The Undersecretary of Health of the Federal Government, Hugo López-Gatell confirmed that he will participate in the competition to head the Mexico City Government in the next elections.
The doctor will compete for the CDMX alongside Omar García Harfuch who a few days ago also made public his intention to participate in this race.
The same official published in his social networks that in an interview to a media outlet, he made public his intention to be the coordinator of the Committees for the Defense of the Transformation in Mexico City.
López-Gatell detailed that the great economic, political and social changes at national level are undeniable.
“We are going to give them continuity, to deepen them and extend them to the lives of the people in the mayor’s offices, neighborhoods, barrios and towns.”
Who is Hugo López-Gatell?
Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez was born in Mexico City on February 22, 1969. He is a physician, epidemiologist, researcher, professor and undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion of the Ministry of Health of the Federal Government.
During the covid-19 pandemic, the undersecretary gained great relevance in the public life of the country by leading the governmental measures to face the sanitary alert.
In the eighties, López-Gatell was part of a progressive rock band called ‘Cantera, la longitud de onda perfecta’, in which he played the flute. He participated with later founding members of the bands ‘La Gusana Ciega’ and ‘Santa Sabina’.
He was married to Mexican economist Arantxa Colchero. Their marriage lasted more than 25 years, until 2019, year in which they separated.
He entered the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he graduated as a medical doctor in 1994. He has a specialty in internal medicine from the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán (INCMNSZ), a master’s degree in medical, dental and health sciences from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a postdoctorate in epidemiology, which he completed at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
As a researcher, he has written and participated in 40 research papers, and in 2020 he had been cited an estimated 6,457 times.
From 1998 to 1999, he was chief resident physician at INCMNSZ, where from 1999 to 2001 he was a specialist physician. From 2013 to 2018, he was director of Innovation in Surveillance and Control of Infectious Diseases, at the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico, and from 2008 to 2012 he was deputy director general of Epidemiology at the Ministry of Health. In that position, he led the creation of the National Epidemiological Surveillance System (SINAVE).
Since December 1, 2018, he has held the position of head of the Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion of the Ministry of Health.