Dr. Julio Frenk is the President of the University of Miami, and formerly the Dean of the Faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health. He served on the Task Force from its inception until September 2015.
He is an authority on global health and previously served as the Minister of Health of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, during which time he pursued an ambitious agenda to reform the nation’s health system.
He is perhaps best known for introducing a program of comprehensive national health insurance, known as Seguro Popular, which expanded access to health care for tens of millions of previously uninsured Mexicans.
Dr. Frenk was the founding director-general of the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, one of the leading institutions of health education and research in the developing world. In 1998, Dr. Frenk joined the World Health Organization as executive director in charge of Evidence and Information for Policy, WHO’s first-ever unit explicitly charged with developing a scientific foundation for health policy to achieve better outcomes.
Most recently, he served as a senior fellow in the global health program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and as president of the Carso Health Institute in Mexico City. He chairs the boards of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
Dr. Frenk holds a medical degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, as well as three advanced degrees from the University of Michigan: master of public health, master of arts in sociology, and a PhD in medical organization and sociology.
In addition to his scholarly works, which include articles in academic journals as well as many books and book chapters, he has written two best-selling novels for youngsters explaining the functions of the human body. In September of 2008, Dr. Frenk received the Clinton Global Citizen Award.