In his current role, José Ignacio Santos, MD, MSc, serves as the Secretary of the General Health Council for Mexico’s Government. 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 past President of the Mexican and Pan-American Infectious Disease Societies. He serves on advisory boards of the World Health and Pan American Health Organizations. His professional experience includes being Director of Mexico´s immunization program and Director of the leading pediatric hospital in Mexico, 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 Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is currently Professor in Experimental Medicine (on leave) 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 340 peer-reviewed publications.