Kenneth Thorpe, PhD

Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management

Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University


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. Dr Thorpe is a member of the International Advisory Board for APCO Worldwide. In addition, he serves as the Chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD). As Chairman of 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.  He is also co-chair of the Partnership for the Future of Medicare, a bipartisan group designed to ensure the sustainability of the program. Dr Thorpe is also a member of the International Advisory Council for APCO Worldwide, a global communication firm.

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.