Laboratory medicine
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Areas of expertise

Dr Margaret Burke's areas of expertise include:

  • complications of heart and lung transplantation 
  • pathology of cardiac and respiratory disease 
  • contribution of autopsy pathology to mortality audit 
  • pathology of Barrett’s oesophagus
  • associated upper gastrointestinal tumours

Research interests

Dr Burke's research is clinically driven and includes the pathology of acute and chronic allograft rejection, post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders, pathology of heart on left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support and cardiomyopathies.

She also participates in collaborative research on complications of transplantation.


Dr Burke contributes to postgraduate education at local, regional and national levels.


Dr Burke is a founder member of the UK Heart Lung Transplant Pathology Group and a member of the: 

  • International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation
  • Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
  • Association of European Cardiovascular Pathologists
  • British Cardiovascular Pathology Group.

She is a representative for the Cardiovascular Pathology, Histopathology Subspecialties Committee, Royal College of Pathologists.

She is also the Trust lead on development of governance systems for scheduled uses of human specimens as defined by the Human Tissue Act (2004); and a member of the Human Tissue Authority Advisory Group, Royal College of Pathologists.


  • Stewart S, Winters GL, Fishbein MC, Tazelaar HD, Kobashigawa J, Abrams J, Andersen CB, Angelini A, Berry GJ, Burke MM, Demetris AJ et al. Revision of the 1990 Working Formulation for the Standardization of Nomenclature in the Diagnosis of Heart Rejection J Heart Lung Transplant 2005;24:1710–20.

  • Bolad IA, Robinson D, Webb C, Hamour I, Burke MM, Banner NR. Left Ventricular Systolic Function early after Heart Transplantation is Associated with Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy. Accepted by Am J Transplant, 2005

  • Dubrey S, Burke MM, Hawkins P, Banner NR. Cardiac transplantation for amyloid heart disease: the UK experience. J Heart Lung Transplant 2004:23:1142-53

  • Burke M.  Lung transplantation.  in  Pathology of the lungs eds Corrin B and Nicholson AG. 2nd ed., ch 11, pp 507-526

Contact details

Telephone: 01895 828929 
Fax: 01895 828949 
Email: m.burke@rbht.nhs.uk 
Personal assistant telephone: 01895 828725