Andrei Issakov has worked in clinical practice and public health for over 40 years. He received his Medical Degree (with honours) from Pirogov’s Russian Medical University in Moscow, and then specialized in surgery, medical education, and public health in USSR and UK. He holds Ph.D. in Paediatric Surgery, and Master’s Degree in Public Health. Before joining World Health Organization in 1985, he has occupied a number of clinical, academic and administrative positions at Pirogov’s Russian Medical University and Filatov’s Children’s Teaching Hospital in Moscow.
Working with WHO Headquarters in Geneva between 1985 and 2009, as Program Manager and Unit Head, he has provided leadership and significantly contributed to several key areas of WHO program activities such as development and strengthening of health systems, health sector reform, health policy and systems research, organization and management of health service delivery, quality of care, patient safety, health facilities planning, health technology assessment and management. He successfully worked across all levels of the Organization and with various categories of stakeholders – governments, international organizations, donor agencies, academic and research institutions, professional associations, industry and civil society. He developed, mobilized funding, organized and implemented numerous complex multidisciplinary international projects in some 135 countries.
After leaving WHO in 2009, he established a private consulting firm Health Systems and Technology (HS&T) International Consulting based in Geneva, therefore continuing his active engagement in international health work. He is also a Health Systems, Services and Technology Adviser to the Geneva-based company Global Healthcare Advisory SA, and is engaged with several international non-governmental organizations serving as a Member of Board of Trustees of Global Health Equity Foundation; Coordinator and Member of Executive Board of Swiss-Russian Health Forum; Member of Board of Directors of Commission for Advancement of Health Technology Management in Asia.
He is a member of some 25 international and national professional associations. He has been honoured with national and international professional awards and recognitions, including honorary life membership in several international professional societies, International Award from American College of Clinical Engineering for Leadership in Promoting and Advancing Quality in Healthcare Delivery, and USSR All-Union State “Komsomol” Award for Development of New Methods of Treatment in Paediatric Surgery. He has over 50 publications – books, book chapters, articles and conference abstracts on a wide range of public health issues.