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Associate Division Director, Primary Care, Division of General and Community Pediatrics

Medical Director, Hopple Street Health Center

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

"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."

About Me


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.

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Primary Care, General and Community Pediatrics

My Locations

My Publications

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. 2021.

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.

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. 2021.

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.

Nurse-Led Telephone Follow-Up to Improve Parent Promotion of Healthy Behaviors in Young Children With Motivational Interviewing Techniques. Schlottmann, H; Broome, M; Herbst, R; Burkhardt, MC; Mescher, A. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 2019; 33:545-554.

Effective Implementation of Culturally Appropriate Tools in Addressing Overweight and Obesity in an Urban Underserved Early Childhood Population in Pediatric Primary Care. Herbst, RB; Khalsa, AS; Schlottmann, H; Kerrey, MK; Glass, K; Burkhardt, MC. Clinical Pediatrics. 2019; 58:511-520.

Increasing HPV Vaccination Coverage Through Provider-Based Interventions. Krantz, L; Ollberding, NJ; Beck, AF; Burkhardt, MC. Clinical Pediatrics. 2018; 57:319-326.