Dr. Burkman is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tufts University School of Medicine at its western campus at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Massachusetts. He was the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baystate Medical Center, between 1995 and 2007. He previously was the C. Paul Hodgkinson Chairman of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.
Although active in administrative and academic pursuits, he continues to practice obstetrics and gynecology. He has numerous publications on various topics in obstetrics, human reproduction, contraception, and the menopause. He also has served as an editor and reviewer for several journals. He served an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology for more than 25 years. In addition, as a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, he has served as the Chair of the Massachusetts Section and District I and has been on a number national committees of that organization.