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Mary Carol Burkhardt, MD, MHA

  • Associate Division Director, Primary Care, Division of General and Community Pediatrics
  • Medical Director, Hopple Street Health Center
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
My philosophy for patient care is to meet every family where they are on any given day and take them one step further in a positive direction.



As a primary care pediatrician, I perform child and adolescent wellness exams, and treat chronic childhood diseases as well as common childhood illnesses.

My interest in medicine began after I traveled to developing nations as an undergraduate student and realized that good healthcare is a human right. I chose pediatrics after my rotation at Cincinnati Children’s as a medical student, knowing that I could make the biggest impact working with the youngest patients.

I like to develop strong relationships with my patients and families over many years of caring for them. My philosophy for patient care is to meet every family where they are on any given day and take them one step further in a positive direction. I also work as the Associate Division Director overseeing the Primary Care offices. I’m the Medical Director at the Hopple Street Neighborhood Health Center, where continually improving the quality of our care is a priority.

In 2017, I received the Raymond Baker Resident Teaching Award from the Cincinnati Pediatric Society. I also received the Clinical Care Award for Junior Faculty from Cincinnati Children’s in 2020.

I’ve been a part of research teams that focused on addressing food insecurity and integrating behavioral health in primary care.

I spent my childhood in southern California with early lifelong ambitions of being a lifeguard at the beach. Now, I've traded my previous passion for the beach for mountains and hiking. I enjoy the outdoors, running, yoga and spending time with my husband and three kids.

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Increasing Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccine Uptake in Pediatric Primary Care by Offering Vaccine to Household Members. Burkhardt, MC; Real, FJ; DeBlasio, D; Beck, AF; Reyner, A; Rosen, BL. Journal of Pediatrics. 2022; 247:150-154.e1.

A Successful Collaboration Between an Urban School District, a Health System, and a Public Health Department to Address COVID-19 While Returning Children to the Classroom. Auger, KA; Hall, M; Bunte, S; Mussman, G; Amin, M; Sprigg, S; Porter, L; Porter, R; Mansour, M; Burkhardt, MC; et al. Journal of Community Health. 2022; 47:504-509.

Integrated Behavioral Health Increases Well-Child Visits and Immunizations in the First Year. Ammerman, RT; Herbst, R; Mara, CA; Taylor, S; McClure, JM; Burkhardt, MC; Stark, LJ. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2022; 47:360-369.

A COVID-19 primer for primary care clinicians. Burkhardt, MC; Winter, K; Alter, SJ; Klatte, JM. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care. 2022; 52.

Innovative Pediatric Resident Training in Behavioral Health and Communication: Pilot Study Results. Herbst, RB; Burkhardt, MC; Filigno, SS; Kerr, A; Boat, TF. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2022; 10:20-31.

Association Between Unscheduled Pediatric Primary Care Visits and Risk of Developmental Delay. Martin, KJ; Copeland, KA; Xu, Y; DeBlasio, D; Burkhardt, MC; Morehous, JF; Beck, AF. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2022; 22:244-252.

Integration and Impact of Telemedicine in Underserved Pediatric Primary Care. Walters, J; Johnson, T; DeBlasio, D; Klein, M; Sikora, K; Reilly, K; Hutzel-Dunham, E; White, C; Xu, Y; Burkhardt, MC. Clinical Pediatrics. 2021; 60:452-458.

Sociodemographic characteristics and patient and family experience survey response biases. Brinkman, LN; Saeed, MS; Beck, AF; Ponti-Zins, MC; Unaka, NI; Burkhardt, MC; Meinzen-Derr, J; Hanke, SP. Patient Experience Journal. 2021; 8:18-25.

Four innovations: A robust integrated behavioral health program in pediatric primary care. Herbst, RB; McClure, JM; Ammerman, RT; Stark, LJ; Kahn, RS; Mansour, ME; Burkhardt, MC. Families, Systems and Health. 2020; 38:450-463.

A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of a Novel Food Pantry in a Pediatric Primary Care Center. Hickey, E; Phan, M; Beck, AF; Burkhardt, MC; Klein, MD. Clinical Pediatrics. 2020; 59:278-284.

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