Jorge Rodriguez, MD, PhD

Unit Chief of Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Jorge Rodriguez, MD, PhD, received his M.D. in 1972 and completed a specialty in Psychiatry in 1978. He has a Master's Degree in Organization of Public Health and Social Medicine (1982) and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Health Sciences (1990). He was a Professor of Psychiatry in Cuba from 1973 until 1996, and between 1987 and 1996 was Head of the Psychiatry Department at the University Hospital Calixto García in Havana. Dr. Rodriguez has had extensive experience in the field of International Mental Health Technical Cooperation that began in Africa (Sao Tome and Prince) in 1980. Since October 2006, he has occupied the position of Unit Chief of Mental Health and Substance Use of PAHO/WHO located in Washington, D.C. He coordinates the PAHO technical cooperation in the field of mental health in Latin America and the Caribbean.  He has authored or contributed to over 50 publications (books and scientific articles in journals).