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Portrait of Dr. Thomas Burklow
Thomas R. Burklow, MD

Senior Research Physician
Staff Clinician

Acting Director, Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education
Director, Medical Research Scholars Program
Coordinator for undergraduate medical student electives


Clinical Research Training and Medical Education


AB, Washington University, St. Louis
MD, Washington University, St. Louis


Email: burklowtr@nih.gov
Phone:301-435-8015

Portrait of Dr. Thomas Burklow
Thomas R. Burklow, MD

Senior Research Physician
Staff Clinician

Acting Director, Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education
Director, Medical Research Scholars Program
Coordinator for undergraduate medical student electives


Clinical Research Training and Medical Education


AB, Washington University, St. Louis
MD, Washington University, St. Louis


Email: burklowtr@nih.gov
Phone:301-435-8015


Dr. Thomas Burklow is the acting director, Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education. He also serves as the director for the Medical Research Scholars Program and coordinator for undergraduate medical student electives at the Clinical Center. Dr. Burklow also chairs the Clinical Center’s simulation training project team.


Dr. Burklow received his AB from Washington University in St. Louis, and then graduated from Washington University School of Medicine where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

He completed his residency in pediatrics at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and his cardiology fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington DC.

He served for 30 years in Army medicine, including as Chief of Pediatrics from 2003 to 2011 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he was actively engaged in undergraduate and graduate medical education program development and management. Dr. Burklow’s military career culminated as the Director for Healthcare Operations and the director for population health programs. He deployed to Saudia Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq in the course of his military career.

Dr. Burklow joined the NIH in 2017 where he now serves in directing the Medical Research Scholars Program, the country’s premier in-resident medical student research program, overseeing a program of 50 medical students competitively selected to spend a year at the NIH to engage in basic, translational, and clinical research. He is board-certified in pediatric cardiology, supporting consults in children as part of the NHLBI Cardiology Consult Service.

He is active as the curriculum director for medical student education programs at the Clinical Center.

May JW, Carter EL, Hitt JR, Burklow TR. Clinical impact of a novel ambulatory rhythm monitor in children. Cardiol Young. 2018 Oct;28(10):1134-1140.

Mao C, Burklow TR, “Cardiology” IN Pediatric War Surgery Manual, ed. Creamer KM and Fuenfer MF. Borden Institute. Washington DC. 2011

Ho VB, Bakalov BK, Cooley M, Van PL, Hood MN, Burklow TR, and Bondy CA. Major Vascular Anomalies in Turner Syndrome: Prevalence and MR Angiographic Features. Circulation. 110: 1694-1700. 2004

Drici MD, Burklow TR (co-first authorship), Haridasse V, Glazer RI, Woosley RL. Sex Steroid Hormones Prolong the QT Interval and Down-regulate Potassium Channel Expression in the Rabbit Heart. Circulation 94:1471-1474, 1996

Burklow TR, Moak JP, Bailey JJ, and Makhlouf FT. Neurally-Mediated Cardiac Syncope: Autonomic Modulation Following Normal Saline Infusion. J Amer College Cardiol. 33:2059-2065, 1999


  • Washington University School of Medicine Alumni Achievement Award
  • General Claire L. Chennault Award for Leadership Excellence
  • Army Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency Designator
  • Order of Military Medical Merit Honorary Society
  • Legion of Merit Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster

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