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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.
Mary Carol Burkhardt, MD, MHA



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.

Services and Specialties

Primary Care, General and Community Pediatrics

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145. Prevalence and Types of Social Risk in Adolescents Seeking Primary Care and Association With Healthcare Utilization. Schuh, AM; Burkhardt, MC; Chandler, EL; Mansour, ME; Meisman, A; Kowalczyk Mullins, TL; Porter, L; Widdice, LE. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2024; 74:s77-s78.

High Caregiver Adverse Childhood Experiences Are Associated With Pediatric Influenza and COVID-19 Vaccination Uptake. Day, ME; Sucharew, H; Burkhardt, MC; Reyner, A; Giles, D; Beck, AF; Schlaudecker, EP; Klein, M. Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. 2023; 12:595-601.

Behavior Problems in Low-Income Young Children Screened in Pediatric Primary Care. Ammerman, RT; Mara, CA; Anyigbo, C; Herbst, RB; Reyner, A; Rybak, TM; McClure, JM; Burkhardt, MC; Stark, LJ; Kahn, RS. JAMA Pediatrics. 2023; 177:1306-1313.

Seventy-Two-Hour Reutilization After Telemedicine Visits in Academic Pediatric Primary Care. Reilly, K; Walters, J; Xu, Y; Burkhardt, MC. Clinical Pediatrics. 2023; 62:1537-1542.

Subdural Fluid and Near-Miss Hypertension in a Previously Healthy Infant. Reel, SM; Burkhardt, MC; Reed, JL. Clinical Pediatrics. 2023; 62:1436-1439.

An Assessment of a Socioeconomic Risk Screening Tool for Telemedicine Encounters in Pediatric Primary Care: A Pilot Study. Ireson, E; Burkhardt, MC; DeBlasio, D; Xu, Y; Walters, J; Johnson, T; Klein, M. Clinical Pediatrics. 2023; 62:349-355.

Evaluation of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire for Preschoolers in Urban Primary Care. Bignall, WJ R; Mara, CA; Stark, LJ; Taylor, S; Herbst, RB; McClure, JM; Burkhardt, MC; Ammerman, RT. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 2023; 32:1-14.

Adapting a preschool disruptive behavior group for the underserved in pediatric primary care practice. Bignall, WJ R; Herbst, RB; McClure, JM; Pero, MB; Loren, RE A; Burkhardt, MC. Families, Systems, and Health. 2023; 41:101-111.

A Pilot Randomized Trial of an Obesity Prevention Program for High-Risk Infants in Primary Care. Rybak, TM; Modi, AC; Mara, CA; Herbst, RB; Lauer, BA; Burkhardt, MC; Stark, LJ. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2023; 48:123-133.

Effect of Outreach Messages on Adolescent Well-Child Visits and Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccine Rates: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Burkhardt, MC; Berset, AE; Xu, Y; Mescher, A; Brinkman, WB. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2023; 253:158-164.e1.

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