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Denver Champions of Hope
Medical Honoree

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John M. Burke, MD

Blood Cancer Specialist

Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers

Dr. Burke earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. in History and Science in 1992. 


Dr. Burke went on to earn his medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1997 where he graduated with high honors. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco and a fellowship in Medical Oncology and Hematology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.


Dr. Burke joined Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers in 2003. He specializes in blood cancers, with an emphasis on lymphoid disorders, including lymphomas, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and multiple myeloma. Dr. Burke is considered a national and international expert in blood cancers, lecturing primarily on lymphoid malignancies. He is very active in clinical research, helping to develop new therapies for lymphoid malignancies, and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Blood, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology.


He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Targeted Therapies in Oncology and as an Associate Editor for JCO Oncology Practice. He is active in hematology and oncology professional societies, having recently served a term on the Ethics Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and currently serving a term on the Committee on Practice of the American Society of Hematology (ASH).


He is long retired from playing competitive tennis but enjoys cycling, skiing, playing the piano and guitar, and spending time with his wife Josie and their two children Sadie and Chase. 

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