Dr Benedikt Huttner, Team Lead, Essential Medicines, World Health Organization

Benedikt Huttner is the Secretary of the Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines and team lead Essential Medicines at the World Health Organization, a position he holds since March 2021. Benedikt obtained his medical degree in Munich, Germany in 2001 and then moved to Switzerland. After training in internal medicine in Bellinzona (2002-2004) he specialized in infectious diseases in Zurich (2004-2006). Between 2006 and 2021 he has been working at Geneva University Hospitals, first in the Infection Control Department and then in the Division of Infectious Diseases (since 2014) as attending physician. His research focused on antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial stewardship and appropriate use of medicines in general. Between 2010 and 2012, he completed a research fellowship in Salt Lake City where he obtained a master’s degree in clinical research. Before joining WHO as staff member he had been working as part-time consultant with the EML team since 2017.

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