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Pablo Hernández-Marrero is Research Professor (accredited by the Ministry of Universities, Spain) of Health Services Research: Health Policy, Organization and Management, and Evaluation. He works as Principal Investigator at CEGE, Ethics and Sustainability Research Area: Palliative Care Research, Universidade Católica Portuguesa. He obtained his Ph.D. in Health Services Research from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 2006; with a minor in Management in the Ph.D. in Management at the Rotman School of Management at UofT. Pablo completed a three-year Postdoctorate in Bioethics Empirical Research within an EU-funded project with a focus on research ethics and clinical dementia research.

Pablo has broad international experience combining research, education, management, consulting and clinical work. He worked in Portugal, Spain, Canada, Poland, Denmark, Bolivia, Mexico, Chile and other countries. In Canada, Pablo worked for over 10 years in academic (e.g., University of Toronto) and healthcare organizations (e.g., Mount Sinai Hospital).

He has worked in undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate education (e.g., programs in health services research, public health, medicine, health policy, management, palliative care, bioethics and research methods in several countries): Professor of Public Health and Health Services Management, and 1st - 2nd year Master Theses Coordinator, Europubhealth+: European Public Health Master (ERASMUS+ Program), Andalusian School of Public Health, Spain; Professor and Coordinator, MBA: Health Administration, MBA Business School, Spain; Professor of Public Health at the Jagiellonian University Medical College, Institute of Public Health, Poland; Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), Spain; Invited Professor, Europubhealth+, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Institute of Public Health, Krakov, Poland; Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Europubhealth+ and Europhamili-ManaHealth (EU Leonardo da Vinci program), National School of Public Health - Rennes, France; Faculty of Health Sciences, ULPGC, Puerto Montt, Chile; Faculty of Business Administration, University of New Brunswick, Canada; Institute of Bioethics, Universidade Católica Portuguesa; Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra; Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Pablo has participated in international interdisciplinary teams and coordinated academic and research activities. He supervised and co-supervised bachelor students in health sciences and management; supervised and chaired the jury of more than forty master and Ph.D. candidates in Canada, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Denmark, France and Poland. 

Pablo is directly involved in the development, leadership, and sustainability of several ongoing research activities building cross-collaborations and bridges with peers in national and international fields. Pablo is WP lead/co-lead in 6 EU-funded projects (Horizon Europe, COST Action, and ERASMUS+) in Portugal. He has coordinated, as Principal and Co-PI, more than fifteen competitive projects in Spain, Canada and Portugal. As part of his regular work, he has participated in the writing of competitive grant applications either as principal investigator or work package leader/co-leader, and also in attracting funding from the pharmaceutical industry.  

His research combines the areas of health services research (e.g., outcomes research, comparative effectiveness research and evaluation), implementation science, research ethics and palliative care; establishing micro-meso-macro linkages with justice and inequities. His background in health policy, management and evaluation allows him to bring together management, economics, policy and healthcare research, combining an understanding of the healthcare system mandate with business structures and processes to make healthcare organizations and systems more effective, efficient, ethical and sustainable. 

Throughout Pablo’s career, working with individuals and teams who had real-world experience as himself, he developed the expertise to fully realize the potential of new knowledge embedded in research to improve health programs, clinical practice, outcome measurement and performance, quality initiatives, and provide quality data and information to inform policies. The overarching aim of Pablo’s work is to develop a cadre of scientifically-informed humanists and humanistically-informed scientists, professionals, citizens and societies. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Post-doctorate in Bioethics Empirical Research, Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Award Date: 30 Nov 2019

PhD, Health Services Research: Health Services Organization and Management, University of Toronto

Award Date: 10 Mar 2006

Master, Health Administration, University of Toronto

Award Date: 23 Nov 1994

Master, Public Health and Health Administration: Primary Health Care, University of Granada and Andalusian School of Public Health, University of Granada

Award Date: 27 Sept 1991


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