Dionisio Herrera, MD, PhD
As the director of TEPHINET from March 2009 to December 2018, the late Dr. Dionisio Herrera oversaw a global network of 71 field epidemiology training programs with a presence in more than 100 countries that work to improve the capacity of developing countries to detect changes in disease and injury patterns and respond appropriately.
Prior to joining TEPHINET, Dr. Herrera was the Director of the Spain Field Epidemiology Training Program, a member of the Alert Unit for Rapid Response at the Institute of Health Carlos III Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs in Madrid, Spain, Professor at Complutense University of Madrid, and a member of the steering committee for the European Programme in Intervention Epidemiology Training. During his public health career, he has also served as Field Epidemiology Senior at the Institute of Public Health of Autonomous Community of Madrid, a member of various international committees on field epidemiology and public health, and as a consultant to different organizations including WHO and CDC. He has worked principally on the development of field investigations, evaluation of epidemiological systems, and training in field epidemiology.
Other positions held by Dr. Herrera include consultant to the Minister of Health and Assistant in Cuba, Family Medicine specialist and Medical Doctor, graduate at the National Reference Center for Primary Attention in Cuba. Dr. Herrera holds a PhD in public health. He served as Chairman of the TEPHINET Advisory Board from 2002 to 2005 and has been a member of the Board since 2007. He has worked as a medical practitioner in Guinea-Bissau, Zambia, and Mexico. Dr. Herrera received his MD from the University of Medical Sciences of Havana and his PhD apto cum laude from the Autonomous University of Madrid.