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Donald K. Warne, MD, MPH

Chair, Department of Public Health
Professor and Mary J. Berg Distinguished Professorship in Women's Health

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Donald Warne, MD, MPH is the chair of the Department of Public Health at North Dakota State University, and he serves as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board. In addition, he is an adjunct clinical professor at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law where he taught American Indian Health Policy. Dr. Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from Pine Ridge, South Dakota and comes from a long line of traditional healers and medicine men. He received his MD from Stanford University in 1995 and his Master of Public Health from Harvard University as a Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellow in Minority Health Policy in 2002. Dr. Warne is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), and he is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Medical Acupuncture. In addition to Minority Health Policy, he completed a Fellowship in Alternative Medicine from the Arizona Center for Health and Medicine. 

Donald Warne’s work experience includes several years as a primary care and integrative medicine physician with the Gila River Health Care Corporation in Sacaton, AZ, and three years as a Staff Clinician with the National Institutes of Health in Phoenix where he conducted diabetes research and developed diabetes education and prevention programs in partnership with tribes. 

Dr Warne’s professional activities have included:  

  • Member, National Board of Trustees, March of Dimes (2016-current)
  • Member, Health Disparities Subcommittee, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015-current)
  •  Member, National Advisory Committee for Rural Health and Human Services, DHHS (2015-current)
  • Member, Minority Affairs Section, American Medical Association (2014-2017)
  • Member, National Board of Directors, American Cancer Society (2011-2014) 
  • Executive Director, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (2008-2010) 
  • Senior Fellow, American Indian Health Policy, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy, University of New Mexico (2009) 
  • Health Policy Research Director, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (2006-2008) 
  • President of the Board, Native American Community Health Center, Inc in Phoenix (2004-2007) 
  • Member, Association of American Indian Physicians 

His awards include: 1997 Walter Brazie, MD Award as Arizona’s Outstanding Family Practice Resident from Arizona Academy of Family Physicians; 1999 and 2001Plain Language Awards in Community Health Education from National Institutes of Health; 2002 Dr Fang Ching Sun Memorial Award for Commitment to Underserved Communities from Harvard School of Public Health; 2004 Phoenix Area Impact Award form National Indian Health Board; 2007 Healthcare Hero Finalist from the Phoenix Business Journal; 2008 Josiah N. Moore ASU Native American Alumnus of the Year; and the Mary J Berg Professor of Women’s Health at NDSU; 2016 Induction to Stanford University Alumni Hall of Fame



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