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Dr. Luis Durán received a Medical Doctor degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM ) in 1981; a Diploma in Epidemiology, from the University of Minnesota (UM), in the Summer of 1982; a Diploma in Epidemiology, from the UM, in the Summer 1983; a Master in Public Health (Health Services Administration), from the University of Michigan (U of M), in 1986; a Master in Arts (sociology), from U of M, in 1987; and a Ph.D. in Health Services Organization and Policy, and Sociology, from the same university, in May, 1996. Dr. Durán has published 55 articles in peer reviewed journals, 29 book chapters; and he has edited seven books. He has conducted and directed 21 research projects mainly in the areas of health care planning, health systems reform, quality of health care, health care services utilization and technology assessment, 8 of the projects with funding from international organizations. He has taught extensively in the area of health systems research in graduate programs in the last 20 years, covering the following areas: Comparative Health Systems and International Health; Sociology of Organization, Health Care System Research Methods, Health Systems Organization, Research Methodology in the Social Sciences, Health Care Technology Assessment and Health Care Economics. The courses were taught at the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico (NIPH), the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the University of Aguascalientes, the Monterrey Institute of Technology, and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). Dr. Durán has also taught more than 50 continuing education courses in similar areas. He has received different awards among them the teaching award Miguel Bustamante at The National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) and the José Luis Bobadilla Health Care Innovations Award of the Mexican Foundation for Health in 1999. He is currently a member of 8 professional associations in the fields of health services research and sociology, and is member of the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico. From September of 2006 until 2007, was member of the council of the International Network of Health Care Technology Agencies. Dr. Durán dedicated his career to the developing of academic programs in the field of health services research. From 1989 to 1994 was the coordinator of the advanced program in heath care management at the NIPH; from 1995 to 1996, was director of quality of health care and health technology evaluation in the Ministry of Health of México; from 1996 to 2000 was Director of Organization and Health Policy at the Health Systems Research Center of the NIPH. From March 2001 to 2004 was advisor of the Medical Director of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), in particular on the themes of modernization and organizational redesign of the Medical Services at IMSS. From September 2004 to march 2007 was the Head of the Health Systems Division at IMSS, in charge of Quality of Health Care Programs, Health Technology Management and Performance Evaluation. From March 2007 to 2008 was Coordinator of Strategic Planning at the Ministry of Health. From 2008 until 2013 was in charge of the subdivision of masters and doctoral programs of the graduate studies division of the Faculty of Medicine at UNAM. From may 2013 until February 2015 was Head of the Department of Public Health and responsible for the health care management and policy Master and Doctoral Programs at the Faculty of Medicine of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Currently Dr. Durán is the director of the Centre for Mexican Studies in the United Kingdom and his main functions are the internationalization of UNAM academic entities and the mobility of its professors and students in the United Kingdom and the Scandinavian countries.
Health care planning, health systems reform, quality of health care, health care services utilization and technology assessment.
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