Dr José Ángel Córdova Villalobos was born at León, México, and graduated as a General Physician at the Medical Faculty of the University of Guanajuato, México, where he also studied a Specialty and Master on Public Administration. He is a specialist in Internal Medicine, General Surgery and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, by the University of Toulouse Paul Sabatier, France, and by the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition, Salvador Zubirán at México City. He has four Doctorates “Honoris Causa” by the follow Universities: Paul Sabatier at Toulouse France, the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, the Autonomous University of Chiapas and the Autonomous University of Benito Juarez Tabasco, last three from Mexico.
He was Dean of the Medical School of the University of Guanajuato, and President of the Mexican Association of Medical Faculties and Schools of Medicine, He started the Mexican Accreditation Program of the quality of Medical Schools. He belongs to the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico, the Mexican Surgery Academy, and the French Academy of Medicine, as well as seven Medical Associations. He has been Federal Deputy, member of the LIX Deputy Chamber from 2003 to 2006, during this time he was President of the Health Commission. From December 2006 to September 2011, he was National Federal Secretary of Health of México, and during this time, Mexico achieved the Universal coverage on Health Care; He faced the pandemic of Influenza in 2009, recognized by several organisations for the great role played by Mexico during the crisis. From March 16th to the November 30th, 2013, he was Federal Secretary of Education during the President Calderon’s Administration. In 2010, he was decorated as a Chevalier of the French Légion d’honneur. He has received 41 awards, from several institutions, associations or governments, in Mexico and outside, for his academic, politic and service roles.