Oleg Petrenko, the Head of National Health Service of Ukraine, was born on 4 October 1974 in Nizhyn, Chernihiv region. He graduated Vinnytsya National Pirogov Memorial Medical University in 1998, School of Public Health of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and Maastricht University with master degree in management of health institutions and School of Political Studies of the Council of Europe in 2006.
He started his professional career in leading Ukrainian pharmaceutical companies where he took various positions starting from medical representative until business unit head. From 2005 until 2007, he worked as Executive Director in the School of public health of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Starting from 2007, he has been working in Kyiv private hospitals. From 2007 until 2015, he was Director on strategic development and First Deputy of General Director in the Oberih hospital. From 2015 until February 2018, he worked as Deputy General Director on strategic development in Isida hospital.
From 2005 until 2007, he took the position of External Adviser and Member of working groups of the Ministry of health, Ministry of social policy and Presidential administration on developing draft laws in medical sphere. From 2005 until 2008, he was Member of Civic Council of the Ministry of health. From 2014 until 2015, he was Member of Strategic Advisory Group on elaborating national strategy for development of Ukrainian health system for 2015-2020.
On 27 February 2018, Oleg Petrenko won the competition to fill the position of the Head of newly established National Health Service of Ukraine. During six months of his job, half of the Ukrainian primary health care institutions signed the contract with the National Health Service and implemented new financing system. More than 12 million of Ukrainians chose his own doctor in these institutions. The National Health Service should provide financing of all medical institutions and reimbursement of medicines up to the year 2020.