Martin McKee is Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is the founding director of the European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition, a WHO Collaborating Centre that. He is also research director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. McKee has published over 900 scientific papers and 44 books. McKee sits on a number of advisory boards in Europe and North America, in both the public and private sectors and was a trustee of the UK Public Health Association. McKee is 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. McKee is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR), University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. McKee is 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. His 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.