Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Buchner received his BA degree from Harvard University and his MD from the University of Kansas. After a residency in general internal medicine, he was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Washington (UW), where he received his MPH degree and training in geriatric medicine. Dr. Buchner joined the UW faculty in 1984 and rose to the ranks of Professor of Health Services in the School of Public Health and Adjunct Professor of Medicine. While in Seattle, he also worked in the Health Services Research and Development unit of the Seattle VA Medical Center (now the VA Puget Sound Health Care System). In 1999, Dr. Buchner joined CDC as Chief of the Physical Activity and Health Branch. In 2008, Dr. Buchner joined the faculty of the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois as a Shahid and Ann Carlson Khan Professor in Applied Health Sciences. He has published extensively in the area of physical activity and health, with an emphasis on physical activity in older adults and the role of physical activity in preventing fall injuries. Dr. Buchner retired from the University of Illinois in Summer 2017.