Meghan Burkhardt, MS, OTR/L
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Meghan Burkhardt


The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia



Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of Scranton December, 2006


Bachelors of Science from the University of Scranton May, 2005


Licensure Information/Registration Number:

                            NBCOT licensure # 222555 valid 2019

                            PA licensure # OC010348 valid 2017

                            NJ licensure #46TR00454100 valid 2017

Employment and Positions Held:

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Philadelphia, PA. Occupational Therapist

Level IV Clinical Practice Coordinator: March 2016 – present

                            Management of Occupational Therapist Fieldwork Student Program

                            Responsible for interviewing, hiring and training new Occupational Therapy staff

Organizer of Continuing Education for Occupational Therapy Department

Educator for occupational therapy staff in cardiopulmonary techniques


Level III Occupational Therapist:

                                          Acute care 2008 – Present

NICU: 2010 - Present

              Outpatient Clinic: Cardiac Kids Developmental Program 2010- 2014

Level II Occupational Therapist:  

Acute Care: 2008 – Present

                                          Outpatient Clinic: Neuro Cardiac Care Program January 2010- 2014

              Level I Occupational Therapist:   

                            Float: Jan 2007 – October 2008 (Acute care, Rehab, Outpatient, and Amplified

                            Muscular Skeletal Pain Program)

                                          Rehab: October 2008- September 2009

                                          Acute Care: 2009 – Present



Napolitano, N.  Zhang,H.  Fredrickson, K. Wood, A., Burkhart, M., Nassar, R. Kirpalani, H., Dysart, K. Does Prone Positioning improve Pulmonary Mechanics in Infants with Chronic Lung Disease: A Systematic Review. Presented at Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) Annual Meeting, 2015.             


Brittingham, L, Burkhardt, M., Fredrickson, K.,  Nilan, K., and Wood, A. On the Move:

Initiating a Progressive Mobility Program for Critically Ill Intubated Patients in the NICU.

Presented at National Association of Neonatal Nursing, November 2014.


Hanson, H.L., Carroll, J.M.., Burkhardt, M., Brady, L., Wright, E.L., Lord, K., Licht,

D.,Glanzman, M., Ravishankar, C., Giglia, T., Brown, I., Mee, T., Wernovsky, G. The

Initiation of a NeuroCardiac Care Program at a Children’s Hospital.  World Journal for Pediatric

Cardiology and Congenital Heart Surgery.  3(2), p.NP24. Presented at Cardiology 2012, Feb 2012.

McIntyre, M. (2007). Keeping VAD Patients Functional. OT Advance. 23 (5).             


Scientific and Professional Presentations:             

Rehabilitation after VAD support: The Role of Ancillary Staff Presented at 10th Annual Pediatric Cardiovascular Research Center, 2015 Practical Applications of Therapy. 


Ventricular Assist Device panel Mar 14, 2013, August 20, 2013 and November 12, 2013


Sternal Precautions Implications for the NICU January 8, 2013, January 9, 2013 and January 21, 2013


Heart & Mind Day. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia July 28 & 29, 2012


Benefits of Therapeutic Intervention for Children with Congenital Heart Disease. Heart & Mind Day. The

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia July 30, 2011


Cardiac Day to Cardiac Nursing team March 30, 2011 and December 15, 2010


Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Lecture Series Presented to OT Department April, 2008, November 21,

2012, November 28, 2012, December 5, 2012, April 13, 2015 and December 8 2015


Heart Transplant Presented to OT Department May 17, 2011


Honors and Awards:             

Safety Catch 5/15. Gaze preference reporting to medical team resulting in diagnosis of hydrocephalus Recognized by Madelyn Bell


The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia OT of the year 2011-2012


Protocol Developed:

Progressive Mobility: Progressive mobility is a new intervention for the pediatric population.  Through use of the adult research on this subject, I was able to advocate for the need for progressive mobility at CHOP with collaboration with Physical Therapy. Together, we formed a research-based multidisciplinary committee to promote progressive mobility at CHOP.  Currently, we are working to establish a protocol for safe mobilization for patients that are intubated with collaboration from attending MDs, respiratory therapists, and nursing leadership.   


ECMO Mobility Pathway: ECMO mobility is a new intervention for the pediatric patient at CHOP. The pathway has created a safe an effective way to mobilize critically ill patients that require ECMO. This pathway was created with assistance from Katrina Budzynski and approved by the OT/PT leadership teams. (2015) 


Continuing Education Workshops Conducted/Organized:

Committee planning member for conference A Breath of Fresh Air: Chronic Lung Disease Conference. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia March, 10 2015


Services to the University/College/School on Committees/Councils/Commissions:             

Teaching Assistant at Stockton University.

Master’s level OT course: Pediatric Evaluation Jan – May 2010

Teaching Assistant at Stockton University.

              Master’s level OT course: Foundations of Motor Performance Sept – Dec 2009