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Fletcher McDowell, M.D., Founder of Burke Medical Research Institute

The Board of Trustees, Faculty and Staff of the Burke Medical Research Institute, an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medicine mourn the loss of our founder, friend and colleague.


Fletcher McDowell, M.D., established Burke Medical Research Institute in 1978 as one of the nation’s preeminent, independent research organizations focused on furthering scientific research in the area of rehabilitation for neurological disabilities induced by stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. His decades of service led to the pioneering of novel rehabilitation therapies and development of innovative clinical programs and clinics.

Dr. McDowell’s remarkable legacy as a clinician, researcher, and administrator will be celebrated with Symposia on the Burke campus in Westchester and the Weill Cornell Medicine campus in Manhattan in the coming months and the public will be invited to attend. The Board, Faculty, and Staff of the Institute extend their deepest sympathies to Dr. McDowell’s family.