December 2-4, 2021
Cartagena, Colombia

Hotel Las Américas Convention Center



Global Health Conference of the Americas 2021

The Global Health Conference of the Americas 2021 will take place in person from December 2 to 4 in Cartagena, Colombia. The pandemic has caused disruption around the world, and the global health community has had to adapt and respond to the growing needs of vulnerable populations. This year’s conference will host a series of dynamic discussions that will focus on COVID-19, immunization challenges in Latin America, antimicrobial resistance, arboviruses, environment and health, global pediatrics, digital health and more.

The event is organized by FIU’s Global Health Consortium at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work and the Colombian Society of Pediatrics, in association with the Pan American Health Organization and the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine.

The event will adhere to all recommended COVID-19 health and safety protocols, and more information will be available soon.

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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Fernando Ruiz

Minster of Health and Social Protection, Colombia

Dr. Jarbas Barbosa

Assistant Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). In his extensive career in Public Health that began in Brazil, Dr. Barbosa has been President of the Executive Committee of PAHO, Director-President of the Brazilian Health Regulatory Body (ANVISA), Vice Minister of Sanitary Surveillance and Vice Minister of Science, Technology and Strategic Supplies of the Brazilian Ministry of Health.

Dr. María Elena Bottazzi

Associate Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, United States.

Dr. Alejandro Gaviria

Civil Engineer, Master and Doctor in Economics. Former Minister of Health and Social Protection. Former Deputy Director of the National Planning Department. Former Director Universidad de los Andes, Colombia.

Dr. Peter Hotez

Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, United States.

Dra. Yvonne A. Maldonado

Taube Professor of Global Health and Infectious Diseases
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity
Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Population Health
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Director, Global Child Health
Department of Pediatrics
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, California

Dr. Martha Ospina

Director, National Institute of Health, Colombia


Speakers, Moderators and Panelists

Dr. Alfonso Rodríguez

President, Colombian Association of Infectology – ACIN. Vice President, Latin American Society of Travel Medicine – SLAMBI

Dra. Ángela García

Pediatrician. Specialist in Child Abuse Prevention. Master’s degree in childhood needs, rights and cooperation. Coordinator, Social Pediatrics Unit at the Hospital Universitario del Valle. Professor, Universidad del Valle.

Dr. Angus Thomson

Senior Social Scientist: Demand for Immunization, Health Section, UNICEF,
Adjunct Clinical Professor, Department of Communication Studies & Global
Health Communication Center, Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, USA. He is currently spearheading the Vaccination Demand Observatory, a global collaboration initially focused on vaccine misinformation.

Dr. Camilo Gutiérrez

Director, Global Health Programs, Emergency Medicine & Trauma Center | Children’s National Hospital, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Carlos Torres

Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist. Specialized in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics. Professor, El Bosque University, Bogota, Colombia. Member of the Slipe and SCP Vaccine Committee. Consultant. Speaker.

Dr. Cristina Palacio

Associate Professor, Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work

Dra. Diana Castañeda

Social worker, specialist in Human Rights and IHL, specialist in social management, Master in family counseling and management of family-oriented programs, Promotion and Prevention Coordinator of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Colombia.

Dra. Flor Muñoz Rivas

Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Infectious Disease at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, US

Dr. Francisco Cajiao

Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Universidad Javeriana. Master’s degree in Economics from Universidad de los Andes. Advisor to the Ministry of National Education.

Dr. Harry Pachajoa

Geneticist physician. President of the Colombian Society of Human Genetics. Lead Researcher of the Center for Congenital Abnormalities and Rare Diseases (CIACER). Faculty of the Health Sciences School of the University Icesi.

Dr. Hernando A. Villamizar

Pediatrician and Neonatologist. Former President, Sociedad Colombiana de Pediatría and Asociación Latinoamericana de Pediatría, Colombia

Dra. Iliana Curiel

Director of Collective Health
District Secretary of Health in Bogota

Dr. Javier González del Rey

Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Chair for Education, Designated Institutional Officer (DIO) Division of Emergency Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Dr. Jorge Osorio

President and Founder of VaxThera. Senior Lecturer in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin where he studied emerging viral diseases.

Dr. Jorge Cabana

Pediatrician. Consultant in Pediatrics and Neonatology. Former president of the Argentine Society of Pediatrics.

Dr. Juan Fernando Gómez

Pediatrician. Professor, the Universidad de Antioquia. Former President, Sociedad Colombiana de Pediatría. Director of the Parenting and Health Program, Sociedad Colombiana de Pediatría, Colombia.

Dr. Jurg Niederbacher

Physician and Surgeon, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Pediatrician, Central Military Hospital in Bogota. Pediatric pulmonologist, Universidad el Bosque. Faculty member and chief of the Pediatrics Department at Universidad Industrial de Santander. Former president of the Colombian Association of Pediatric Pulmonology. Member of the Colombian Society of Pediatrics.

Dra. Laura Galvis

Pediatrician specializing in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Clinical Simulation at the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children in Canada. Fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, focusing on improving the quality and safety of the patient. Professor of Medicine and Postgraduate Pediatrics at Icesi University. Chief Medical Officer of the Pediatric Emergency Service of the Valle del Lili Foundation in Cali, Colombia.

Dr. Manuel Huertas

Pediatric Cardiologist at the Fundación Cardioinfantil – Instituto de Cardiología. Master’s degree in Pediatric Cardiology from Universidad de Barcelona, Spain. Faculty at Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Universidad del Rosario. Specialist in Higher Education. President of the Pediatric Cardiology Chapter of the Colombian Society of Cardiology and of the Congenital Heart Disease Council of the Inter-American Society of Cardiology (SIAC).

Dr. Marcela Fama

Pediatrician. President, Sociedad Colombiana de Pediatría. Vice President, Asociación Latinoamericana de Pediatría, Colombia.

Dra. María Elena Villar

Associate professor of the Department of Communication and Co-Director of Steven Cruz Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology at Florida International University.

Dr. María Luisa Ávila

Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases, National Children’s Hospital “Dr. Carlos Sáenz Herrera,” Costa Rica.

Dr. María Virginia Villegas

Adjunct Faculty and Scientific Director, Universidad El Bosque

Dr. Mario De la Rosa

Endowed University Professor in Health Equity; Professor, School of Social Work; Professor, College of Medicine; Director, Center for Research on US Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse, Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work

Dr. Oscar Franco

Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, ISPM University of Bern

Dr. Rajiv Chowdhury

Chair (designate), Department of Global Health, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International University

Dr. Roberto Debbag

Vice President, Latin American Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (SLIPE). Board Member, World Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (WSPID), Argentina.

Dr. Roberto Lucchini

Professor, Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work

Dr. Roberto Tapia

Professor, School of Medicine, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico.

Dra. Viviana Pavicich

Pediatrician – Pediatric Emergency, Head of the Emergency Department. Hospital
General Pediátrico Niños de Acosta Ñu, Professor of Pediatrics and Postgraduate Coordinator of Pediatric Emergencies and Emergencies, Private University of the Pacific / Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare

Dr. Wilfrido Coronel

Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist in Tropical Medicine. Professor at the Universidad de Cartagena, Colombia. Member of SCP and SLIPE.


Scientific Committee

Dr. Carlos Espinal

Director, Global Health Consortium, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International University, United States.

Dr. Tomás R. Guilarte

Dean, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International University, United States.

Dr. Francisco Becerra

Regional Adviser, Global Health Consortium at Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, Florida International University. Former Assistant Director, PAHO. Mexico.



Expert Meeting Rooms:

Non-communicable diseases



Antimicrobial resistance


Global health

Global pediatrics






The registration fee includes admission to the workshops (pre-registration required due to limited capacity) and to the conference on December 2, 3 and 4.

Residents and students

$200 USD

Healthcare Professionals

$300 USD

*Space is not confirmed until full payment is received. The fee is non-refundable unless the conference organizers cancel the event in person. The conference organizers are not responsible for the costs of travel cancellations.

Para registrarse en la conferencia, por favor complete el siguiente formulario.