About us

The WOMEDS Project is promoted by the Spanish Federation of Medicals Societies (Federación de Asociaciones Científico Médicas Españolas (FACME)) with the collaboration of the Spanish Medical Schools Dean association (Conferencia Nacional de Decanos de Facultades de Medicina Españolas (CNDFME)). Its development is led by a working group composed by women with extensive experience in the field of women´ representation. Access to the information is provided by a number of public and private entities.

Entities collaborating with WOMEDS

The WOMEDS observatory incorporates data on female leadership in Medicine collected through surveys submitted to different entities listed below and also from public sources.

We highly appreciated the enthusiastic collaboration provided by the ISCIII, the responsible of regional Health care administrations in each of the Autonomous Communities, the Schools of medicine and the Medical Societies, which facilitated key information the project. In total, we contacted and/or collected information from:


Medical Societies


Medical Schools


Autonomous Communities


Academies of Medicine


Official Colleges of Physicians


Cristina Avendaño Solá

Degree in Medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​PhD in Medicine from the Complutense University of Madrid and specialist in Clinical Pharmacology. Head of the Clinical Pharmacology Service at the Puerta de Hierro University Hospital, associate professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the Autonomous University of Madrid and vice-president of FACME (Federation of Spanish Medical Scientific Associations). She has devoted her professional career mainly to aspects of drug research, evaluation and regulation.

She has been Director of the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) in the period 2006-2010 and president of the Spanish Society of Clinical Pharmacology (SEFC) between 2013 and 2019. She has also held scientific positions at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and on its Board of Directors.

Pilar Garrido

Degree in Medicine from the Autonomous University of Madrid and PhD Cum Laude from the Autonomous University of Madrid. Head of the Medical Oncology Service of the Ramón y Cajal Hospital and member of the Steering Committee of the Ramón y Cajal Institute for Health Research (IRYCIS). She is also an associate professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Alcalá.

She was the first woman president of the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology (SEOM), the National Council of Specialties in Health Sciences and the National Commission of Medical Oncology. She has also been the first woman president of FACME.

She actively collaborates with national and international scientific societies, being part of the Council of the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) as coordinator of the Women for Oncology committee.

Ana Velasco

Degree in Biological Sciences, PhD in Molecular Biology from the Complutense University of Madrid and Master’s Degree in Clinical Trial Project Management from CESIF-Madrid.
She has held various scientific positions in public basic research institutions (UCM and CIB-CSIC), in a private laboratory (Pharma Mar) and also as head of Clinical Trial Projects in different public and private institutions. Since 2014 she works for the Spanish Clinical Research Network (SCReN) at the Hospital U. Puerta de Hierro (Madrid).

Beatriz Gonzalez Lopez-Valcarcel

Beatriz Gonzalez Lopez-Valcarcel is full professor of Quantitative Methods in Economics, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain). Her main research interest is Health Economics, specifically Human Resources for Health, health technologies, pharmaceuticals and public health economics among others. Leader of research projects of the National Plan of R&D of Spain and European projects. Among them, the ATHENA project on gender equality in research https://www.athenaequality.eu/. She has been international consulting in Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, Uruguay and Mozambique. She is member of the Advisory committee of the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare of Spain from March 2019. For details and publications, see https://dmc.ulpgc.es/en/beatriz-lopez-valcarcel-2.html

Elena Martín Pérez

Degree in Medicine and Surgery and PhD Cum Laude from the Complutense University of Madrid. Head of the General Surgery and Digestive System Service at the La Princesa University Hospital in Madrid and associate professor of Surgery at the Faculty of Medicine of the Autonomous University of Madrid.

He belongs to different national and international scientific societies and has been part of several advisory working groups in the Ministry of Health.

She is the first female president of the Spanish Association of Surgeons (ACS), from November 2022.

Claudia Santucci

Claudia Santucci is a postdoctoral researcher for the Department of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, University of Milan (Italy). Her main research of interest is cancer epidemiology and during her PhD, she focused her studies on the analysis of cancer incidence, mortality, and survival trend and the implementation of predictive models of future rates. She works as a biostatistician also for the Mario Negri Institute (Milan), in the Cancer epidemiology unit handling and developing various projects. For details and publications, see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Claudia-Santucci

Lourdes Lledó

Ph.D. in Medicine by the University of Alcalá (UAH) and specialist in Microbiology and Clinical Parasitology.

She is a full professor at the University in the Department of Biomedicine and Biotechnology and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Sciences of the UAH. In addition, she is a member of the Permanent Commission of the National Conference of Deans of Spanish Medical Faculties and director of the Master’s Degree in Microbiology applied to Public Health and Research in Infectious Diseases.

Carmen Gallardo Pino

Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Córdoba, master’s degree in Occupational Risk Prevention and doctor in Epidemiology and Public Health from the Rey Juan Carlos University.

She has held various university management positions, including that of Vice Rector of Social Policy, Environmental Quality and Healthy University from 2006 to July 2103. She currently holds the position of Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Rey Juan Carlos University, since 2013. She is also vice president of the Health Education Foundation (FUNDADEPS), of the San Carlos Clinical Hospital.


Presidents of medical societies

Between 2019-2021, only 19 out of the 103 presidents/year of medical societies were women.


Professor of Medicine

There are only 10% of female professors in Medicine with a linked position in Spain.


Heads of departments

The percentage of female heads of departments ranged from 20.3% in Andalusia to 46.4% in Navarra.