President Enrique Peña Nieto appointed Dr. Mercedes Juan López Director General of the National Council for the Development and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, (CONADIS).

Mercedes Juan López is a surgeon specializing in rehabilitation medicine, who studied at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and obtained a graduate degree in neurological rehabilitation from the Metropolitan Autonomous University.

She was the first woman Minister of Health.

At the Ministry of Health, she previously served as Under-Minister of Health Regulation and Promotion and Minister of the National Health Council. She was also Technical Secretary of Health Cabinet of the President’s Office.

In the legislative sphere, she was Federal Deputy in the LVII Legislative Session. During that period, she served as Secretary of the Health and Population and Development Commissions, and member of what is now the Attention for Vulnerable Groups Commission.

She was president of Mexican Health Foundation and is the author and co-author of books on the subject of disability and rehabilitation.

The president has indicated that the new director must continue to reinforce actions to foster and protect the full enjoyment of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of persons with disabilities, promoting their full inclusion into society within a framework of respect, equality and equal opportunities.