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Department of Internal Medicine

Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Photo of  Robert Burkes, MD, MSCR

Robert Burkes, MD, MSCR

Clinical Interest

Critical Care Medicine
Pulmonary Disease

Research Interests

COPD, asthma, other chronic airways diseases and overlap syndromes


Critical Care Medicine
Internal Medicine

  • MD: The University of Toledo School of Medicine
  • MSCR: Univerity of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health
Board Certifications & Licenses
  • American Board of Internal Medicine 08/25/2016
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Pulmonary Disease) 11/21/2019
Contact Information

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

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; 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; 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

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; 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, ,

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,

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