American Association for Physician Leadership

Elizabeth Warner


Chief Medical Officer (CMO)

Cherry Health

Elizabeth J. Warner, MD FACP CPE was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and received her BA (magna cum laude) in International Relations. She moved to Michigan and completed post baccalaureate work to prepare her for medical school. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, with Alpha Omega Alpha election. She is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician with clinical experience in primary care, hospitalist and nursing home medicine, geriatric care and palliative medicine. Her leadership journey began with LEAD certification through the American College of Physicians (ACP) and continued with AAPL courses and Organizational Development coursework at Case Western Reserve University. Founded in 2017, Dr. Warner is President of Warner Well Being – committed to human flourishing in healthcare. She currently serves as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Cherry Health, the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in the state of Michigan and recently published her first book, Conversations Worth Having in Healthcare: Boost Satisfaction and Quality Using Appreciative Inquiry, co-authored with Fasiha Haq, Cheri Torres and Jackie Stavros.

Her passion for learning and leading has guided her to training in improvement systems, positive psychology and organizational development, motivational interviewing and relationship-centered communication. She applies this knowledge to serve patients, healthcare leaders and organizations to transform into sustainable systems. Her public speaking experience ranges from custom multi-day training sessions to inspirational keynote addresses about transforming healthcare, building improvement systems, humanism in medicine and resilience in healthcare. She believes that sustainable change in healthcare requires different behaviors, habits, processes and systems, grounded in principles of courageous leadership. These actions must happen internally, interpersonally, and at every level of organizations. Dr. Warner has hope in the potential of humans to co-create a thriving world of healthcare.

Areas of Expertise

  • Lean Improvement Methods
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Strengths Based Leadership
  • Communication
  • Shingo Model
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Emotional Intelligence


  • BA (University of Minnesota)

  • MD (Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine)


  • CPE (Certified Physician Executive)

  • FACP (Fellow in American College of Physicians)

  • AOA Fellowship in Leadership (2015)

For over 45 years.

The American Association for Physician Leadership has helped physicians develop their leadership skills through education, career development, thought leadership and community building.

The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) changed its name from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) in 2014. We may have changed our name, but we are the same organization that has been serving physician leaders since 1975.


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formerly known as the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE)