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Dr. Craig Burkhart

Craig Burkhart, MD, MS, MPH (he/his/him) is one of eight board-certified pediatric dermatologists in North Carolina who totally focuses on children and teens. Prior to opening Burkhart Pediatric & Adolescent Dermatology, he provided pediatric dermatologic care for infants, children, and teens for 11 years as a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. While at UNC, Dr. Burkhart was the only dermatologist who earned OR (operating room) privileges. He will be using his expertise in treating conditions requiring excisions or laser surgeries in his practice and has OR privileges at Wake Med.

Dr. Burkhart’s goal is to combine the best in pediatric dermatology research and care with an atmosphere where young people can thrive.

Every aspect of Burkhart Pediatric & Adolescent Dermatology, from the physical space to the way things are done, is designed so that young people feel welcomed and valued.
As a pediatric dermatologist, Dr. Burkhart’s approach to patient care places children and teens first by:

  • Providing expert care exclusively for the skin of babies, children, and teens
  • Utilizing his additional training, experience, and certifications in pediatric skin disease and child health
  • Collaborating with pediatricians to achieve the best outcomes
  • Finding medical solutions that work for both patients and their families
  • Cultivating an inviting, child and teen-friendly office and staff so that children and teens at all developmental levels, identities, and backgrounds have a positive experience
  • Not wearing white coats!

Medical Training, Certifications, and Publications

Dr. Burkhart received his undergraduate degree from The University of Toledo and his Doctor of Medicine from Medical College of Ohio. He completed his Internship in Internal Medicine at Brown University, his Dermatology Residency at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and his Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship at Northwestern University.

Most recently, as a Professor of Dermatology at the University of North Carolina, he co-directed the vascular lesion clinic, created the dermatologic laser program, and directed pediatric surgical dermatology.

Dr. Burkhart’s strong academic background enables him to offer the latest in dermatologic technologies and research. He has published more than 150 journal articles and 30 book chapters. His professional credits include:

  • Primary editor of The Online Dermatology Journal
  • Associate Editor of Cutis and the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology Case Reports section
  • The first editor of an international textbook and web-based application (VisualDx Pediatric Dermatology), and Associate Editor of the textbook Procedural Pediatric Dermatology.

Dr. Burkhart has also developed and sold multiple patents, including two for industry-leading products, Sklice and Kybella, that are on the market today.

Community Service

As a resident, he established the first free dermatology clinic in Orange County for underserviced populations and volunteered at the Samaritan Health Center in Durham, North Carolina.

He has served as President of the Durham-Orange Medical Society, the North Carolina Dermatology Association, and on national and state committees related to patient advocacy (American Academy of Dermatology, Society for Pediatric Dermatology and the North Carolina Medical Society).

Dr. Burkhart has also helped organize national events to increase the involvement of dermatologists in patient advocacy. He was a key leader in a five-year advocacy project that led North Carolina to be one of the first ten states in America to ban indoor tanning for children under 18 years. The ban has already reduced the incidence of melanoma (skin cancer) in young women.

As a Dermatologic Director of the Sturge-Weber Foundation, Dr. Burkhart is currently working on a long-term project to help children with facial differences caused by birthmarks receive increased access to appropriate and affordable care.

He hopes to use his knowledge, skills, and passion to contribute to making the Triangle area one of the best places in America to raise healthy, confident, and successful children and teens.

Dr. Craig Burkhart

Outside the Office

Dr. Burkhart and his wife, Jena, have two children, Camden and Paxton. Their boys love Legos, worms, grilled cheese sandwiches, and fruity popsicles. They are also pretty good at basketball and soccer (Dr. Burkhart coached his son’s soccer team). The Burkhart family enjoys children’s museums, playgrounds, and trampoline parks and are happy to give advice on area favorites.

When not at work or with his family, Dr. Burkhart can be seen under the squat rack at the gym or reading fairy tales, short stories and poetry.


“All of my family loves Dr. Burkhart. I have several children and have been to many dermatologists. He is the best and all my kids go to him now. I wish I was able to be his patient too, but he only sees children.”
~ happy parent


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