The American Association for Respiratory Care honored Dr. George Burton at its 2015 Congress with the prestigious “Legends and Leaders of the Profession of Respiratory Care” award. Dr. Burton serves as medical director for the Kettering Health Network Sleep Centers and Kettering College respiratory care program.
“Being named a Legend and Leader is perhaps one of the highest achievements in our profession, and Dr. Burton certainly deserves it for his distinguished 50-year career,” says Roger Rickel, administrative director of clinical services at Kettering and Sycamore Medical Centers. “In addition to his contributions as a physician and teacher, Dr. Burton is a genuine, caring person and a good friend. He is always encouraging the people around him to set high expectations and find ways to exceed them.”
He was the founding president of the National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care in 1978 and continues as an active member of that organization today.
Dr. Burton joined Kettering Medical Center in 1983, where he has served in a number of leadership roles, including chief of staff. That same year, he began serving as medical director of the respiratory care program at Kettering College, and he continues in that role today. He has been co-director of the Sleep Disorders Lab since 1985.