Epidemiology & Healthcare Management


Karina Gabriela Balbuena, PhD candidate
Karina Gabriela Balbuena holds a degree in sociology and is a specialist in the field of epidemiology. She is a candidate for the PhD in social sciences at the university of Buenos Aires. Currently she works as director of human resources at the National Drug, Food, and Medical Technology Administration (ANMAT). She is a university professor in scientific research methodology and has vast experience in social and health research. She has collaborated with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in health emergencies and outbreak research training sessions in Latin America. She is advisor for PAHO in Buenos Aires, and has participated in virtual training activities organized by ANMAT and the National Health Ministry.

Alejandro Bertolotti, MD
Alejandro Bertolotti is a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon at the University Hospital of the Favaloro Foundation. He has had various leadership positions including head of intrathoracic transplantation and heart failure service, head of thoracic surgery, and director of the homograft bank. Since March 2016, he has lead the transplant department. Dr. Bertolotti is active a member of more than 10 national and international societies and has authored or co-authored more than 100 works presented in national and international congresses. His participates with the National Institute for Ablation and Implant Coordination to develop the organization’s regulations and standards.

Rafael Kurtzbat, PhD, MS
Rafael Kurtzbat holds a PHD in medicine, an MD, a master’s degree in health services administration and public health, and a degree in economics. As head of the Economic Research Area at Hospital El Cruce in Buenos Aires, he leads the clinical-economic analysis of cost management for decision-making, the evaluation of hospital technology, and the evaluation of the fulfillment of the mission as a complex hospital system. He is the author of numerous national and international publications and has received numerous awards .  He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Argentine Association of Health Economics.

Julieta Rodríguez Camara, MD, MS, PhD candidate
Julieta Rodríguez Camara holds an MD and a master of science in epidemiology and health policies management and is a specialist in health sciences statistics. She researches non-transmissible chronic diseases for the National Health Ministry and works as a medical doctor at a community health center in Buenos Aires. She teaches epidemiology and demography at Catholic University School of Medicine and at ISALUD University. She has also worked in research at Zubizarreta Hospital in Buenos Aires.

Mariana Romero, MD, MS
Mariana Romero is a senior researcher in sexual and reproductive health at the Center for the Study of State and Society in Buenos Aires. Trained as an MD in Argentina, she received an MS in reproductive health in Mexico in 1993 and has since been active in the field. Her focus has been on abortion, maternal morbidity and mortality, and quality of care, mostly in Latin America. One of the founders of the Latin American Consortium Against Unsafe Abortion, she is widely recognized as an advocate within the academic community for research and training. She is a member of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET).

Maria Eugenia Royer, MA
Maria Eugenia holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Buenos Aires and a master’s degree in health systems and social security from ISALUD, where she has been an associate professor of epidemiology and demography since 1999. She also has been a professor at other universities and local institutions. She completed her postgraduate studies on health services administration and led the Department of Statistical Analysis at the Buenos Aires Ministry of Health, working on the design and coordination of primary healthcare systems. She is the author of numerous academic works that analyze and characterize the epidemiological profile of the users of the government’s healthcare system, as well as more general epidemiological and demographic studies.

Guillermo Tabares, MD
Guillermo Tabares holds an MD and is a health data scientist. He is a consultant in big data solutions, health financing and payment mechanisms and healthcare analytics for governments, health insurance and healthcare providers. Dr. Tabares is a specialist in patient classification systems and evaluation of hospital production. He studied business at the Babson School of Business  in Boston and consults for hospitals, public and private health insurance and technology companies in Latin America. He is a visiting professor in various postgraduate courses in health administration and participates on a team of researchers. He is the general director of AVEDIAN, a company that develops technological solutions for the clinical and economic management of health institutions and the implementation of payment and contracting models. He participates as a co-founding member in the executive management and scientific board of SOLAGEC (Latin American Society for Clinical Management).

Rubén Torres, MD, MS
Rubén Torres is a public health expert who holds an MD and a master’s in sociology and social policies planning specialist, and has extensive experience in public health. He was manager of primary care ​​health systems at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in the United States and representative of PAHO in Chile. He is ISALUD University’s rector and one of the founding members. For two decades he has studied health and social security systems as a teacher and researcher. He is also a professor at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo and a full professor at the University of Montevideo in Uruguay. In addition, he was director of the Santa Rosa Municipal Maternity Institute and the Vicente López Municipal Hospital in Buenos Aires and director of the Hospital Materno Infantil Fundación Hospitalaria in Buenos Aires.