Dr. Edward Burger was Director of the Eurasian Medical Education Program in partnership with the American College of Physicians. He holds a B.Sc. and an M.D. degree from McGill University and a Masters and Doctor of Science from Harvard. He served in the White House Office of the President's Science Advisor during the early 1970's where he helped develop cooperative programs in science, medicine and the environment with the Soviet Union during the period of detente. He served as leader of U.S. delegations to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and served as Senior Scientific Advisor to the Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations. He was Professor of Community and Family Medicine at the Georgetown University Medical Center. In the 1960s, Dr. Burger was a Guggenheim Fellow and a member of the faculty of the Harvard School of Public and an Associate in the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Science and Public Policy.
The Eurasian Medical Education Program was established in 1995 to share clinical and scientific knowledge with Russian physicians in Russia during a time of transition following the collapse of the Soviet Union.