Dr. Donald Warne (Oglala Lakota), MD, MPH, a national Board member for the American Cancer Society, has been selected as a nominee for the Surgeon General of the United States.
The National Indian Health Board and the National Congress of American Indians included Dr. Warne as 1 of 4 nominees—all leaders in Indian Health—for the post. The list has been presented to President Barack Obama.
Warne has been an American Cancer Society national Board member since 2012. As a Board member for the Society, Warne is passionate about increasing awareness of American Indian cancer issues. His grandmother, who lived on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, died from lung cancer.
Dr. Warne is the director of the Master of Public Health Program at North Dakota State University, where he created the first American Indian/Alaska Native track in a Master of Public Health program. He earned his MD from Stanford and his Master of Public Health from Harvard.
In addition to Warne, other candidates proposed by the National Indian Health Board include: Lori Arviso-Alvord, MD (Navajo); Charles Grim, DDS (Cherokee); and Rear Admiral Craig Vanderwagon.
The Surgeon General of the United States is the nation's leading spokesperson on matters of public health.