Advisory Committee

Education and Training 

Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela, Medical Doctor Degree, 1973.

Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Department of Medicine, Residency in Internal Medicine, 1974-1976.

Louisiana State University, Department of Medicine, Clinical Fellowship in Infectious Diseases,1976-1979.

Tulane University, Master in Public Health and Tropical Medicine,1979.

Professional Activities

Professor in Tropical Medicine, School of Medicine, Universidad Central de Venezuela, 1980-98.

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Medical epidemiologist with a Masters and Doctorate in Tropical Medicine. Associate Professor of Public Health, Department of the Federal University of Goias Brazil. Assessor of the Ministry of Health of Brazil of the National Dengue Control Program.

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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.

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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

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Andrew I. Rudman is a Managing Director with Monarch Global Strategies (formerly ManattJones Global Strategies). Based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, Mr. Rudman leads Monarch Global Strategies' healthcare practice and counsels clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device and nutritional supplement sectors on regulatory and public policy challenges related to market entry and market access in the Americas. He writes and speaks on Mexican healthcare issues, including systemic reform and public-private sector collaboration. Mr.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Luiza Falleiros 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)

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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.

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