Dr. Charles Boelen

MD, MPH, MSc(epid), MSc (Edu)

Dr. Charles Boelen is a Belgian born physician, specialized in public health, health system management and medical education, with a large experience in international health, namely as staff member of the WHO for 30 years. His work focusses on partnership in health, social accountability of academic institutions and the development of health professions.

The concept of the “5-star doctor” was an initiative of Charles.

He is a recipient of the Academic Palms award, Ministry Education, France, 1993. Board director Chinese Medical Board, New York, 1996—2004; member executive committee The Network Towards Unity for Health, Maastricht, Netherlands. The Charles Boelen International Award for Social Accountability is awarded in his honor by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada.


Presently he is an International consultant in health systems and workforce and President of RIFRESS-International francophone network for social accountability in health.