Ken Thorpe
United States

Dr. Thorpe is a Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. He also serves as the executive director of Emory’s Institute of Advanced Policy Solutions (IAPS) and director of the Institute’s Center for Entitlement Reform. He is Chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) and co-directs the Emory Center on Health Outcomes and Quality.

Dr. 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.

Dr. Thorpe has authored and co-authored over 85 articles, book chapters and books and is a frequent national presenter on issues of health care financing, insurance and health care reform at health care conferences, television and the media. He has worked with several groups and policymakers to develop and evaluate alternative approaches for providing health insurance to the uninsured. He serves as a reviewer on several health care journals.

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