John F. Burke

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John F. Burke (July 22, 1922 – 2011) was an American medical researcher at Harvard University widely known for his co-invention of synthetic skin in 1981, together with Dr. Ioannis V. Yannas. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] Burke was also widely noted for developing a system of infection control in hospitals and showing that antibiotics given before surgery lower risks of post-operative infections.[1] Burke was head of the Shriners Burns Institute and chief of trauma services at Massachusetts General Hospital,[2] a professor of surgery at Harvard University.[2]


Burke was born in Peoria, Illinois on July 22, 1922. He received his medical degree from Harvard University.[1]