Dr ZHANG Xiaorui

Dr Xiaorui Zhang, a native of China, began her medical career as a Barefoot Doctor. After five years of providing general medical services including traditional medicine in remote rural areas, she received her MD degree in Traditional Medicine and Biomedicine at the Beijing University of Traditional Medicine in 1975. She began her career as an Obstetrician/ Gynecologist 1978 to 1986, then she was elected to be the Deputy Director of the Beijing Tiantan hospital in 1983, a position she held for three years. Her outstanding management experience earned her a new position as the Vice President of the Beijing University of Traditional Medicine since 1986. Later she undertook post-doctorate studies in public health for one year at the School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, in the United States America from 1987 to 1988. When she returned to China, she was appointed additional a new position as the Director-General of the Department of International Cooperation, of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 1992, Dr Zhang joined the World Health Organization where she served as Coordinator of the Traditional Medicine Technical Unit until her retirement in June of 2010.  She is currently serving as a Special Adviser for the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine.