Professor Martin McKee
CBE MD DSc MSc FRCP FRCPE FRCPI FFPH FMedSci
of European Public Health
I qualified in medicine in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with subsequent training in internal medicine and public health. As Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine I was founding director of the European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition, a WHO Collaborating Centre that comprises the largest team of researchers working on health and health policy in central and eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and which I led for over a decade. I am also research director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, a unique partnership of universities, national and regional governments, and international agencies and am President of the European Public Health Association. I have published over 940 scientific papers and 44 books and have an H-Index (Google Scholar) of 103. I was an editor of the European Journal of Public Health for 15 years and am a member of numerous editorial boards, as well as being an editorial consultant to The Lancet. I have been invited to give many endowed lectures, including the Milroy (Royal College of Physicians), Cochrane (UK Society for Social Medicine), Ferenc Bojan (EUPHA), Davidson (Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh), Salvador Lucia (UCSF), Population Health Sciences (McMaster University), DARE (UK Faculty of Public Health), Victor Horsley (British Medical Association), Hjelt (University of Helsinki), Duncan (City of Liverpool), Thackrah (University of Leeds), Dixon (Ulster Medical Society), Sandy Macara (BMA), and Neuberger (Hebrew University, Jerusalem). I will give the 2016 Litchfield lecture at the University of Oxford and the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy lecture at The Hague. I sit on a number of advisory boards in Europe and North America, in both the public and private sectors and I was a trustee of the UK Public Health Association. I am a former chair of WHO's European Advisory Committee on Health Research and of the Global Health Advisory Committee of George Soros' Open Society Foundations, and a member of the European Commission's Expert Panel on Investing in Health. I am also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR), University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London, Edinburgh, and Ireland and the UK Faculty of Public Health and a former chair of the UK Society for Social Medicine. My contributions to European health policy have been recognised by, among others, election to the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, the Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences, and the US Institute of Medicine, by the award of honorary doctorates from Hungary, The Netherlands, Sweden and Greece, and visiting professorships at the Universities of Zagreb and Belgrade, the London School of Economics, and Taipei Medical University. In 2003 I was awarded the Andrija Stampar medal for contributions to European public health and in 2005 was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by HM Queen Elizabeth II. In 2014 I was awarded the Alwyn Smith Prize for "the most outstanding contribution to the health of the public" by the UK Faculty of Public Health and, the same year, a scientometric analysis in the journal Health Research Policy & Systems identified me as the most productive researcher in global health systems research. In its 2015 listing I was included in the Thomson Reuters list of the top 1% most cited researchers worldwide and, the same year, I was awarded the Donabedian International Award.
My latest books are
a) with Bernd Rechel and Erica Richardson, on Health systems in the former Soviet countries
b) with Bernd Rechel, on Facets of Public Health in Europe
My video interviews include:
You can follow me on Twitter at @martinmckee
I established and now contribute to a course on issues in public health, taught in the autumn term. This course seeks to show that public health can actually be exciting and stimulating. It is intended for people who want to make the world a better, and fairer place to live in. It uses problem based learning and is based on real life issues, such as gun control, discrimination, and challenging vested interests. It is not for those who see public health as a way to a quiet life! I also contribute to a course on health systems, in the summer term, that draws extensively on our work in the European Observatory.
My main research foci are health determinants (especially social change, alcohol, tobacco and nutrition), health system performance, and the relationship between health and the economy.