Dr Enrique Ruelas is the Secretary of the General Health Council of Mexico (a position similar to that of the Surgeon General in the United States) as well as a Member of the National Academy of Medicine, the Mexican Academy of Surgery, a Member of the Board of the Baxter Award on Health Systems Research in the USA, and President of the Latinamerican Society for Quality in Health Care.
qualifications include an MD from La Salle University
in Mexico City, an MPA from the Center for Economic Research and Education
in Mexico, and a Master of Health Sciences in Health Administration from the University of Toronto
helped oversee the modernisation of Mexico's
health-care system using supply-chain techniques which radically improved service levels while at the same time made significant cost savings.
Prior to his current post he gained widespread entrepreneurial and academic experience and is an expert on health care quality and managing health-care systems.
Previous posts include Acting Minister of Health of Mexico; Vice Minister of Health - Quality and Innovation, Ministry of Health of Mexico; President of the International Society for Quality
in Health Care (ISQua); Director of the Mexican Journal of Quality
in Health Care; Member of the Advisory Board of the Avedis Donabedian Foundation
, Spain; Founder President of the Mexican Society for Quality
in Health Care; President of the Mexican Hospital Association; Chairman and CEO of QUALIMED; Director of Institutional Development of the Mexican Health Foundation; Program Director-Health for Latin America and the Caribbean, W. K. Kellogg Foundation; Dean of the National School of Public Health of Mexico
, National Institute of Public Health; Associate Director for Health Systems Research, Center for Public Health Research; and Associate Dean of the School of Medicine of the Anahuac University, Mexico
has given more than 570 lectures on quality in health care and the management of health care systems in 16 countries across North, Central and South America, Europe and the East and has published more than 80 articles as well as 5 books on the topic.