Meet LDI Senior Fellow Kathleen Burke, PhD, RN, CENP, FAAN

Meet LDI Senior Fellow Kathleen Burke, PhD, RN, CENP, FAAN

Assistant Dean for Clinical Nursing Learning and Innovation, Nursing School

Each year, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) hosts a special "Fall Kickoff" to introduce its newly-appointed Senior Fellows. Held on the Moelis Terrace of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, this year's event welcomed nineteen Penn health services researchers including Kathleen Burke:

Kathleen Burke, PhD, RN, CENP, FAAN
Assistant Dean for Clinical Nursing Learning and Innovation, Nursing School

FROM CLINICAL TECHNOLOGY TO PICKLEBALL
As the University of Pennsylvania Health System Corporate Director for Nursing Professional Development and Innovation, Burke continues her career-long interest in the spread of new practices and technologies. When she was a student at Penn's Nursing School, her dissertation analyzed how the then-new Swan-Ganz catheter became widely used. "I was fascinated to find out there was no evidence that supported the diffusion of this technology and that's still a problem we have today in health care," she said. "Nurses impacted the decision-making regarding that catheter... they had a lot of power that they didn't realize when it came to technology." On the fun side of her presentation, Burke noted she is a fan of pickleball, a racquet sport combining elements of badminton, tennis and ping-pong.   | See bio page | See the 18 other new senior fellows  |