Dr. Sandrine Motamed

Lecturer and Researcher

Biotech Campus G6.02
+41 22 37 90 457

A graduate in public health (MAS), and prevention and public health (FMH) [Swiss Medical Federation], Sandrine Motamed is senior lecturer at the University of Geneva and the director of the newly created Geneva Association for Community Development funded by a prestigious Swiss foundation.

She has been involved for many years in a major task of community service. This aims to develop the health, the well-being, and the quality of life in the canton of Geneva by means of community participation, town planning and the development of social links between generations. Following more than ten years of community development, a new village center was created in the commune of Meinier, incorporating a new social health concept, living accommodations, a nursery, a community restaurant and opportunities for the generations to mix. Doted with a budget of more than 40 million Swiss francs, the program was inaugurated in 2012.

In her other Swiss activities as expert she concentrates on community-centered health problems, such as the home care of the elderly with dementia. Along the same lines she analyses the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to better match the health problems of the population and applies that approach to teaching, which has formed a major part in her work. She has developed a specific training program to allow medical practitioners and pharmacists to better work together. The Certificate in Advanced Studies in Community Pharmacy and Public Health [Certificat de formation continue en Pharmacie Communautaire et Santé Publique] for dispensing pharmacists ran for eight years. The Swiss School of Public Health+ supported this innovative program.

Likewise, she coordinated the undergraduate course in International Health and Tropical Medicine and contributed to many others: the Certificate of community health, the Master of Advanced Studies in Public Health (MAS-SP) and the Interfaculty program in humanitarian action, to name a few.

At the international level Sandrine Motamed was also the first recipient of the prestigious Swiss scholarship "Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice" funded by the Commonwealth Fund and Careum Foundation in Zurich (US $ 100,000). She spent a year (2008-2009) in the United States at George Washington University, Department of Health Policy. She worked on the US health care reform and organized, in collaboration with the Swiss Embassy in the USA, the first international congress on "Community Participation and Health Policy".

She has been Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health, Hokkaido University, Japan, as part of the international Asia-Pacific educational and research network. She is now in charge of the development of internships for medical and public health students. Sandrine Motamed is the Coordinator of the Nitobe College of the Hokkaïdo University in Geneva.

Specialist in internal medicine, Sandrine Motamed was senior resident for ten year at the Geneva University Hospitals in the Department of Health and Community Medicine. This position hinged on two axes: practical work in the field and the training of family medical practitioners.

Her research focused on combining internal medicine with public health. She has created a new professional career path for doctors, original in the sense that the so-called community oriented practitioner aims to foster health at both individual and community levels. She has additional experience as a flying doctor for international repatriation on medical grounds as well as an expedition doctor. Since 2015 she spends one day a week in a private practice.