Dr. Burdick obtained an MD in 1968 at Harvard Medical School, followed by a Surgical Residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. After Fellowships in the Public Health Service and in Transplantation at the Massachusetts General Hospital, he had a career doing vascular surgery and abdominal organ transplants for 25 years at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. His academic work has included laboratory and clinical research in controlling the allograft immune response. He was on the Board of the Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition (ESRD Network 5), the Council of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and is a Past President of the SouthEastern Organ Procurement Foundation and Past President of UNOS, the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network contractor. Starting in 2003, he served for five years as Director of the Division of Transplantation in the Healthcare Systems Bureau of the Health Resources Services Administration, an agency in the US Department of Health and Human Services. Presently he is on the Board of the Baltimore City Medical Society of the Maryland MedChi and is a Professor of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.