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Prof. Dr. Tomris TÜRMEN

Prof. Dr. Tomris TÜRMEN
Born in Istanbul, 3 June 1944
2007 -          
President, International Children’s Center, Ankara, Turkey
2006 - 2011   
Head, Department of Pediatrics/Newborn Medicine, University of Ankara Medical School, Ankara, Turkey
2003 - 2006
Representative of Director-General, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
2000 - 2003
Executive Director, Family and Community Health, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland
1998 - 2000
Senior Policy Adviser to the Director-General, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland
1995 - 1998
Executive Director, Family and Reproductive Health, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland
1992 - 1995
Director, Family Health, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
1990 - 1991
Deputy Under-Secretary, Ministry of Health, Ankara, Turkey
1989 - 1990
Director-General of Maternal and Child Health Care and Family Planning in the Ministry of Health, Ankara, Turkey
1988 - 1989
Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Newborn Intensive Care Unit, University of Ankara Medical School, Ankara, Turkey
1985 - 1988
Professor of Pediatrics, Neonatologist, National University of Singapore
1981 - 1985
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Head of Newborn Medicine, University of Ankara, Turkey
1978 - 1980
Visiting Research Scientist, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
1976 - 1978
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Ankara Medical School, Ankara, Turkey
1974 - 1976
Attending Physician in Pediatrics, Central Government Polyclinic, Islamabad, Pakistan
1971 - 1974
Senior and Chief Resident, New York Medical College, New York, USA
1964 - 1970
University of Ankara Medical School, (M.D.), Ankara, Turkey
1960 - 1964
American College for Girls, Istanbul, Turkey 

Degrees, Fellowships:
M.D. (1970); Specialty diploma in Pediatrics (1974); Clinical and Research Fellow in Newborn Medicine, McGill University, Canada (1978-1980); Diplomate of American Board of Pediatrics (1981); Subspecialty diploma in Neonatology/Perinatology. (1984) AWARDS: Visiting Research Scientist–McGill University, 1979-1980; Honorary Doctorate awarded by Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey, 1997; Fellow ad eundem awarded by Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (F.R.C.O.G), London, 1998; FIGO Prize in Women’s Health by International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, 2000
English (fluent), French (fluent), Turkish (mother tongue)
Dr Türmen started her professional life as a clinician, academic and researcher and then moved to public health with a particular focus on strengthening health systems and programs in resource-poor settings. She is a strong advocate of women’s health, gender equality and human rights with a special focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has extensive experience in health policy development, planning and implementation. She has built partnerships with different constituencies to work towards a common objective. She is a creative and successful fundraiser with a broad global network. She has worked in a wide range of settings in developing and developed countries in both national and international environments. Respect for diversity and intercultural sensitivity have been fundamental components of her professional activities. She has been instrumental in expanding NGO participation including women’s health advocacy groups in the policy development process within WHO. She is a leading figure in key health professional and women's associations and the author and co-author of many scientific papers and books.
She is married to Dr. Rıza Türmen, former Judge at the European Court of Human Rights, now a member of the Parliament   and has one daughter and one grandson.


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