Jarbas Barbosa da Silva Jr. is a public health physician and epidemiologist, with national and international experience in public health, epidemiology applied to health services, health surveillance, prevention and control of diseases and illnesses, and management of health systems.
He graduated in Medicine; specialized in Public Health and Epidemiology; he holds a Master’s Degree in Medical Sciences and a Doctor’s Degree in Collective Health. In his professional career, he was a physician at the Pernambuco State Health Secretariat; STD/AIDS Program Coordinator, Health Surveillance Director and Municipal Health Secretary in Olinda City, State Health Secretary in Pernambuco State; Director of the Brazilian Epidemiology Center; Health Surveillance Secretary and Executive Secretary of the Health Ministry.
He held the position of Manager of Health Surveillance, Prevention and Control of Diseases at the Pan American Health Organization. He returned to the position of Health Surveillance Secretary at the Ministry of Health. He was named Secretary of Science, Technology, and Strategic Inputs of the Health Ministry. In July 2015, he was nominated Director President of the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency – Anvisa.
Dr. Barbosa da Silva Jr. was the Brazilian representative at PAHO/WHO Executive Committee (2011-2014), as well as at the WHO Executive Board (2013 - ). He participates in Councils and Committees of international organisms and institutions, being a member of the Board of the Stop-TB Partnership (2003-2005, 2011-2013, 2013 - ); and of the WHO Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework Advisory Group (2011 - ). He is a licensed Professor at the College of Medical Science of the University of Pernambuco, and a licensed Legislative Health Advisor at the Brazilian Senate.
Dr. Barbosa da Silva Jr. is author and co-author of over 70 publications in the areas of public health, management of health systems, epidemiology applied to health services, health surveillance, and health scenario analysis.