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Brian Martin

Brian Martin, PD Dr. med., MPH

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Short Biography

Brian Martin received his MD in 1990 from the Medical Faculty of the University of Basel and his Master of Public Health in 1996 from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a specialist in Prevention and Public Health FMH (Swiss Medical Association). From 2014 to March 2017, Brian Martin was Chief Medical Officer ("Kantonsarzt") of the canton of Basel-Country, from June 2017 until March 2020 Chief Medical Officer of the canton of Zurich, and from April until December 2020 Associate Chief Medical Officer of the canton of Zug. From the end of 2020 until the end of 2022, he was Chief of the Special Military Medical Services and Deputy Chief of the Military Medical Services of the Swiss Armed Forces. Since 2023 he is Associate Chief Medical Officer of the canton of Zug in charge of a project for the continuing development of the canton’s medical emergency services. From 2017 until 2019 Brian Martin was co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Physical Activity and Health at the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute EBPI of the University of Zurich where he also has a postdoctoral lecture qualification (“Venia Legendi” as “Privatdozent”) in Social and Preventive Medicine (Preventive Medicine and Public Health). His main research interests are population-based approaches for the prevention and control of non-communicable and communicable diseases. Brian Martin was in charge of the Network HEPA (Health-Enhancing Physical Activity) Switzerland from its foundation in 1999 until 2004. From 2005 to 2009 he was the chairman of HEPA Europe, the European Network for the Promotion of Health-Enhancing Physical Activity at WHO, from 2010 to 2014 the chairman of Agita Mundo, the global network for physical activity promotion. From 2016 until 2019 he was the president of PAPRICA, the Association for Physical Activity Promotion in Health Care in Switzerland; from the end of 2017 until March 2020 he was the vice-president of the Association of the Chief Medical Officers of the Cantons of Switzerland (VSK). Brian Martin has served in several national and international expert groups.

Curriculum Vitae


Brian Martin in ZORA (Zurich Open Repository and Archive)