Itamar Grotto

Associate Director General @ Ministry of Health (Israel)

Prof. Itamar Grotto is a Public Health Physician and an Epidemiologist. He serves as the Associate Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Health (MoH) since 2017. In his previous position starting in 2007, he served as the Director of Public health Services of the MoH. In that capacity, he led a major change in the preventive services, and updated the immunization basket. He also led a National Health Promotion program aimed to prevent obesity and related diseased. During his time in service, the fields of Environmental Health and Food Safety underwent through major regulatory reforms. In 2013, Prof. Grotto led the response of the Israeli MoH to the silent transmission of wild poliovirus, which resulted in polio re-eradication from Israel with no clinical cases. Prof. Grotto served also as the Head of the Army Health branch in the Military Corps of the Israel Defense Force and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Prof. Grotto is also an active member of the Public Health School of Ben-Gurion University in Israel. His main research activities are in the fields of infectious diseases epidemiology and health behaviors among adolescents and young adults, as well as public health policy development. Prof. Grotto authored in more than 200 scientific publications. On May 2018, Prof. Itamar Grotto was elected as a member of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization as a representative of Israel and the European Region.