Tom Burkhead, MD, is a fellowship trained infectious disease specialist with The Christ Hospital Physicians – Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Burkhead’s early interest in science initially drew him to the field of engineering. He envisioned a career in which he could give back to others, and as he began applying his engineering knowledge to developing medical products, he discovered how much he enjoyed patient interactions.
“Infectious diseases appealed to me as a constantly changing career field that will always be filled with new and interesting advances,” Dr. Burkhead says. “I also enjoy how selecting the right therapy can significantly improve a person’s health and quality of life.”
Dr. Burkhead earned a Bachelor of Science and Master’s in Bioengineering from the University of Louisville, where he also completed medical school. He completed his internal medicine residency at The Christ Hospital and a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of South Florida.
During his fellowship, Dr. Burkhead was presented with an award for excellence for exceptional clinical care to those living with HIV and for his contributions to HIV clinical research. He is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Burkhead enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, kayaking, and running. He also enjoys exploring world cuisines and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.