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Analysis

Key Figures & Decision Makers

Sat, 09/05/2015 - 12:03

DR. MERCEDES JUAN LÓPEZ

Minister of Health

Having started her career as a surgeon specializing in rehabilitation medicine in Hospital Mocel, Dr. Mercedes Juan subsequently went on to become a Professor at the Interdisciplinary Center for Health Sciences of the Mexican National Railways. Subsequently, she began her political career and in 1988 she was appointed Undersecretary of Health Regulation and Development at the Ministry of Health, going on to become Secretary of the National Health Council of the Ministry of Health in 1994. She is the first woman to hold the title of Minister of Health. Dr. Juan has received several awards in recognition of her work, including the Benito Juárez medal awarded by the Mexican Society of Geography and Statistics and the Commissioner’s Special Citation from the FDA.

MIKEL ARRIOLA PEÑALOSA

Commisioner of the Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS)

Mikel Arriola holds a degree in Law from the University of Anahuac North, a Master’s degree in Public Policies and Public Administration from the London School of Economics and Policital Science (LSE), as well as a Master’s in Law from the University of Chicago. Arriola acted as Chief Compliance Officer of Financiera Rural and Deputy Director General of Banrural from 2003-2005. In 2007, he began his political career as Assessor at the Tresury, before going on to become General Director of Planning and Revenue at the Undersecretariat of Revenue and subsequently the Head of the Tax Legislation Unit at the same institution. On his arrival to COFEPRIS, Arriola enacted a sweeping reform of regulatory procedures, streamlining the approval process for pharmaceutical registrations and during his tenure; COFEPRIS has been named as a National Regulatory Authority of National Reference by PAHO and as a Functional Regulatory Agency for vaccines by the WHO.

DR. GABRIEL O’SHEA CUEVAS

Federal Commisioner of the National Commission for Social Healthcare Protection (CNPSS)

A graduate from the Medical Faculty of the University of Guadalajara, Dr. O’Shea specialized in Ophthalmology, and is certified by the Mexican Board of Ophthalmology. After working as a Professor, he became Assessor in the 55th and 56th Legislatures of the Federal Chamber of Deputies. Dr. O’Shea was subsequently appointed Director of the California Transplant Center in the State of Mexico, and in 2009 he was named Undersecretary of Health and General Director of the Mexican Institute of Health. In January this year, as Head of CNPSS, Dr. O’Shea implemented an initiative charging more than 1,400 managers with the responsibility for ensuring that the needs of the more than 57 million Seguro Popular affiliates are met.

JOSÉ ANTONIO GONZÁLEZ ANAYA

Director General of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS)

José Antonio González Anaya obtained a degree in Economy and Mechanic Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as a Master’s in Economy and a Doctorate in Economy from Harvard University in Massachusetts. González is a respected authority on economic issues, having had numerous books published including “Macroeconomic Reforms in Latin America: The Second Round.” In 1991, he held the position of Director of Economic Analysis at the Technical Secretariat of the Presidential Office. As well as working at the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit during the administrations of Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderón, he was a Senior Economist at the World Bank in the Bolivian, Paraguayan and Peruvian divisions. González also works as an academic at the University of Stanford in California.