Prof. Juan José López-Ibor Aliño

Born in Madrid on 17 December 1941. Died in Madrid on January 12, 2015 at the age of 73. Father of four children. Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine of the Complutense University of Madrid. Full Member of the Royal Academy of Medicine. Full Member of the Royal Academy of Doctors of Spain. Corresponding Member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Zaragoza. Honorary Member of the Spanish Medical Surgical Academy, of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Valencia, of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Buenos Aires, Argentina and of the Institute of Chile (Chilean Academy of Medicine). Honorary doctorates from the Universities of Chile and Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid. Member of the National Commission of Psychiatry. President and Founder of the Foundation Juan José López-Ibor. Chairman of the Board of Directors of the López Ibor Clinic.


Bachelor of Medicine with outstanding and extraordinary prize. MD cum laude with distinction. Specialist in Psychiatry and Neurology. He began his teaching career as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Complutense University of Madrid and then as Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Oviedo. In 1974 he assumed by public examination the position of Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Salamanca where he was also Director of the Department of Medical Psychology and Psychiatry. In 1983 he obtains the Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Alcala de Henares, becoming at the same time Head of the Department of Psychiatry of the Ramón y Cajal University Hospital. Since 1992 he is Full Professor of Psychiatry at the Complutense University of Madrid and Head of Psychiatry at the Clinical Hospital. In 2001 he created the Institute of Psychiatry and Mental Health, of which he was director until the year 2012.

Research activity:

  • He has directed 54 funded research projects, he is the author, alone or in collaboration, of 58 books and239He has publishedover 416papers in scientific journals.
  • The number of papers and related communications presented at congresses most of them international and other scientific meetings amounts to 1644, as well as participating as speaker in 284 courses and seminars.
  • He has five six-years-terms of research activity and six teaching periods according to Spanish University regulations.
  • He has served on the editorial boards of major international and national scientific psychiatric journals. He has been the director of the journal Actas Españolas de Psiquiatría, founded by his father in 1940. It was the first psychiatric journal in Spanish language having an impact index.
  • He has been President and Secretary General of the World Psychiatric Association and the Spanish Society of Psychiatry and many other scientific societies.
  • He has been President of Sanitas (one of the largest Spanish insurance companies) and President of the Sanitas Foundation.

Awards and prizes:

  • Cross to Police Merit(for patriotismor loyalty, prestigeor usefulness services to the policy in theperformance of duty orconduct for outstandingscientific work orstudiesusefulfor serviceor prestige of the police).
  • Civil Order of Health (The Civil Order of Health is the greatest Spanish civil order granted as honor, distinction and public recognition to reward merits, behaviors, activities for relevant or exceptional services in the field of health).
  • InternationalScience and ResearchAward2002ofthe Cristobal Gabarrón Foundation.
  • SimonBolivarAward by the Committee of Hispanic Psychiatristsof the AmericanPsychiatric Association(2003).
  • Grand Cross of Sanity of the Madrid Region of the year2010 (highest existing award in the Madrid region to recognize the workand career ofprofessionals and institutions thathave contributed to raisethe qualityand prestigeof health inthe Madrid region).

Kraepelin-Alzheimer Medal of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Munich, Germany.