Honorable Dr. Adolfo Rubinstein
Founder and Director General of the Institute of Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS) Former Minister of Health, Government of Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
I am a physician graduated at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). I received a MSc in Clinical Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health in 1996 and a PhD in Public Health from UBA in 2000. In 2002, I completed a postgraduate diploma in Health Economics at the University of York, UK. I am now full Professor of Family Medicine, Full Professor of Public Health and founder and former Director of the Master's program in Clinical Effectiveness of UBA. I am also Visiting scholar of the Lown Cardiovascular program at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.
I was founder and chairman of the Division of Family and Community Medicine at the Hospital Italiano of Buenos Aires, one of the leading teaching hospital in Argentina, until 2010. I was the founder and Director-General of the Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS) since its creation in 2002 until March 2017 when I was appointed as secretary of Health Promotion, Prevention and control of the National Ministry of Health and then National Minister of Health. From 2009 to 2017, I was Director and PI of the Southern Cone American Centre of Excellence in Cardiovascular Health, (CESCAS/IECS), sponsored by NHLBI and PI of several projects funded by NIH. My research was focused on health policy research, cardiovascular epidemiology and implementation research to improve prevention and control of NCD in Argentina and Latin America. In 2018-2019, I was appointed as a Commissioner of the WHO Independent High-level Commission on NCDs. I have been PI and Director of studies awarded by national (Argentine MoH and research bodies), regional and international bodies such as US NIH (NHLBI, NCI and FIC), IDRC, PAHO, WHO, WB, IDB, Merck and Pfizer foundation, and others. I was also board member of city Cancer Challenge (C/CAN) from 2018 to 2022.
I have published more than 120 papers in peer review journals as well as textbooks and book chapters in health policy and health reform, clinical epidemiology, health services research and economic evaluations, focusing on NCD epidemiology, different aspects of the practice of primary care, and resource-allocation decision making. I am an investigator of the National Council of Scientific Research of Argentina (CONICET).
During my term as a Minister of Health of Argentina, from 2017 through 2019, my priorities were focused on the expansion of Universal Health Strategy, particularly for uninsured population, prevention and control of NCD and childhood obesity, and regulation of price and coverage of innovative drugs. In 2020, I returned to my home institution, IECS, to create the Center for Implementation and Innovation in Health Policies (CIIPS), where I am its current Director. CIIPS is working on implementation of different programs and policies for organizations and governments in Argentina and Latin America. https://www.iecs.org.ar/en/ciips/