cum laude), Harvard College, Cambridge, MA 09/1989 - 06/1993

    Academic Appointments

    Assistant Professor 2018 - present

    Department of Surgery

    Eastern Virginia Medical School

    Norfolk, VA

    Assistant Professor 2005 - 2018

    Department of Surgery

    Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

    Bethesda, MD

    Clinical Instructor of Surgery 2007 - 2009

    University at Buffalo, State University of New York

    Buffalo, NY

    Professional Experience and Other Employment

    General Surgeon / Surgical Oncologist 10/2015 - 08/2018

    Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

    Portsmouth, VA

    Director for Surgical Services 10/2013 - 10/2015

    General Surgeon / Surgical Oncologist

    Naval Hospital Okinawa

    Okinawa, Japan

    General Surgeon / Surgical Oncologist 07/2009 - 10/2013

    Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

    Portsmouth, VA

    General Surgeon and Senior Medical Officer 07/2010 - 01/2011

    Expeditionary Medical Facility, Camp Lemonnier

    Djibouti, Africa

    General Surgeon and Medical Director, Breast Care Center 09/2004 - 06/2007

    Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

    Portsmouth, VA

    Ship's Surgeon 08/2003 - 08/2004

    USS George Washington (CVN-73)

    Norfolk, VA

    Battalion Surgeon 08/1998 - 08/1999

    7th Communications Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force

    Okinawa, Japan

selected publications

research overview

  • My area of focus is clinical research involving adults with solid tumors. A particular area of interest is the evolving role of sentinel lymph node biopsy in both breast cancer and melanoma. I am also interested in disparities in cancer screening, treatment, and outcomes.

preferred title

  • Assistant Professor, Surgical Oncology

full name

  • Rachel A. Burke, MD


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