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Prof. Thomas B. Zeltner
Direktor Bundesamt für Gesundheit
Thomas Zeltner (*1947 in Bern) studied Medicine at the University of Berne. After obtaining his degree in 1974, he specialized in the areas of Human Pathology and Forensic Medicine (qualifying in 1983 and 1987, respectively). In 1984 he obtained a degree in Law at the University of Berne. Since 1992 he has been Professor of Public Health Services in the Medical Faculty of the University of Berne. Before his appointment as Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (1991) he held various teaching, research, clinical and administrative positions in Swiss university clinics and institutes and also at the Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, USA).
Since 1991, major challenges he has faced as Director of the Federal Office of Public Health include the development of a national drugs policy, the reinforcement of Switzerland as a re-search and business centre through modernization of the laws in this field, the provision of a high-quality healthcare system that is accessible to everyone and the development of a national health policy.
Since 1991, Thomas Zeltner has represented Switzerland in the World Health Organization (WHO), where he was member of the Executive Council from 2000 to 2002. In the year 2000, as chairman of an expert group, he wrote a report for the WHO on the attempts of multinational tobacco companies to exert influence on the WHO.