Dr. Jonathan Burke
Dr. Jonathan Burke has been practicing oral and maxillofacial surgery for close to 30 years. Born and raised in Bucks County PA he first became interested in the field when he himself underwent orthognathic jaw surgery for a bite problem as a young adult. This has given him a unique perspective as both a surgeon who performs this surgery and as a patient who has recovered and benefited from this procedure.
He graduated with honors from Temple University School of Pharmacy and was a practicing pharmacist while attending Temple University Dental School. After earning his DMD at Temple in 1989, he went on to complete his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Temple Hospital’s program. His training included residency at Pennsylvania Hospital, St. Christopher Hospital for Children and Cooper Hospital University Medical Center in Southern New Jersey.
Dr. Burke first met both Drs. Verdi and Lanzi as a dental student at Temple and later worked with them as an oral surgery resident. He and Dr. Lanzi later went on to found Cooper Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons as Professors of Surgery at UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. During that time, oral surgery residents from Temple’s residency were full-time learning from the doctors during their time at Cooper.
Dr. Burke was the first surgeon in the Delaware Valley to pioneer the placement of craniofacial implants for bone anchored hearing aids and the use of the patient’s own stem cells for complex bone grafting techniques eliminating painful bone procurement donor sites. Together with Dr. Lanzi he has participated in the Regional Cleft Palate Program at Cooper and has served as a surgeon with the Flyers Hockey Club for over 25 years.
He and his wife Cara have renovated a 270-year-old barn at their farmhouse to serve as a place for youth ministry. Currently “The Barn” serves as the hub for Young Life Gloucester County. The Burke’s vision is to provide a safe and fun environment for kids from middle school to young adults to be heard, supported, and share with them the great news of a God that loves them.