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Ximena Aguilera Sanhueza

MINISTRA DE SALUD

Médico Cirujano de la Universidad de Chile. 

Fue asesora principal de Enfermedades Transmisibles de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud desde el 2008 al 2010. En el Ministerio de Salud fue jefa de la División de Planificación Sanitaria del 2005 al 2008 y jefa nacional de Epidemiología del mismo ministerio desde el 1999 al 2005.

Hasta su nombramiento como ministra de Salud, ejercía como directora del Centro de Epidemiología y Políticas de Salud de la Facultad de Medicina de la Clínica Alemana – Universidad del Desarrollo en Chile. 

Undersecretaries

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Cristóbal Cuadrado Nahum

PUBLIC HEALTH UNDERSECRETARY

Undersecretary Cuadrado has a degree in medicine from the Universidad de Chile as well as a master’s and doctorate in public health from the same institution. As an academic, he has worked as a researcher at the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York (UK) and as assistant professor in the School of Public Health at the Universidad de Chile.

His academic work has focused on matters related to the economics of preventing non-transmissible diseases, health economic assessment, healthy policy impact assessment, drug access policy, and decision-making processes and evidence use in public policy.

He has been an advisor and consultant to the Chilean Health Ministry, the Pan-American Health Organization, and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. He has also served on various public policy expert committees and played a leading role in the conceptualization, design, and implementation of a structural proposal for a Universal Health Fund.

He was chair of the Public Policy and Research Department at the Chilean Medical Association.

He is an active member of the Revolución Democrática political party and a board member of Rumbo Colectivo.

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Fernando Araos Dattoli

HEALTHCARE NETWORKS UNDERSECRETARY

Undersecretary Araos is a physician-surgeon with studies in public health and health organization management both in Chile and abroad. He holds a master’s in public health and health management from the Universidad de Granada (Spain) and a master’s in health management from the Universidad del Desarrollo (Chile).

With more than 10 years dedicated primarily to public health, he has led a series of organizations, is experienced in practicing and teaching medicine, and has held board positions in professional associations, hospitals, clinics, and emergency services.

He began his career at Hospital Sótero del Río in 2007, working ad honorem as an intern until 2010. He then worked as a doctor at Clínica Consan for three years, helping to introduce innovations to care models for patients with complex wounds and ulcers. At the same time, he continued his work in the public sphere as head of the Home Hospitalization Unit of Hospital San Borja Arriarán from 2012 to 2014, and as head of the Care Demand Management Department and as assistant director of the Adult Medicine Unit at the same hospital.

From 2015 to 2017, he served as Director of SAMU emergency services in the Metropolitan Region. Before being appointed undersecretary, he was serving as technical secretary of the Public Health Department at the Chilean Medical Association and as physician advisory on life cycle and integrated health networks at the South-East Metropolitan Health Service, where he managed the care program for seniors in the network.

His accomplishments include achieving administrative independence for SAMU Metropolitano, and the modernization of infrastructure, technology, and staffing at the Call Center and Early Warning System, which improved people’s access to SAMU emergency services.

At the Hospital San Borja Arriarán he led improvements in medical scheduling and standardization of waiting lists and bed management, and directed the launch of the home hospitalization program, which increased efficiency and therefore led to improved care management.