John Warner, PhD

Avalon Professor in the History of Medicine and Professor of American Studies and of History; Chair, History of Medicine (School of Medicine)

Departments & Organizations

History of Medicine

Program for Biomedical Ethics

Office of Cooperative Research


John Harley Warner, a historian who focuses on the transnational history of medicine and science, received his Ph.D. in 1984 from Harvard University (History of Science), and from 1984-1986 was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine in London.

In 1986 he joined the Yale faculty with a primary appointment in the School of Medicine, where he is now Avalon Professor and Chair of the Section of the History of Medicine with a fully split faculty appointment in the Department of History. His research interests include the cultural and social history of medicine in the 19th and 20th century, comparative history (particularly North American, British, and French medicine), and medical cultures since the late 18th century.

He is especially interested in clinical practice, medical education, orthodox and alternative healing, the multiple meanings of scientific medicine, travel and cross-cultural exchange, tensions between the physician's identity as scientist and as healer, and the interactions among identity, narrative, and aesthetics in the grounding of modern medicine. He is a professor and core faculty member in the Yale University Program in the History of Medicine and Science.

Education & Training

PhD Harvard University (1984)
MA University of Wisconsin-Madison (1977)

Honors & Recognition

  • Graduate Mentor AwardYale University‚Äôs Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. (2010)

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John Warner, PhD
Mailing Address
PO Box 208015
New Haven, CT 06520-8015

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