Alejandra Gonzalez Ruiz, MD, MIH
- Program Coordinator, Health Systems Unit
Alejandra Gonzalez Ruiz, MD, MIH, is a Mexican doctor who earned her master’s degree in International Health at the Royal Tropical Institute/Vrije University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She has more than five years of experience working with multi-national agencies and hospital teams based in Latin America and the Middle East on health quality improvement programs for pediatric and adult populations.
Before moving to the United States, Alejandra worked at the Ministry of Health in Mexico City at the National Center for the Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS as the Head of the Integral Attention Department where she provided technical guidance to the programs across the nation.
In 2016, as the Senior Program Global Health Manager in Microclinic International, Alejandra worked in collaboration with the World Diabetes Foundation and the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) on the implementation and sustainability of diabetes prevention and control programs across 54 centers in Jordan, Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank. She collaborated with the General Directorate of Health Promotion at the Mexican Ministry of Health in the adaptation, implementation and monitoring of an innovative diabetes prevention and control program in 18 health centers across the Mexican state of Puebla.
By 2018, Alejandra joined the Department of Global Pediatric Medicine at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as the Critical Care Program & EVAT Coordinator. Among other initiatives she led a global health collaborative network of 63 pediatric hematology-oncology centers in 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as one in Europe guiding implementation of quality improvement programs.
In November 2020, Alejandra joined the Global Health Systems Unit as Program Coordinator to support its global projects, including the institution’s work as WHO Collaborating Centre for Childhood Cancer and in support of the WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer.
Alejandra is very happy to share the same vision as Dr. Catherine Lam, the Director of the Health Systems program, and looks forward to continuing to collaborate with everyone in and outside of GPM to strengthen systems and policies for children with cancer so that many more have brighter futures.