Walter Ricciardi, MD

Walter Ricciardi, MD

Full Professor in Hygiene, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome
President, Mission Board for Cancer of the European Commission
President, World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA)

Walter Ricciardi is professor of hygiene and public health at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, coordinator of the scientific advisory board of the Human Technopole Foundation, president of the Mission Board for Cancer of the European Commission, president elect of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), Italian representative in the executive board of the World Health Organization (WHO) and director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Policy, Governance and Leadership at the Institute of Public Health, Medical School, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Rome.

Prof. Ricciardi was head of Department of Woman’s and Children’s Health and Public Health of Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome from January to December 2019. In 2016 he was appointed principal investigator of the EC Grant N° 733274 TO-REACH, the first health services and health systems research programme funded by the European Commission.

From August 2015 to December 2018 Prof. Ricciardi was the president of the Italian National Institute of Health (Istituto Superiore di Sanità), where he was commissioner from July 2014 to July 2015. He was a member of the expert panel on effective ways of investing in health (European Commission, DG – SANTE) for two three-year mandates (2013 to 2019). In 2010 he was elected president of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and served until 2014.

Prof. Ricciardi manages several undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activities including a Master of Science programme and international courses in epidemiology. He is editor of the European Journal of Public Health, of the Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice and founding editor of the Italian Journal of Public Health and of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health.

In May 2019 he received the Laurea Honoris Causa at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, U.S.