President Valdis Zatlers

Former President of Latvia


The Hon. Mr. Valdis Zatlers is the former President of Latvia (2007-2011). Mr. Valdis Zatlers had a long career as a physician prior to his precidency. Mr. Valdis Zatlers studied to be an orthopedic surgeon at the Riga Institute of Medicine, Yale University and Syracuse University. He has held the position as director of the Latvian Traumatolofy and Orthopaedics Hospital and later chief of its board. Mr. Valdis Zatlers served as a Medical Service Officer in the work on the elimination of the consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant catastrophe.

Mr. Valdis Zatlers has in his career been an elected member of the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and honorary member of the Georgian Association of Orthopedics and Traumatology. He was board member of the Latvian Popular Front between the years 1988-1989.
Mr. Valdis Zatlers has received honors and prizes for his engagements, such as the Order of the Three Stars of the 4th rank for his contributions to his medical field in Latvia.

“The Latvian-European Relationship and the Role of Culture in the Foreign Policy of Latvia”

A lecture by the Hon. Mr. Valdis Zatlers, Former President of Latvia
The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2013
(Berlin; December 17th - 21st, 2013)