Martin McKee is professor of European public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he co-directs the European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition, a WHO collaborating center where researchers work on health and health policy in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. McKee qualified in medicine from Queens University of Belfast, with postgraduate training in internal and public health medicine and doctorates in medicine and public health. He has given many endowed lectures, including the Milroy, Cochrane, and Ferenc Bojan lectures. President elect of the European Public Health Association, he sits on a number of advisory boards in Europe and North America, in both the public and private sectors. McKee has been elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in the United Kingdom, the U.S. Institute of Medicine, and awarded the Andrija Stampar medal for contributions to European public health. In 2005, McKee was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.