KU Department of Respiratory Care Education
Dave Burnett, PhD, RRT, AE-C, joined the Department of Respiratory Care Education in 2012 and serves as department chair and assistant professor. 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.
Currently Burnett is principal investigator on two asthma projects: exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) and community-based asthma self-management. Burnett is in collaboration with university members of the NCAA and NAIA to study the prevalence of EIB and to help develop a screening program for identifying those at risk for EIB.
In addition, Burnett partners with pulmonary physicians to help improve the health outcomes of asthma patients and reduce the financial burden chronic respiratory conditions can have when not managed properly by patients. In summary, this collaboration includes community-based activity aimed at working with physicians in their practice and a patient-centric home model. Burnett is co-founder and director of the KU Asthma Center.
Another of Burnett's projects involves evaluating the impact of different exercise strategies on cancer survivors in home-based intervention studies. He also 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.