M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
School: Milken Institute School of Public Health
Department: Global Health
Dr. Santos-Burgoa is a Professor in the Department of Global Health, where he also serves as the Program Director for the Global Health Policy MPH program.
Dr. Santos-Burgoa is raising awareness of the importance for equity and development of the regulatory public health function within the health systems, and seeking to advance their performance; his emphasis is on Latin-American countries institutional capacity, and in regional and global health organizations. Of his special interest are the implications of international trade and other global agreements, on regulation to protect the population from avoidable exposure to risks. He is furthering the need for rigorous methods (epidemiologic, equity, risk assessment, economic analysis), organizational development, governance and legal frameworks for public health regulation. He has worked on environmental risks (urbanization, air pollution, carcinogens, cancer, and childhood malformations). He is now addressing Noncommunicable Diseases risk factors (tobacco, alcohol, unhealthy diets, childhood obesity), and emerging topics such as antimicrobial resistance and the public health consequences of the legalization of psychoactive drugs.
Dr. Santos-Burgoa has practiced clinical medicine, and he has worked in academia, consulting, and management at the national and international level. He practiced in Mexico City´s slums, the southern indigenous midlands, and the Mayan communities. He did research identifying the carcinogenesis of 1,3-butadiene in synthetic rubber workers. His epidemiologic research also included atmospheric and indoors air pollution, mining (lead, coal, and manganese), heavy metals and ecosystem health pesticides, industrial environmental and occupational health. He was Dean of the School of Public Health of Mexico at the National Institute of Public Health, Director General of the Health Environment and Work Institute – a private consulting and research firm -, Director General at Mexico´s Ministry of Health, and Senior Advisor and Acting Department Director at the Pan American Health Organization (the regional WHO organization). At Mexico´s MoH he developed strategies such as the Federal Commission for Sanitary Risk Protection, the Strategy for Health Services Provision Organizational Reform, and the Health Promotion Operation Model. He was responsible for establishing and negotiating the intersectoral policy on "Salud Alimentaria" as related to the obesity epidemic. He was a country representative to NAFTA side Agreements, to the Earth Summit of Johannesburg (2002), and to bilateral environmental, food and drugs negotiation with USA and Canada. As international officer he contributed to several regional strategies and resolutions (Health and Human Security, Urban Health, Non-communicable Diseases, Childhood Obesity, and the draft Environmental Health Strategy), and to three world summits negotiation of the outcome documents from the UN-High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases, the regional consultation for the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Río+20).
Dr. Santos-Burgoa is a Medical Doctor and environmental epidemiologist. He is a Graduate of the Program for Senior Executive Business Management (AD-2) at the Pan-American Institute of Business Administration (IPADE). He has published in peer reviewed journals, chapters, institutional technical reports and books. He has participated at several boards, and he is currently a member of the Social Determinants of Health committee at Mexico´s National Academy of Medicine, the International Advisory Board of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence NHS UK, and the Policy Committee for the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology. He participates in numerous national and international professional societies. He is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico and of the Collegium Ramazzini. He has received several national and international awards, including the “2006 Distinguished Alumni Award” from the Johns Hopkins University