Professor Pedro Saturno


Physician (Murcia, Spain), MPH and DrPH (Harvard University, Boston, USA)


Professor Pedro Saturno is the holder of the AXA Chair for the Improvement of Healthcare Quality at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, where he directs an ambitious research and formation programme designed to address the multiple aspects of healthcare quality improvement.


Currently, AXA Professor in Healthcare Quality at the Instituto Nacional de Salud P├║blica of Mexico, and Visitor Scientist and member of the Global Health Group at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Developer of an on-line Master on Quality Management in Health Services, currently in its 17th Edition at the University of Murcia (Spain), 4th at the INSP (Mexico) and 10th  at the University of Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil). Developer and coordination of a doctoral program in Quality in Health Systems currently in its second year at the INSP, Mexico), and several Executive courses on the same subject.


Served previously as Deputy Director-General of Health Planning and Education in the Spanish Ministry of health, and professor of Public Health at the University of Murcia School of Medicine.


Extensive experience as a researcher and consultant on quality management in health services for agencies such as the World Health Organization, UNICEF, ADB and USAID.


Participated in several working groups and national and international committees in relation with quality management, and human resources planning and education over the past 30 years.


Helped in the implementation of quality improvement programs in several organizations in Mexico, Spain, and other countries.


Has published over one hundred articles and several books and manuals on quality improvement methods and approaches.


Prizes and awards include, among others, the Charles Wilinsky Award for Academic Excellence from the Harvard School of Public Health, the National Quality Award from the Spanish Ministry of Health for outstanding contribution to the quality of health services, recognition from the Caja Costarricense de Seguridad Social for the same reasons, and, recently, the Avedis Donabedian Foundation Award.



Why access to healthcare is not enough

While providing access to healthcare globally to as many people as possible is widely recognized as a priority, improving the quality of healthcare, especially in low and middle-income countries, should be seen as equally as important.