Ma Xiaowei
马晓伟
Ma in January 2020
1st Head of the National Health Commission
Assumed office
19 March 2018
PremierLi Keqiang
Li Qiang
Preceded byNew position
President of the Chinese Medical Association
In office
December 2015 – May 2021
Preceded byChen Zhu
Succeeded byZhao Yupei
Personal details
BornDecember 1959 (age 64)
Wutai County, Shanxi, China
Political partyChinese Communist Party
Alma materChina Medical University
ProfessionPhysician
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese馬曉偉
Simplified Chinese马晓伟

Ma Xiaowei (Chinese: 马晓伟; born December 1959) is a Chinese physician and politician who has served as the head of the National Health Commission of China since March 2018.[1] Ma also served as president of the Chinese Medical Association from 2015 to 2021. He is one of the vice presidents of the Red Cross Society of China.

Biography

Ma was born in Wutai County, Shanxi in December 1959. He is part of the Han ethnic group.[2]

In April 1978, he was accepted to China Medical University. Upon graduation in December 1982, he was assigned to work at the Ministry of Health. He joined the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 1982.[3] He became a cadre at the then Ministry of Health before working for China Medical University where he later served as hospital administrator and party secretary.[4] He also became the director of Liaoning Provincial Health Department.

In October 2001, he was appointed Vice Minister of Health.[3] When the ministry was reorganized into the National Health and Family Planning Commission, he continued to serve as deputy director. In May 2015 he concurrently served as vice-president of the Red Cross Society of China. On December 15, 2015, he was appointed president of Chinese Medical Association, replacing Chen Zhu.[5] On 19 March 2018, Ma was appointed director of National Health Commission at the first session of the 13th National People's Congress.[6] Ma has been one of the leading figures in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic as well as communication around it.[7]

References

  1. ^ "China's new cabinet members endorsed". China Daily. 2018-03-19. Archived from the original on 2019-05-28. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  2. ^ "Ma Xiaowei". National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China. March 26, 2018. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "China Vitae : Biography of Ma Xiaowei". www.chinavitae.com. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  4. ^ "National Health Commission Director Ma Xiaowei". US-China Business Council. 2018-04-05. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  5. ^ 国家卫计委副主任马晓伟当选中华医学会新一任会长. ce.cn (in Chinese). 2015-12-21. Archived from the original on 2018-03-23. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  6. ^ 马晓伟出任新组建的国家卫生健康委员会主任. ce.cn (in Chinese). 2018-03-19. Archived from the original on 2018-03-22. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  7. ^ "China's National Health Commission news conference on coronavirus". Al Jazeera. 26 January 2020. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
Academic offices Preceded byProf. Chen Zhu President of Chinese Medical Association 2015–2021 Succeeded byZhao Yupei Government offices Preceded byLi Binas Minister in charge of the National Health and Family Planning Commission Minister in charge of the National Health Commission 2018–present Incumbent