Remembrances

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.

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Warner, sorry to hear that you're ill. You have always been one of my great heroes for your early and sustained work on 'patient power'. I wish you the best, and a speedy recovery and return to active research and enjoyment.

Dear Warner, There is no word to express my gratitude to consider myself a colleague and a friend of yours. You are one of the few people who have played a big role in my life when I first moved to US, and one of the fewer whose wisdom I still rely upon to guide me till this day. I still remember the days upon starting my career at DCI. I was sharing with Brad the office that was located a few inches away from yours. You never missed the occasion to step by the door and greet us... Literally any occasion, no matter the circumstances, being it a rainy day or a snowy one (and we had couple of those over the years; perhaps one of the reasons why I left Boston...) I also want you to know that I still deeply cherish the precious moments we spent conversing about everything and nothing, from medicine, history and french literature to Tunisian politics, the economy and health informatics. Your vision about healthcare, your humility towards knowledge, and your unique perception on progress as a mean to simply become a human being has deeply impacted me and is permanently guiding my career and life. I wish you dear friend a prompt recovery... we love you! Regards, Melek

Dear Warner: Sick is one thing but 'hospital sick' is yet another as I discovered last year. Very sorry to hear this news and I wish you a speedy and full recovery. Cordially, Don

Dr. Slack, get well soon. I will never forget your precious gift of your signed book, Cybermedicine and how generous and welcoming you were. I will always refer what you keep teaching us 'patients are the least utilized resource in healthcare'. Please get better soon ... All the way from sunny Kuwait!!

Hi, Warner! I hope you are better soon! Note that you are a burden on the health system and it would be socially responsible for you to get well very soon. Also, we want to make sure there is no Slack in the system! It's already pretty loose already. Some have said the 'system' is like a helicopter, a bunch of spare parts flying in formation! Get outa there!

I wish a speedy recover for you. We still have a lot of young kids to teach. Think of you with good thoughts.

Warner, Here's to hoping for a speedy recovery. Bill Hersh

Warner, The world is filled with dedicated health care IT professionals, you have taught, guided, and inspired. As we are perched on the precipice of HIT truly changing the way all the world delivers care, we need your knowledge, kindness, and inspiration more than ever. There are so many who have never met you yet know your name and speak it with reverence. Get well soon and continue our journey, that you very much started, to make the world a better place. Barry

Warner, visiting Harvard was always fun and you were a big part of that. Wishing you well!

Warner, We need you. We appreciate all you've done for healthcare informatics. And there is more for you to do. I'm reminded of Wordsworth poem, 'London, 1802): Milton! thou shouldst be living at this hour: England hath need of thee: she is a fen Of stagnant waters: altar, sword, and pen, Fireside, the heroic wealth of hall and bower, Have forfeited their ancient English dower Of inward happiness. We are selfish men; Oh! raise us up, return to us again; And give us manners, virtue, freedom, power. Thy soul was like a Star, and dwelt apart: Thou hadst a voice whose sound was like the sea: Pure as the naked heavens, majestic, free, So didst thou travel on life's common way, In cheerful godliness; and yet thy heart The lowliest duties on herself did lay.

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