Walter Ricciardi

Walter Ricciardi
MD, MPH, MSc, Hon PhD

Prof. Walter Ricciardi is a full Professor of Hygiene and Director of the School of Hygiene and Public Health, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) (Rome). He is Chair of the Mission Board for Cancer (EC), the Scientific Committee of Human Technopole Foundation, and the European Mission Board for Vaccination.

He is a member of the International Honorary Advisory Faculty of the National Screening Advisory Committee, Ireland; Scientific Advisory Board of the Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development: Rethinking policy priorities in the light of pandemics, WHO; Scientific Board, Santé Publique France and ordinary member of Pontifical Academy for Life, Vatican. He is a member of the International Scientific Committee of the Israel National Institute for Health Policy Research.

He is founder and Director of Osservatorio Nazionale sulla Salute nelle Regioni Italiane (since 2002) and of the Italian National Observatory on Antimicrobial Resistance. He has been Scientific Director of Istituti Clinici Scientifici Maugeri - IRCCS (2020-2023). He has been a Scientific Advisor to the Italian Minister of Health for relationships with international health institutions during the Covid-19 pandemic (2020-2022).

He has been President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) (2020-2022), and the European Public Health Association (2003-2004 and 2010-2014).

He has been a representative of Italy, WHO Executive Council (2017-2020).

He has been the Director of the Department of Women and Child Health and Public Health of Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS - UCSC (January-December 2019).

He has been a member of the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health of EC (2013-2016 and 2016-2019), the Board of Directors of the National Board of Medical Examiners, USA (2009- 2015); member (1999-2003) and fellow (2003-2007) of Faculty of Public Health Medicine of Royal Colleges of Physicians, UK.

Commissioner (July 2014 - July 2015) and President (August 2015 - December 2018), Istituto Superiore di Sanità.

Vice Dean, Faculty of Medicine, UCSC (2010-2014).

He is the author of more than 400 scientific publications in impacted journals and 20 books and textbooks. He received Laurea Honoris Causa at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA for his contribution to the development of World Public Health, in May 2019.

He was “Commendatore” of the Italian Republic by Decree of the President of the Republic, in June 2017.

Updated: July 2024