Mirta Roses Periago

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Mirta Roses Periago at the World Economic Forum on Latin America in 2011

Dr. Mirta Roses Periago is an Argentine epidemiologist and the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) until January 31 2013.

She received a medical degree in 1969 from Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina, and additional qualifications in tropical medicine, public health, and epidemiology at other institutions in Argentina.

She took office as director of PAHO on 1 February 2003 for an initial five-year term, the first woman to head the organization as well as the first female Regional Director of the World Health Organization;[1] she was re-elected in 2007.


Her many awards include Civil Order of Health (Spain); Order of Health Public, the Order of Marshall Santa Cruz (Armed Forces), the Agricultural Medal of Merit, and the Order of Bolívar the Liberator (Bolivia); Decoration of Merit in Public Health and Honorato Vásquez National Order (Ecuador); José de Marcoleta Order and the Pedro Joaquín Chamorro Order of Freedom (Nicaragua); and Order of Merit of Duarte, Sanchez and Mella (Dominican Republic). In 2003 Konex Foundation from Argentina granted her the Diamond Konex Award, one of the most prestigious awards in Argentina, as the most important Scientific in the last decade in his country.

Roses Periago has been awarded honorary professorships at the Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública in Granada, Spain; the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia; the Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial, Ecuador; the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua en León; the Universidad de San Marcos, Peru; and the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. She has also received honorary doctorates from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina; the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico; the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua en León; the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, and the Universidad Central del Este, Dominican Republic.


  1. ^ Anon. (2008) Lifeline: Mirta Roses-Periago. Lancet 372: 1725

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