Javier Isaac Maldonado Figueredo, MD
Specialist, Cardiovascular Group, Office of Non-Communicable Diseases
Ministry of Health and Social Protection, Bogotá, Colombia
Javier Isaac Maldonado Figueredo received his medical degree from the Fundación Universitária San Martín, Bogotá, and is currently completing a master’s in public health (Royal Tropical Institute, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands), and a master’s in clinical epidemiology (Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá).
Dr. Maldonado manages inter-agency programs related to health promotion and lifestyle, prevention, control and surveillance of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and their risk factors. Prior to assuming this role, Dr. Maldonado worked as an external consultant for the Ministry of Health, coordinating the design of its monitoring and evaluation system for quality improvement of the NCD healthcare program. From 2002 to 2011, he worked in rural areas affected by internal armed conflict, in which he implemented programs and projects to facilitate access to health services for indigenous rural populations.
Dr. Maldonado is currently involved in drafting the National Plan for Cardiovascular Health as well as implementing the One Million Heart strategy in Colombia, and is responsible for integrating programs to address the health of indigenous populations in the plans, programs and activities undertaken by the Office of Non- Communicable Diseases. He also serves as a consultant with the United Nations Development Program and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on multicultural strategies to provide health services to indigenous peoples in remote areas and in situations of forced displacement.