Massimo Ghidinelli, a trained physician in infectious diseases, tropical medicine and hygiene, with large international experience in the domain of HIV and STI.
Dr Ghidinelli joined the Pan American Health Organization in 2011, and is currently the Chief of the HIV, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis and Sexually Transmitted Infections Unit, in the Department of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis.
Between 2001 and 2011 Dr Ghidinelli was employed by WHO, with the HIV Department in Geneva, then in Cambodia and as Regional Advisor on HIV/AIDS and STI at the WHO Office for the Western Pacific Region in Manila, Philippines.
Prior to joining the WHO, Dr Ghidinelli had worked for the HIV/AIDS/STI Programme of the European Commission in China, Morocco, Namibia, and Ethiopia. He began his international career with an international NGO in Guinea Bissau.
He graduated in medicine and surgery in 1982 from the Universitá degli Studi di Milano and holds a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the University of Liverpool and a Postgraduate Diploma of Speciality in Infectious Diseases from the Universitá di Pavia, Italy.