Clinical Assistant Professor
KU Department of Respiratory Care Education
Dave Burnett, PhD, RRT, AE-C, joined the Department of Respiratory Care Education in 2012 as clinical assistant professor and serves as chair of the program. Burnett's undergraduate training was in respiratory therapy and health care management. He received his master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Central Missouri and his doctorate in rehabilitation science from the University of Kansas.
Burnett's research is focused on preventing severity of primary disease processes and their potential co-morbid conditions. In particular he focuses on prevention and treatment of asthma. He also is part of a multidisciplinary team that provides diet and exercise interventions for cancer survivors.
Having worked clinically as a registered respiratory therapist, Burnett has more than 20 years of experience in hospital, physician office, and rehabilitative settings.
Burnett is evaluating the impact of different exercise strategies on cancer survivors in home-based intervention studies. In addition, he provides cardiopulmonary exercise expertise in collaboration on studies with researchers from the KU Cancer Center. These projects include diet and exercise interventions aimed at improving health outcomes for breast cancer survivors.
Also engaged in work designed to prevent the severity of asthma, Burnett is in collaboration with pulmonary physicians to help improve the health outcomes of asthma patients and reduce the financial burden the chronic respiratory condition can have when not managed properly by the patients. Burnett works with pulmonary physicians on asthma prevention programs to provide effective self-management skills to individuals with asthma.