Rita V. Burke, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Research Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC


Graduate School

PhD - University of California, Los Angeles Major: Epidemiology; Minor: Biostatistics

MPH - University of California, Los Angeles Major: Epidemiology

BS - University of California, Los Angeles Major: Molecular, cell and developmental biology



Society for Epidemiological Research, Member, 2008–present

American College of Epidemiology, Associate, 2008–present

America Public Health Association, 2010-present

Pediatric Trauma Society, 2011–present

Medical Awards

California Wellness Foundation Fellowship, 2003

UCLA Scholarship, Training and Education Program for Tobacco Use Prevention, 2003

UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Prevention and Control Fellowship, 2004

Molecular Epidemiology of Cancer Training Fellowship, 2005–2008

American Association of Cancer Research Scholar-in-Training Award, 2007

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles/The Saban Research Institute Best Poster Award, 2009



Limiting chest computed tomography in the evaluation of pediatric thoracic trauma. Golden J, Isani M, Bowling J, Zagory J, Goodhue CJ, Burke RV, Upperman JS, Gayer CP. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2016 May 18. [Epub ahead of print]

Checklist use in evaluating pediatric disaster training. Burke RV, Lehman-Huskamp K, Whitney RE, Arora G, Park DB, Mar P, Cicero MX. American Journal of Disaster Medicine. 2015 Fall;10(4):285-94. doi: 10.5055/ajdm.2015.0210.

Assessing American Red Cross First Aid mobile app user trends: Implications for resilience. Musigdilok VV, Demeter NE, Burke RV, Shook E, Ajayakumar J, Berg BM, Hawkins MD, Ferree J, MacAloney BW 2nd, Chung S, Pellegrino JL, Tolli D, Hansen G, Upperman JS. American Journal of Disaster Medicine. 2015 Fall;10(4):273-83. doi: 10.5055/ajdm.2015.0209.

On Shaky Ground: Learner Response and Confidence After Tabletop Earthquake Simulation. Whitney RE, Burke RV, Lehman-Huskamp K, Arora G, Park DB, Cicero MX. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2016 Mar 18. [Epub ahead of print]

The pediatric surgeon's readiness to respond: commitment to advance preparation and effective coordinated response. Berg BM, Salzman GA, Burke RV, Santore MT, Dingeldein MW, Upperman JS. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2016 Feb 24. pii: S0022-3468(16)00127-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2016.02.040. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.

Observed child restraint misuse in a large, urban community: Results from three years of inspection events. Bachman SL, Salzman GA, Burke RV, Arbogast H, Ruiz P, Upperman JS. Journal of Safety Research. 2016 Feb;56:17-22. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2015.11.005. Epub 2015 Dec 2.

Management of pediatric blunt renal trauma: A systematic review. LeeVan E, Zmora O, Cazzulino F, Burke RV, Zagory J, Upperman JS. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2016 Mar;80(3):519-28. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000000950.


Research Summary

Community, Health Outcomes and Intervention Research Program