World Health Organization
Professor José R. Núñez MD, PhD
Advisor on Medical Products of Human Origin, Heath Systems and Innovation Cluster, World Health Organization, Geneva.
Full Professor of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Complutensis University, Madrid.
José R. Núñez (1958) studied Medicine (1980, cum laude) at the Complutensis University and defended his Ph.D thesis in 1993 (cum laude). He did his training as a general surgeon at Madrid University Hospital and the Mayo Clinic, USA. He has been a member of the Department of Surgery at Madrid University Hospital for 32 years and Senior Consultant since 1996. Dr Nuñez started teaching surgery as an Assistant Professor in 1986 and became full Professor in 1995. For the last 18 years, he has worked in the field of Transplantation as Chief of the coordination unit and Director of the tissue bank in Madrid, developing the biggest programme on uncontrolled donation after cardio-circulatory arrest, being a member of the team that performed the first lung transplant in the world using lungs from an uncontrolled donor. He has been involved in much transplant-related research and training programmes worldwide, with several recognitions, such as the award of the National Health System on Quality Programmes and the award for Excellence and Quality in a Public Service. As a surgeon, he has been involved in international emergency response teams moving to disaster areas, such as following Haiti’s earthquake.
In January 2013, he joined the World Health Organization as a Medical Officer for transplantation and, since 2015 has been leading the initiative on medical products of human origin at WHO headquarters in Geneva.