Few are those who stepped into my life to change it for the better. Dr Burke was one. As a young pediatrician, I was looking for role models who embodied the true craftsmanship of medicine. Dr Burke was a soft-spoken giant who embraced me with his genuine passion for teaching and mentorship. He led by example. He was often referred to by residents as the “infant whisperer” for his remarkable ability to make any infant at ease in his arms. As the attending physician on the ward, his presence had a calming effect on patients, residents, and staff alike. No matter what the day brought, he was always leading with a smile and willing to lend a helping hand.
We lost a remarkable soul, but his legacy will live on through his family, friends, patients, and mentees.
Fatima Ismail, MBBS
United Arab Emirates