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AHF Board Members

Rodrigo Calderón (Chairman)

President, Coca-Cola Foundation, Mexico

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Rodrigo Calderon

Rodrigo Calderon is President of The Coca-Cola Foundation in Mexico. He served for 15 years as Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications in the Coca-Cola Company in Latin America,where he was responsible for overseeing the public policy,communications and community affairs in 40 countries across Latin America. During his tenure, The Coca-Cola Company initiated important Health and Active Lifestyle programs in the region.

Rodrigo also held positions as Director Corporate Relations and Advertising for Alcatel Business Systems in France and as Marketing Director for American Express Company in Mexico.

He holds a Bachelor degree from Columbia University,New York. He is a graduate in Communications from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico.And,he has International Communications diplomas from Insead and Lyon Business School in France and ITAM in Mexico.

Rodrigo is married and has three sons.

 


Scott A. Edelstein(Secretary)

Partner -Squire Sanders

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Scott A. Edelstein

Scott A. Edelstein, co-chair of the firm's Health Care and Life Sciences Industry Group and a member of the firm's Health Care Reform Task Force, focuses his practice on advising health care providers on legal and regulatory issues. He also regularly assists hospitals and physician groups in the formation of integrated delivery systems, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and medical tourism.

 


Dr. Maria Luisa Avila-Aguero

MD, Former Costa Rican Minister of Health & Chief of Pediatric Infectology at Children’s National Hospital- Costa Rica

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Maria Luisa Avila-Aguero

Dr. Matria Luisa Avila-Aguero served as Minister of Health for Costa Rica from May of 2006 to August of 2011. She recently joined the Children's National Hospital in San José, Costa Rica as Chief of Pediatric Infectology. Prior to her role as Costa Rican Minister of Health, Dr. Avila-Aguero was the Director of the Committee of Nosocomial Infections (1999-2005) as well as Director of the Committee on Epidemiological Surveillance (2000-20005).

Dr. Avila-Aguero is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Costa Rica and a licensed instructor at the Medical Sciences University. She also serves as Director of Post Graduate Studies in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Costa Rica. Dr. Avila-Aguero has published numerous articles in Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

 


Dr. Joxel García

Director – Department of Health for the District of Columbia, Washington D.C.

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Joxel Garcia

He is an American physician and a former four-star admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. He served as the 13th Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from March 13, 2008 to January 20, 2009. In addition, to becoming the President of the Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce, Puerto Rico. Currently, Dr. Garcia holds the position of Director for the Department of Health in Washington D.C. Dr,García served as the Secretary of Health and Human Services’s primary advisor on matters involving the nation’s public health and science. He also oversaw the U.S. Public Health Service and its Commissioned Corps for the Secretary. As Assistant Secretary for Health, García’s responsibilities include disease prevention, health promotion, public health preparedness, women’s and minority health, the reduction of health disparities, fight against HIV/AIDS, pandemic influenza planning and vaccine preventable disease. Joxel was also the Deputy Director of PAHO.



Brent Lightner

CEO, Taoti Creative

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Brent Lightner

Brent, founder, is the chief solution architect and creative director for Taoti’s application development and marketing services. Taoti provides technology-based systems (typically, web and mobile applications) that couple innovative user experiences with a marketing twist, resulting in solutions that employ a no-nonsense approach to accomplishing business objectives for its clients. Most software shops focus on the technical specification. Most marketing agencies are too ‘front-end focused.’ Taoti is a web/software developer, but with marketing roots and user-centric principles. Since 1996, Taoti boasts over 700 clients, including The Council of Governments, The California State Senate, the World Bank, Penn State University, PICO, Memorial Hermann, and the National Kidney Registry, to name a few. While Taoti offers a very diverse array of solutions, common deployments include custom websites, content management systems, ecommerce platforms, presentation designs, intra/extranets, social media and marketing campaigns, and purpose-built database applications. Though not immediately obvious given the nature of Taoti’s client base, Brent’s education and background stem from his pre- med/biology degree (Bachelors of Science, Juniata College, PA / University of Leeds, UK). While Brent was accepted to Tulane Medical School, he deferred and then declined the offer to pursue his growing business (which started in State College, PA, moved to Alexandria, VA, then to Dortmund, Germany for two years, and finally back to its current headquarters, in the shadow of the Capitol Building in Washington, DC.) Brent’s medical influence has been a recurring theme in his career. In addition to dozens of websites, marketing plans, and custom back-office systems built for private practices, Brent and his team developed a proprietary, interactive e-learning platform for Memorial Hermann Medical Services in 2008.

 


Gerver Torres

Senior Scientist and Managing Partner – Gallup Organization

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Gerver Torres

Is an Economist working for The Gallup Organization, developing a new product, The World Poll, which surveys global citizens about well-being, war and peace, law and order, hopes and dreams, healthcare, suffering and striving, personal economics, poverty, environmental issues, and many other economic and social issues. His main focus is in Latin America. He is a Director of Leadership and Vision, a Venezuelan non-governmental organization established in 1995 to enhance and promote better leadership in that country. Previously, he was a Consultant for the World Bank and other multilateral institution on different economic and social issues including restructuring and privatization of public companies and macroeconomic policy coordination.

He has served as Director of the International Monetary Fund, Minister of Privatization in Venezuela and Professor of Economics at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He has published several books and many different articles on economic and social topics, including:

  • "Un sueño para Venezuela", Caracas, Venezuela, 2000
  • “Municipal Privatization". Washington, World Bank, 1998
  • "The Third wave of Privatization: privatization of social services in developing countries" Washington, World Bank, 1996
  • "Quiénes Ganan? ¿Quiénes Pierden? La Privatización en Venezuela" Caracas, Venezuela, 1994

Dick Salvatierra

Founder & President of the Americas Health Foundation

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Dick Salvatierra

Dick’s experience has been in developing productive one-on-one interpersonal relationships and effective Board relations with non-profit organizations, private business and government, at different organizational levels. Success in: creating and driving Business Development and Marketing initiatives; planning and directing all aspects of the organizations’ policies, objectives and initiatives. Prior successful executive management and marketing experience as Senior Executive with non-profit organizations, service firms and associations in the areas of Federal government contracting, information dissemination, information clearinghouses, customer support services and Internet startups. Extensive international experience, including Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador and Egypt. Fluent in Spanish.

Prior to forming AHF, Dick was Vice President of Development & Special Projects at the Pan American Health & Education Foundation, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for all development activities within the foundation, designed international business plan, partnership agreements and projects under CSR with major international corporations. Creating different vehicles to expand the reach of the brand, including international conferences, increased online activities and strategic and brand planning. Hired new personnel and introduced multiple internships to support our activities. 



Dr. Hernando Antonio Villamizar-Gomez

MD, Former President of the Associacion Latinoamericana de Pediatria

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He was the President of the Asociación Latinoamericana de Pediatría - ALAPE (Latin American Association of Pediatrics) for 11/2009-11/2012. He is also member of the Standing Committee of The International Pediatric Association-IPA and member of The IPA Foundation. He is an adviser of PAHO/WHO as a member of AIEPI (IMCI strategy) Technical Advisory Group. He is part of the Board of Directors of The Margaret Clemons Foundation (MCF), a New York based non- profit  organization  with  a  mission  to  stop violence against women and children through the arts. 

Dr. Villamizar made the most important academic alliances of the new history of the Colombian Pediatrics Society-SCP and ALAPE. With the AAP to bring their on line publications to the Colombian pediatricians and with The Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, being manager of the International Symposium in Pediatrics Update, an event that is becoming one of the largest in the country and the region. 

He is the manager of a partnership between pediatric associations of The Americas: American Academy of Pediatrics-AAP and Canadian Paediatrics Association-CPS, with ALAPE subsidiaries in Europe: the Spain Pediatrics Association-AEP and the Italian Pediatrics Society-SIP, along with the PAHO/WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, Save The Children, Neonatal Alliance and the five largest U.S. children's hospitals. 

He is a Doctor and Pediatrician from the Universidad del Rosario de Colombia (1975) and Children's Hospital of Bogotá, Colombia (1980) with a major training in Neonatology at the “Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre" in Madrid, Spain (1987) and a specialty (2005) Pedagogical University Practice at "Francisco de Paula Santander" University in Cúcuta, Colombia.



Advisory Committee


Medical/Health Affairs:

Dr. Cristina Beato

M.D., FAAFM, Ernst & Young

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Christina Beato

Dr. Beato is an international, and former Deputy Director of PAHO, a C-level and appointee health care leader with exceptional diversity in managing large scale programs and independent evaluations with a focus on policy and program integration. Dr. Beato has extensive knowledge regarding new program development, management controls, rural health environments and the needs of veterans. This includes a deep understanding of available intervention models, World Health Organization, U.S. Health and Human Services, U.S. Veterans Health Administration

While at PAHO, she was responsible for setting the general direction and strategy of the Organization. She also oversaw the Organization’s areas of External Relations, Resource Mobilization and Partnerships; which interacts with UN organizations, international financing institutions, the private sector, NGOs, and other external entities; Planning, Budget and Resource Coordination, which supports the Organization’s planning and budgetary functions; and the Offices of Governing Bodies, Ethics, and the Ombudsman.

While at PAHO, she was responsible for setting the general direction and strategy of the Organization. She also oversaw the Organization’s areas of External Relations, Resource Mobilization and Partnerships; which interacts with UN organizations, international financing institutions, the private sector, NGOs, and other external entities; Planning, Budget and Resource Coordination, which supports the Organization’s planning and budgetary functions; and the Offices of Governing Bodies, Ethics, and the Ombudsman.


Dr. Raul E. Istúriz

MD, FACP

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Raul Isturiz

Raul Istúriz graduated from the Central University of Venezuela Medical School in 1974. After competing his medical internship and residency at St. Raphael’s Hospital he stayed in New Haven, Connecticut for an extended Infectious Diseases fellowship at Yale University. Since then he has returned to Venezuela and worked at Centro Medico de Caracas where he has served in the ethics committee, in the board of directors, in the Infectious Diseases Service and in the Department of Medicine which he chaired. He is currently a Senior Consultant in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases and Director of the Adult Vaccination Service.

Dr. Istúriz has published original work on a variety of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases topics in national and international journals and is the author of important book chapters. Dr. Istúriz teaches at the Gorgas course of Clinical Tropical Medicine.

Dr. Istúriz was the founding president of the Infectious Disease Society of Venezuela and served as President of the Pan American Association for Infectious Diseases, he is Past-President of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. Dr. Istúriz is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a member the Infectious Diseases Society of America where he has worked for the International Affairs Committee and the Annual Meeting Program Committee.


Dr. Jose Brea

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Jose Brea

Dr. Jose Osterman Brea del Castillo has had a lifetime of commitment to public health. His focus of expertise is in vaccines, dengue, and pertussis.

He is currently the President of SLIPE (Sociedad Latinoamericana de Infectologia Pediatrica). He has served as a key leader in SLIPE’s mission to promote the development of vaccines to prevent pediatric infectious diseases in Latin America. Dr. Brea has also been President of the Dominican Society for Immunization and Pediatrics.

Dr. Brea is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University Hospital Santo Domingo and is a Board Member of WSPID (World Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases)

Dr. Brea earned his Doctoral of Medicine, (MD) from the Institute of Technology in Santo Domingo (Instituto Technologico de Santo Domingo - INTEC).


Dr. Luiza Falleiros

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Luiza Falleiros

She graduated in Medicine from the Federal University of Paraná - Brazil (1970), and earned her PhD in Applied Sciences Pediatrics and Medicine at the Federal University of São Paulo (1995)-UNIFESP. She has worked for many years in the Emilio Ribas Institute of Infectious Diseases and currently is an Associate Professor Doctor Discipline Coordinator of Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine of Marília (FAMEMA and Professor of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Metropolitana de Santos ( Unimes)

She has extensive experience in medicine, with emphasis in pediatrics, especially on the following topics: Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines, Immunization and Vaccination. She has the Titles of Specialist in Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases Specialist, and Specialist in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Previously acting as a member of the Department of Infectious Diseases of the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics and Member of the Committee on Infectious Diseases Pediatric Society of São Paulo. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Latin American Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (SLIPE) and currently serves as Vice-President of the Latin American Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (SLIPE). She is widely published and considered a Key Opinion Leader from Brazil.


Dr. Ricardo Walter Rüttimann

MD, Pediatrician and Infectious Diseases

Vaccines Unit Director, FIDEC-FUNCEI

Coordinator of Vaccines Committee, Argentine Infectious Diseases Society

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Ricardo Walter Rüttimann

Medical studies at Medicine College, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Pediatrician certified by Argentine Pediatric Society and the Medical College of Buenos Aires. Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the Infectious Diseases Department and Preventive Medicine Sanatorio Güemes, Buenos Aires. Currently Infectious Diseases Specialist at FUNCEI (Fundación Centro de Estudios Infectológicos) and Vaccines Unit Director FIDEC (Fighting Infectious Diseases in Emerging Countries) University of Miami. Postdoctoral degree Master in Epidemiology and Clinical Effectiveness Harvard University and University of Buenos Aires.

Main Interest in vaccines and vaccines development. Has actively participated in the development of rotavirus, pneumococcal conjugated and influenza vaccines. Investigator of the Rota-023 study, which received “Best Investigation of the Year” award by The Lancet in 2006.


Dr. Marco Aurélio Palazzi Sáfadi

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Dr. Marco Aurélio Palazzi Sáfadi

Marco Sáfadi is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Santa Casa de São Paulo School of Medicine, Brazil. After receiving his degree in medicine and a residency in pediatrics, he continued his medical training in pediatric infectious diseases at the Federal University of São Paulo. He received a master’s degree in pediatrics studying congenital toxoplasmosis in children, and a PhD on the impact of rotavirus vaccine on gastroenteritis hospitalizations in children.

He is Head of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Division at São Luiz Hospital and a Member of the Permanent Advisory Board on Immunization Practices of the Ministry of Health in Brazil.

Prof. Sáfadi is an active member of the Committee of Pediatric Infectious Diseases for the Society of Pediatrics, São Paulo, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases for the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics, ESPID (European Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases), the International Scientific Committee for WSPID, and in 2011 was appointed a Liaison representative for SLIPE (Sociedad Latinoamericana de Infectología Pediátrica) at the Committee on Infectious Diseases (COID) from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Prof. Sáfadi has authored papers on immunization, meningococcal and pneumococcal infections, congenital toxoplasmosis, influenza, rotavirus gastroenteritis, HPV and community-acquired infections.


Business Development:

Meredith Fensom

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Meredith Fensom

Meredith Fensom is the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Director for International Affairs. In this position, Ms. Fensom assists in the development and execution of an international strategic plan, including organizing and conducting BIO advocacy on key international regulatory, reimbursement and trade issues. She serves as the BIO point of contact for Brazil and Latin America.

Prior to joining BIO, Ms. Fensom managed an agricultural trade business and policy consulting firm for three years. She has consulted for various multinational institutions including the Inter-American Development Bank and the United Nations’ International Trade Centre.

When she first moved to Washington, Ms. Fensom served as Special Assistant in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office of the Americas. Earlier in her career Ms. Fensom was the founding director of the University of Florida’s Law & Policy in the Americas Program, including teaching responsibilities at the law school.

Ms. Fensom has litigated matters of international law and was a Fulbright Scholar in Santiago, Chile, where she assisted in the design and evaluation of Chile’s judicial reform process. She also received CIBER and FLAS Fellowships to Brazil. She is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese.

Ms. Fensom received a J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and is a member of the Florida Bar. She received a Master’s Degree from the University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies. Her undergraduate degree is from Furman University, with a major in Political Science and concentration in Latin American Studies.

Ms. Fensom was raised in Florida. Her interests include boating (United States Coast Guard Captain, License No. 839684), hiking, tennis and cooking. She is a member of the D.C. Gator Club Board of Directors and Secretary of the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies Alumni Advisory Board.


Dr. Richard Kahn

PhD, Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine

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Richard Kahn

Richard Kahn, PhD, is an independent consultant/researcher and is a Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine since mid-2009.

Prior to his retirement from the American Diabetes Association in June 2009, Dr. Kahn was responsible for the scientific and medical affairs of the Association for nearly 25 years. He provided senior management oversight for all professional education activities, which consisted of all clinical and research conferences and symposia, and the largest diabetes-related clinical and scientific meeting in the world---the annual ADA Scientific Sessions. Dr. Kahn also oversaw the development of clinical practice guidelines and consensus statements, and he provided senior staff direction for the professional books and journals produced by the Association.

Under his leadership, the Association defined for the first time Standards for the medical care for persons with diabetes, introduced the concept of diabetes performance measures, redefined the diagnosis and classification of diabetes, started two major professional certification programs, introduced a new test for the diagnosis of diabetes, and produced dozens of guidelines and statements that have had a major impact on how diabetes and its complications are defined and treated.

Prior to joining the American Diabetes Association in 1985, Dr. Kahn was Chief of Scientific Affairs for the American Red Cross in St. Louis, Missouri, and an Associate Professor of Pathology at Washington University. In these positions he established the first Tissue Bank in the Red Cross System and directed a large research laboratory concerned with the pathophysiology of blood cells and the prevention of transfusion-transmitted diseases.

Dr. Kahn received his doctorate in physiology from Georgetown University and has published over 65 papers as well as numerous book chapters. He has received many awards and honors, including the 2009 Charles H. Best Medal for Distinguished Service from the American Diabetes Association and the 2009 Albert Renold Medal from the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

 

Dario Soto Abril

Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer of the Trust for the Americas

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Dario Soto Abril

He is the Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer of the Trust for the Americas, the non profit affiliate of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C. Dario oversees the implementation of democracy, governance and development programs in more than 21 countries in the Western Hemisphere. He is responsible for a team of 25 and a budget of 10M a year. Coauthored the book "Mexico: Indicators of Quality Journalism" and recently published an article on Access to Information in the OAS International Law Course Book. He has earned an LLM degree from Tulane University (New Orleans) and a Diploma in Mass Media and World Politics from the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. ??Member of the International Law section of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. Admitted to practice law in Colombia and the State of New York (USA).


Andrew I. Rudman

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Andrew I. Rudman

Andrew I. Rudman is the Deputy Vice-President for the Western Hemisphere of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). In this capacity he is responsible for policy advocacy on behalf of the research-based biopharmaceutical industry throughout the Western Hemisphere (outside the United States), with a special focus on Brazil and Mexico. Protection of intellectual property rights and promoting patient access to lifesaving medicines are the two major elements of PhRMA’s advocacy efforts in these markets.

Before joining PhRMA in January, 2007, Andrew was Director of the Office of NAFTA and Inter-America Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce where he was responsible for ensuring that U.S. businesses gained the NAFTA market access to which they were entitled under the terms of the agreement. Prior to joining the Commerce Department in 2001, he was a tenured Foreign Service Officer with the US Department of State. During his ten-plus years at State, he served overseas in Guayaquil, Ecuador and in Montevideo, Uruguay and held domestic assignments in the bureaus of Intelligence and Research, International Organization Affairs, and Western Hemisphere Affairs. His last assignment at State was as Brazil Desk Officer.

Andrew has an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University in New Orleans and a B.A. from Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

 


General:

Dr. Ana Rita Gonzalez

Sc.D., C.P.H. - Policy Wisdom - President and CEO

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Ana Rita Gonzalez

Ana Rita Gonzalez holds a Doctorate in Science in health policy and management fro Johns Hopkins University, with a master’s degree in hospital administration from the University of Puerto Rico, and graduate studies in health planning from Cornell University. In 2009 the national Board of Public Health Examiners certified her in Public Health.- Edit

Prior to the opening of Policy Wisdom, Dr. Gonzalez created and led the Global Public Health Policy Group at Fleishman-Hillard. For Fleishman, she developed the e7 methodology for policy influencing and her work in the public health and health policy arena includes a broad variety of clients and projects. Her work for Merck includes health policy work ex-US for Gardasil and Totateq. Policy work for Ezetrol in the EMEA region, for HIV’AIDS in Latin America. She has worked in public health projects for Pfizer conceptualizing, launching and developing the health literacy issue and for Bayer hemophilia and aspirin. Dr. Gonzalez has worked on supra national policy work for the World Hepatitis Alliance.

Dr. Gonzalez served for nine years as hospital and health systems advisor for the World Health Organization-Pan American Health Organization. During her time with WHO-PAHO she served in Barbados-covering the English –speaking regions of the Caribbean, Costa Rica and Peru. In her tenure with WHO-PAHO she was responsible for healthcare reform design, health policy planning and influencing, crisis management and disaster preparedness. She developed and lead policy, social marketing and health education programs for special populations in areas such as immunizations, family planning, diabetes and health related diseases, developmental pediatrics, AIDS, responsible use of health services and medical devices, breastfeeding, breast cancer awareness and high risk pregnancies. Before joining WHO-PAHO, Dr. Gonzalez worked in the hospital industry in Puerto Rico managing government as well as private hospitals, specializing in taking hospitals out of bankruptcy.

Dr. Gonzalez co-authored in 2007 Moments in Leadership: Case Studies in Public Leadership; she is also the author of numerous articles. She is a lecturer at George Washington University, Department of Health Policy and holds a courtesy faculty appointment at the Florida International University, Stempel School of Public Health. 

 

James R Whitehad

Executive Vice President of the American College of Sports Medicine

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Whitehead

James R. Whitehead is Executive Vice President of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in Indianapolis, a position he has held since 1990.

Prior to his appointment at ACSM in 1990, Whitehead served in executive roles at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in Washington, D.C. (1987-1990), and with other health-related foundations and associations.

Whitehead has served as executive director of the following organizations: National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA); Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science; Wilderness Medical Society; and National Association for Health and Fitness. At present, he is the NCPPA president-elect.

He has served as a speaker, panelist, or consultant for more than 125 organizations-including the U.S. Olympic Committee; the American Diabetes Association; the American Heart Association; and the American Public Health Association-and has served on numerous boards, including the NCPPA, and the National Institute for Fitness and Sports.


Biologics/Biosimilars:

Dr. Valderilio Feijo Azevedo , MD, PhD, MBA, MSc

MD, PhD, MBA, MSc Professor of Rheumatology at The Federal Univeristy of Parana

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Valderilio Feijo Azevedo

Dr. Feijo Azevedo is a professor of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine- Hospital de Clínicas – Federal University of Paraná- Brazil. In addition to:

• Former professor of Rheumatology and Internal Medicine of Catholic University of Paraná. PUCPR
• Principal investigator of EDUMED(owner)- Health Research and Education and EDUMED BIOTEC since 2009. http://www.edumed.med.br
• Specialization in biotechnology
• Head of Spondylarthritis Unit - Hospital de Clínicas – Federal University of Paraná- UFPR- Brazil
• Member of Brazilian Comitee of Spondylarthritis – Brazilian Society of Rheumatology-  since 2004
• Member of Brazilian Comitee of Rheumatic Patients – Brazilian Society of Rheumatology- since 2010
• Former member of National Joint of Evaluation of Medical Schools-  Comissão Nacional do Exame Nacional de Cursos-Medicina, Ministery of Education, de 1998-2001. 
• Member of the Steering committee of GRAPPA – Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis – www.grappanetwork.org
• Member of EUSTAR - eular scleroderma trials and research group- www.eustar.org
• Member of SPARKLE- SpondyloArthritis Knowledge and. Learning
• Author of books, chapters of books and articles - See                  http://lattes.cnpq.br/0102178796973154 , www.pubmed.com( AZEVEDO V F), www.researchgate.com
• Board Member of Rheumatology Report  former Rheumatology Reviews  http://www.pagepress.org/journals/index.php/rr/about/displayMembership/25
• Representative of the National Association of Rheumatic patients(ANAPAR) in the supreme federal court for the incorporation of anti-TNFs in the audience of public health. Brasília-DF. 2009 http://www.stf.jus.br/portal/cms/verNoticiaDetalhe.asp?idConteudo=107629
• Chairman of the I National Forum on Biosimilars. November- 2010 -Curitiba-PR  http://www.forumbiossimilares.com.br
• Coordinator of the II National Forum on Biosimilars and I Latin American Forum on Biosimilars. September-2011- Foz do Iguaçu-PR
• Coordinator of III national Forum on Biosimilars and II Latin American Forum on Biosimilars. August-2012- Sao Paulo 
• Speaker about  biologic medicines and clinical research in many national events
• Member of International Medical advisory board on Biosimilars of  Pfizer Inc. (USA) and Merck-Serono
• To see biosimilars scientific production look at www.google.com (valderilio biosimilars)

 


AHF Staff


Mary Herdoiza

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Over 25 years experience in public relations, media relations and social marketing project management. Led national and international preventive health social marketing campaigns among Hispanics on HPV anc Cervical Cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Asthma, Influenza Vaccination Among Elderly and Malnutrition prevention, among others. She is fluent in Spanish

 


Mirona Dragnea

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Recent graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. She brings her experience in public policy, advocacy and public interest in global health, human rights and Latin American law. She is a graduate of Duke University with a BA degree in International Development an Health Policy with a focus on Latin America. She is fluent in Spanish, Romanian and a working level of French.