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Eduardo Sanchez, Chairman

sanchezEduardo J. Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP

Deputy Chief Medical Officer
American Heart Association (AHA) National Center Headquarters


Prior to joining the AHA National Center, Dr. Sanchez served as the vice president and chief medical officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas for five years. He previously served as the Director of the Institute for Health Management, Policy and Community Health at The University of Texas School of Public Health. He held the title of Texas Commissioner of Health from 2001 to 2006 as Commissioner of the Texas Department of Health from 2001 to 2004 and as Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) from 2004 to 2006. He led the consolidation of Texas' public health, mental health, and substance abuse agencies into one single agency, DSHS, and in 2005, Dr. Sanchez directed the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity and on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Infection Diseases Board of Scientific counselors during his state health office tenure.


From 1992 to 2001, Dr. Sanchez practiced family medicine in Austin, TX. In addition, he served as public health officer and chief medical officer for the Austin Travis County Health and Human Services Department from 1994 to 1998. He played a key leadership role in helping to create the Texas Association of Local Health Officials (TALHO) in 1997, and he served as TALHO's first president.


Dr. Sanchez is currently serving as Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Chair of the National Commission on Prevention Priorities, and a Food & Society Policy Fellow. In addition, he is serving as co-chair of the National Governors' Association Childhood Obesity Advisory Council and as a member of the IOM Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity.


He received his medical degree in 1998 from The University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical School and completed a family medicine residency at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. He holds master's degrees in public health from the UT School of Public Health and in biomedical engineering from Duke University. He also holds bachelor's degrees from Boston University in biomedical engineering and chemistry.