Dr. Kettner was raised in the north end of Winnipeg and obtained his medical degree at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1976. After two years of work in emergency medicine, he undertook his first residency program, obtaining his general surgery specialty certificate in 1984 (University of Manitoba). Following that, he obtained a Masters of Science in Epidemiology at the University of London School of Hygiene and Topical Medicine in 1986. He obtained his Community Medicine specialty certificate (University of Manitoba) in 1991.
Since then, he has worked as a Medical Officer of Health, first in rural and northern Manitoba and then in Winnipeg before his appointment as the Provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health in September 1999 and as Manitoba’s first Chief Provincial Public Health Officer in July, 2007.
Last year, the Province of Manitoba published the first report by the Chief Public Health Officer on the Health Status of Manitobans, as mandated by the Public Health Act of Manitoba. www.gov.mb.ca/health/cppho
He is associate professor in the Departments of Community Health Sciences and Surgery at the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Medicine and a part time urgent care and emergency physician.
He and his wife, Charlotte Johnson, live in Winnipeg. They have six children and three grandchildren.