|President of Ecuador|
April 20, 2005 – January 15, 2007
|Vice President||Alejandro Serrano|
|Preceded by||Lucio Gutiérrez|
|Succeeded by||Rafael Correa|
|Vice President of Ecuador|
January 15, 2003 – April 20, 2005
|Preceded by||Pedro Pinto Rubianes|
|Succeeded by||Alejandro Serrano|
|Minister of Health|
November 11, 1994 – August 10, 1996
|Preceded by||Patricio Abad|
|Succeeded by||Marcelo Cruz|
January 22, 1939 |
|Political party||No party affiliation|
|Spouse(s)||María Beatriz Paret|
|Alma mater||Case Western Reserve University|
Luis Alfredo Palacio González (born January 22, 1939) served as President of Ecuador from April 2005 to January 2007. From January 15, 2003 to April 20, 2005, he served as vice president, after which he was appointed to the presidency when the Ecuadorian Congress removed President Lucio Gutiérrez from power following a week of growing unrest with his government.
Born in Guayaquil, Palacio is a physician by profession, specializing in cardiology. He studied in his home town and, later, at Cleveland, Ohio, doing residency at Case Western Reserve University, followed by a two-year cardiology fellowship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States. He later lectured in cardiology and public health at Guayaquil University's faculty of medicine.
Palacio was chosen as Lucio Gutiérrez's running mate in the 2002 election. It was a common sight during the campaign to see Gutiérrez, dressed in his army fatigues, accompanied by Palacio, wearing surgical scrubs. Palacio had previously served as the minister for health during the administration of Sixto Durán Ballén. Many of the ministers he chose were from the Democratic Left (Ecuador).
One of Palacio's first proposals made as president was to hold a Constitutional Assembly to amend Ecuador's 1998 Constitution. For a period of several months prior to assuming office, he had been a critic of the Gutiérrez regime, saying that the country was "falling apart" and in need of "intensive care".
Rafael Correa was elected president in November 2006 and replaced Palacio as president on January 15, 2007.
World Health Organization
Palacio was one of the candidates for the position of director-general of the World Health Organization, to be decided in a vote on November 9, 2006. However, on October 18, 2006, he announced he would not be pursuing the position, preferring to concentrate on his presidency until the very last day of his mandate. 
- Presidencia de la República – Presidente Biography as president
- BBC Mundo | América Latina | ¿Quién es Alfredo Palacio? (BBC News)
- Ecuador's Balancing Act: Palacio, the People and the IMF The Council on Hemispheric Affairs
|President of Ecuador
Pedro Pinto Rubianes
|Vice President of Ecuador