He has worked both is the public and private sector. He was appointed Health Minister of the Buenos Aires province and held office from 1988 to 1991. He was appointed Argentina Minister of Health on 10th January 2002 during President Dr. Eduardo Alberto Duhalde’ presidency when Argentina was immersed in a deep political, social and economic crisis. On 25 May 2003, he was ratified in his office as Argentina Health Minister by President Dr. Néstor Carlos Kirchner.
He was founder and the first president of Universidad ISALUD, one of the most significant national institutions for research, teacher training, technical cooperation and publications devoted to health, the environment and social policies. He has given over 500 national and international conferences.
On 24th December 2007, he presented onto Chile President Dr. Michelle Bachelet Jeria, the Credentials that certify he is Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Argentine Republic before the government of Chile.
Pat received his PhD from Tulane University in 1983 following doctoral research on the immunology of experimental filariasis. He has been at CDC for more than 20 years where his principal focus has been lymphatic filariasis. His laboratory is heavily invested in efforts to develop new tools and strategies to monitor and evaluate filariasis and other NTDs.
Pat serves on WHO’s NTD Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group, Regional PRGs for AMRO and WPRO, and the Executive Group of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis.
At present, she is a shareholder of Bioceres, Member of the Management Committee of Grupo de Productores del Sur, Council Member at Fundación Los Grobo, and Founder and CEO of native social art company Matriarca.
She was the executive director of Grupo Los Grobo for 20 years, and as such she was responsible for creating, developing and managing the Agro-commodities Department and the Talent Management area, which was twice recognized by Dow Agro Sciences for the development of agricultural resource management. Additionally, she was in charge of the Institutional Relations and Communication area and the Social Responsibility Department: Her project “Camino al 4º sector” (Leading the Way to the 4th Sector) earned the Corporate Social Responsibility Prize granted by Foro Ecuménico y Social, in 2006.
She is a former Council Chairman of Escuela de Jóvenes Emprendedores (Young Entrepreneur School) of Carlos Casares, Buenos Aires Province, and has led major initiatives including Nutrición 10, Hambre Cero and Grupo Prisma. She is a former chairman of Fundación Darse Cuenta (a foundation devoted to the social re-insertion of ex addicts), and Vice-President and Council Member of Fundación Poder Ciudadano (devoted to strengthen the values of democracy).
He started his career as a journalist in 1966 with radio program La Oral Deportiva, on Radio Rivadavia, jointly with soccer commentator José María Muñoz. He has worked for Argentina’s leading radio stations and all five free-to-air channels, as well as Cable-TV channels Infinito and Encuentro. He was a political and sports columnist for several programs, including Día D, Detrás de las Noticias, Periodistas, Futbol de Primera and Lo mejor de la NBA.
He is the author of many best-selling books, including Matemática… ¿estás ahí? (Math… Are you there?), Episodes 1; 2; 3, 4 and 5, which have been translated to several languages. He is a columnist for newspaper Página/12, and presenter of several scientific outreach programs, including Científicos Industria Argentina, Alterados por Pi, Explora, Laboratorio de Ideas and Matemática… ¿estás ahí?
Additionally, he was co-founder and co-director of Fundación Ernesto Paenza, which is dedicated to disseminate mathematics and is the organizer of the traditional inter-university math competition –so-called “competencia Paenza”- for students from Argentina and Uruguay.
He has received the Martín Fierro Award on several occasions for his track record in sports, political and scientific journalism. In 2007, he was conferred the Platinum Konex Award in the Scientific Outreach category. In 2014, the International Mathematical Union (IMU) granted him the Leelavati Prize, the world’s leading award for outstanding public outreach activities for mathematics.
She joined the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in 1984 as coordinator of the Epidemiology Unit of the Caribbean Epidemiology Center (CAREC), with its headquarters in Trinidad and Tobago. In 1986, she moved to Dominican Republic as epidemiologist, and in 1988 she was appointed Representative of PAHO / WHO in said country, where she was awarded with the Doctor Honoris Causa rank by the Universidad Central del Este and with the position of Honorary Professor by Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo. From 1992 to 1995, she acted as Representative of PAHO / WHO in Bolivia, where they offered her the Order of Liberator Bolivar, the Order Mariscal Santa Cruz of the Armed Forces and the Order of Public Health of the Presidency, as well as the degree of Professor Honoris Causa of Higher University of San Andrés. In 1995, she took over the position of PAHO Under-director, as part of the group of under-directors of WHO and of the group of global program management, which she headed for two periods.
In September 2002, she was appointed Director of the Pan American Health Office by the countries in the Americas where she held office till 2013. She got her Honoris Causa Doctorate of Universidad Nacional de Córdoba and was appointed Illustrious Citizen of said city. In Ecuador, she was awarded the National Order Honorato Vásquez with the Degree of Grand Official and was appointed Professor Honoris Causa of Universidad de Guayaquil.
She is currently working as special ambassador to the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases.