In his current role, José Ignacio Santos serves as the Secretary of the General Health Council for the Government of Mexico. He was appointed to the position in 2018.
For more than two decades, Santos has served the national and international communities as a leader and advisor on public health matters, including as past President of the Mexican and Pan-American Infectious Disease Societies. His professional experience includes serving as Visiting Pediatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital, and as Director of Infectious Hospital Infantil de México, Federico Gómez. As an academic, Santos served as Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology at Boston University School of Medicine and is now Professor in Experimental Medicine at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
Santos’ research and public health interests focus on global priorities in child health, pediatric infectious diseases, neglected tropical infectious diseases, and the evaluation and introduction of new vaccines. Santos received his medical and pediatric training at Stanford University and Clinical Immunology and Infectious Diseases training at the University of Utah. He is the author or co-author of 300 peer-reviewed publications.