Speaker Biography
Kenneth E. Thorpe, PhD
Robert W Woodruff Professor and Chair
Department of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University;
Chairman
Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
 

Kenneth Thorpe, Ph.D., is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management, in the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He is also the Executive Director of the Emory Institute for Advanced Policy Solutions at Emory University.

As Chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), Thorpe works with an international coalition organizations consisting of patients, providers, community organizations, business and labor groups, and health policy experts to raise awareness of the negative impact chronic disease has on health and economy. 

In addition to holding a number of faculty positions, Thorpe was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1993 to 1995. In this capacity, he coordinated all financial estimates and program impacts of President Clinton’s health care reform proposals for the White House. He also directed the administration’s estimation efforts in dealing with Congressional health care reform proposals during the 103rd and 104th sessions of Congress.

As the Chairman of the PFCD and respected health care expert, Thorpe regularly testifies before numerous committees in the U.S. Congress and in front of governments around the world on the aspects of health care reform, including disease prevention, wellness and coordination of care.

Thorpe received his Ph.D. from the Pardee Rand Graduate School, an M.A. from Duke University and his B.A. from the University of Michigan.