Dr Otmar Kloiber has served as Secretary General of the World Medical Association since 2005, after he left the German Medical Association as Deputy Secretary General. He holds an MD (1984) and PhD (1986) from the University of Cologne, was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and a scientific research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Victor Babes University, Timisoara, Romania and was appointed Clinical Professor in Health Administration at the Brooks College of Health, University of North Florida, from 2009 to 2013. He is interested in the development of deontology under the influence of health system organisation and its relation to the provision of medical care. He provided advice to numerous governments on medical ethics and socio-medical issues. His advocacy focus is on equitable access to quality health care for all people.