Walid Ammar, MD., Ph.D

Director General
Ministry of Public Health of Lebanon

Professor Walid Ammar has been the Director General of the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) of Lebanon since 1993. Under his leadership, reform efforts led to significant improvement in health indicators while decreasing the GDP share of health expenditures mostly as a result of a meaningful reduction in households’ out-of-pocket spending. Prof. Ammar established the Primary Health Care Network in Lebanon 1997, and has been leading the Hospital Accreditation Program since 1999. He recently introduced a set of hospital performance indicators making performance contracting a well established practice in MOPH. The collaborative leadership introduced by Dr. Ammar in an innovative open networking model of governance, has been behind these achievements and the resilience of the health system.
Dr. Ammar is Professor at the Lebanese University, and Senior Lecturer at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He is chairing several National Committees and was appointed in 2011 Commissioner in the United Nations Commission on Information & Accountability for Women & Children’s Health. He served as a member of the Executive Board (EB) at the World Health Organization (2012-2015), and is currently member of the WHO Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee for Emergencies Programme.
Dr. Ammar has published over 100 per-reviewed papers and book chapters in addition to two books: “Health System And Reform in Lebanon” (2003), “Health Beyond Politics” (2009).
Professor Ammar is an Honorary Member of the Delta Omega Society (2013) and the recipient of the WHO Shousha Foundation Prize (2016). He is Officer in both the French National Order of Merit and the Belgium’s National Order of the Crown.

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