FORA.tv Speaker - Valdis Zatlers
Valdis Zatlers was elected president of Latvia in 2007. Graduating from the Riga Institute of Medicine as a physician in 1979, he received professional orthopedic training at Yale and Syracuse universities in 1991. He first worked as a traumatologistâ€“orthopedist (1979 to 1985), later becoming head of the Traumatology Department (1985 to 1994) at Riga Hospital No. 2. From 1994 to 2007, he served as the director and later chaired the Board of the State Hospital of Traumatology and Orthopaedics.
In 1993, Dr. Zalters received the prize from International Arthroscopy Association for the largest contribution to the development of arthroscopy in emerging countries. From 1995 to 1999, he was the Latvian coordinator for a Swiss assistance project.
As a medical service officer, Dr. Zatlers worked at Chernobyl following the nuclear reactor accident in 1986. With the National Awakening in the late 1980s, he became an activist for the renewal of the Latvian Physicians' Association and the establishment of the Popular Front, serving on both of their boards.
Dr. Zatlers has been awarded the Commander of the Order of Three Stars; the Order of Viesturs, First Class; and the Cross of Recognition, First Class.
03.20.09 | 01:13:24 min
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