Patricia Burkhardt, LM, CM, DrPH a midwife with a doctorate in Public Health, has been engaged in the care of women and in the education process for more than 30 years. She worked internationally for over 14 years, mainly in Latin America, where she influenced the quality of women’s health care through both education and practice. Since her return to the US 25 years ago, Dr. Burkhardt worked for 8 years as Director of the Midwifery Service of Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center before she moved to New York University in 1994 to develop and open the Midwifery Education Program of the Division of Nursing. In 1994 she was appointed to the inaugural New York State Board of Midwifery, the first of its kind in the US. In 2004 she introduced Problem Based Learning into the Midwifery Program as the basic method for student learning. Fundamental to all her activities has been the strongly held belief that midwifery exists only to serve women and their health needs, including childbearing. It is a profession essential to the well being of women. Since her retirement from NYU in 2009, Pat has become involved in policy and politics at the city, state and national level.