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Ministry of Health

The Health Ministry’s mission during this administration has been to contribute to making the population healthier; to harmoniously develop the healthcare systems in a people-centered manner; to strengthen control over those factors that could impact health; and to support the national medical attention network. The ministry’s goal is to attend the needs of individuals, families and communities in a timely manner. It is accountable to the public and seeks to promote people’s exercise of their rights and responsibilities.

Enrique Paris

Health Minister

Dr. Paris qualified as a medical surgeon at the Universidad Católica and has a Degree in Pediatrics from Universidad de Chile.

From 1975 to 1979, he served as the zonal general physician at Achao Hospital, Chiloé, director of the Curaco de Vélez Health Service, director of Achao Hospital and head of the children’s health and adult medicine programs.

Between 1979 and 1982 he obtained a residency fellowship in Pediatrics at Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital, and later, a fellowship in Pediatric Intensive Care at Clíniques Universitaires Saint-Luc of Université Catholique de Louvain, in Brussels, Belgium.

He also served several periods as chief of the Intensive Care Unit at Sótero del Río Hospital and as chief of the Pediatric Service at Universidad Católica.

During his academic career, Dr. Paris served as director of postgraduate studies of the School of Medicine at Universidad Finis Terrae. As of 2018, he was Dean of the Faculty of Sciences at Universidad Mayor. He participated in numerous scientific publications, both national and international, and in writing books on pediatrics and toxicology.

He is the former president of the Chilean Medical Association (2011-2017) and founder and medical director of CITUC (Toxicology Information Center of Universidad Católica). Prior to his appointment as Health Minister in June 2020, he was a member of the COVID-19 Social Roundtable. 

Alberto Dougnac


Dr. Dougnac is a surgeon who holds a master’s degree in Internal Medicine from Universidad Católica de Chile. He also holds a master’s degree in Intensive Medicine and Resuscitation from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium).

Dr. Dougnac has been a university professor since 1986 and reached the level of Full Professor. He has held some of the highest positions in his area of specialty, including President of the Scientific Society and President of the National Commission on Specialty Certification.

Since 1996, he has maintained clinical management responsibilities in the sub-directorate and directorate of the Universidad Católica Clinical Hospital and was responsible for restructuring and expanding the entity and for improving its management.

Dr. Dougnac is an active participant in various national and international organizations in the areas of education and management. He served as Dean of the Universidad Finis Terrae School of Medicine as well as Director of Corporations.

María Teresa Valenzuela

Subsecretaria de Salud Pública

Médico Cirujano de la Universidad de Chile y Magister en Salud Pública con mención en Epidemiología.

Ha sido un miembro activo del comité asesor Covid-19 y posee vasta experiencia en el sistema de salud, donde se ha desempeñado como directora del Instituto de Salud Pública entre 2010 y 2013. Bajo su gestión se creó la Agencia Nacional de Medicamentos, desde donde se impulsó la bioequivalencia de los medicamentos genéricos orales; se creó el Departamento de Asuntos Científicos y se generó el modelo de fármacovigilancia adaptado a vacunas.

En el Ministerio de Salud de Chile lideró los Programas Nacionales de Inmunizaciones (PNI) y de Tuberculosis, períodos en que se desarrolló el plan de eliminación del sarampión de Chile.

Además, ha formado parte de comités de expertos de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) y equipos de investigación de inmunizaciones del Instituto Sabin Vaccine.