Director's Welcome

Auxford Burks, M.D.It is my pleasure to welcome you to The Lewis M. Fraad Department of Pediatrics of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. I am confident that after exploring this website you will discover why I consider our program to be so special. All members of the staff work together to create a unique, caring environment, which fosters the acquisition of the expertise needed to be a successful Pediatrician. As you will see, the faculty have a wide range of skills and interests and they are committed to preparing you for a career in general pediatrics, research, sub-specialty care, or child advocacy.

I came to Jacobi Medical Center in 1993 and have been the Residency Program Director since 2002. My journey began with medical school in New Orleans (Tulane), residency in Los Angeles (Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles), and four years working on a community health center in Arizona. As I considered moving to New York, I was excited at the prospect of serving the underserved of the Bronx, yet having the full academic support of The Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the cultural opportunities of New York City. It has proven to be a wonderful decision!

My passion is nurturing and encouraging our housestaff, whether it be in patient care, or resident education. My philosophy is that residents will excel when they are provided a supportive environment in which they are given the flexibility and resources to develop their skillsets. I have learned that each resident has different goals and needs. Therefore, I will meet with you frequently and help you shape your unique, individualized residency experience. You will find the housestaff here among the happiest of any program. The atmosphere resembles one of a family.

In my role as advocate for housestaff, I have been active in the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD). I have served as the Regional Chair for New York and New Jersey and am now the Chair of the Council of Regional Chairs. At Jacobi Medical Center, I am Chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee - as well as the Designated Institutional Official (DIO) - overseeing all residency training in the hospital. These positions have provided me with the resources to improve resident education, both locally and nationally. Our program’s curriculum for resident wellness and for teaching medical students serve as national and regional models.

Virtually all of your training will occur on the campuses of the Jacobi Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. These facilities are extensive, and include Jacobi Hospital and the Jacobi Ambulatory Care Pavilion. In addition, as a result of our remarkably diverse patient population, you will have the opportunity to care for children from many different backgrounds and learn how to deliver culturally sensitive care.

The program’s most important asset is the housestaff. Together, they share the work, as well as the satisfaction and joy that are part of being a Pediatric resident. I am most proud of how they cooperate as a team, caring about each other.

The Department of Pediatrics is dedicated to excellence in patient care, education, and research. At the same time, the Department is committed to providing a collegial and supportive environment in which residents thrive. If I can be of any assistance, today or in the future, please contact me. I look forward to meeting you.

J. Auxford Burks, M.D.
Director, Pediatric Residency Training Program
The Lewis M. Fraad Department of Pediatrics
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Jacobi Medical Center