Dr. Otmar Kloiber is the Secretary General of the World Medical Association. He has been an international medical relations and collaboration leader for more than 20 years, with expertise in medical ethics, health policy, government affairs and management of relationships with patients, other health professionals, manufacturers and other medical stakeholders. He has been the chief executive of the WMA since 2005.
Prior to his move to the WMA, between 1997 and 2005, Otmar served as Deputy Secretary General and Secretary of the German Medical Association. During his tenure there, he was selected as a Member of the Study Commission on the Law and Ethics of Modern Medicine of the German Bundestag (Parliament), 14th electoral term.
Between 1991 and 2005, he was also a key liaison to the Standing Committee of European Doctors, the WMA, the International Conference of Medical Chambers, the European Forum of the World Health Organization and individual national medical associations. In addition, for six years, he was the foreign relations adviser to the German Medical Association, focusing on international health and social policy reforms and construction of the German Health Network.
Otmar holds an MD (1984) and PhD (1986) from University of Cologne, was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Minnesota, and was a research assistant a the Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research, engaged in pathophsyiological studies on brain energy metabolism and cerebral blood flow.
In 2006, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Victor Babes University for Medicine and Pharmaceutics, Timisoara, Romania. He is Clinical Professor in Health Administration at the Brooks College of Health, University of North Florida.