Robert Burkes

Robert Matthew Burkes

Instructor - Clinical

Medical Sciences Building

COM IM Pulmonary Division - 0564

231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati, Ohio 45267

Professional Summary

Dr. Robert Matthew Burkes is an instructor in pulmonary and critical care at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Burkes’ clinical interests involve COPD, advanced asthma, asthma-COPD overlap, and alpha-1 antitrypsin disease.


University of NC Chapel Hill, NC, 2020 (Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Fellow)

Masters of Science, University of NC, Gillings School of Global Public Health Chapel Hill, NC, 2020 (Clinical Research)

University of NC Chapel Hill, NC, 2019 (Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Clinical Fellowship)

University of Louisville Louisville, KY, 2016 (Internal Medicine)

The University of Toledo College of Medicine & Health Sciences Toledo, OH, 2013 (Internal Medicine Residency)

B.S., Allegheny College Meadville, PA, 2009 (Undergraduate, graduated magna cum laude, B.S. in Chemistry/Minor in History)

Positions and Work Experience

07-01-2019 -06-30-2020 Clinical Instructor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Research and Practice Interests

Clinical Focus

Critical Care Medicine

Pulmonary Disease


Critical Care Medicine

Internal Medicine


American Board of Internal Medicine


American Board of Internal Medicine (Pulmonary Disease)



Peer Reviewed Publications

Burkes, Robert M; Ceppe, Agathe S; Doerschuk, Claire M; Couper, David; Hoffman, Eric A; Comellas, Alejandro P; Barr, R Graham; Krishnan, Jerry A; Cooper, Christopher; Labaki, Wassim W; Ortega, Victor E; Wells, J Michael; Criner, Gerard J; Woodruff, Prescott G; Bowler, Russell P; Pirozzi, Cheryl S; Hansel, Nadia N; Wise, Robert A; Brown, Todd T; Drummond, M Bradley (2020. ) Associations Among 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Levels, Lung Function, and Exacerbation Outcomes in COPD: An Analysis of the SPIROMICS Cohort.Chest, , 157 (4 ) ,856-865

Wells, J Michael; Xing, Dongqi; Viera, Liliana; Burkes, Robert M; Wu, Yixin; Bhatt, Surya P; Dransfield, Mark T; Couper, David J; O'Neal, Wanda; Hoffman, Eric A; Gaggar, Amit; Barjaktarevic, Igor; Curtis, Jeffrey L; Labaki, Wassim W; Han, Mei Lan K; Freeman, Christine M; Putcha, Nirupama; Schlange, Thomas; Blalock, J Edwin (2019. ) The matrikine acetyl-proline-glycine-proline and clinical features of COPD: findings from SPIROMICS.Respiratory research, , 20 (1 ) ,254

Burkes, Robert M; Drummond, Michael B (2019. ) Initiating drug therapy in early stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: does it impact the course and outcome?.Current opinion in pulmonary medicine, , 25 (2 ) ,132-137

Burkes, Robert M; Astemborski, Jacquie; Lambert, Allison A; Brown, Todd T; Wise, Robert A; Kirk, Gregory D; Drummond, M Bradley (2019. ) Plasma cathelicidin and longitudinal lung function in current and former smokers.PloS one, , 14 (2 ) ,e0212628

Burkes, Robert M; Mkorombindo, Takudzwa; Chaddha, Udit; Bhatt, Alok; El-Kersh, Karim; Cavallazzi, Rodrigo; Kubiak, Nancy (2018. ) Impact of Quality Improvement on Care of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients in an Internal Medicine Resident Clinic.Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland), , 6 (3 ) ,

Burkes, Robert M; Donohue, James F (2018. ) An Update on the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease 2017 Guidelines With a Focus on Classification and Management of Stable COPD.Respiratory care, , 63 (6 ) ,749-758

Burkes, Robert M; Gassett, Amanda J; Ceppe, Agathe S; Anderson, Wayne; O'Neal, Wanda K; Woodruff, Prescott G; Krishnan, Jerry A; Barr, R Graham; Han, MeiLan K; Martinez, Fernando J; Comellas, Alejandro P; Lambert, Allison A; Kaufman, Joel D; Dransfield, Mark T; Wells, J Michael; Kanner, Richard E; Paine, Robert; Bleecker, Eugene R; Paulin, Laura M; Hansel, Nadia N; Drummond, M Bradley (2018. ) Rural Residence and COPD Exacerbations: Analysis of the SPIROMICS Cohort.Annals of the American Thoracic Society, ,

Pfister, Gregory J; Burkes, Robert M; Guinn, Brian; Steele, Jacquelene; Kelley, Robert R; Wiemken, Timothy L; Saad, Mohamed; Ramirez, Julio; Cavallazzi, Rodrigo (2016. ) Opioid overdose leading to intensive care unit admission: Epidemiology and outcomes.Journal of critical care, , 35 ,29-32

McGrady, Angele; Burkes, Robert; Badenhop, Dalynn; McGinnis, Ron (2014. ) Effects of a brief intervention on retention of patients in a cardiac rehabilitation program.Applied psychophysiology and biofeedback, , 39 (3-4 ) ,163-70

Mathioudakis, Alexander G; Sivapalan, Pradeesh; Papi, Alberto; Vestbo, Jørgen (2020. ) The DisEntangling Chronic Obstructive pulmonary Disease Exacerbations clinical trials NETwork (DECODE-NET): rationale and vision.The European respiratory journal, , 56 (1 ) ,

Burkes, Robert M; Ceppe, Agathe S; Couper, David J; Comellas, Alejandro P; Wells, J Michael; Peters, Stephen P; Criner, Gerard J; Kanner, Richard E; Paine, Robert; Christenson, Stephanie A; Cooper, Christopher B; Barjaktarevic, Igor Z; Krishnan, Jerry A; Labaki, Wassim W; Han, MeiLan K; Curtis, Jeffrey L; Hansel, Nadia N; Wise, Robert A; Drummond, M Bradley (2020. ) Plasma Cathelicidin is Independently Associated with Reduced Lung Function in COPD: Analysis of the Subpopulations and Intermediate Outcome Measures in COPD Study Cohort.Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (Miami, Fla.), , 7 (4 ) ,370-381

Post Graduate Training and Education

08-01-2009-06-30-2013 Doctor of Medicine, The University of Toledo School of Medicine, , Toledo, OH

07-01-2013-06-30-2016 Internal Medicine Residency, University of Louisville, , Louisville, Ky

07-01-2016-06-30-2019 Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, , Chapel Hill, NC

08-01-2018-05-30-2020 Masters of Clinical Research, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, , Chapel Hill, NC

Contact Information

Academic - 231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45267
Phone: 513-558-4831
Fax: 513-558-4858