Native American Health Expert Presents Lecture at USD Sanford School of Medicine

Image Donald Warne Dr. Donald Warne, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and expert on Native American health, will speak Monday at USD.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine will present a lecture on Monday, April 25, by Dr. Donald Warne, chair and professor at the Department of Public Health at North Dakota State University.

Warne, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, is descended from a long line of traditional healers and medicine men. He has served as a clinician for the National Institutes of Health, on the faculty at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a national board member of the American Cancer Society and as executive director of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board.

Warne received his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine and master’s degree in public health from Harvard University.

His presentation, titled “Health Equity on the Northern Plains,” will be presented at noon Central time, Monday, April 25, in room 107 of the Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine and Science Building on the USD campus in Vermillion

The lecture will also be available via videoconference on the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, campus in room 126 of the Health Sciences Building, 1400 W. 22nd St.; in Yankton, South Dakota, at the medical school campus, room 1400; and in room 114 of the medical school’s Rapid City campus.


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News