Jean-François Etard is a doctor who formerly worked at Lyon teaching hospital. He studied at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he completed a PhD in epidemiology. He earned accreditation to supervise research at Lyon I University.
He joined MSF in 1981 and was on the board of governors from 1985 to 1988.
Jean-François is the Research Director at the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) and since 2009, he is on secondment to Epicentre Paris, as Director of the Clinical Research Department.