Dr. Kenneth E. Warner

Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor of Publ, School of Public Health; Dept. of Health Management & Policy

Focus Areas

Public Health & Safety


Kenneth E. Warner is the Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor of Public Health Emeritus and Dean Emeritus at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where he was a member of the faculty from 1972-2017. He served as Dean of the School from 2005-2010, and as chair of his department from 1982-88 and 1992-95. An economist, Dr. Warner earned his A.B. degree summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1968 and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University in 1970 and 1974, respectively. Dr. Warner’s research has focused on economic and policy aspects of tobacco and health. Dr. Warner served as the World Bank’s representative to negotiations on the global treaty on tobacco control, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. He also served as the Senior Scientific Editor of the 25th anniversary Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health, published in 1989. He has chaired the Editorial Advisory Board of the international journal Tobacco Control since the journal’s inception in 1992. During 2004-05 he was President of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the American Legacy Foundation (now the Truth Initiative). He was also the founding Director of the University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.