Donald Warne
Published January 21, 2022

Dr. Donald Warne is the associate dean of diversity, equity and inclusion and the chair of the department of Indigenous health at the University of North Dakota. He leads Indians Into Medicine, a program that aims to increase the number of American Indian and Alaskan Native professionals in the health field. He also directs the world’s first doctoral program in Indigenous health, and the school’s master’s of public health program.

Warne has experience as a primary care physician, staff clinician, health researcher and director in health programs across the country. He is the principal investigator for the Indigenous Trauma and Resilience Research Center at UND, and he serves as the senior policy advisor to the Great Plains Tribal Leader’s health board in Rapid City, S.D. 

Previously, he was an adjunct clinical professor at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, where he taught American Indian health policy. He was the president and CEO of American Indian Health Management & Policy, a health care consulting firm. Warne is also a member of the health disparities subcommittee of the advisory committee to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Warne received his M.D. from Stanford University and his master’s in public health from Harvard University. He is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from Pine Ridge, S.D., and comes from a long line of traditional healers and medicine men.

An Oglala Lakota man with graying hair wearing a bolo tie, blue shirt and gray jacket smiles into the camera.

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Pronouns: He/him

Expertise: Indigenous health, health policy, Indigenous health education, public health, primary care, health disparities

Location: Grand Forks, N.D.


Phone: (701) 777-3037

Twitter: @donaldwarnemd

Heard in “UND Offers World’s First Doctoral Program in Indigenous Health”

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