Dr Norman Sartorius, MD, MA, DPM, PhD, FRCPsych, obtained his M.D. in Zagreb (Croatia). He specialized in neurology and psychiatry and subsequently obtained a masters degree and a doctorate in psychology (Ph.D.). He carried out clinical work and research and taught at graduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Zagreb, the Institute of Psychiatry in London, the University of Geneva and elsewhere.
Dr Sartorius joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1967 and soon assumed charge of the programme of epidemiology and in social psychiatry. He was also principal investigator of several major international studies on schizophrenia, on depression and on health service delivery. In 1977, he was appointed Director of the Division of Mental Health of WHO, a position which he held until mid-1993. In June 1993 Professor Sartorius was elected President of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and served as President-elect and then President until August 1999. In January 1999, Professor Sartorius took up his functions as President of the Association of European Psychiatrists (AEP) and is now the President of the International Association for the Promotion of Mental Health Programmes and President of the Board of the Prize of Geneva Foundation. Dr Sartorius holds professorial appointments at the Universities of London, Prague and Zagreb and at several other universities in the USA and China. He is a Senior Associate of the Faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.
To date, Professor Sartorius has published more than 300 articles in scientific journals, authored or co-authored several books and edited a number of others.
Professor Sartorius is a corresponding member of the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Corresponding Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Medicine and of the Medical Academies of Peru and Mexico. He is a Doctor of Medicine Honoris Causa of the Universities of Umea and of Prague and a Doctor of Science Honoris Causa of the University of Bath. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He is also a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is an Honorary Member of numerous professional associations and advisory boards, both national and international. He is also the co-editor of three journals and a member of editorial and advisory boards of many scientific journals.
He speaks Croatian, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish.