Dr. Juan Pablo Uribe Restrepo is the current Minister of Health and Social Protection of Colombia since August 2018.
He graduated as Medical Doctor from Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia and continued his education completing master’s degrees in Public Health and Health Administration from the University of Michigan, USA.
Since the beginning of his career, he has shown interest for Colombia´s health system. He first started in 1994 as the Director for Prevention and Promotion of Health in the Ministry of Health, and further became vice-minister of health between 1998 and 1999, where he worked towards making the health system more effective.
Dr. Uribe has worked for over 20 years in public health and health administration. He has worked in multilateral organizations in health, first as a senior specialist of health for the World Bank Latin America and the Caribbean in Washington D.C. from 2000 to 2004, and later as Health Director for the World Bank East Asia and the Pacific. During this time, he worked in the creation of the health system in Uruguay, and in the health system reform in Bolivia, amongst others.
Further, Dr. Uribe has a broad experience in the private sector. He worked as the Chief and Coordinator of health in the Fundación Corona, a private NGO dedicated to strengthening equity and social development in Colombia. He also worked led Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá hospital, one of the most prestigious, leading University Hospitals in Colombia. During his career, he has also contributed to education, not only by directing a university hospital, but also as an associate professor for several universities.