About Us

Marcos A. Espinal Fuentes, MD


Dr. Espinal Fuentes, a national of the Dominican Republic, is the manager of Health Surveillance and Disease Prevention and Control at the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). His portfolio includes five major areas: communicable diseases, non-communicable chronic diseases, risk and outbreak communication, health information and analysis, and veterinary public health.

Before joining PAHO, he worked as an epidemiologist and research scientist at the Ministry of Health of the Dominican Republic and the National Center for Research on Maternal and Child Health. He also worked as a research scientist at the New York City Public Health Department, and WHO. Dr Espinal also served as executive secretary of WHO’s Stop TB Partnership, a global movement aiming at the elimination of tuberculosis as a public health problem. 

Dr. Espinal Fuentes has published numerous publications in the area of communicable diseases and is a recipient of the Scientific Prize of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, the Albert and Mildred Krueger Memorial Fellowship, and a graduate scholarship from the John E. Fogarty International Center. In 2008, Dr. Espinal Fuentes was awarded the Walter and Elise A. Hass International Award by the University of California at Berkeley for a distinguished record of service in international health.

He holds a medical degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is a pediatrician, with three years of residency at the Robert Reid Children’s Hospital of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. He obtained a master in public health and a doctorate in public health from the University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health. Dr. Espinal Fuentes joined the board of the Pan America Health and Education Foundation in 2011.

A Sample of Recent PAHEF Projects in the Region