Prof. Norman Sartorius, MD, PhD


Croatian psychiatrist and university professor. Sartorius is the former director of the Department of Mental Health of the World Health Organization (WHO) and former president of the World Psychiatric Association and the European Psychiatric Association. He has been described as “one of the most prominent and influential psychiatrists of his generation.” He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Zagreb in 1958, and graduated and received his master’s degree in psychology from the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Zagreb in 1962. Completed his specialization in psychiatry and neurology in 1963 and defended his doctoral dissertation in psychology at the University of Zagreb in 1965. In 1967, Sartorius left his job at KBC Zagreb to join the WHO as head of the Interdepartmental Advisory Team for the Epidemiology of Mental Disorders. He was the president of the World Psychiatric Association (1993-1999) and the Association of European Psychiatrists (1997-2001). The main topics in his current work and public activity are the rights of patients with mental disorders and the fight against stigma and prejudices associated with mental illnesses, the subtlety of mental and physical illness, and the improvement of mental health services. From 1961 to 2008, Sartorius published more than 400 scientific works. Author, co-author and editor of 66 books.