From his time at the University of Wisconsin creating student health interviews, to his work at Beth Israel and Harvard Medical School innovating the way patients interact with their doctors, Warner has touched the lives of thousands of people. Below you can read the hundreds of comments that people have already left for Warner or view the archived news stories about Warner with the button above. And if you haven't already, we invite you to leave your memories of Warner.


Warner you have been a dear friend for decades. The path you followed influenced mine at many crucial turns. You may or may not have known that Robert Schilling invited me to be staff at U of Wisconsin (Madison) to fill your big shoes. Because I had not finished my residency he agreed to let me finish it at U of Wisonsin.. There I met John Greist- a colleague of yours (and incidentally his sister is my hematologist now) . John suggested I visit Joe Mamlin at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis. He said the thought the place would be perfect for me.. It was.. Then you and Howard invited me to Boston between '75 and '77.- the first of many trips to visit your lab. I was very proud to be your guest. Also have very fond memories of the visits to explore being a member of your team at Brigham and woman's. Loved you guys-- still do. Will never know about the path not taken., but appreciated your confidence in me and treasured the time with you. Then you took over MD Computing and brought it to new heights. You have always been a warm and strong friend, and I have always appreciated that deeply Love you Clem

Warner, I’m so sorry to hear you’re in the hospital. It has been such a joy to learn from you about the early days of informatics. Your thoughtful, and at times delightfully humorous, approach to user centered design serves as an example for us all. Wishing you all the best, Jonathan

Warner - Mike and I are thinking of you and Carolyn and sending good wishes your way. Someone recently asked me where I started my career, and it brought me back many years to the old Computer Medicine Laboratory at Beth Israel Hospital. What a wonderful place to have worked, made all the better by your warmth, kindness and commitment to improving patient care. It was an honor to have worked for you and to have been part of the journey that helped bring clinical computing to where it is today. Thank you for the opportunities you provided, and all the best. Karen

Warner, you have always been the gentle visionary whose path encouraged many of us to go forth into informatics in a specifically patient-driven, patient-informed mode.

Sharon and I were upset to hear you are now the subject of CCC data. We will try to rendevous with you when you are feeling up for a visit. You know our hearts are with you all the way in your recovery. With love, Sharon and Jonathan Kleefield

Warner, So sorry to hear you're in the hospital. I along with a lot of others appreciate the opportunity you and Howard gave me working in CCC and starting my IS career some 37 years ago. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Ellen

Dr. Slack (Warner), regret to hear that your Ill and in the hospital. Wish you a speedy recovery as it’s been far to long since we’ve had lunch. Hope you back on you feet again soon. Warmly-Melvyn

Warner, so sorry to hear that you are in the hospital. I hope you are feeling better soon. Our story started in 1986 when you gave me a chance to work as your assistant. I leaned so much over the 24 years we worked together. Your parience and knowledge truly helped my career. Your sense of humor made coming to work everyday so easy. I enjoy to this day our holiday emails we exchange. Catching up on our families and keeping our friendship going. I was always so proud to call you my boss. My best wishes to you Warner. Take good care. Laurie.

Dear Warner, I'm sorry to hear you are in the hospital but hope you are recovering and will return to work soon. The halls of BIDMC -- not to mention the world of informatics -- are not the same without you! Sending best wishes, Jan Walker

You've come a long way from: Effect of size and number of brain cells on learning in larvae of the salamander, Triturus viridescens. Science 1955 Oct 14; 122(3172):692-3. PMID: 13255909. I do miss working with you and Howard. Good things happened on your watch. Thanks! Bob


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