Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Charles “Chip” J. Burke III receives USA Hockey Award

Dr. Charles “Chip” J. Burke III (Pitt Ortho ’86) received the Walter Yaciuk Award at the USA Hockey 2016 Annual Congress from June 8-11 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The four-day event provides USA Hockey’s various councils, committees, and affiliates the opportunity to conduct the business of the national governing body and celebrate accomplishment.

The Walter Yaciuk Award is presented annually by USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the program during many years of service as a volunteer.

Dr. Burke completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh in 1986 and is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is a founding member of Burke and Bradley Orthopedics located at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital. He was the team physician for the Pittsburgh Penguins for 24 years and also served as team physician for the U.S. hockey team at the 2002 Winter Olympics.  Dr. Burke also played hockey while attending Harvard College.

Dr. Burke has been associated with USA Hockey for over 20 years and has served on the Safety and Protective Equipment Committee for 15 years.  He is past president of the NHL Team Physicians Society and served both on the Executive Committee of the NHLTPS and the Injury Analysis Panel of the NHL. 

Congratulations, Dr. Burke!


The following was posted on the USA Hockey website:

Walter Yaciuk Award -- Dr. Chip Burke

A longtime coaching education program instructor, Dr. Charles “Chip” J. Burke III is well known throughout the hockey community for his extensive contributions to the safety education of USA Hockey coaches. Burke attended his first USA Hockey coaching clinic in October 1997, and has continued his involvement with the CEP ever since. He created the safety video that is used in all current Level 1-3 clinic presentations, and has spoken at countless events and given presentations on player safety and concussions at coaching clinics of every level. An orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and a leading expert on concussion research, Burke, a Level 4 Coach, has been USA Hockey’s Mid-American District Associate Coach-in-Chief since 2003. He also has served on the organization’s Safety and Protective Equipment Committee for the last 15 years. Furthermore, he helps organize and run Level 1-3 coaching clinics in Western Pennsylvania. Previously, Burke served as the team physician for the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins for 24 years and is a member of the club’s Hall of Fame. He also was team physician for multiple U.S. National and Olympic Teams. Originally from Boston, Burke graduated from Harvard University, where he earned a varsity letter in ice hockey, and the University of Cincinnati Medical College. He completed a residency program in orthopedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and a fellowship in traumatology at the AO International Institute in Graz, Austria. Board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Burke is a clinical associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine department of Orthopedic Surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the American Medical Association.